sustainable design

Shout about design

Access to clean drinking water, sustainable energy sources and changes in the environment are some of the challenges faced by many around the world. Designers, from the Australia to Bangladesh, are responding with innovative design solutions.
sustainable design, design, Design for the Other 90%, water, education

Why Design Now?: Vault201

Why? Preindustrial construction methods can provide fundamental lessons about sustainable design and environmental impact today. In this site-specific installation, thin tile vaults stretching across large spaces without formwork is part of a 700-year-old construction method that is energy-efficient, utilizes local materials, and achieves high structural strength. All of these factors have important applications in the developing world, where low-cost construction and durability are model standards for any building project.
Vault 201, MIT, construction, methods, sustainable design, environmental impact, materials, developing world, applications, low cost, Why Design Now, Exhibition

Under the Sun: An Outdoor Exhibition of Light

Follow the successful efforts to harness the sun’s power for home and industry, beginning in 1830 with the work of Edmund Becquerel, who discovered that photovoltaic cells had the power to convert sunlight to electricity. Objects include a tent covered in thin-film photovoltaic panels, a solar-powered decorative fountain, a solar cooker, a prototype for a solar-powered laptop, and a sundial with twelve chairs, each of which provides enough light to read by at night.  Organized by Lucy Fellowes. Sponsored by BP Solar and the United States Department of Energy. 
sustainable design, solar power, environmentally-friendly, Installations, Architecture, Industrial Design, exhibitions

Design for the Other 90%

This exhibition highlights the growing trend among designers to create affordable and socially responsible objects for the vast majority of the world's population—the 90% not traditionally serviced by professional designers. 
Design for the Other 90%, exhibitions, global, Cynthia Smith, socially responsible, sustainable design, Arthur Ross Terrace and Garden

Design for a Living World

Ten leading designers have been commissioned to develop new uses for sustainably grown and harvested materials in order to tell a unique story about the life-cycle of materials and the power of conservation and design. On view will be the prototypes, drawings, and finished products created by the designers.
Design for a LIving World, exhibitions, Abbott Miller, Ellen Lupton, sustainable design, conservation, Nature Conservancy, materials