The top ten posts of the week, from duct tape to booze cans

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It was a week of special events and coverage, with design shows in London and New York.

10. IKEA now offers electric bike (in select locations)

electric bike IKEA© IKEA

If you can pronounce FOLKVĂ„NLIG and live in Austria, you can buy it.
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9. Shipping containers make a wonderful booze can in Austin


container bar at night© Container Bar

Or should they be called sipping containers?

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8. The hot poop on alternative toilets, Tiny house edition

I was surprised to see how many tiny house types use a bucket and sawdust for their toilet, but in fact it works rather well. It's called the Humanure system.

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7. Berlin supermarket would have zero packaging

In North America, supermarkets have become giant warehouses with row upon row of gleaming aisles, an ever-larger percentage of which are filled with frozen foods vacuum-sealed in plastic and then covered in big, bright cardboard boxes. In Berlin, they are trying something different.

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6. Why cyclists roll through stop signs: It's really bad design

Palmerstion AvenueLloyd Alter/ Palmerston Avenue, Toronto, with stop signs every 266 feet to slow down cars/CC BY 2.0

If a city is going to put a stop sign every 266 feet to slow down cars, then the cyclists are going to go right through them. That's the way it works.

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5. In which U.S. states can Tesla sell its electric cars?

States where Tesla can sell its electric cars© mojomotors

Interesting how so many states that have governments that purport to be open and free market fight to keep out Tesla and protect their car dealers.

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4. Best of sustainable design at Wanted Design 2014

A slideshow tour of the always wonderful Wanted Design show in New York CIty
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3. Best of green design at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair

ICFF 2014© Margaret Badore. Table and vases by Bien Hecho at the IFCC.

A slideshow of the greenest stuff in the big New York design show.
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2. Here's how to make an intersection safer with a roll of duct tape (video)

Duct tape intersection© Clarence Eckerson Jr.

You rally can use duct tape for anything, including urban design.
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1. How tiny can a tiny house go?

Actually, we have shown a few designs that are this small, but not so many that are so well designed and built.
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The top ten posts of the week, from duct tape to booze cans
Plus tiny houses and electric bikes and the hot poop on tiny toilets.