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Sustainable Design

Six Myths of Sustainable Design

Lance Hosey | Posted 03.10.2015 | Green
Lance Hosey

Recently, my team and I surveyed hundreds of architects and designers to understand the obstacles to going green. What emerged were six misperceptions about sustainable design.

Grand Central Terminal Award Highlights Big Opportunity to Upgrade Historic Landmarks

Maya Albanese | Posted 12.03.2014 | Green
Maya Albanese

The new bulbs in Grand Central will save the MTA $100,000 each year. According to the MTA, the project cost $23.4 million, which was initially paid for by the New York Power Authority (NYPA).

Australian Startup Sets Style Standard for Wearable Tech

Amy Cummins | Posted 11.15.2014 | Technology
Amy Cummins

A new Australian tech startup called Linou is aiming to achieve what larger companies have not in making tech fashion both functional and appealing, while also forgoing the use of plastics and other harmful materials.

These Jewelry Boxes, Combs, And Mirror Frames Are Made From Human Hair

2012-07-03-slatelogo.jpg | Posted 07.29.2014 | Arts

This post originally appeared on Slate. By Kristin Hohenad Azusa Murakami and Alexander Groves of London-based Studio Swine researched their...

You'll Never Guess What These Lamps Are Made Of

The Huffington Post | Samantha Toscano | Posted 07.18.2014 | HuffPost Home

Upcycling isn't what it used to be. From wine bottle lamps worthy of a chic, urban apartment to to mason jars that put crystal chandeliers everywher...

9 Decor 'Trends' That'll Never Go Out Of Style

The Huffington Post | Brie Dyas | Posted 05.13.2014 | HuffPost Home

Decor is like fashion in that what looks current one year can look incredibly dated the next. However, with decor, that "next" year is often as much a...

A Global Design Invasion in the Land of "Oz"

Ken Carbone | Posted 06.28.2014 | Arts
Ken Carbone

My journal entry upon arrival in Australia, or as the locals call it "Oz" on March 30th. After more than twenty hours of flying, I finally returned...

City Growth Could Slow Climate Change, If Designed Correctly

Reuters | Posted 06.14.2014 | Green

By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO, April 14 (Reuters) - The world's urban areas are set to grow by almost twice the siz...

White Roofs vs. Green Roofs: Recent Reports Declaring a Victor Overlook That Both Are Wins for the Environment

Noah Garrison | Posted 05.07.2014 | Green
Noah Garrison

Green roofs (and cool roofs/white roofs, too) can do a lot to reduce the harmful global warming effects that black roofs accelerate.

PHOTOS: What Happens When You Cross A Mansion And A Treehouse

Posted 11.09.2013 | HuffPost Home

As if Bali's beautiful seascape and tropical weather weren't alluring enough, the Southeast Asian country boasts one of the most amazing examples we'v...

PHOTOS: This Is Not Your Typical Green Home

The Huffington Post | Shana Ecker | Posted 07.25.2013 | HuffPost Home

While you may think that sustainable houses are synonymous with ugly recycled materials and unsightly technologies like massive solar panels, we're pr...

Sustainability, Racism and America's Capacity to Change

Steven Cohen | Posted 09.21.2013 | Green
Steven Cohen

The potential for human progress, for social learning and technological development should not be underestimated. Crisis, tragedy and human misery will never end; but as a species we seem to show the capacity to grow and learn.

Why More Women in This Field Is Good for the Environment

Lance Hosey | Posted 08.20.2013 | Women
Lance Hosey

By virtually every measure, women are smarter about and better for the environment. How does this affect architecture?

Nike, NASA Seek The Most Amazing-Sounding Clothing Ever

The Huffington Post | Posted 05.09.2013 | Business

A powerful group of innovators is focusing its 2013 yearly innovation challenge on changing the global clothing industry for the better. Nike, NAS...

Social Entrepreneurs Collaborate On Building Detroit's Future

Adam Smiley Poswolsky | Posted 05.25.2013 | Impact
Adam Smiley Poswolsky

Listing the dismal array of social problems facing the city of Detroit is easier than bobbing your head up and down to an Eminem song.

Imagining the World of Tomorrow With Bua and Goldfarb's Architectural Inventions

Stephen Hren | Posted 04.01.2013 | Arts
Stephen Hren

How we interact with our world is determined by the space that we inhabit. The space we inhabit in the future is determined by what we build today.

PHOTOS: Author Of 'Sustainable Design: A Critical Guide' Chats With NatGeo

Posted 01.22.2013 | Green

From National Geographic's "The Great Energy Challenge" blog: We caught up with David Bergman, a green architect, professor, and author, who also s...

A Whirlwind Trip Through Cape Town

Jennifer Schwab | Posted 03.08.2013 | Travel
Jennifer Schwab

I had heard glowing reports about this southernmost mecca from South African friends living in San Diego and Los Angeles. I now understand why when they move to the U.S., they often choose Southern California as a logical nesting place. My maiden voyage to "the Cape" was one of surprise and delight.

Design and Sustainability: What's on the Horizon?

Marc Stoiber | Posted 12.16.2012 | Green
Marc Stoiber

It was my experience that green couldn't be the driving design consideration if you wanted to create products that would sell. But ignoring green as a design consideration was recipe for irrelevance in today's market.

Moving Beyond "Green"

Omega Institute | Posted 12.12.2012 | Green
Omega Institute

"Once, one of our buildings partially collapsed. I spent an anxious night on the rescue team, wondering if somehow I had caused this catastrophe. It was an epiphany. I became aware of unintended consequences and the need to change the design and construction industry to support life."

How 'Wood Nerds' Handcraft Furniture From Trash

Posted 09.12.2012 | Green

How do sustainable design organizations operate? Alexander Bender, co-founder of Brooklyn, NY workshop Tri-Lox, focuses on transforming reclaimed mate...

Think Small: How Portability Rules the World

Karla Zens | Posted 10.22.2012 | Green
Karla Zens

I have a vision that reusable cups, bags and bottles will rightfully take their place alongside keys, wallet and cell phone in our pockets, bags and purses.

Fashion Boot Camp: Training Young Designers to Be Eco-Ethical

HooplaHa | Posted 10.22.2012 | Good News

Fashion Fights Poverty aims to alleviate poverty through creativity by teaching our future generations to be socially responsible.

BriteSol Introduces Revolutionary Sustainable LED Lighting and a Business Model for a Brighter Future

Jerry Cope | Posted 10.17.2012 | Business
Jerry Cope

This week in Las Vegas a local company, BriteSol, unveiled the Holy Grail of lighting technology. BriteSol has developed breakthrough LED lighting tec...

Sustaining a Lifestyle

Jeannie E. Javelosa | Posted 09.18.2012 | Impact
Jeannie E. Javelosa

We are all consumers and have to purchase products and goods anyway --then why not buy a double gift where you get something you need and at the same time help a community.