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  • Questions I cant quite answer... yet

    Poverty, Industrial Design

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    Lee Winfield

    My Passion: Allow all people access to clean water

    Thesis issue: The lack of clean water in some parts of the world

    What aspect of this issue will your project address: Collection of water through natural resources

    What is your project: unclear at the moment…

    Who will benefit most from your design: some people who currently don’t have access to clean drinking water who could have access to my design. (Realistically, I will gain the most from this design. From the process of making it and dreaming it.)

    How will they benefit: they will have some more clean water available to them by developing an understanding of how to create access for themselves

    Some of their characteristics: Make less that 5 dollars a day (the other 90%)

    Underlying assumption: (too many!!) -Clean drinking water will improve people’s lives and health. -that my intended audience have access to my design

    What’s at stake: PEOPLE ARE DYING and UNHAPPY because they don’t have access to the most natural resource on earth necessary for life

    What non profits do you think you want to work with & their missions: Huge list that never ends.. but this is for now i had a hard time letting the ones that didnt have branches in nyc stay out of this list (hundreds of fascinating orgs around the world)

    1. Oxfam action corps NYC. working to create lasting solutions to poverty, hunger, and injustice worldwide.
    2. Sierra Club. NYC Public interest organization promotes conservation of natural envi...
  • Illuminating City

    Environment, Environmental Design

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    Marina Bay, Singapore

    The World's first F1 night race takes place in Singapore on 28th September 2008. Since the race begins at night, lighting is a key factor to ensure safety of drivers. The system requires about 3000 lux to illuminate the circuit up to 4 times brighter than a typical stadium. This has resulted in a pretty interesting urban phenomenon - Illuminating City.

    See more interesting photos and stories from Singapore at urban-o-mania

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    basically a second map to the one i posted on A Good Life 6 blog

  • So ive been really thinking. I want to work with bicyclists, rollerbladers, skateboarders (which i mentioned to Tom Ohare, in an email over the summer) Near my apt, by the GWB i always see all these young skateboarders in this little road reserved for Emergency vehicles. I like it. I like their little culture, though im slightly intimidated by em. they're only 10-18 years old if i had to guess their age.

    Bottom line is the most recent observations that ive been noticing were the amount of vandalized bikes on the road. Wheni researched a NFP that Steven recomended, called Transalt.org, they have a huge section just on bike vandalism, how they are never pursued because the cops dont care. the neistat borthers on youtube, show how easy it is to steal bikes in broad daylight. no one stops em. someone even offered to help!!! So thats one issue in transportation that i would like to check out. the other issue is on our pollution, or maybe how unnecesary our lifestyle of cars in a city is ridiculous. Im watchin another clip from the nesistat brothers, on how fats hes gettin through the holland tunnel. and he also has to dodge the cops by going behind a truck. they dont notice him. but then when he gets to the otherside and hes in the clear, he goes to a cop to ask "whens the last PATH train" back into NYC. meaning we have a problem of when PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION STOPS SERVICE for the NIGHT. and then after that when he gets into the PATH train, he has to wait during certa...

  • Code Creations offers more eco-apparel

    Arts & Culture, Fashion Design

    We have now started offering all our designs on t-shirts, night shirts, baby clothes and even K-9 clothes. Check them out at www.Code-Creations.com

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    According to a recent newsletter posting for Sustainable Brands Weekly, apparently consumers are. But in these hard times, we must not forget the environment, I'm sure it's just a phase and will soon clear up. Certain consumers in specific regions will continue to support green products, services and incorporating into their lifestyle, for example Portland, Boulder and San Francisco.

    Only time will tell....The Farmer's market in San Francisco continues to be a zoo, and organic food and produce is still prevalent --as so for reusable bags, and low end purchases such as cleaning products. Green services, clothing and high end accessories are for the most part taking a back seat .... at least for the time being.


    Sustainable Brands Weekly

    Are Consumers Rethinking Their Commitment to Green?

    Sept. 17, 2008 - Half of Americans may still be hot for green products, but consumers' willingness to pay more for green alternatives has decreased since last year, according to a new survey.

    Going Green, an annual report examining how much consumers actually care about green issues, indicates that Echo Boomers (ages 16-29) and GenXers (ages 30-43) are more concerned about the environment compared to a year ago. But while interest in green issues continues to grow, consumers' willingness to pay more for green alternatives has decreased, according to the report.

    "There is a looming challenge for marketers of green products and services," says Dr. David Bersoff, the a...

  • Greengaged at the Design Council

    Environment, Environmental Design

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    Organized by Re-Design, Thomas.Matthews & Kingston University

    September 2008, London.

    Greengaged was a long overdue weeklong series of events on design and sustainability. Unfortunately, I could not spend the entire week attending events so I can only offer a synopsis of a few. I regret having missed many apparently fruitful discussions that can be found on their website. Nevertheless some of the sessions I did attend were excellent.

    In a workshop called The Power of Design Pio Barone Lumaga, from Morphic Productions, described how difficult it is to break patterns: it takes time and patience to rewire our habitual behaviour. The interval between understanding and internalizing information takes time. But sometimes shame can produce a cognitive shock that can inspire new behaviour. Still it is illogical to expect people to change quickly because of a clever or logical argument. Lumaga told a story that helped the audience understand the importance of feedback loops when responding to danger. We must communicate awareness that our feedback loops are dangerously long in our current society and we are not responding adequately to the present crisis. We urgently need to create a quantum leap in communications & revamp our cultural map. Designers must rework their practice and ask themselves not what will they create, but why will they design what they design. Most design improvements with incremental efficiencies are meaningless in the face of increasing consumptio...

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    University of Brighton 20 September 2008

    The 360 Degrees conference was convened by DEEDS (Design Education for Sustainability), a project that aims to integrate sustainability into mainstream design education and practice. DEEDS is creating exactly the kind of conversations that designers must have in order to respond to the challenges of a rapidly changing world.

    Anne-Marie Willis, design educator from Sydney, Founder of the EcoDesign Foundation and now working with Tony Fry at Team D / E / S, gave the first key note speech. Willis presented her work developing the idea of sustainment and redirected practice. She described unsustainability as a normality in industrialized development, a structural feature of the current system. Climate change, loss of biodiversity, pollution, etc. must be seen as symptoms of a larger problem – that is our conceptual framework that allows these things to exist. Only by understanding that the unsustainable is structural, can we hope to create the paradigm shift that will break free from the legacy of corrosive systems. Willis’ essential point is that sustainability as it is practiced now has definitive limits, and often works to ‘sustain the unsustainable’.

    For design as a professional practice to survive, it will need to redirect itself and shift the structure of unsustainability by ‘redesigning design’, i.e. redirecting design so we have the agency to work towards ‘sustainment’. Sustainment is defined as ‘how to continue t...

  • Album Art for Dean Fields

    Arts & Culture, Communication Design

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    Album art for Dean Fields

  • Poster Design for Motion City Soundtrack

    Arts & Culture, Audio/Visual Design

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    Poster Design for Motion City Soundtrack

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