Yves Béhar Designs a Line of High-Quality Prefabs Called LivingHomes YB1

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/yves-behar-designs-a-line-of-high-quality-prefabs-called-livinghomes-yb1/yves-behar-livinghomes-yb1-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/11/Yves-Behar-LivingHomes-YB1-1-810x421.jpg" alt="Yves Béhar Designs a Line of High-Quality Prefabs Called LivingHomes YB1" /></a>
                                Tiny home options continue to grow in popularity thanks to high housing costs and lack of space for new ones to be built. California especially falls into this category causing great interest in building Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) to rent out for extra income or for aging parents, adult children, students, or someone just starting out. Thanks to updates to California&#8217;s housing laws, new design ideas are popping up, including a collaboration between Swiss designer <a href="https://fuseproject.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Yves Béhar</a> and <a href="https://www.plantprefab.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Plant Prefab</a> that&#8217;s bringing <a href="https://www.plantprefab.com/models/15"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">LivingHomes YB1</a> to life. LivingHomes YB1 was recently unveiled at the Summit festival in Los Angeles displaying an example of high-quality, design-focused prefab and what&#8217;s possible for the future.
We are incredibly excited to partner with Yves Béhar on his first home product for a really critical, fast growing segment in housing: ADUs/Tiny Homes. Yves is one of the top designers in the world and the YB1, the
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The A-Frame Nolla Cabin in Finland Has a Minimal Carbon Footprint

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/the-a-frame-nolla-cabin-in-finland-has-a-minimal-carbon-footprint/nolla-cabin-robin-falck-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/08/NOLLA-cabin-Robin-Falck-1-810x456.jpg" alt="The A-Frame Nolla Cabin in Finland Has a Minimal Carbon Footprint" /></a>
                                Remember <a href="http://robinfalck.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Robin Falck&#8217;s</a> incredible <a href="https://design-milk.com/micro-cabin-in-finland/"  rel="noopener" data-wpel-link="internal">micro cabin in Finland</a>? He&#8217;s back with another cabin, this time an A-frame, that also boasts a minimal carbon footprint. The <a href="http://robinfalck.com/#/nolla/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Nolla</a> cabin came about as part of Finnish renewable energy company <a href="https://www.neste.com/journeytozero/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Neste&#8217;s Journey to Zero</a> campaign where they&#8217;re working on ways to reduce emissions.
Located in Vallisaari, an island in Helsinki, Finland, the Nolla cabin is a dwelling that spans a compact 9-square-meters. It’s designed to be easily built, disassembled, and transported without the need for heavy machinery, making it an ideal option for a getaway. The structure rests on pedestals that can be adjusted to suit the landscape. It also means no harm is done to the land when/if the cabin is removed. The cabin is made for simple living amongst nature, stripped away of most modern conveniences, relying solely on renewable energy. It’s outfitted with solar panels on one side of the roof
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Plús Hús Is a 320-Square-Foot Flat-Packed Home by Minarc

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/plus-hus-is-a-320-square-foot-flat-packed-home-by-minarc/minarc-plus-hus-micro-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/06/Minarc-Plus-Hus-micro-1-810x534.jpg" alt="Plús Hús Is a 320-Square-Foot Flat-Packed Home by Minarc" /></a>
                                <a href="http://minarc.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Minarc</a> has thrown their hat into the ring with their answer to California&#8217;s housing crisis – the <a href="http://www.theplushus.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Plús Hús</a>, which is Icelandic for &#8220;plus house&#8221;. State regulations on ADUs (Accessory Dwelling Units), or &#8220;Granny flats&#8221;, have been loosened, meaning tiny houses can exist, which sent LA architectural firm Minarc to the drawing board. Their 16&#8242; x 20&#8242; structures are detached private units that are completely customizable allowing the buyer to use them for personal use or to turn into a rental. The Icelandic-inspired homes come flat-packed helping to reduce the cost of your future home office, guest house, rental apartment, yoga studio, or artist space.
The designers behind Minarc are Icelandic who bring their native country’s minimalist ideals to the forefront of their designs. The efficient structures are built using mnmMOD, a sustainable no-wood prefab panel system that’s built with 30% recycled material and are energy efficient. Each
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MINI Living and FreelandBuck Unveil the Urban Cabin Concept at the LA Design Festival

