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  • Marks & Spencer to Receive 2008 WEC Gold Medal

    Environment, Industrial Design


    The World Environment Center's (WEC) Twenty-Fourth Annual Gold Medal for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development has been awarded to Marks & Spencer for linking sustainability extensively with its supply chain, operations, and customers.

    Marks & Spencer’s Signature Contribution, known as Plan A, was cited by the independent international Gold Medal Jury as an extraordinary and successful model of sustainability practice.

    Following the success of their 2005, Look behind the label fairtrade campaign, leading UK retailer, Marks and Spencer launched a £200m ethical campaign in 2006, entitled Plan A. The 100-point, five year sustainable development program, covers all aspects of Marks & Spencer’s business. Through it, the UK retailer aims to become carbon neutral and send no waste to landfill from its own operations; extend sustainable sourcing; set new standards in ethical trading and help its customers and employees live a healthier lifestyle.

    Stuart Rose, Chief Executive, Marks & Spencer said: We are delighted to receive this prestigious award. Our customers, shareholders and employees have also embraced our Plan A ambitions, and it’s now how we do business. While we still have a long way to go and face many more challenges ahead, we are making good progress and this recognition will provide even more motivation for our teams as we continue to deliver our plan.

    The WEC Gold Medal Award will be presented to Marks & Spencer ...

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    The IF Research Group (grif), in collaboration with i-Rec and the CIB, organizes a

    Conference-workshop about procurement of construction projects in the international context.

    The conference will be held at the Université de Montréal, Canada, in October 23, 24 and 25 2008.

    All the information about the conference at: grif

    The conference hinges on a set of workshops, group meetings and keynote presentations around three main themes:

    Theme 1: Public initiatives: public tendering, ensuring accountability, obtaining value-for-money etc. Theme 2: Private initiatives: international competitions, international bidding, public-private partnerships etc. Theme 3: Humanitarian aid and international development: construction for development in poor communities, reconstruction after disasters etc.

    The conference brings together:

    CIBW92 on Procurement of construction projects CIBW107 on Construction in developing countries CIB TG63 on Disasters and the built environment The i-Rec network on post-disaster reconstruction.

    The conference-workshop addresses – among others - the following issues:

    How to procure a building project abroad? How do architects participate in international construction? What are the main risks of international procurement? What are the main risks of working abroad? Is it possible to implement procurement internationally? Is there such a thing as a real international supply chain?

    The conference is intended for both academics and practitioner...

  • Create '08

    Arts & Culture


    As we continue to strive to give artists and creative professionals the resources they need at a fraction of the cost, we are adding more benefits to our already loaded membership plans to encourage people to <b>“Create in ‘08”</b>.

    Stoking creative fires across the fields of fabrication, digital media, graphic design, photography and more, the new features to the <b>I Heart Brooklyn, Annual and Trial</b> memberships provide free classes and studio time along with some big savings to anyone signing up for membership starting January 1st.

    <b>FREE STUDIO TIME!!!</b>

    New Trial members (3-month term at $60 per month) will receive a complimentary 4-hour block of time in the photo studio or day pass in the wood and metal shop while new Annual members (12-month term at $30 per month) receive one month of free membership and the same a choice of a complimentary 4-hour block in the photo studio or day pass in the shop.


    The best savings and bonuses are found with all new I Heart Brooklyn members ($300 per month) whose membership grants unlimited access to all of 3rd Ward’s facilities. I Heart Brooklyn members who sign up for a year will have the opportunity to take an unlimited number classes and receive one free month of membership while those signing up for 3 months will have the unlimited classes option as well for a nominal, per class registration fee.

    <b>REMEMBER: LEAR...

  • Where to read my blog.

