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Elon Musk’s high-speed Hy­per­loop plans took fly­ing leaps to­ward be­com­ing re­al­ity this past sum­mer. In July, XP-1, a full-scale pro­to­type for the Hy­per­loop One pas­sen­ger pods, was un­veiled. The re­veal came along with the an­nounce­ment that the 8.7-me­tre, car­bon-fi­bre-and-alu­minum pod has suc­cess­fully been tested on the Devloop track in the Ne­vada desert. The first test run, in May, saw the pod reach 113 kilo­me­tres per hour on just 30 me­tres of track. By the end of July, the speed in­creased to 309 kilo­me­tres, reach­ing a dis­tance of 300 me­tres. The com­pany es­ti­mates that with an ad­di­tional 2,000 me­tres of sta­tor, speeds would reach a whop­ping 1,126 kilo­me­tres per hour.

Ge­orge Brown Col­lege has an­nounced plans to bring a tall wood build­ing re­search cen­tre to Toronto. The 12-storey, car­bon-neu­tral fa­cil­ity, dubbed “The Ar­bour,” is in­tended for the school’s wa­ter­front cam­pus. An in­ter­na­tional com­pe­ti­tion seek­ing de­sign pro­pos­als for the struc­ture will be launched this fall.

Un-habi­tat, the United Na­tions agency that pro­motes ad­e­quate shel­ter and so­cially and en­vi­ron­men­tally sus­tain­able de­vel­op­ment, has com­mis­sioned Shigeru Ban to de­sign up to 12,000 homes for refugees in Kenya. The Pritzker win­ner is known for his hu­man­i­tar­ian ar­chi­tec­ture and has de­signed shel­ters for dis­placed pop­u­la­tions around the world, in­clud­ing in Rwanda and Nepal. Now he’ll bring his ex­per­tise to the Kalobeiyei refugee set­tle­ment, which is cur­rently home to over 60,000 refugees.

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