The 2022 Ford Maverick and 2022 Hyundai Santa Cruz resurrect a small truck segment that had been dormant for more than a decade. Both of these crossover-based vehicles give shoppers an open bed and a more adventurous edge than compact crossover SUVs that fill roads like construction zones in summertime.
Despite their similarities—seating for five, compact crossover platforms, available all-wheel drive, turbo-4 engine options, towing capacity of at least 4,000 lb—the Santa Cruz and Maverick appeal as urban getaway vehicles in completely different ways. As the maker of the bestselling F-150, Ford knows what truck shoppers want. Hyundai positions the Santa Cruz as more of a sport utility vehicle with a bed. Those positions check out, as we’ve found after our initial back to back drives with both.
Both are exceedingly clever tricks to get drivers out of mammoth trucks and into fuel-saving trucklets—it’s like putting the dog’s medication in a chunk of cheese. Everybody wins. But which one wins here? It’s close, but not that close. And in a first for truck compares, it comes down to fuel economy.
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Open Shut House is a contemporary double-storey extension to a semi-detached Inter-war dwelling that caters to the growing needs of a large family.
The original period building is one of a pair of semi-detached dwellings with Art-Deco stylings reflecting its Inter-war era. The building sits on a long and narrow allotment (10 x 60m) with a rearward slope falling 4.2m. The owners’ family had outgrown the original building and their brief called for an extension that could be future-proofed and cater to the changing needs of individual family members, particularly their 4 young adult children.
The new addition fulfils their brief to have 2 generations of people under one roof whilst allowing family members to inhabit each space in their own way. Parents’ and children’s bedrooms are housed in separate buildings connected by a central atrium. New tiered living spaces follow the fall of the land and open up toward the rear garden. Openings via skylights, large windows and courtyards draw daylight along the length of the buildings, and bring borrowed amenity into the home to strengthen the bond between its inside spaces and the outside. The split levels and atrium enable inhabitants to still feel connected visually with each other throughout the house.
Photography courtesy of Wala
by Matt Watts
Barnes Foundation (Philadelphia), Collection Gallery, Room 09, South Wall Medium: Oil on canvas
Graham Sutherland, an English artist who is notable for his work in glass, fabrics, prints and portraits.
Located in Milan, Italy, this modern apartment has been redesigned in 2019 by Atelierzero.
The project consists of the complete renovation of a medium-sized apartment for a young couple.
After a careful evaluation of the potential of the spaces in relation to solar lighting, the internal distribution has been completely overturned compared to the current state, effectively inverting the living and sleeping areas.
Entering the apartment, a suggestive perspective accompanies the gaze up to the living area: this corridor has been ennobled on one side by a recess covered in a tropical wallpaper that marks the entrance to the room, and on the other by a long custom-made wardrobe system, which creates a continuous front hiding the irregular spine wall of the house in the process.
This bespoke system accommodates various functions inside itself: a niche for hanging jackets and placing objects on entering the house, wardrobe spaces, kitchen columns and the sofa headboard, thus becoming an essential element of the home and enriching the corridor of many uses and functions.
The bedroom is directly connected to the walk-in closet, also accessible from the corridor, thus creating a circular system between the two rooms.
The kitchen, also custom-made, is an L-shaped element that becomes a bench in front of the sofa area, enlarging the useful space for dinners or conversation.
The choice for the general color palette is oriented towards light and neutral shades, starting with the light grey resin that makes up the flooring of the whole house, with the exception of the existing herringbone parquet present in the former bedroom, which has been preserved and essentially serves as a carpet for the living area.
The neutral, warm and relaxing tones chosen for surfaces and material, are interspersed with moments of strong chromatic contrast.
The use of such bold colors in some situations allowed us to highlight some key elements within the space, such as the long teal-colored bespoke corridor wardrobe, the white and yellow terrazzo wall in the bathroom and the mustard-colored wall behind the wooden bed’s headboard.
Photography by Simone Furiosi
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The 2022 Lucid Air tops all electric vehicles with an EPA-rated 520-mile range, the EPA confirmed on Thursday. That’s at least 100 miles more than the next longest range electric vehicle, the Tesla Model S Long Range that has an EPA-rated 405-mile range.
