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Sustainable Design

Biomimicry Tools for Designers

Jared Green | Posted 12.10.2015 | Impact
Jared Green

Rainforest epiphyte leaf formation / "Biomimicry is about learning from nature to inspire design solutions for human problems," sai...

Does Your Landscape Work?

Jared Green | Posted 12.10.2015 | Green
Jared Green

Shoemaker Green / Andropogon Associates "We are designing ever more complex systems, and it's complicated to see if they are performing as they shou...

Cycladic Island Living

Sara Panagiotopoulou | Posted 11.16.2015 | Travel
Sara Panagiotopoulou

The Cycladic islands are the reason why most people's first reaction to the statement, "I'm going to Greece," is, "Take me with you!" Can they be blamed?

Top 5 Office Design Trends of the 21st Century

Maureen Mahon | Posted 10.20.2015 | Technology
Maureen Mahon

The technologies industry has changed the way we approach office design. The traditional office model -- where executives inhabit the big corner offices and smaller spaces are carved out in proportion to employees' status -- is becoming a thing of the past.

Small Changes Make a Difference: Stories From Pampers, Method and SC Johnson

Kristin Heist | Posted 10.01.2015 | Impact
Kristin Heist

In the world of innovation, small changes don't get the credit they deserve. Big changes seem more exciting and somehow more important. But good innovation doesn't have to be large because it is, no matter what the dimensions, about impact.

A Building Worth Its Salt?

Lance Hosey | Posted 09.22.2015 | Green
Lance Hosey

A veritable monument to sodium, the Spring Street Shed--and therefore road salt--could be around for a very long time.

Solar Cells From Shrimp Shells

XPRIZE | Posted 07.16.2015 | Green

Here's an idea: let's peel a big pile of shrimp and put the shells outside to rot under the blazing sun. Sounds pretty disgusting, but amazingly enough, those smelly shells are hiding a solar power secret.

Sustainable Drinking With Cups of Paper

Ebenezar Wikina | Posted 06.22.2015 | Impact
Ebenezar Wikina

Challenged by the excessive importation of goods and services in his country, a young Nigerian, Brian-Gabriel Ndubuisi, has co-founded his own manufacturing company, Cups of Paper, which produces Eco-friendly, customized, disposable paper cups suitable for event and household use.

Sustainable Real Estate: Environment and Cost Friendly

Toni Haber | Posted 05.29.2015 | New York
Toni Haber

Increasingly real estate developers and residents are favoring sustainable real estate for not only their eco-friendliness, but also for their ability to cut down monthly electric bills.

CBF Goes Off the Power and Water Grid. Will You?

William C. Baker | Posted 05.20.2015 | DC
William C. Baker

Last November, the Chesapeake Bay Foundation "unplugged" the new Brock Environmental Center from the power grid as part of the center's grand opening festivities. It was admittedly a purely symbolic gesture. But we wanted to declare to the world our intention to operate this cutting-edge center using only onsite renewable energy.

Does Green Need a New Color?

Ian Moise | Posted 06.16.2015 | Green
Ian Moise

Unlike global warming, green began to cool off. It became over-used and over-done. It became politicized, with more extreme views polarizing and blurring the issues. People got tired of false and confusing claims by companies.

Six Myths of Sustainable Design

Lance Hosey | Posted 05.08.2015 | 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...