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/mini-living-freelandbuck-urban-cabin/miniliving-cabinconcept-la-9/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/06/MiniLiving-CabinConcept-LA-9-810x540.jpg" alt="MINI Living and FreelandBuck Unveil the Urban Cabin Concept at the LA Design Festival" /></a>
                                At just 160 square feet, it&#8217;s a wonder the <a href="https://www.mini.com/en_MS/home/living/the-global-village/introducing-the-global-village.html"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Los Angeles MINI LIVING Urban Cabin</a> fits a bedroom, dining room, kitchenette, bathroom, and entryway atrium in service of &#8220;contemplation&#8221; all within the confines of its micro-cabin dimensions. There&#8217;s even a small rooftop garden crowning the Urban Cabin. Yet, the spatial origami realized by MINI LIVING in collaboration with Los Angeles architecture firm <a href="http://www.freelandbuck.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">FreelandBuck</a> assembled atop of the ROW DTLA for this <span style="letter-spacing: 0.13px;">past weekend&#8217;s </span><a style="letter-spacing: 0.13px;" href="https://www.ladesignfestival.org/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">LA Design Festival</a><span style="letter-spacing: 0.13px;"> presents small space living not as compromise, but instead as an opportunity for ideas as expansive and transformative as the city it was designed to represent.</span>

Corinna Natter, Experience Designer and Designer of the Urban Cabins at MINI LIVING, explains the explorative urbanist concepts represented by the Los Angeles Urban Cabin project, noting its specificity and adaptability to the lifestyle and climate of Los Angeles.

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The collaborative nature of the Los Angeles Urban Cabin is
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Live That Luxe Life in a Shipping Container from Cocoon Modules

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                                Not everyone can turn a shipping container into a place someone would actually like to live but Athens, Greece based <a href="http://www.cocoonmodules.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">Cocoon Modules</a> has partnered up with natural mattress brand <a href="https://www.coco-mat.com/"  rel="noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">COCO-MAT</a> to change that. The container architecture startup takes old shipping containers and creates ideal modern dwellings for nomads, emergency housing, or people looking for a weekend home.
Their idea is to design units that are modular and can be moved if need be, while being outfitted with everything needed when the keys are handed over. Each unit only takes 6 weeks to complete before being delivered to its location making it a much more affordable option than other prefabs. They’re able to keep manufacturing costs up to 50% lower than conventional construction methods. Inside, the unit houses everything one would find in a regular sized home or apartment with plenty of storage and beautiful wood finishes. The large sliding glass
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A 1950s Micro Apartment Is Renovated for Modern Times

                                                <a href="https://design-milk.com/a-1950s-micro-apartment-is-renovated-for-modern-times/george-micro-apartment-j-in-1/" data-wpel-link="internal"><img src="https://design-milk.com/images/2018/02/George-micro-apartment-J-IN-1-810x540.jpg" alt="A 1950s Micro Apartment Is Renovated for Modern Times" /></a>
                                <a href="https://www.j-in.com.au/george/"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">George</a> is among several identical studio apartments that once housed nurses in the 1950s in Fitzroy, Melbourne, Australia. With just 28 square meters, the micro apartment needed a major renovation to make it work for today&#8217;s standards and that&#8217;s where <a href="https://www.j-in.com.au/"  rel="nofollow noopener external noreferrer" data-wpel-link="external">J-IN&#8217;s</a> Douglas Wan comes in. All internal walls were removed and with a new steel beam installed, the interior no longer required load-bearing walls to keep the ceiling up. That opened the design plan up to just about anything.
The new living space takes up a large portion of the square footage, blocked from front door by a corridor of wooden storage. The same light plywood continues into the living area with a floating multipurpose unit that goes from a large seating area for eight people to a bed that sleeps two in a matter of minutes. Built-in storage surrounds it and keeps things concealed when not in use. Back
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The Coolest Modern RVs, Trailers and Campers

                                Whether you&#8217;re an occasional camper looking for something small to pull to your next campsite or you want a top-of-the-line, no-expense-spared Xpedition vehicle, we got you covered. We scoped out some of our favorite recreational vehicles that do away with the typical aesthetics they&#8217;re general known for and focused on the modern variety that have been popping up more and more as people look to get away. Take a look at six of our favorite modern RVs, XVs, campers, and caravans.
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                                Definitely the most recognizable out of the group, the <a href="http://www.airstream.com/" >Airstream</a>, with its sleek silver exterior, is the longest-tenured recreational vehicle manufacturer in North America. Now, the iconic brand has partnered with another well-known American company, <a href="https://www.pendleton-usa.com/" >Pendleton Woolen Mills</a>, for a limited edition Airstream for 2016. With just 100 coming to life, the <a href="http://www.airstream.com/pendleton/" >Limited Edition Pendleton® National Park Foundation™ Airstream® Travel Trailer</a>, pays tribute to our nation&#8217;s <div class="post-limited-image"><img class="size-large wp-image-250863" src="http://1.design-milk.com/images/2016/01/Roundup-RV-1b-Airstream-Pendleton-600x351.jpg" alt="Limited Edition Pendleton® National Park Foundation™ Airstream® Travel Trailer" width="600" height="351" /></div>
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Best of the Best! Top 10 Posts of 2015

