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Ben Uyeda
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Ben Uyeda is a designer, lecturer, and entrepreneur focused on the field of sustainable design. Ben is the founder of FreeGreen.com HomeMade Modern and ZeroEnergy Design
Ben received both his B.Arch. and his Master of Architecture from Cornell University. After graduating in 2005 Ben was hired as a visiting lecturer at Cornell where he created an original curriculum for teaching sustainable design that emphasized the importance of critically understanding contemporary media and popular culture when trying to implement environmentally progressive technologies.
In 2006 Ben founded ZeroEnergy Design (ZED) a multi disciplinary firm that specializes in ecologically conscious housing. ZED’s work has been published in numerous publications including Architectural Record, Popular Mechanics, Design New England, and Boston Home.
In 2008 Ben founded FreeGreen.com a web based media company that distributes green home designs over the Internet. By 2009 FreeGreen had become the largest supplier of home designs in the world and was recognized By I.D. Magazine in its annual I.D. 40 issue as one of the 40 projects/people that is transforming the world. FreeGreen’s innovative business model has been discussed in numerous publications including: The New York Times, Architectural Record, and Fast Company.
In 2010 Ben lead a team that won the U.S. Green Building Council’s Natural Talent Design Competition by creating affordable green home designs for New Orleans’ Broadmoor neighborhood.

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The Ultimate 3D Printer

(0) Comments | Posted September 6, 2013 | 10:34 AM

From the president's State of the Union address to tech blogs, we have been hearing about how 3D printing will provide revolutionary solutions and innovations. There is good reason to be excited about additive manufacturing, but the ultimate 3D printer already exists and there are already more than 2 billion...

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Innovate Before You Incubate: Harvard's Real World Obstacle Course for Practicing Innovation

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2012 | 4:24 PM

Tech innovators and web entrepreneurs are the new rock stars. Their stories from garage start-ups to wired stardom are fueling a sub-culture of entrepreneurial-obsessed students that see start-ups as exciting alternatives to traditional employment.

Many of today's students aspire to never write a resume. The aggressively ambitious are viewing universities...

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What Do the Kardashians Have in Common With the Occupy Movement?

(2) Comments | Posted January 5, 2012 | 1:34 PM

The discussion of these cultural phenomena is often centered around the idea that their position in the public consciousness is undeserved due to a perceived lack of substance. For the Kardashians, the missing substance is talent and for the Occupy movement, it is a clear message.

The typical criticism...

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Craigslist Bachelor Party: How to Design a Better Hangover

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2011 | 11:37 AM

The Hangover 2 followed the same formula as the first movie but switched the architectural backdrop from Las Vegas to Thailand. The result was a familiar sequence of events with different scenery. I imagine that the logic went something like this: Bangkok is crazier than Las Vegas so let's make...

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How Re-Fueling Your Car Can Build Equity in Your Home

(67) Comments | Posted October 2, 2011 | 5:01 PM

If you are one of the typical Americans who drives about 40 miles a day, then you should consider an atypical scenario if you happen to be planning on building a new home.

If you are taking out a mortgage to build a new home and are willing to take...

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Can Green Design Be Dumb Design?

(20) Comments | Posted April 27, 2011 | 2:19 AM

Can green design be dumb design? The answer is sometimes, and that's not necessarily a bad thing. If our most creative people were only trying rational progressive ideas that always deliver on their green promises, I would think that collectively we weren't reaching far enough. If clever ideas that are...

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Are Designers Neglecting Climate Change in Favor of Holistic Sustainability?

(0) Comments | Posted February 21, 2011 | 4:32 AM

Sustainability is a ubiquitous buzzword in design discourse. Unlike the more flexible term green design, sustainable design implies a holistic consideration of environmental impact. In his book, The Philosophy of Sustainable Design, Jason McLennan states that the intention of sustainable design is to "eliminate negative environmental impact completely...

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