Join our network of non-profits, companies and individuals who believe social change can happen through design.

Become A Member
avatar

nik

New York, United States

Member since September 08, 2008

  • Mapping

    Environment

    Mapping_432_

    From upper left corner, clockwise

    Bel-Air by Mathieu Lehanneur Indoor Natural Air purifier

    Formal

    • A medium sized body made of Pyrex glass and aluminum (white) encapsulates a living plant.
    • A small fan extract clean air out of the capsule

    Functional

    • purifies polluted air with the leaves and roots of a plant, as well as the humid bath in which it is planted.

    Ethical

    • A natural air purifier, but not necessarily eco friendly due to the use of material and parts (ie is the aluminum recycled? Is the fan really necessary?)

    Cost

    • seems awfully expensive for what is essentially a mobile greenhouse
    • however, this concept is worth further studying because you integrates one of the most vital aspects of Mother Nature into a beautiful and sterile looking (in a good way) object.

    Solar Harvesting Textiles

    Formal

    • soft, woven textile
    • material: thin film photovoltaic

    Functional

    • acts as an organic solar panel; generates energy

    Ethical

    • Eco-friendly

    Cost

    • currently very expensive to produce, however it can be easily modified without a manufacturing process

    I Bought a Shelter

    Formal

    • white waterproof tarp covering a bamboo structure
    • size is customizable

    Fuctional

    • provides a temporary shelter to victims of the Sichuan Earthquake
    • very effective in keeping the interior dry

    Ethics

    • Bamboo is locally sourced
    • Somewhat effective in helping the victims, but in a smaller scale due to the nature of the project

    Cost

    • cheap: about $75 depending on the shipping and handling of materials
    • very expensive: most of the victims still can’t afford it on their own

    Floating in a Sinking City

    Formal

    • large, boxy houses with solar-powered light poles

    Functional

    • When there is a flood, the houses will stay afloat above the liquid landscape
    • there are RV-type “umbilical cords” that houses the water, electricity, sewage system, telephone, internet, and television cables, etc.
    • solar-powered light poles

    Ethics

    • a quixotic proposal that seems improbable (because of the scale of the project)
    • worth further study and investigation (interesting direction and use of existing technology)

    Cost

    • unknown (this is a proposal)
    • Since it would have to be a large scale project, I suspect the prices to be relatively high, but minute in comparison to how much it would cost to rebuild conventional houses.

    Dignity Toilet

    Formal

    • medium sized, portable toilet

    Functional

    • Holds solid waste for four people for 7 - 10 days
    • the waste is then taken to a pre-determined, controlled area
    • To empty the toilet, manually auger it into the soil, where the contents flow out of the cavity and into the soil for decomposition

    Ethics

    • Helps areas where there is a lack of sanitation facilities
    • Deals with relevant infections and diseases

    Cost

    • Cheap (not stated how much)
    • it is mean for developing countries and refugee camps

Leave a Response

Fields marked * are required


No file selected (must be a .jpg, .png or .gif image file)


Once published, you will have 15 minutes to edit this response.

Cancel

My Interests

  • Industrial Design
  • Environmental Design
  • Communication Design
  • Fashion Design
  • Audio/Visual Design