It’s time to announce the most popular and most read posts that we here at Design Milk offered up, from a mix of art to home furnishings, interiors to architecture, and all the good stuff in between, we try to bring it all. So, take a look back at the top 10 of your most favorite posts of 2015… Best of the Best! Top 10 Posts of 2015 10. The World’s First Shoe Upper Made of Ocean Waste
The world’s first shoe upper that’s made completely from recycled ocean waste. Carbon Black Wheelchair-1 9. A Wheelchair That Might Disrupt the Industry
Rather than let a spinal injury stop him from achieving his dreams, Andrew Slorance used it to completely redesign the look and function of the wheelchair. Monte-Rockwell-Bassinet-1 8. Your Baby’s First, Really Cool Bed
They may be small but newborns need cool, luxurious places to sleep too, so Ralph Montemurro designed the Rockwell Bassinet for Monte Design. Swirl-Big 7. Swirl Is the Most Beautiful Sink Faucet
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Best Interior Design Posts of 2015

We cover some of the most incredible modern interior design that the world has to offer, from restaurants to tiny apartments, spaces that we’d love to patron and others we wish we could inhabit. Take a look back at the most popular Interior Design posts from 2015. Best Interior Design Posts of 2015 10. The San Francisco Home of a Homepolish Interior Designer
Benedetta Amadi, of Homepolish, designed her own San Francisco pad, which included changing the layout, renovating the master bath, and adding built-ins. Tyche-Apartment-Colombo-Serboli-CaSA-1 9. A Fresh, Happy Holiday Apartment in Barcelona
Located in Barcelona, Spain, the Tyche Apartment is a colorful, relaxing home vacation complete with three bedrooms and historical details intact. Fiii-Fun-House-Restaurant-Iris-Cantante-1 8. A Clever, Fun Restaurant That Keeps the Kids in Mind
Architect Íris Cantante realized a restaurant in Argentina with cozy wooden features that aims to make the parents just as happy as the children. OnsDorp-StandardStudio-former-school-apartment-1 7. An Old School in Amsterdam is Converted into New
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Best Architecture Posts of 2015

From a look at tiny living to cleverly designed lofts, to convertible interiors to incredible single-family homes, we hopped around the world to showcase some of the most incredible architecture projects we could find. Take a look back at the top 10 Architecture posts we featured in 2015. Best Architecture Posts of 2015 10. YO! Home Is a Convertible Apartment Concept
YO! Home is a mind-blowing convertible apartment that’s an affordable concept high on style and design while being smart about space. Open-Eichler-Home-Klopf-Architecture-1 9. An Open Eichler Home by Klopf Architecture
A classic open, indoor/outdoor Eichler home was expanded upon by extending the original walls of glass making even more of a connection to outside. Getaway-Tiny-Homes-Living 8. Modern Inspiration for Small Space Living
Not only is living small advantageous from a financial + environment perspective, but it’s also a way to live with just the things you need. ESCAPEHomes-ESCAPE-Traveler-vacation-home-19 7. A 269 Square Foot Cottage on Wheels
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A 269 Square Foot Cottage on Wheels

A 269 Square Foot Cottage on Wheels I’m completely intrigued by the idea of living small – getting rid of all the excess, scaling back to what’s most important. I like the idea even more when it’s mobile, like the debut ESCAPE Traveler from ESCAPEHomes. They’ve launched a 269 square foot, “prairie style” cottage on wheels that you can pack up and go vacation in or move into permanently if you’re that bold. ESCAPEHomes-ESCAPE-Traveler-vacation-home-2 The small, portable space was styled after the award-winning Canoe Bay Resort cottages in Northern Wisconsin except these can go with you anywhere. ESCAPEHomes-ESCAPE-Traveler-vacation-home-3 The compact, energy efficient cabin is made in America’s heartland and can accommodate up to six people and comes complete with full-size appliances, a living area with a fireplace, a big screen TV, flooring to ceiling windows, and a washer and dryer. Basically every thing you could possibly need. The water and power hookups take just minutes letting you set it up
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Minimal Home Fits Everything You Need in 140 Square Feet

