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  • Green Building Sketch-Up Models Presented in Google Earth

    With the portfolio of commercial and urban green building projects happening across the globe right now, how is it possible to see them all? For those of us who are construction fanatics we like to see them in person but flying to location is definitely not the most or even a sustainable way to do […] More

  • Lessons from the Design Front: Continuum's Green Design Conference

    Last Thursday I had the opportunity to attend a conference at Design Continuum’s Boston Headquarters office. I attended on behalf of Ecolect with co-founders, Joe Gebbia and Matt Grigsby, as a team materials correspondent. For those of you who don’t know about Ecolect, it is a free community-based website for learning about and sourcing sustainable […] More

  • Biomimicry: HVAC Inspired by Termites

    Add this biomimetic project to the board! Architect, Mick Pierce and engineers at Arup Associates successfully took inspiration from nature when designing the heating and cooling system of the Eastgate Centre in Harare, Zimbabwe, the country’s largest office and shopping complex. Where did they get this inspiration? African Termites! If you’ve ever seen a termite […] More

  • Alternative Gifting = Lending and Microloans

    For those of you who are stumped about gifts this holiday there is probably a reason. You ask yourself- what do we actually need? Amidst all of the news of poverty and destruction, most of us find ourselves in the upper economy and hopefully and simply grateful for what we have already. Our culture has […] More

  • Eco-Effective Investments: Speeding Up Alternative Energy Developments

    This past week has been a dream come true for any engineer, architect, designer, or group working towards developing new sources of alternative energy.Β  Two monumental events occurred that could potentially change the careers of many, and the source of our energy sooner than we thought. On Tuesday November 27 Google publicly announced the terms […] More

  • People Powered Energy: Portable Wind Turbine and Power Bank

    About three years ago in design school at the University of Michigan, I was making concept sketches of wearable energy-generating devices, such as turbines, for my thesis on people-powered energy systems. Although I focused in on a different, yet quite similar, project, I have been waiting for a personal, handheld wind turbine to come to […] More

  • A New Process to Make Products from Recycled Plastics

    Over 11% of household waste is plastic. It is critical today that we begin to recycle the plastic waste and use products made of the plastic we recycle. If you don’t like doing it, here is an incentive for you. Designers today are thinking up new ways to make everyday products out our recycled materials. […] More

  • Big Events: 2008 TED Conference is Sold Out

    TED stands for Technology, Entertainment, Design. TED started in 1984 as a conference to bring together inspirees from all three disciplines, from all over the globe. The annual conference hosts speakers such as John Maeda, Jane Goodall, Stuart Brand, Bill Clinton, Paul Bennett, who are doing progressive work and leave you with practical steps on […] More