Round-ups and musings on news, issues and topics of interest by our editor and guest editors.

Unbroken futures

If the “City of Lights” can turn off its switches, the nights may darken but the future stays bright. In December 2012, the French minister for energy and environment, Delphine Batho announced plans to switch off all lights inside and outside shops, office and public buildings (including the Eiffel tower) on Paris’ Champs Elysees between 1am-7am beginning July 2013.

The ethicurean age

Welcome to Assemble Papers, a young publication with an old soul exploring the culture of living closer together and small footprint life. Assemble Papers stands for optimism and the hunger to understand context; to join the dots between the ideal and the practical; to advocate for the local while participating in an international conversation.