Minimal Home Fits Everything You Need in 140 Square Feet Somehow Polish designer Szymon Hanczar was able to take his 13-square-meter (approx. 140 square feet) city apartment and turn it into a surprisingly functional home that provides everything one might need or want. Besides being functional, the minimal space is pretty aesthetically amazing, right? 13sqm-minimal-living-space-hanczar-2 The apartment contains a loft bedroom, bathroom, kitchenette, a table, bike storage, a washing machine (what?!), storage, and a hammock. Perfect for a single person not looking for a huge place to maintain, which is exactly what Hanczar desired, while not having to give up any comfort or functionality. 13sqm-minimal-living-space-hanczar-3 13sqm-minimal-living-space-hanczar-4 Check out that tiny washing machine in the closet! 13sqm-minimal-living-space-hanczar-5 13sqm-minimal-living-space-hanczar-6 13sqm-minimal-living-space-hanczar-7 Despite packing so much function into such a small space, the apartment doesn’t feel small or cluttered at all. 13sqm-minimal-living-space-hanczar-8 13sqm-minimal-living-space-hanczar-9 13sqm-minimal-living-space-hanczar-10








Micro-housing Analysis & Opinion

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[All images by BUILD LLC] Within the last couple of years, the popularity of micro-housing (aka pod apartments, aPodments, microunits, or microflats) has been on the rise in the U.S. These one-room, self-contained living spaces are typically designed to accommodate a sitting space, sleeping space, bathroom and kitchenette, all within a minimal floor area. Here in Seattle, there are dozens of micro-housing developments cropping up lately, each with individual unit areas ranging between 150 and 350 square feet. Along with the popularity of micro-housing comes all of the edgy design competitions, the alluring coverage on architecture blogs, and the zippy marketing campaigns. But despite all of this high gloss publicity, we’ve noticed that people speak the term micro-housing with cautious suspicion, and usually punctuate it with a sigh. We’re no exception here at BUILD, and each time we see a new aPodment building go up in town, it’s difficult
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Travelbox Combines Essentials for Living In A Portable Box

Permitting on a budget, the architects of Juust have designed a compact “Travelbox” that consolidates all the essentials – bike, bed, table, chair and storage. Beautifully constructed from wood, the clever arrangement brings the comfort of home to wherever life may lead you. “In its closed position it is rigid, efficient, and ready to endure the inevitable bumps of international travel. Upon arrival the Travelbox can be unfolded to instantly transform your new abode into a comfortable home,” says .

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New York to Complete First Prefabricated “Micro-Apartments” this Summer

With floor areas clocking in at as little as 260 square feet, My Micro NY units by nARCHITECTS are the latest singles-oriented housing option to enter the New York rental market. The units will be stacked at the Brooklyn Navy Yard this spring, and are projected to welcome their first inhabitants by summer 2015.

Current New York city zoning and density rules set a minimum apartment floor area of 400 square feet, yet this regulation was waived for My Micro NY in the interests of creating more affordable housing. An inflated rental market has long posed issues for those seeking housing in the city, particularly singles and students with tight budgets. My Micro NY will create 32 stories and 55 individual apartments, whose features include 9 and 10 foot ceiling heights, Juliette balconies, and concealed storage space.

A look inside, after the break. 

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SCAD Explores Micro-Housing & the Future of Urban Living

SCAD Explores Micro-Housing & the Future of Urban Living In 2014, Savannah College of Art and Design (my alma mater!) unveiled a project that explored micro-housing and the future of urban living. Taking over a parking structure in midtown, Atlanta, Georgia, the teams created a series of fully functioning, fully furnished, 135-square-foot units that fit perfectly within a standard parking space. The project, SCADpad, brought together 75 current students, 37 alumni, and 12 SCAD professors from 12 academic degree programs to make it all happen. Take a look at the magic they created… SCADpad-Urban-Living-Micro-Housing-10 The team discovered that there are 105 million parking spaces in the U.S., meaning five spaces for every car, clearly tapping into a plentiful resource. With the population growing at such a rapid rate, urban density is, and has been, an issue that needs to be addressed. Figuring out solutions is key and the SCADpad team sought to create a sustainable, urban community centered around micro-housing and the result is three completed units that SCAD students began living in last April. SCADpad-Urban-Living-Micro-Housing-3 The three units were inspired by SCAD locations around the world – Asia, Europe, and North America. They showcase custom art installations from alumni on both the interior and exterior of each unit. SCADpad-Urban-Living-Micro-Housing-4 SCADpad Europe was inspired by the medieval landscape and history of SCAD Lacoste. The exterior was designed by SCAD fibers alumna Trish Andersen.
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MICROTOPIA: Free on ArchDaily for the Next 24 Hours

