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The Reading Room: Stained Glass That Captures Solar Power, and What Trees Can Say About Your Hood

The Reading Room: Stained Glass That Captures Solar Power, and What Trees Can Say About Your Hood

Concept Designs by LOT-EK

Concept Designs by LOT-EK

A mysterious new project made of shipping containers offers hotel rooms and drop-in workspaces. Somehow it’s slightly creepy. [Vice]

A Dutch designer’s incredible version of stained glass doesn’t just transform sunlight into pretty colors, it also harnesses the solar power to charge mobile devices. [Curbed]

In 78 U.S. counties, the multiethnic future—where whites are no longer the majority—is here. Also, trees can say a lot about a neighborhood’s socioeconomic standing. [CityLab]

Growing homeownership in China, a country where people tend to socialize outside the home, means there will be less demand for portable status symbols. Watch out, Louis Vuitton! [Medium]

This blog about what seems like the impossible search for decent affordable housing in New York City will either make you tear your hair out (if you’re looking for an apartment in NYC) or laugh in horror (if you live anywhere else). [The Worst Room]

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