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  • 78 Reasonable Questions to Ask about Any Design

    Education, Communication Design

    I've posted this on my personal blog but thought it might be worth adding here. I love the way it causes me to think through my design decisions on multiple layers:

    The last time you made something, did you ask 78 questions about it? With that many to go through, one can't help but pause and consider the impacts of design.

    78 Reasonable Questions to Ask about Any Design by Stephanie Mills


    1. What are its effects on the health of the planet and of the person?
    2. Does it preserve or destroy biodiversity?
    3. Does it preserve or reduce ecosystem integrity?
    4. What are its effects on the land?
    5. What are its effects on wildlife?
    6. How much and what kind of waste does it generate?
    7. Does it incorporate the principles of ecological design?
    8. Does it break the bond of renewal between humans and nature?
    9. Does it preserve or reduce cultural biodiversity?
    10. What is the totality of its effects - it's "ecology"?


    1. Does it serve community?
    2. Does it empower community members?
    3. How does it affect our perception of our needs?
    4. Is it consistent with the creation of a communal, human economy?
    5. What are its effects on relationships?
    6. Does it undermine conviviality?
    7. Does it undermine traditional forms of community?
    8. How does it affect our way of scene and experiencing the world?
    9. Does it foster a diversity of forms of knowledge?
    10. Does it build on, or contribute to, the renewal of traditional forms of knowledge?
    11. Does it serve to commodify knowledge or relationships?
    12. To what extent does it rede...
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    For all of you land art lovers out there, do not miss the LAND/ART symposium in New Mexico this weekend. An exploration of the relationships between land, art, and community through exhibitions, site-specific art works, lectures, and a culminating book. The collaboration seeks to address our changing relationship to nature, and to offer a new or previously unconsidered understanding of the place in which we live.

    Also opening at The Albuquerque Museum, 'Experimental Geography'

    June 28 – September 20, 2009 Reception Sunday, June 28, 2-4pm Panel Discussion Sunday, June 28, 1pm

    LAND/ART symposium 2009

  • Recycling Sweet Tooth



    Ice cream a cool treat, but the used containers can also be recycled in a variety of ways. Ice cream containers can be found in many different types of shapes and sizes. The containers are very sturdy and stack well.

    Here are a 2 odd ways my grandmother uses them.

    She put her little nicknacks for her tools and eyeglasses (small screws, nuts and bolts.)

    Cooked foods that you have too much of to put in the deep (especially Thanksgiving) she buys sherbet and after us grand kids eat it she uses plastic containers pulls of the label. So if she makes a big pot of food, she uses them besides they are already made to use in the refrigerator.

  • Volcanic eruptions can be extremely damaging to the environment, particularly because of a number of toxic gases possibly present in pyroclastic material. It usually contains mainly of water vapour, but it also contains carbon dioxide and sulphur dioxide gas. Other gases typically found in volcanic ashes are hydrogen sulphide, hydrogen chloride, hydrogen fluoride, carbon monoxide, and volatile metal chlorides.

    Volcanoes that have not erupted for some time are dormant, and volcanoes that have not erupted even in the distant past are called extinct. Volcanic activity and volcanic eruption is usually triggered by alterations of tectonic plates, resulting in landslides or earthquakes.

    Carbon dioxide emitted from volcanoes adds to the natural greenhouse effect. Sulphur dioxides cause environmental problems, because they are converted to sulphuric acid in the stratosphere; the main cause of acid rain. Furthermore, sulphate aerosols are formed, which reflect solar radiation and absorb heat, thereby cooling the earth. Sulphate aerosols also take part in chemical reactions, forming ozone destructive material.

    There are different types of volcanic eruptions:

    • Phreatic: explosion of steam, water, ash and rock as magma meets groundwater or surface water
    • Rhyolite flow: high-silica lava (>68%)
    • Basalt flow: low-silica lava (when the silica content is low, lava usually has a higher magnesium and iron content)
    • Pyroclastic flow: fast-moving hot ash, gas and rock
    • Lahar: mudflow of pyroc...
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    Original Feature: June 14 2008.

    In the heart of South African city Johannesburg, a green focused community is transforming one urban park into a seedbed for sustainable living.

    Directed by Dorah Lebelo, The GreenHouse Project takes a holistic approach to integrating green building and design, efficient and renewable energy, recycling and organic farming into the city’s mindset. The Global Oneness Project recently interviewed Dorah to find out her motivations and intentions for this fantastic sustainable initiative.

    Located in the northwest corner of Joubert Park, Johannesburg, The GreenHouse Project is an environmental NGO demonstrating sustainable living and development. In the Global Oneness Project video interview, Dorah explains how the five-pronged project approaches sustainability, by utilizing the skills of rural South African people and describes how this urban environment has everything it needs to sustain its community, without demanding more from further afield.

  • Happy Green Christmas!

    Environment, Environmental Design


    Original post: Inhabitat 27 November 2007

    The holidays are about giving, so this year give a little something back to the planet while you are giving gifts with a little help from Inhabitat’s Green Gift Guide!

    Featuring over 100 green gift ideas this year, we’ve got you covered for all your loved ones - your tots, spouses, siblings, parents, gadget-lovers, and officemates alike. All your holiday shopping can be done in a few clicks with stylish, beautifully designed green gift ideas in the following categories: Stocking Stuffers, Green Gifts Under $50, Green Gadgets, Gifts for Him, Gifts for Her, Gifts for Kids, Knit Gifts, and Gifts That Give Back.

  • LAMPONI LAMPS Made From Recycled Motorcycle Parts

    Environment, Industrial Design


    Original Post: Inhabitat 15 Nov 2007

    For anyone with a taste for motorcycles and retro product design styling, here’s the perfect lighting solution. Recycled from old motorcycle parts (and the occasional household appliance), Lamponi Lamps are designed and constructed by Milan born artist Maurizio Lamponi Leopardi, bringing sleek speedy and recycled design to your tabletop.

  • Recycled Bike Furniture Design by Andrew Gregg

    Environment, Industrial Design


    Original Post: Inhabitat 13 Nov 2007

    Andrew Gregg’s Bike Furniture proves that two wheels are better than four even when they’re not spinning. An amateur cyclist, professional bike mechanic and sports photographer, Gregg repurposes steel and aluminum bicycle rims, handlebars and frames into edgy, modern furniture.

  • MIT’s Stackable City Car

    Environment, Industrial Design


    Original Post: Inhabitat 13 Nov 2007

    While public transportation is a great green urban option, the “last mile” problem is a real shortcoming- referring to the conundrum of the extra distance from your bus or train stop to your doorstep (while this may seem trivial to some, Midwestern commuters can attest to the annoyance of this problem). The folks at MIT think that they may have a solution to that problem: The City Car, a stackable electric two-passenger city vehicle, would combine the best features of mass transit, car-sharing, and personal vehicles in a high-density, high-convenience system.

  • Solar Cynergy Solar LED Paver Lights

    Environment, Environmental Design


    Original Post: Inhabitat 05 Nov 2007

    Solar Cynergy’s new line of solar LED lights is an eco-friendly, reliable and smart alternative to traditional street lights and home garden lights. Run entirely on solar energy, there’s no battery or complicated wiring involved, simply place the unit in a sunlit area and you can use the sun’s rays to light up anything from your front yard and drive way to dangerous intersections and crosswalks.

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