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Gender inclusive space terms, a futuristic Paris suburb, how banana trees can curb wildfires and more

Gender Inclusive Language in Space While “semantics” are oftentimes brushed off as trivial or nit-picky, the importance of meaning, reference and truth within words cannot be underestimated—and its significance exists everywhere, even in space. NASA is working to recognize and replace “inaccurate and harmful language” that abides by outdated gender biases within the American space program by continually updating their style guide. Today, it’s still …

The Artists Behind Mexico City’s Hand-Painted Signs

Battling developments in technology, the artists behind Mexico City’s hand-painted signs—advertisements, directions, concert bills and more—stuck with their craft. Not only is it visually pleasing, it lasts longer, too. Acrylic on tarps fades in a year and vinyl fades in five—whereas a painted wall can last almost a decade. Most of the men adhere to strict rules on domain and paint from memory—the dozens of …

Redesigning the Wheelchair Symbol into the Accessible Icon

Danish design student Susanne Koefoed created the International Symbol of Access back in 1968 and as ubiqituos as it’s become, there’s a passivity to the design that’s arguably been bested by the newer “Accessible Icon.” With its own emoji and escalating adoption around the globe, the newer symbol began as a Boston-area street art project which tackled perceptions of “disability and the built environment.” Now, …