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  • THE CLIMATE - Call for concepts

    Environment, Environmental Design

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    <a href="http://www.droogdesign.nl/">DroogDesign</a> have launched a competition for Climate Change. <br><br> "Ranging from ideas about food, heating, music, literature, fashion, architecture...anything you like in any form you wish. The 10 best design proposals will be published on our website; the public will be invited to choose one favourite and vote for an overall winner." <br><br> Deadline for participation is June 30, 2007. <br> See the website > <a href="http://www.droogdesign.nl/">DroogDesign</a>

  • INDEX

    Communication, Communication Design

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    <a href="http://www.indexaward.dk/">INDEX</a>: is a non-profit network organization - based in Copenhagen - that focuses on Design to Improve Life worldwide. <br><br> <a href="http://www.indexaward.dk/">INDEX</a>: works through a global network to ensure access to the best knowledge on design and the cutting edge of contemporary thinking. <br><br> The network consists of designers, businesses, organizations and design institutions who collaborate in disseminating and applying the latest knowledge in the field of “Design to Improve Life.” Between its large-scale biannual events, <a href="http://www.indexaward.dk/">INDEX</a>: Community gathers the best expertise and collects and distributes the latest knowledge, making INDEX: the most extensive center of knowledge on Design to Improve Life. <br><br> To accommodate this large network, <a href="http://www.indexaward.dk/">INDEX</a>: has taken a different approach in the design of its organizational structure. <a href="http://www.indexaward.dk/">INDEX</a>: is made up of so-called “lounges” organized around its daily management, i.e. the operational lounge, which functions as a platform for dialog and the exchange of ideas. The organization is symbolically represented as a flower, since it cannot be contained in any conventional organizational plan. Each leaf represents a lounge that pr...

  • Zero Footprint

    Environment, Communication Design

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    An interesting project worth having a look at if you are interested in our Environmental Footprints: <br><br> "<a href="http://zerofootprint.net/">Zerofootprint</a> is a not-for-profit that combines the best financial engineering, environmental engineering, social networking tools and business intelligence to create products and services that help large corporations, organizations and individuals significantly reduce their environmental footprint." <br><br> "Zerofootprint started with an idea about ideas. If future generations blame us for not responding adequately to the converging crises of this century, it won’t be because we didn’t have any good ideas at our disposal. It will be because we didn’t do anything about them. <br><br> Zerofootprint’s mission is to change the world by helping people reduce their environmental footprint. Our goal is to provide a forum for the massive and growing, but mostly unconnected majority of people – whether they think of themselves as citizens or businesspeople, parents or consumers, activists or theorists—who want to do the right thing. <br><br> Action is impossible without information. We are forging a community where those who have it can share it with those who are looking for it, and where those who can offer direction will come into contact with those who need it. Zerofootprint: getting good ideas off the drawing board and into the world."...

  • Bosch & Fjord (DK)

    Education, Industrial Design

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    This project creates and influences social interactions at the workplace, school and public spaces, using arts, architecture and interior design. <br><br> Bosch & Fjord create spaces where design challenges people and poses questions. The projects influence how people act and think, potentially changing the organisation, procedures and learning situations. Affecting existing structures, the projects can have thoroughgoing influence on people’s day-to-day lives. They break fixed habits and ingrained thinking and open up dialogue.
    <br><br> On the premise that everyone is different, thinks differently and learns differently in different situations, Bosch & Fjord have created a complete and challenging design at Ordrup School. Bosch & Fjord, working with SKUB, a school development and expansion project in Gentofte Municipality, has done away with traditional school interiors and instead created varied areas with room for differentiated teaching and creative thinking. Now there are raised window seats with a view of the outside world, green platforms with round red holes where discussions can percolate and large upholstered tubes where kids can hide with a good book or spend some time alone. See full article: <a href="http://www.socialdesignsite.com/index.php%3Fidcatside%3D90">Bosch & Fjord (DK)</a>

  • Zero Footprint

    Environment, Communication Design

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    An interesting project worth having a look at if you are interested in our Environmental Footprints: <br><br> "<a href="http://zerofootprint.net/">Zerofootprint</a> is a not-for-profit that combines the best financial engineering, environmental engineering, social networking tools and business intelligence to create products and services that help large corporations, organizations and individuals significantly reduce their environmental footprint." <br><br> "Zerofootprint started with an idea about ideas. If future generations blame us for not responding adequately to the converging crises of this century, it won’t be because we didn’t have any good ideas at our disposal. It will be because we didn’t do anything about them. <br><br> Zerofootprint’s mission is to change the world by helping people reduce their environmental footprint. Our goal is to provide a forum for the massive and growing, but mostly unconnected majority of people – whether they think of themselves as citizens or businesspeople, parents or consumers, activists or theorists—who want to do the right thing. <br><br> Action is impossible without information. We are forging a community where those who have it can share it with those who are looking for it, and where those who can offer direction will come into contact with those who need it. Zerofootprint: getting good ideas off the drawing board and into the world."...

