Daphne Tsang

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The 31-year-old teacher who beat 30,000 people to become the world champion of public speaking explains exactly how she did it

On Saturday, Ramona Smith was named the 2018 Toastmasters world champion of public speaking.<p>Smith, a 31-year-old high-school teacher from Houston, outlasted more than 30,000 other speakers from around the world over the six-month World Championship of Public Speaking competition, the largest of its …

Public Speaking

4 things extreme savers refuse to spend money on

If you want to up your savings, you're going to have to make some sacrifices — some big and some small.<p>For starters, consider cutting these four …

Commuting

MIT champions large-scale timber architecture with Longhouse proposal

Wood is the key to a more sustainable building industry, says architect John Klein, who has led Massachusetts Institute of Technology students in …

Architecture

The World’s Greatest Architectural Projects for 2018

From a transformed urban grain silo in Denmark to a holistically designed Buddhist shrine in China and a raw concrete concert hall in Mexico, here …

Building a 'second nature' into our cities: wildness, art and biophilic design

Biophilic design is beginning to boom. Witness its recent incorporation into the Melbourne Metro project and Sydney’s award-winning One Central Park, …

Apple’s Chicago Store cordons off outdoor area due to snowfall

Apple’s flagship Chicago Apple Store may be designed to look like a giant MacBook, but it’s apparently not designed to cope with the area’s harsh winters and snowfall.<p>Or, at least, that’s according to a local Chicago blog, which reveals how the North Michigan Ave. Apple Store’s sloping roof has run …

Norman Foster's “idli maker” design for state assembly building in Indian state's new capital

<i></i>Soon after the news, an Indian architect posted an image of [Foster's] design juxtaposed next to a stainless-steel idli maker—the kind used to steam …

Foster + Partners converts landmark Hong Kong office tower into high-end hotel

Foster + Partners is transforming a former government headquarters tower in Hong Kong into a luxury hotel, retaining the building's original …

One Architect Wants to Solve Hong Kong’s Housing Crisis with Converted Water Pipes

OPods offer studio-style living in a city where space is at a premium<p>As in most global cities, affordable housing in Hong Kong is hard to come by. With nearly 7,000 residents per square kilometer, finding somewhere decent to live is an exercise in compromise. But with the average apartment measures …

How Zero Mass is using solar panels to pull drinkable water directly from the air

Zero Mass’ ambitious plan to change water<p>At some point while standing on the roof of an old car dealership in Scottsdale, Arizona, I noted that it was hot outside. Almost as if on cue, our cameras began to overheat and shut down.<p>The founder of Zero Mass Water told me that this kind of early …

Leading Stanford climate scientist builds incredible net zero home, complete with Tesla Powerwall

A leading climate scientist — who has dedicated his career to proving the feasibility of transitioning the world off fossil fuels — walks the walk …

Transparent Solar Cells Make Any Window Generate Energy

Michigan State University believes transparent solar could harvest as much energy as rooftop solar, but without the bulk.<p>PCMag reviews products …

Green-roofed village shows a more sustainable way to rebuild after disasters

When the 8.0-magnitude Sichuan Earthquake devastated China in 2008, nearly 5 million people were left homeless. Rural Urban Framework, a non-profit …

Design

zaha hadid's one thousand museum nears full height in miami

<b>as construction on zaha hadid’s only residential skyscraper in the western hemisphere moves ahead, new computer drawings of the project have been</b> …

Trump Could Crush Solar Industry With One Administrative Ruling

Renewable energy is under siege from many sides: cuts to research and development funds, repeal of the Clean Power Plan, a proposed rule subsidizing coal and nuclear. There’s even talk of repealing tax credits passed by Congress in 2015 with rare bipartisan support. But according to industry …

The Art of Covert Selling as a Public Speaker

Five strategies you can use to sell your product without pushing for a sale.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>When it comes to speaking about your business, there are many environments when you simply can't go directly for the sale.<p>So, what should you do? Earn social …

"Astana is a metropolis of obsolescence"

Astana Expo 2017 may have aspired to a post-carbon future, but it was hard to imagine from the capital of a country made wealthy by fossil fuels, …

Extraordinary living chandelier with algae-filled leaves purifies the air

Lighting design has come a long way. Julian Melchiorri, a London-based designer and engineer, created this extraordinary living chandelier that not …

Shanghai's newest theater looks hypnotic with its kinetic facade

Shanghai’s Fosun Foundation is inspired by traditional Chinese theaters and was designed by Foster+Partners and Heatherwick Studio.<p>The …

Kinetic

Thomas Heatherwick unveils massive museum carved out of a historic grain silo

Prolific architect Thomas Heatherwick just finished transforming an old grain silo in Cape Town into South Africa’s largest art museum – the Zeitz …

5 Things You Need to Do When Bootstrapping Your Startup

Finance your own business and keep 100 percent<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>I'm a major advocate of bootstrapping -- I believe the lessons learned along the way are priceless, and owing 100 percent of your business is well worth the struggles and challenges. With that …

Entrepreneurship

The Way We Get Electricity Is About to Change Forever

Batteries are everywhere these days: in our iPhones, toothbrushes, vacuum cleaners, and electric cars. But batteries—really big batteries—are just …

Pasadena's Case Study House No. 10 listed for $3 million after renovation

As millions of soldiers returned home from World War II, the nation faced a housing shortage. In response to the pinch, Los Angeles-based Arts and Architecture magazine designed and commissioned 36 experimental houses to showcase innovative and inexpensive architecture techniques.<p>The group of …

This amazing rotating home lets you change the view with a push of a button

UK-based D*Haus has put a new “spin” on residential architecture by developing a home with a spectacular rotating roof! The newly unveiled Devon …

Spot the retractable stair in this brilliant tiny house (Video)

We once famously complained that tiny houses were too cutesy and derivative. But since then, we've seen a real evolution of this particular type of …

Cute

Bill Gates on the biggest bets in energy investing

<i>This piece is featured in Quartz’s new book</i> The Objects that Power the Global Economy. <i>You may not have seen these objects before, but they’ve already changed the way you live. Each chapter examines an object that is driving radical change in the global economy. This is from the chapter on the</i> …

A Material That Throws Heat into Space Could Soon Reinvent Air-Conditioning

A radiative cooling technology could help cut energy consumption in new buildings by nearly 70 percent—and significantly shave demand in existing …

U.S. Dept. of Energy

You can now draw with markers made from Asia's air pollution

“Pollution is nothing but the resources we are not harvesting,” the architect, inventor, and philosopher Buckminster Fuller once said. ”We allow them to disperse because we’ve been ignorant of their value.”<p>Bucky’s provocation sparked MIT graduate Anirudh Sharma, and for the last three years his …

The Year's Best Nature Photos Send a Striking Environmental Message

Time's almost up for sending your photos to the National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year Contest. Here's the competition.<p>The Olympics of nature photography is nearly here, as National Geographic gears up to name the winner of the National Geographic Nature Photographer of the Year …

Why Are Immigrants More Entrepreneurial?

What do Arianna Huffington (Huffington Post), Dietrich Mateschitz (Red Bull), Elon Musk (Tesla, SpaceX), and Sergey Brin (Google) have in common? Apart from their success as entrepreneurs, they all share one distinct characteristic: extensive cross-cultural experience. Huffington grew up in Athens …