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For twenty-four hours only (until 5:59PM EST February 15th), ArchDaily readers have been given the exclusive opportunity to watch the documentary, MICROTOPIA, in its entirety, for free.

The film is a provocative look at the global trends of micro-housing, downsizing, and living off-grid. As the film-makers put it: “In an age of increasing population and technological gains, today’s mobile society has resulted in a demand, or perhaps a dream, for portable dwellings and dwellings in new settings and situations. explores how architects, artists and ordinary problem-solvers are pushing the limits to find answers to their dreams of portability,flexibility – and of creating independence from “the grid.”[...] On the sidewalk, on rooftops, in industrial landscapes and in nature we will see and feel how these abodes meet the dreams set up by their creators.”

Miss your 24-hour window? MICROTOPIA is available to rent for $3.99 on Vimeo.

MICROTOPIA to Stream Free on ArchDaily for 24 Hours

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An awesome documentary that somehow didn’t fall on our radar in time to be included in our “40 Architecture Docs to Watch in 2014,” MICROTOPIA is an in-depth look at fascinating, provocative micro-dwellings and the people who design/live in them.

is usually available to rent for $3.99 from Vimeo, BUT ArchDaily readers are receiving an exclusive offer to stream the documentary – absolutely free – for 24 hours only. So make sure to tune in from 6pm EST on February 14th to 5:59PM EST February 15th for this one-time opportunity.

For more about MICROTOPIA, check out the awesome trailer above, and read more information on the doc, after the break.

“In an age of increasing population and technological gains, today’s mobile society has resulted in a demand, or perhaps a dream, for portable dwellings and dwellings in new settings and situations. Microtopia explores how architects, artists and ordinary problem-solvers are pushing the limits to find answers to their dreams of portability,flexibility – and of creating independence from “the grid.”[...] On the sidewalk, on rooftops, in industrial landscapes and in nature we will see and feel how these abodes meet the dreams set up by their creators.”

Director: Jesper Wachtmeister, Solaris Filmproduktion

Producer: Jonas Kellagher, Eight Millimetres

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MICROTOPIA to Stream Free on ArchDaily for 24 Hours

Click here to view the embedded video.

An awesome documentary that somehow didn’t fall on our radar in time to be included in our “40 Architecture Docs to Watch in 2014,” MICROTOPIA is an in-depth look at fascinating, provocative micro-dwellings and the people who design/live in them.

MICROTOPIA is usually available to rent for $3.99 from Vimeo, BUT ArchDaily readers are receiving an exclusive offer to stream the documentary – absolutely free – for 24 hours only. So make sure to tune in from 6pm EST on February 14th to 5:59PM EST February 15th for this one-time opportunity.

For more about MICROTOPIA, check out the awesome trailer above, and read more information on the doc, after the break.

“In an age of increasing population and technological gains, today’s mobile society has resulted in a demand, or perhaps a dream, for portable dwellings and dwellings in new settings and situations. Microtopia explores how architects, artists and ordinary problem-solvers are pushing the limits to find answers to their dreams of portability,flexibility – and of creating independence from “the grid.”[...] On the sidewalk, on rooftops, in industrial landscapes and in nature we will see and feel how these abodes meet the dreams set up by their creators.”

Director: Jesper Wachtmeister, Solaris Filmproduktion

Producer: Jonas Kellagher, Eight Millimetres

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Nakagin Capsule Tower: A Prototype for Today’s Micro Housing

Seizing on the current trend for ‘micro-apartments‘ in cities such as New York, Fast Company has an interesting profile (including some great photos) of the Nakagin Capsule Tower, the 1972 Japanese building, one of the first (and still one of the most extreme) examples of small-plan living. The article explores both the successful and unsuccessful elements of the design, such as the difficult maintenance and non-openable windows, as well as the ongoing battle for preservation since the residents voted to replace the tower with a conventional building. You can read the full article here.