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  • Eco-Design Challenge

    Education, Environmental Design

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    Final submissions to the <a href="http://www.dott07.com/">Dott07:</a> <a href="http://www.dott07.com/go/eco-design-challenge">Eco Design Challenge</a> are in.

    The <a href="http://www.dott07.com/go/eco-design-challenge">Eco Design Challenge</a>, based on ecological and carbon footprints, aimed at Year 8 students around the North East of England, asked to think how better design could have an impact on both their lives and the environment. The final five schools will be announced on 5 September.

    Also do see <a href="http://www.thackara.com/">John Thackara</a> on Business Week: <a href="http://images.businessweek.com/ss/07/07/0703thackara/index01.htm">Driving Social Change with Design</a>.

  • Those who eat together, save the planet together.

    Environment, Environmental Design

    While Australian Officials have been urging their citizens to shower together for many, many years now, this is a relatively new idea to me. Sharing meals saves energy. It makes sense - not all of the energy used while cooking goes into warming up the food, some of it goes to warming up air around the food. It makes much more sense to cook a 12 lb (organic, locally grown) turkey in one oven than to cook two 6 lb turkeys in two separate ovens in two separate kitchens.

    So does "brown bagging it" by bringing lunch to the office, and as Jacqui keeps pointing out to me, you don't need to get a bag when you buy lunch if you're just going to throw it away moments later when you eat your meal. (Whole Foods even goes as far as to give you a 15 cent discount whenever you bring your own bag to the store, or when you take a plate instead of a plastic box for their salad bar.)

    Of course, none of these options are that environmentally friendly if you end up driving to & from your friends' houses for dinner, or the restaurant, or shopping. It makes more sense to find a walkable neighborhood to live in in the first place and walk or take a bicycle. (My current neighborhood scores in the 60's and the one I want to move to scores in the upper 80's!).

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  • The zoo of the parallel zones

    Arts & Culture, Environmental Design

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    La incursión del hombre en el mundo animal debe ser como la incursión del mundo de los fantasmas en nuestra realidad… tan increíble como invisible.

    The zoo of the parallel zones is described like a human route drawn up Ander a natural area of abundant wild life. The human layout is a underground movement area, a long- haul that it illuminates to the people in different collective or personal stations, where whit passive Technologies Developer by the intellect the human appears this in the animal habitat dont be seen, obtaining the observation of the animal species in its natural state, is the discovery of the secret activities of the animals.

    The animals seen never be the same seen such are given to the extension of the park and to the natural movement of the units through. The moment of observation is described like a surrounding experience, in that we can feel vulnerability, we are never but in the unilateral observation, we are surrounded in the reality. The visitors emerge to the surface, like immaterial tourists. A-MINIMAL

    The incursion of the man in the world animal must be like the incursion of the ghosts in our world as incredible reality… as invisible.

  • How did Harry Potter save 197,685 trees?

    Environment, Industrial Design

    How did Harry Potter save 197,685 trees? By being printed on recycled paper in 16 countries.* Harry Potter's new book may be the most environmentally friendly book in history.**

    *Okay, I know it's a mistake to claim that anything that didn't create 7.9 million kilograms of greenhouse gases actually "saved" them, but as Daniel pointed out recently, in consumer cultures, we even save by consuming.

    Read Harry Potter Sets Green Example For Publishing Industry

    Via The Accidental Environmentalist

    ** Okay, Cradle to Cradle may be the most environmentally friendly book in history - it's printed on an infinitely recyclable polymer because Trees are an engineering miracle

  • I don't know if you've heard the recent controversy over Oscar Pistorius's second place finish - do his prosthetic limbs give him an unfair advantage? It's amazing that in this day and age that a double-amputee can have an unfair advantage in, of all things, a race.

    Ossur, the supplier for Oscar Pistorius is currently experimenting with artificial intelligence to build feet that sense what direction you're moving in and adjust themselves accordingly.

    Read Ossur: Design That Walks the Line and View the Slideshow

    Via Putting People First

  • The Edible City

    Environment, Communication Design

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    Just came across the The Edible City exhibition, held at NAI Maastricht last month.

    The Bipolis is a design manifestation in which two cities within the Meuse-Rhine Euroregion play the leading role. As part of the first Bipolis, NAI Maastricht, Z33 in Hasselt and Het Domein in Sittard are collaborating on a project on the theme of food, under the umbrella term "Food for Thought". The exhibition "The Edible City" consists of urban agriculture, self-sustaining cities, food miles and closed food chains. See the The Edible City website.

    Image from Debra Solomon

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    Beijing, China: Xu Jiehua (r), the wife of the detained Chinese environmental activist Wu Yilong, sits behind water samples collected by Wu Yilong from Chinese urban rivers and lakes.

    Photograph: Teh Eng Koon/AFP/Getty Images

    Source: 24 hours in pictures Via: Treehugger

  • Hi everybody...

    im an architectural student and this year its my thesis. So, accordingly i have taken up the topic of " An abode for personality disorder patients".But since this kind of project is grossly scarce round the world i am unable to figure out how to proceed.So, i request if any body of you have any relevant info regarding the same, their diagnosis, therapy & treatment procedure etc, kindly let me kno..or mail me at

    nizsanta@indiatimes.com

  • Eco-Friendly Howies

    Environment, Communication Design

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    Howies make clothes. Clothes that are well made, last a long time and in turn create positive impact on the environment. Building their business on a foundation to encourage people to think about the world we live in and place money back into the community, through environmental and social projects.

    For me, Howies are an example of how visual communication and design thinking can truly be part of a greater good. Not only is it Howies clothes that aim to reduce a negative impact on the environment, but their graphic design as well. The spring and summer catalogues this year are beautifully thought out and designed, maintaining an essence of the environment throughout. Using paper made from the pulp of trees in sustainable forests, for example <a href="http://www.futureforests.co.uk/"><b>Future Forests</b></a>; using carbon neutral printers, <a href="http://www.cousin.uk.com/"><b>Cousin</b></a> and <a href="http://www.beaconpress.co.uk/"><b>Beacon Press</b></a>; and using soya based inks. This process means the finished catalogue is fully recyclable and biodegradable.

    Howies continue their identity onto their website through talking about who they are and how they believe in helping the environment and the world we live in. One section on their website entitled <a href="http://www.howies.co.uk/content.php?xSecId=2"><b>Think</b></a> provides a...

  • Defining the Designer of 2015

    Communication, Communication Design

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    An interesting Initiative is launched by the AIGA: <a href="http://www.aiga.org/content.cfm/initiatives-designer-of-2015">Defining the Designer of 2015</a>. They describe it with the following:

    <i>The design profession is changing dramatically, for good reasons: the marketplace is beginning to understand the value of design and is making demands of designers that go well beyond traditional roles. At the same time, leading designers have tools and perspective that allows them to adapt in increasingly valuable ways to the challenges of their clients.

    AIGA, in partnership with Adobe, has launched an ambitious initiative to define the professional requirements of the designer of 2015—to forecast the needs, skills and roles of the designer of the future. This year-long project will help characterize the skills, education requirements and work environments designers will face in the year 2015. The desired outcome of the Designer of 2015 initiative is to define about six general types of designers who will be needed to address communication design problems in the collaborative environment of 2015.</i>

    Image: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/robotparade/133651617/">flickr</a>.

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