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Why Special Driving Tests For Senior Citizen Are Unfair

Young people have far more accidents than the elderly, yet no one is clamoring for greater restrictions to be imposed on them. Why are we singling out senior citizen drivers?

Holding the road in the UK
Holding the road in the UK
Thomas Harloff

MUNICH — It has been three months since Germany's Minister for Transport and Digital Infrastructure Alexander Dobrindt made it clear in an interview with Bild am Sonntag that "mandatory driving tests for senior citizens will not be introduced."

But now it appears that reality has caught up with Dobrindt: The other week, an 84-year-old driver confused his car's accelerator FOR the break, crashing into a café in the Baden-Wurttemberg town of Bad Säckingen. Two people were killed and 13 other café patrons were injured.

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Return To Clay: Why An Ancient Building Material Is Back In Fashion

Concrete and glass are often thought of as the only building materials of modern architecture. But Francis Diébédo Kéré, the first African winner of a prestigious Pritzker architecture prize, works with clay, whose sustainability is not the only benefit.

Francis Diébédo Kéré extended the primary school in the village of Gando, Burkina Faso

Clara Le Fort

"Clay is fascinating. It has this unique grain and is both beautiful and soft. It soothes; it contributes to well-being..."

Francis Diébédo Kéré, the first African to be awarded the prestigious Pritzker Prize last March, is paying tribute to clay. It's a material that he adores, which has too often been shunned and attributed to modest constructions and peasant houses. Diébédo Kéré has always wanted to celebrate "earthen architecture”: buildings made out of clay. It's a technique that has been used for at least 10,000 years, which draws on this telluric element, known as dried mud, beaten earth, rammed earth, cob or adobe.

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