sustainability

Thoughts and Reflections on the Social Impact Design Summit


At the recent Social Impact Design Summit in New York, organized by the Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, one issue that received attention was the need to build local capacity so that projects can be self-sustainable. Any successful model should be built on local capacity, knowledge, and engagement.
social impact, local capacity, self-sustainable, sustainability

Hot stuff from ICFF 2011


The International Contemporary Furniture Fair is a fun place to visit each year for new trends and ideas in commercial design. Sustainability was a hot theme in the school projects
International Contemporary Furniture Fair, ICFF, 2011, sustainability, furniture, commercial design, school projects, trends

Claudy Jongstra at the U.N.


Dutch designer Claudy Jongstra recently showcased her tapestries of raw wool and silk here in New York at the United Nations.
Claudy Jongstra, felt, Fashioning Felt, Exhibition, tapestries, wool, silk, United Nations, sustainability, Preservation, biodiversity

The Product Nutrition Label Revealed: Q+A with Joe Gebbia


Joe Gebbia is a San Francisco-based industrial designer and self-described “designtrepreneur,” as well as founding partner of the green materials consultancy Ecolect. 
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The Product Nutrition Label Revealed: Q+A with Joe Gebbia


Joe Gebbia is a San Francisco-based industrial designer and self-described “designtrepreneur,” as well as founding partner of the green materials consultancy Ecolect. 
Joe Gebbia, Industrial Designer, Ecolect, sustainable, practices, gap, reliable, Information, consistent, standards, evaluation, assessment, materials, manufacturers, Product Nutrition Label, sustainability, index, lifecycle, Life Cycle Assessment, LCA, footprint, verifications, qualitative, USDA nutrition label, context, optimize, transparent, Europe, GreenBox, subscription, inspiration, Why Design Now, Triennial, Exhibition

Straw and Earth


An energy-efficient straw bale house is being built on the Mall, across the street from the US Capitol. Natural builders from around the country converged on Washington DC to construct the straw shelter and a bamboo shade structure. 
straw, bale, house, Mall, Washington, DC, natural, Green, builders, Rose Morin, Builders Without Borders, strength, simplicity, buildings, eco-house, US Botanic Garden, One Planet- Ours, sustainability, displays, Exhibition, United Nations, Environment Program, Department of Energy, DOE, construction, climate, Finland, Mexico, insulation, waste, energy, reduction, materials, cost, housing, shortage, solution, appropriate

National Design Triennial


Cooper-Hewitt invites you to submit ideas for our fourth Triennial exhibition, opening in 2010. We are looking for designers, firms, and projects from around the world that answer the question “Why design now?”
Triennial, Exhibition, Why Design Now, 2010, submissions, tool, problem solving, trends, creativity, social, sustainability, accessibility, universality, fair trade, conservation, health, education, capitalism, underserved, populations, systems, services, networks, products, experience, solutions, beautiful, just, invention, inventive, series, development, public input, ideas, nominations

Rope Pumps


The show was conceived to begin a conversation and provoke discussion about the broad range of ways various organizations and individuals are addressing the underpinnings of poverty through design innovations. The selected objects tell a story and are windows into the numerous ways these groups are providing direct solutions
Exhibition, Design for the Other 90%, discussion, conversation, address, underpinnings, poverty, innovations, story, rope pump, technology, adapt, water, supply, local, materials, production, repair, profit-based, sustainability, Practica Foundation, Netherlands, Holland, Zimbabwe, Millenium Development Goals, cultural acceptance, simplicity, efficiency, durability, volume, low cost, affordable

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