The 2022 Lucid Air has the most range of any electric vehicle ever, and its 113-kwh battery pack might be the most efficient ever. Lucid says its flagship sedan can recover 20 miles of range per minute of DC fast-charging at a peak rate of 300 kw, and that it can charge up to 300 miles of EPA range in just 20 minutes, quicker than any Tesla model or the Porsche Taycan or any other EV on the market.
It was less than a decade ago that most analysts pegged 200 miles as the electric vehicle range that would get shoppers over range anxiety—the fear they’d run out of juice before arriving at their destination—and foster the mass adoption of electric vehicles. That’s the stated mission of Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk, and the new range toppers reflect the progress made by innovation and decreasing per-kwh battery costs. The first mass-produced electric vehicle, the Nissan Leaf launched for 2011, had a 73-mile range.
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Apt Testaccio is a lovely apartment located in Rome, Italy, redesigned in 2021 by MGK Studio.
Located in the Testaccio district in a building of the early ‘900, between the Lungotevere and the Slaughterhouse, the apartment overlooks almost entirely on the plane trees and the river, creating a different scenario in every season. The restructuring has focused on the redefinition of services and a new general concept to make the environments more functional and adherent to the needs of the new client.
The interior design maintains the original conformation marked by load-bearing masonry and develops from a distributive filter, apparently treated in a neutral, silent way that actually welcomes the natural light and color coming from neighboring environments, animating in a different way depending on the position of the sun and the time of day.
The intervention began with the restoration of the vaults, the restoration of the frames of the fixtures and the recovery of the original painting in the dining room, bringing to light the ancient lambris.
The spaces are marked by a game of warm and cold tones: green for the guest bathroom, rope for the linear and modern kitchen made to design, crimson red for the living room and light blue for the master bedroom suite. Light filters into all the rooms thanks to the high iron and glass doors that further enhance the space and the contrast with the other materials. Contrast that is repeated also for the horizontal surfaces – parquet, resin and grit – and for the furniture – ranging from designed volumes to vintage furniture, from antiques to contemporary design objects – contributing to create an eclectic and welcoming atmosphere.
Photography by Edi Solari
Villa Sa’ Contissa is a luxurious residence designed by Studio di Architettura Luca Scacchetti located in Liscia di Vacca, Italy.
Photography courtesy of Italy Sotheby’s International
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In the local language, its name means “beach of the cows,” because it is where the shepherds used to bring their flocks to pasture. It is now a well-known residential site, famous for huge villas, where Italian and international wealthy people spend their summer vacations.
Paul Klee, a Swiss-German artist with Expressionist, Surrealist, and Cubist influences.
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By Meg Scarbrough – August 11, 2021
Joby plans to launch its all-electric aircraft in 2024. .Joby Aviation
Air taxi startup Joby Aviation has officially become the first U.S.-based eVTOL company to be publicly traded.
Founder and CEO JoeBen Bevirt was at the New York Stock Exchange on Wednesday to ring the bell, signaling a start of the day’s trading and the company’s launch into the stock market.
“Aviation connects the world in critically important ways but today it does that at the expense of our planet,” Bevirt said Wednesday morning. “By taking Joby public, we have the opportunity to drive a renaissance in aviation, making emissions-free flight a part of everyday life. This is our generation’s moonshot moment, and at Joby we’re proud to be leaning in.”
Joby is now listed as “JOBY” and “JOBY WS.”
This Santa Cruz, California-based company, which launched in 2009, joins the ranks of China-based competitor EHang in the quest to find solutions toward zero-emission aviation. Competitors Lilium and Archer have also announced their own plans to go public in the future.
Wednesday’s listing was made possible through a reverse merger with a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC), Reinvent Technology Partners (RTP). The deal is valued at $6.6 billion.
Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn co-founder and co-lead director of RTP, said Wednesday, “We believe Joby is ‘Tesla meets Uber in the air’ and the clear leader in the eVTOL and aerial ridesharing space. We believe Joby is well-positioned with capital to be the first company to certification and commercialization. Closing this business combination accelerates Joby’s roadmap, and we look forward to supporting JoeBen and Joby’s world-class team in executing on their vision.”