Desert Wing’s Sharp Angles Bring Drama to the Desert Shark House’s Dramatic Angles Have Serious Bite Editors’ Recommendations Less veneer, more german design savvy.German innovation at its finest, Coodo is the lovechild of RV campers, sleek modern architecture, and tiny homes. Manufactured by LTG Lofts to go GmbH & Co. KG of Hamburg, these mobile living/working modules can be placed anywhere in the world, from urban environments to middle-of-nowhere nature.Designed as a solution for our modern desires for freedom, travel, independence, and flexibility, these reinvented mobile homes can literally move with you. (Living your life around a fixed house is so 2016.)While being mobile, Coodo pulls out all the stops to infuse comfort and forward-thinking design into the interior and exterior of the modules. Plus, they make a very small impact on the environment they’re placed in.“Contemporary and state-of-the-art products must be measured by their sustainability,” says Mark Dare Schmiedel, CEO of LTG.Coodo puts forth that all its components meet international environmental standards in terms of materials, recyclability, and environmentally friendly disposal and durability. Plus, after it’s set up, resource consumption is kept at a minimum as the required space for a Coodo is small and doesn’t need to be sealed.“We want to lead by example by having a great impact on society and proving that high ecological and sustainable standards do not stand in opposition to equally high standards for design and comfort, but can work in harmony through innovation,” Schmiedel continues.And by the looks of the Cooda module, LTG has done more than make an example. These units are both luxurious yet humble. Bold yet charming. Industrial yet natural. In fact, they were built to be a communicative living and working space that fuses into its surroundings. (Unlike the dorky campers that look out of place in just about every setting.) Coodo also stands as proof that simplicity really is the ultimate sophistication.The floor-to-ceiling high standard glazing makes the small units feel grand, provoking a sensation of a limitless environmental around you. (You might have assumed the opposite would be summoned from such a small space).As for materials, Coodos come in both aluminum and wood, and are offered in different sizes and layouts (one-level or double-story). One model called the watercoodo even extend its living space onto the water. Go ahead, show me a camper than can do that.The interior is also interchangeable depending on personal preference, with the option of the Coodo being delivered au natural as only the shell, with basic interior design, or fully loaded.Coodo is primed to become the next benchmark of modern-day mobile living (only with less veneer), but it also has potential to change the way we think about office spaces. Schmiedel, for instance, says that once a suitable location has been found, he’ll move the LTV crew into their very own company Coodo.Photos courtesy Coodo The 2020 Living Vehicle Is a Swanky Luxury Apartment on Wheels You Can Still Road Trip Without Missing Work Thanks to the Kugelschiff 15 Best Subscription Boxes for Men Who Love Gifts
“The continent’s large and growing population represents enormous market potential, especially with growing urbanization contributing to rapid growth in consumption by households and businesses,” said Deputy Secretary-General Amina J. Mohammed in her keynote address to the event, titled ‘Regional and Economic Integration in Africa: How to Effectively Involve Africa’s Youth across National Borders.’ Yet, despite this potential, she continued, intra-African trade represents only about 13 per cent of Africa’s total trade. By building on market potential and promoting regional integration, African countries could reduce their dependency on the sale of primary commodities, and shift to value added products – creating employment, reducing inequalities, investing in sustainable infrastructure and ensuring sustainable economic growth. Establishing a Continental Free Trade Area, as agreed by the African Union in 2012, would be a major step in the right direction. “Once established, it would be the largest free trade area in the world with 54 member states – a single market of more than one billion people with a young and growing population,” she said. The transformative changes envisaged in Africa’s development vision, Agenda 2063, can only be realized if they are forged around stronger regional integration, she added. There are also encouraging success stories elsewhere.Today, regional blocks in South and Central America, Southeast Asia and China play a major role in global economy. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) Free Trade Area was established in 1992 to eliminate trade and non-trade barriers and improve the Southeast Asia’s competitiveness. Consequently, intra-ASEAN trade more than doubled between 1995 and 2010, and kept increasing to reach around 24 per cent of global trade last year – and 40 per cent if trade with China is included. “We can achieve the same success in Africa,” Ms. Mohammed said. Africa has the fastest growing youth population in the world, with 60 per cent of its population under 24. Harnessing their capacity requires greater investments in education, especially in science and technology, to ensure a robust labour force capable of meeting the increasingly competitive demands of today’s globalized markets, she said. Noting that gender inequality is costing sub-Saharan Africa tens of billions a year, she stressed the need to truly integrate women into Africa’s economies towards creating a prosperous and vibrant Africa.