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  • The Green School Movement

    Environment, Environmental Design

    My article on the green school movement, "Education by Design" appeared in this month's issue of Good Magazine.

    It's about the surge in the construction of sustainable schools--and the hold up in building more. The financial statistics are mind blowing: The savings in energy alone would total $100,000 per school per year. Multiply that by the number of schools in the US and your mouth will drop at how much money we are wasting when there are so many books to be bought, teachers to be hired, and test scores to be raised. Then factor in how green schools would improve the general health of students and teachers(think asthma rates, sickness from mold and exposure to insulation), and it becomes clear how necessary and exciting this movement is. The good news is that many fabulous architects (and schools) have jumped on the bandwagon to further the cause. In my article, I focus mainly on Boora Architects in Portland and the Cuningham Group in Minnesota, but there are countless others who are helping build an evironmentally and peope-friendly future for American education.

    In fact, Treehugger published a great article on ARC's new sustainable modular classrooms --an important addition to sustainable design, especially for school districts that are growing out of their buildings too quickly for new construction. No more moldy portables with rain leaking through the ceiling and onto your history textbook!

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    Candy wrappers and plastic bottles turn out to be incredibly versatile materials when recycled. Now, Argentina's Experimental Center for Economical Housing (Centro Experimental de la Vivienda Económica - CEVE) is using these materials as the basis for building bricks. According to The Temas Blog, the bricks are light, durable, and inexpensive.Additionally, the organization has also created a roofing material that combines plastic bottles with crushed peanut shells and/or wood shavings. Funded in part by Germany's technical cooperation agency GTZ, CEVE gathers materials for the bricks from a municipal recycling plant, school and government collection centers, and a bottling plant that donates its rejects.

  • Here's to the crazy ones...

    Communication, Communication Design

    With thanks to Steven Brant for this link, via. Think Differently.


    Environment, Environmental Design


    Last week saw Tom Dixon’s low-energy light installation, in London’s Trafalgar Square, and the third and final day ended with a bang when the designer gave away 1000 of his eco GLOWB lights to 1000 lucky Londoners. Powered by a renewable energy source the lights have been lit for 3 hours per day from 7pm – 10pm Monday and Tuesday, and Wednesday 19th from 5pm – 10pm. See more of my photo’s from The Great Light Giveaway over on Flickr, and see my original coverage written for


    Environment, Environmental Design


    The UK’s first fully dimmable energy efficient light bulb was launched today, as part of a Greenpeace initiative at 100% Design London. Greenpeace commissioned top designer Jason Bruges to create an interactive garden of light, which responds to human movement through “touch pads” dotted around the installation. This is the first lighting project of its kind in the world to use fully dimmable, compact fluorescent bulbs.

    Greenpeace explains: Energy efficiency is one of the most powerful tools we have for fighting climate change, and this installation will prove that going green doesn’t mean sacrificing good design. The bulbs themselves have been nominated in the “most innovative lighting” category at the 100% Design London awards, and the installation has been moved to the front of house feature space. It’s a sure sign that the exhibition organisers have realised that they have something new and exciting on their hands.

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    In 2002 The United Nations set up the Millenium project with the noble cause of halving poverty by 2015. I support this effort and hope you feel motivated to contribute some of your resources to become the generation that achieved it.

    It is now nearly 2008 and we are almost halfway there. A number of interesting ideas have been developed and we have added our own. Our main idea is that in order to tackle poverty on a global scale, we are going to need some global solutions to support the scale of this operation. So while I applaud the Millenium village’s project (rescuing one village at a time) I think that we need to have developed some tools for the villages to use. That will surely result in greater effectiveness and a faster spread of positive results than just contributing time and money on the ground.

    I liken this to the building of the railroads. If all that the pioneering magnates had done was employ people and sent them out to the railhead with a shovel, it would have taken a lot longer to build the infrastructure. So it is with these villages. Let's design the infrastructure package that needs to be dropped in by container to each village just ahead of the UN team arriving, so that we can be sure of leaving infrastructure of value behind. Designers of all disciplines can play a really important part in contributing to such an effort.

    With that in mind we wrote the Challenge to the Design community, a manifesto that suggests ways that the global design community...

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    I have another blog on my website, so I think it would be difficult to write something for both...

    I will try to write in my website and use just the other features here...

    (maybe in the future I will write something here but I don't promise anything ;) )

    Here is my website:

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    From the website:

    The mission of OneWebDay is to create, maintain, advance and promote a global day to celebrate online life: September 22

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    Education, Industrial Design

  • Design: The art of intention

    Arts & Culture, Audio/Visual Design

    I've been reading some of the thoughts about social backlash against design, and it occurs to me that "design" as it's sometimes expressed, has more to do with expression of the designer's inner dialogue or concepts or process, than a common visual or conceptual vernacular.

    For design to be accepted, it must speak in a common language and a common symbology that has meaning for more folks than the designer alone. It is tremendously tempting for leading-edge designers to forge a new path with concepts that push the envelope. But ultimately, the design will be "consumed" by folks who are more pedestrian in nature and don't give a fig about envelopes or pushing or whatnot.

    There is a necessary tension that must exist, of course, for life to emerge, but in the end, there's less to be gained from speaking fluent Flemish to an Inuit, than both parties speaking less-than-perfect lingua franca.

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