Courtesy Fast Co. Design

Austrian architect and designer Herwig Scherabon uses data visualization to create prints that highlight urban issues such as income inequality, evictions, and racial inequality in his self-published book The Atlas of Gentrification (2016). Seemingly abstract images show viewers pertinent information such as how many people have been evicted from their residences in the San Francisco Bay area since 1997, or the imbalance of rent prices in London. Scherabon's goal is to bridge the gap between data's complicated output and people's understanding of the issues. "If you visualize data as what it is—material, basically—you often end up with confusing results or you fail to communicate the message," he says in a Fast Co. Design article. "It’s crucial that you understand what you’re communicating, the content, and the story. You filter what’s compelling about it and take the reader through what’s interesting." [Fast Co. Design]

Stockholm aims to give Christmas trees a new life after the holidays by turning the beloved trees into biochar, which can be reintroduced to soil as plant food and or used as biofuel. [CityLab]

Researchers at the Queen Mary University of London's School of Engineering and Materials Science have investigated what gives deer antlers their resilience in the hopes of making more unbreakable materials. [Phys.org]

PS 2017, Swedish furniture manufacturer IKEA's new line of furnishings, incorporates 3D-knitting in its armchairs—a technique that was also recently used for Nike's Flyknit shoes. [3D Print]

The release of the highly anticipated George Lucas film Rogue One: A Star Wars Story brought on praise, but also some unexpected criticism from architects and engineers, who critiqued the movie's Death Star spaceship on account of poor practical design. [Wired]

Scientists are tackling the issue of deforestation by using laser technology to map out forests that calculates how much carbon is expelled. [BBC]

Elon Musk's electric automobile and energy storage company, Tesla Motors, has accomplished the master plan Musk envisioned in 2006. [Engadget]

Smartphone app Whim wants to change the way people commute in cities by making itself the only ticket required for any mode of public transportation. [ZDNet]

Solar energy is slowly becoming one of the cheapest energy sources in the world due to lower prices on solar panels. [Bloomberg]

Researchers from the University of Gothenburg, the Swedish Institute at Athens, and the Karditsa archaeological service used ground-penetrating radar technology to uncover a buried ancient city in Greece. [University of Gothenburg]

New York-based biomaterials company Ecovative Design launched a Grow-It-Yourself Holiday Kit that allows users to grow their own sustainable ornaments out of mycelium. [Ecovative Design]