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  • NYC’s yellow cabs to go hybrid within 5 years

    Environment, Environmental Design

    Every yellow cab in this city will be a fuel-efficient hybrid by 2012, and stricter emissions and gas mileage standards for taxis will be phased in starting next year, Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Tuesday.

    Read more on <a href="http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/18800305/">MSNBC</a>

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    Check out today's NYTimes Science section for this article on Interface carpet. CEO coins the phrase "Restorative Enterprise" which I really like.

    People have been asking what Social Design is...one example I keep giving is Belu Water, which is featured here. An entity devised to be an engine of social and environmental change is social design - design for the greater good.

    Anderson had a revelation 10 years ago...he realized that in the future, his company's mere compliance with eco-law would be criminal...in hindsight. He realized they had to do something and they did. 10 years later sustainability has slashed their waste and upped their recycling, among other things. Anderson says that the company has saved $336 million over the last 10 years from these efforts.

    Cool Carpet

    While no one has developed nylon yarns that can be recycled into new carpet, they have devised a way to repurpose worn tiles into making backings for new carpet, in a product line called "cool carpet", diverting 16.8 million pounds from landfills annually.

  • Design for the other 90%: Photovoltaics

    Well-being, Industrial Design

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    Cheap always winds up being expensive, I always say...when you try to cut corners, or can't afford corners, there are repercussions.

    SELCO-India's profile on Cooper-Hewitt's site points this truth out...if you can't afford a good system, you pay dearly for a cheap one. SELCO indicates on their website that they help finance the purchase of these solar systems, enabling people to wean themselves from petroleum generators or car batteries for their day-to-day electricity needs. it's cleaner, but also cheaper over time. This shows again the power access to credit has to transform people's lives.

  • Click and Aid: Ripple wants eyes

    Aid, Communication Design

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    make ripple your homepage and save the world. No, really! thanks to electroplankton I found this great beta concept...you start your online seaches at ripple and look at an ad before you go on your way. Money is contributed to good causes. Win-win, right?

  • The Map: online communities

    Community, Communication Design

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    Design21 isn't on the map of online communities yet..but being aware of the landscape is interesting.

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  • IDE: it's time for social design revolution

    Community, Industrial Design

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    Browsing the site for Cooper-Hewitt's Design for the other 90% I found this nugget:

    “The majority of the world’s designers focus all their efforts on developing products and services exclusively for the richest 10% of the world’s customers. Nothing less than a revolution in design is needed to reach the other 90%.” —Dr. Paul Polak, International Development Enterprises

  • Designing online communities

    Communication, Communication Design

    I found these guys because they blogged about Thinkcycleand saw what i saw: no activity for a while. But life goes on.

    These guys are interested in tools to help build online communities and to engender interoperability...so that each community isn't a little island - but states with maybe, i dunno, roads between them? Maybe sites want to keep their people where they are, but i think it's like having a PDF format - it helps everyone if you can read everyone's work.

  • Open Source Green Design: Natalie Jeremijenko

    Community, Industrial Design

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    Reading the Cooper-Hewitt Blog for Design triennial i saw this project from Natalie: cooper-hewitt profile

    What's great about this project is that it hacks widely distributed consumer technology using open-source plans and helps educate kids about technology and pollution. Open source is social design because it uses the power of the big community brain to both solve problems and to implement solutions over a bigger range than an individual could.

  • Green talk in white cube

    Arts & Culture, Environmental Design

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    FIrst off: why is is so weird to get into a conversation with someone at an art space? I'm not so much talking about shows at a gallery, but moreso shows at museums or more "official" seeming art spaces. Conversation seems like it never happens. What a waste!

    All of this to say that I had a conversation in an official art space. I went to Yerba Buena Center for the Arts a couple weeks ago with my mom, and I got into this conversation with a woman named Micki who is a docent there. (And I guess that's sort of cheating, because docents are actually there for talking. But still, do we really take advantage? I sure don't. Man, I've missed out. Tsk tsk.) She was telling me about the show they had up by the [Collective Foundation] (http://www.collectivefoundation.org) and it sort of reminded me of DESIGN21 for fine artists. I told her about the D21 project and she told me about a show that her friend was involved with that exlpored the possibilities of green roofs. I looked up the press release and it seemed like something perfect for a D21 audience. Wish I was in D.C. to check this out!

    Earth on Stone on Earth is Naturally So August 4 – 31, 2007 The artists of Earth on Stone on Earth is Naturally So amalgamate film, sculpture, textiles and plants to create a threshold between the gallery and the outdoors. The installation, which features works by Amelia Holmes, Karl Krause, Kelly McCoy and Evan Wells, presents a series of conceptual green roofs paired with films that...

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    Invisible 5 is a self-guided audio tour of Interstate 5 between San Francisco and Los Angeles that maps the stories of people fighting for environmental justice along the route, revealing the hidden geopolitics of that contested landscape. It’s an amazing, beautiful project created over a year and a half through a collaboration between three artists, two community-based arts and activism nonprofits and scores of residents throughout the I-5 corridor. It tells a complicated, multi-leveled story through fitsrt person narratives, field recordings, found sound, recorded music and archival audio documents. Invisible 5 is an extraordinary example of what can result when design sheds it's self-referrential nonsense, packs a lunch, throws on a backpack and takes to the road.

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