  • Pebble Beach Forest Saved

    Environment, Environmental Design

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    On June 13th, the California Coastal Commission voted 8-to-4 to deny the Pebble Beach Company's plans to cut down 18,000 trees in the Del Monte Forest.

    This ended an eight-year battle in which the Pebble Beach Company had tried to circumvent the Coastal Act by taking the vote to the public. In a slick $1 million ad campaign, co-owner Clint Eastwood asked voters to "help save the forest." Failing to mention the fact that so many trees would fall victim to the development scheme, the voters approved the measure. The company also bought local officials and leaned on Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to replace two pro-environment commissioners.

    The development was extensive, and included putting an equestrian center on a conservation easement. In the end, the company couldn't negotiate - any changes would have to be put before the (now educated) public in another vote. This lock box killed the deal, and after 11 hours of deliberation in which Commission Sara Wan called it "wholesale destruction of the environment," the plan was denied.

    Heroes abound in this story - Mark Massara, a surfer and attorney for the Sierra Club, spearheaded the effort to save the forest. Attorney Tom Lippe likewise rocked the vote, while the staff at the Coastal Commission, including Charles Lester and Dan Carl, was forthright and unwavering in their judgment.

    On a personal note, as someone born who was born in that forest and is especially sensitive to the aesthetic beauty, I was ...

  • In the era of clever marketing and all the importance one has started to attach to saleability true content is taking a back seat.Genuine talent is being pushed away to make space for gloss and street smart salesmanship.Though selling is a creative business too but one must not forget that design is that brave being which is not slave to any popular temporary wave of consumerism.

  • architects vs anthropologists

    Environment, Environmental Design

    I am quite pained to learn that architects are becoming notorious by the day.While it is true that they are important actors the society fails to understand their roles correctly..... Most anthropologists attack architects as destroyers of the urban environment.....but I guess they miss the point. An architect is an equivalent of a film actor .He works under the person who hires him.In his or her initial years he or she does not have the standing to call the shots , the kind of position most social activists assign to this community is achieved only when the architect has lived nearly 20 or 30 years as a subordinate taking instructions from his superiors.During this period though he can voice his concern but I am sure no one is really going to take him seriously.So the mojority of this profession is quite voiceless for most part of their lives. So then before attacking one has to understand who is being attacked.Instead why not look at the entire machinery as a whole .....the building industry is a huge enterprise and it is not only unwise but unreal to blame the architect for all environment wrong that is out there.

  • RSA Lectures

    Communication, Communication Design

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    Upcoming RSA/Innovaro Lectures: <br> <a href="http://www.rsa.org.uk/events/detail.asp?EventID=2217">Designing Interactions</a> [13 June]<br> Jeremy Myerson, Fiona Raby, Tony Dunne & Bill Moggridge<br> <a href="http://www.rsa.org.uk/events/detail.asp?EventID=2257">Café RSA: Climate Change DIY</a> [14 June]<br> Manifesto Challenge: Moving Towards a Zero Waste Society<br> <a href="http://www.rsa.org.uk/events/detail.asp?EventID=2297">RSA Lecture with Nick Clegg MP</a> [18 June]<br> Manifesto Challenge: Developing a Capable Population<br> <a href="http://www.rsa.org.uk/events/detail.asp?eventID=2285">Innovation - Tomorrow's Communities.</a> [20 June]<br><br>

    For further details visit the <a href="http://www.rsa.org.uk/events/">RSA Website</a>

  • ReadyMechs

    Arts & Culture, Communication Design

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    Here's one for the innovative and creative ones out there, also one for the kids!

    "<a href="http://www.readymech.com/"> Ready Mechs</a> are free, flatpack toys for you to print and build. They are designed to fit on an 8.5"x11" page and printed with any printer. You’ll need double-sided tape, thick matte paper, and 10-15 minutes for build time."

    See the site: <a href="http://www.readymech.com/"> Ready Mech</a>

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