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  • Ephemeral Horticouture

    Arts & Culture, Fashion Design

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    These handmade floral and leafy couture creations by Vancouver-based artist Nicole Dextras are pretty darn phenomenal. Known also as 'Weedrobes', the artist actually categorizes them on her website as 'ephemeral art'. They are crafted to be impermanent with only a photographic record to document their moment of green splendor.

  • Hidden Depths Poster

    Environment, Communication Design

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    Really liked this poster by student Sarah Cupitt, from Kingston Polytechnic (UK), selected with other work by Michael Johnson and posted on his website.

    “Sarah Cupitt’s hidden depths poster looks innocuous at first, then on closer inspection....reveals its creatures to be plastic, to protest against the increasing amount of litter in our oceans."

  • Its Been A Long The Journey

    Arts & Culture, Audio/Visual Design

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    Its been a long the journey that i have come to know more of who i am to where i belong.

    The way in which a man can finde his own way is to tune his insturment to the kenote of the chord to which he belongs.

    Sound is the force that groups all things from attoms to worlds. and what we call life is boath a recognized exsistance with in a sertin degree of VIBRATIONS.

    Design 21 is a Beautyful Place To BE.

    Thank You D21

  • éL: Elevated Cycleway: 2008

    Community, Industrial Design

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    The Elevated Cycleway (éL) provides increased riding safety by connecting and filling gaps in a preexisting but patchy network of bicycle infrastructure. The éL is inspired by the California Cycleway of 1900, a wooden elevated bike path, built after the “bike craze” of the late 1890s, which ran from Pasadena through the Arroyo Seco to downtown Los Angeles. “In 1901 nervous cyclists found the track safer than the widest roads, for there are no horses to avoid, no trains or trolley-cars, no stray dogs or wandering children.”

    éL is a Product that can be implemented by city governments utilizing existing electric service poles or new structural poles when needed. eL is lighter and quicker than new wood or concrete bridge construction. Parts are rotationally molded from 100% recycled Polyethelye (LDPE) overmolded on recycled aluminum struts for support. Los Angeles is a dangerous place for cyclists. LA lacks proper bike paths and lanes, and has been bisected and segmented by a labyrinthine network of freeways. The éL product system solves the problem and reconnects communities that have been bisected by poor land use decisions.

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  • Terra! Anti-smog 'campaign' - Rome

    Communication, Environmental Design

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    "150 statues across Rome were wearing elasticated anti-pollution masks over their mouths on Thursday morning following a covert night-time operation by environmental activists.

    Early-morning joggers and dog walkers alerted the police to the masks after finding them on statues of Roman emperors lining Via dei Fori Imperiali near the Colosseum, famous magistrates around Rome's Palace of Justice, and Garibaldi's mustachioed generals on the Janiculum Hill.

    Statues in Piazza del Popolo and along two bridges across the River Tiber were also dressed in the protective gear.

    The activists from environmental group Terra! had also hung no-entry road signs around the necks of the statues bearing the chemical symbol for carbon dioxide."

    (from ANSA)

    A really effective 'campaign' that's getting a lot of press over here. A simple, harmless idea that gets across a very big issue. A kind of vandalism, I know, but I really love the idea that it looks like it's the statues themselves, romans, angels, military figures, etc, that are protesting at the pollution levels. Wish I'd come up with something like that. Bravi! 'Terra!'

  • No Idle Hands at Light Industry

    Arts & Culture, Audio/Visual Design

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    Tuesday, June 10, 2008 at 8pm

    Curated by Sabrina Gschwandtner

    Handcraft--absorbing, obsessive, mysterious, political, communal and mythical--is the subject of these documentaries, which range from exhaustively researched to casually recorded and even imagined.

    Works include:

    Kusama’s Self-Obliteration, Yayoi Kusama/Jud Yalkut, 16mm, 1964, 24 mins

    When This You See..., Elaine Reichek, video, 1998, 17 mins

    Odd Fellows, Alee Peoples, Super-8 to video, 2006, 5 mins

    Paracas, Cecilia Vicuña, 16mm to video, 1993, 18 mins

    Handmade Nation: The Rise of DIY Art, Craft and Design, Faythe Levine, video, 20 mins (excerpt from the feature film to be released 2009)

    The screening will be followed by a Q&A session with Faythe Levine, Elaine Reichek and Cecilia Vicuña.

    See http://www.lightindustry.org

  • Low carbon affordable homes

    Environment, Environmental Design

    Are we, architects, able to deliver low carbon homes at affordable price? to make it possible for everybody to own a home that does not cost the earth?

  • iDcollective.blogspot.com

    Arts & Culture, Industrial Design

    Hey everyone! I am new to design21 and just getting used to things. If you want, please check out my blog iDcollective.blogspot.com

    thanks!

  • Socially Conscious Film Festival

    Arts & Culture, Communication Design

    You are invited to the Film Festival 08 : East Speaks, Here - Asia & Middle East 's first online film festival.

    The hearts & minds of storytellers, from various countries, unveiled at this open film festival presented by Culture Unplugged Studios in partnership with you and all the film-makers participating.

    The festival, wishing to focus on not just films, nor just film-makers, but the consciousness transplanted thru cinema.

    Be the jury and Enjoy! Film Festival 08 : East Speaks, Here - http://www.cultureunplugged.com

    Watch, vote and spread the buzz in your community, on your social networks, in your blogs.

    Promote consciousness.

    Enjoy,

    nilankur

  • By ClimateBiz Staff, ClimateBiz

    NEW YORK, N.Y. -- Companies such as Nike, Google, Anheuser-Busch and Levi Strauss have taken strides in reducing greenhouse gas emissions and communicating those efforts in ways that are transparent to consumers, according to the second Climate Counts Company Scorecard released today.

    The Scorecard, available in a pocket-sized shopping guide, gives consumers the ability to make purchasing decisions based on whether companies are walking the walk to battle climate change. The report found that 84 percent of companies improved their climate-related efforts since the first scorecard was released last June, but the food services sector scored the lowest average.

    “Business is being pushed by consumers to do their part to solve the climate crisis,” said Gary Hirshberg, CEO of Stonyfield Farm and Climate Counts chair. “The Scorecard allows consumers to make good climate decisions in their everyday purchases, and it’s having an impact.”

    Climate Counts is a nonprofit that created the scorecard using input from business and climate experts. (Full disclosure: GreenBiz Executive Editor Joel Makower is a Climate Counts board member.) It used 22 criteria to ranks companies on four benchmarks: whether they measure their carbon footprint, efforts to reduce it, support or opposition to climate-related legislation and communication with the public on their actions. It also ranks companies according to sector: apparel, beverages, consumer shipping, ...

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