    Arts & Culture


    I do update my blog every so often. You can read it here: link

  • Manifiesto de diseño

    Arts & Culture, Environmental Design


    Diseña,de manera pacifica. Llevemos la paz al diseño actual. El calentamiento global es la situación más difícil y comprometida a la que hoy nos enfrentamos. Necesitamos un nuevo sistema de diseño que cree ideas de una manera sostenible. Todos estamos interconectados. Nada esta separado, nada es otro. La relación entre todos los sistemas vivos que es sagrada. El resultado final es la paz a todos los niveles: paz personal, paz mundial, paz con la naturaleza. Diseña,con libertad. Sé un activista del diseño. Haz diseño solidario. El diseño puede y debe convertirse en un camino en el que cada uno de nosotros podamos participar en el cambio de la sociedad… Diseñando con la gente necesitada… diseñando para ellos, aprenderás y ellos aprenderán de ti… Diseña, con “las gafas del cielo”. Diseñar como si estuvieras viendo el mundo desde el cielo, para tener una perspectiva global, holística… integrando la economía, la ecología, la espiritualidad y la ciencia. Conecta todo el proceso de la vida, a través de un trabajo creativo y sostenible. Aprende de la naturaleza, es nuestro mejor maestro. Podemos diseñar como la naturaleza con humildad, reverencia y sin límites.

    No necesitamos más productos, necesitamos más árboles. Diseña árboles. El árbol es un ser espiritual, un maestro…. es la conexión entre el cielo y la tierra, convierte en una llamada para la paz. El diseño actual tiene necesidad de paz. Nosotros podemos ser el cambio que queremos ver en el ...

  • 145 of 1604

    Communication, Communication Design


    This is such an encouragement to be selected one of the finalist and I'm glad that they have taken steps to move on to the competition results.

  • The Groundswell Weekly Review

    Arts & Culture, Audio/Visual Design


    The Groundswell Blog is dedicated to clever and innovative trends of art and design in activism. We seek out artists from around the globe who are using their talents for progressive change.

    Here is the week in review.

  • Recent Press with the NRDC's OnEarth Magazine

    Arts & Culture, Environmental Design


    Knitting in a Winter Wonderland

    ISSUE: Winter 2008, frontlines | December 1, 2007

    Multimedia artist Abigail Doan, who divides her time between New York City and Siena, Italy, describes herself variously as a "geomorphic agent," an "environmental tinker," and an "art-farmer." She explains, "I create tactile maps, floating topographies, and in situ souvenirs that highlight the delicate nature of our environs and the degradation of spirit that results from our repeated abuse of natural resources and shared terrain." A bit of a mouthful, perhaps, but the results of her forays into the natural world are simple and beautiful: anything from drawings and photographs to sculptured bundles of vegetation, or, as here, the whimsical interplay of snow-covered branches and crocheted fiber.

  • Wow...just to get some of the initial wow off my chest...Michael Wolff was a breath of acrid fresh air that turned a big pat on our backs into a gripping deathmatch of design philosophy.

    Milton was right: We should take part in the world around us...because we have to. It's our imperative as citizens to do something. Not just stay home and read, as Michael enjoined us to.

    "Design is an Act of Planning"

    Yes Milton! He went on to say that Design is not style...Design is its result, its consequence.

    Michael said: "Everyone can Design. Design is Over."

    Yes Michael! Everyone can use Photoshop and Illustrator and Maya and make a computer model of a shitty product or a bad awareness campaign. Michael said earlier that Design had to be Disruptive to rise above this cacophony of banal design.

    But no...Milton told us that New Design is introduced in terms of the Known. Good design seems familiar, then...not alien.

    It was so very exciting.

    many other good things: Ellen Sitkin's ad work on, Andrew Sloat's sweet and endearing constitutional educational-love-ins. I have a bubble from Ji Lee's bubble project that's going up in the Clinton-Washington G. Look for it!

  • I'm done! Self Promotion!

    Community, Industrial Design


    My thesis is complete and I'm very happy!

    Our project was all about getting people moving around cities. The bicycle is great device, but too large for most urban dwellings. Bikes are also long range vehicles - all wrong for the shorter distances many have to travel in dense urban spaces. I think it can replace bikes and encourage more people to leave their cars at home for short errands.

    Fact One: many subway lines are at capacity in NYC...and very little expansion is planned

    Fact Two: 1 million more people will live in NYC in the next 10 years.

    Fact Three: Many of these people will seek more affordable housing...which is largely away from subway-rich areas.

    Fact Four: Buses are on average about as fast as running.

    Fact Five: Euro-styled Bike parking around subways takes more real estate than NYC can afford.

    The footbike is like an oversized scooter-cum-half-bicycle. Our user testing showed that people enjoyed riding it, and that the folding functionality was a welcome feature. The stem also folds down, allowing it to ultimately fold into thirds...It can definitely address some of these urbanization issues...I'll upload some pics on more coroflot site soon...

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