Matthew Ponsford, CNN

Matthew Ponsford

CNN

United Kingdom

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  • CNN
  • EcoWatch
  • The Independent
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Past articles by Matthew:

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Designing an end to a toxic American obsession: The Lawn

Americans do love their lawns. But when it comes to nature, they are biodiversity deserts. Find out how people are designing an end to the toxic yard and bringing new models to life. → Read More

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The ancient buildings that have shape-shifted across centuries

From Mexico City to Beijing, religious buildings have changed gods; gladiatorial arenas have become political rallying grounds, theaters or rock venues; and buildings celebrating fallen kings and leaders have been repurposed for surprising new roles. Visit some of the world's oldest and most chimeric structures. → Read More

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Mark Neville's semi-authentic portraits spotlight 'ecotopias' and a forgotten side of France

British photographer Mark Neville, shortlisted for the 2020 Deutsche Börse photography prize, began shooting portraits in the French region of Brittany in a funk at Britain's divisive Brexit referendum. But he emerged somewhere unexpected. → Read More

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Kendall Jenner appears as topless wax model on magazine cover by viral banana artist

How do you follow up charging $120,000 for a banana duct-taped to a wall? Well, try this. → Read More

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How African 'feng shui' can shape the continent's cities of the future

South African architect Mphethi Morojele, who designed Mandela's funeral, imagines the African city of the future → Read More

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Will the future be grown from mushrooms?

Call it functional fungi. From homes to shoes, an exhibition at Somerset House in London delves into the design possibilities of mushrooms. → Read More

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England's oldest horse race is a curious tradition rich in history

The Kiplingcotes Derby dates back to the reign of Henry VIII and it's not unusual for the runner-up to win more prize money than the winner. → Read More

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How nature's ancient technologies can inform today's cities

Nature-based technologies are influencing how today's architects, planners and designers respond to the global climate crisis. → Read More

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Remember when the NBA banned Michael Jordan's sneakers?

Remember when Michael Jordan stepped on court in pair of red and black sneakers, broke the NBA's rules and kicked off the multibillion-dollar celebrity-endorsed foorwear industry? → Read More

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Vivid portraits shine light on Tahiti's 'third gender'

On the island of Tahiti, there is said to be something akin to a sixth sense -- one that belongs to neither men nor women. Instead, it is the sole domain of the "mahu," a community recognized as being outside the traditional male-female divide. → Read More

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Paris' Longchamp racecourse gets ready for 'the best race in the world'

Paris hopes that the historic Longchamp racecourse, following a $145M renovation and a disappointing debut last year, will get back to its past splendor. → Read More

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History's riches: Inside the private collection of a Rothschild heir

Lord Jacob Rothschild, who owns Marie Antoinette's writing desk, says his collecting habit is driven by the desire to acquire what's "missing." → Read More

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Why the best racehorses go for tens of millions

Changing hands for tens of millions of dollars, the world's elite horses rival soccer players for astronomical fees. → Read More

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London Design Fair declares "biomaterials" its material of the year

Co-created by humans and nature, biomaterials derived from corn husks and beehives are among those being honored at this year's London Design Fair. → Read More

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Jackie Kennedy's pillbox hat at the 1961 presidential inauguration

Not everything went to plan with Jackie's distinctive headpiece, which was designed by Halston, one of America's most influential fashion designers. → Read More

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The female photographers who vanished from museums

"Elles x Paris" allows you to discover the photographic pioneers many galleries have left out of the picture. → Read More

Are Plant-Eaters Smarter and More Empathetic Than Meat-Eaters?

In certain brain areas associated with empathy, meat eaters' brains responded less to seeing humans make speech-like movement, echoing findings from other tests that showed increased activity in empathy circuits among people who do not eat meat for ethical reasons. But figuring out where the human brain reacts was the easy part. → Read More

Are Plant-Eaters Smarter and More Empathetic Than Meat-Eaters?

In certain brain areas associated with empathy, meat eaters' brains responded less to seeing humans make speech-like movement, echoing findings from other tests that showed increased activity in empathy circuits among people who do not eat meat for ethical reasons. But figuring out where the human brain reacts was the easy part. → Read More

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You are being watched: Inside two American designer' facial recognition dystopia

At the London Design Biennale, the United States Pavilion looks at dystopian potential of facial recognition technology. → Read More

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How Polaroid changed photography

Long before they invoked sun-bleached nostalgia, Polaroid pictures were considered a flash of impossibly futuristic technology. → Read More