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Greening Japan: sustainable trends in architecture + reconstruction

Greening Japan: sustainable trends in architecture + reconstruction | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it

Japan’s historic architecture was among the most sustainable and environmentally friendly on the planet. Think of a traditional machiya (merchant’s house) or even a palace, such as the Katsura Imperial Villa in Kyoto; made of local materials such as wood, tatami, paper.
The 20th century’s rush to modernize favored new technologies over tradition, and Japan became one of the most exciting architectural landscapes on the globe. There are few environments as adventurous: a place where microhouses are built on microscopic building sites, where skyscrapers rise on seismic quake lines and where material and form are pushed to new heights- it is a constantly changing architectural landscape... 

But the price for this constant reinvention is often environmental; with global economic uncertainty and recent disasters, Japan has had to rethink how it wants to go forward. It could be the beginning of a quiet architectural revolution, as architects and urban planners – as well as the public – question architectural ideals since 1945 and ask: how can this be done better?


Now, with reconstruction beginning, the need and desire to find innovative and sustainable ways of building is growing. Japanese architecture has traditionally prized and worked in response to nature, so it's no surprise that architects are not only looking to new green technology but also back to Japan’s architectural traditions; a shoji screen can be as relevant as a solar panel in sustainable architecture...


Visit the link for the complete article for case studies, example projects and more images that address this new phase of architecture and sustainable development in Japan.


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Looks Good: What's It Made From? Who Made It? Is it helping or hurting the planet?
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These Elegant Cascade Pendant Lights are Actually Made From Mushrooms

These Elegant Cascade Pendant Lights are Actually Made From Mushrooms | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
You might not believe it at first glance, but the elegant pendant lights you see above are not made in a factory – they’re grown from living mushrooms!


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Biomimicry 3D Printed Soft Chair is a Furniture First | Inside3DP.com

Biomimicry 3D Printed Soft Chair is a Furniture First | Inside3DP.com | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
Design student Lilian van Daal has 3D printed a soft chair entirely out of one recyclable material by mimicking plant cells in construction.
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Biomimicry and 3D Printing collaborate towards a brave new path in design.

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Emma Watson and Will.i.am back sustainable fashion

Emma Watson and Will.i.am back sustainable fashion | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
From Pharrell Williams to Emma Watson and Michelle Obama, these 10 household names have shown their support for a more sustainable fashion industry
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Haiti: US Shoe Company TOMS to Open New Factory in 2014

Haiti: US Shoe Company TOMS to Open New Factory in 2014 | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
Above: an artist designs Haiti Artist Collective shoes

By the Caribbean Journal staff

California-based shoe company TOMS will be openi

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This is a great step in the right direction: a company can only be truly sustainable by creating work, not just giving away a pair of shoes in an effort attract American teens to cause-related marketing. Tom's success has allowed it to move to a full loop, giving real skills to those in need. Kudos to Toms for closing the loop! "Feel good" moves to the real do-good!

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From www.caribjournal.com - Today, 5:31 PM

http://www.toms.com/collections/haiti-artist-collective/l Louis Murat, 26

By the Caribbean Journal staff

California-based shoe company TOMS will be openi


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Louis Murat, 26..."In the future, I'd love to be able to teach children to paint so they can help their own families. With this project, I can start building my family's house."

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The Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts

The Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
The CSPA provides a network of resources to artists and arts organizations by gathering and distributing information from partnering information sources, and through the development of special initiatives designed to enable sustainable practices...
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The Center for Sustainable Practice in the Arts aggregates amazing projects which deserve attention. You'll be seeing lots more of them here. Check out the the first in a a series I'll be posting here. 

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“Sonic Bloom” a new Interactive artwork showcases solar, sound and education at the foot of the Space Needle

“Sonic Bloom” a new Interactive artwork showcases solar, sound and education at the foot of the Space Needle | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
In the playful context of Seattle Center’s festival grounds, Sonic Bloom is a new energy-neutral permanent interactive art installation at the foot of Seattle’s Space Needle and a defining entry sc...
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Flower Power: This Machine Seed-Bombs Dirty Air

Flower Power: This Machine Seed-Bombs Dirty Air | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it

There’s nothing wrong with “art for art’s sake,” the notion that works of art don’t require a justification or need to serve a higher purpose. But it’s also kind of cool when they do transcend that philosophy and send a specific message.

That’s certainly the case with artist Michael Jantzen’s design for his Eco-Seed Sowing Machines. The solar-powered structures would contain a large number of flower seeds that would be automatically released in small amounts whenever evidence of environmental degradation was observed around the machines.

Jantzen calls the project “a symbolic public art response to environmental degradation,” and he’d like to see the machines located in places around the world where environmental damage is the worst.

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Imagine a piece of art that would blossom where environmental destruction is the worst, drawing more attention to the area as signals cause it to activate into a work of flowering beauty. Would it get your attention? Would it be a call for action? When funded, this artist's designs will change some landscapes significanlty.

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Post-Consumed: Art Exhibition Showcases the Problems and Potential of Plastic Waste

Post-Consumed: Art Exhibition Showcases the Problems and Potential of Plastic Waste | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
Two Georgia artists address the problems and potential of plastic waste in the exhibition “Post-Consumed.” Harry DeLorme uses plastic waste recovered from the banks of the Savannah River to make “paintings” based on Google Maps.
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Andrew McLaughin's curator insight, March 18, 7:13 PM

I found this article to be very interesting. The way that the georgian artists addressed the problems really brings the issue into light. 

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Sustainable Furniture Made From Agricultural Waste and Poop

Sustainable Furniture Made From Agricultural Waste and Poop | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it

".... I, for one, would still sit on these simple and super-sustainable stools from the Tel Aviv-based designer Adital Ela. Looking like mud-covered beehives or chocolate bollards, the stools are made of compacted earth, construction debris and organic wastes like spent agricultural fibers and cow flop. Despite requiring little energy to fabricate (mostly elbow grease), their shape makes them strong enough to support quite copious rumps. And if they do break or you get bored of them, you can just wetten and mash the material and use it to sculpt new furniture."

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Waste products (some pretty onerous) become part of the sustainable design - landscape? 

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Is Bamboo Clothing Truly Green?

Is Bamboo Clothing Truly Green? | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
This is the view of Lotus Organics, who in their usual full and frank style have investigated the industry and presented their finding on their informative Organic (Is Bamboo Clothing Truly Green?
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Though it's not what we wanted to hear, it appears that bamboo clothing requires more scarce and toxic materials than are actually sustainable.

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Mold Man's comment, May 1, 2013 7:50 AM
Most people do not want to know the truth about so called recycled materials and products. They like the idea but the truth is like a bad relationship, you do not want to see the truth. I work in the building industry, it is a joke about a Green Products. Only another marketing ploy to sell us more stuff.
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H&M's First "Conscious Talk" Panel Highlights Fashion's Role in a Sustainable Future | Ecouterre

By Amy Dufault: Depending on whom you ask, H&M is either the problem or the solution. The Swedish retailer isn’t justany apparel firm, after all. When it comes perpetuating our culture of “fast fashion”—low-quality, inexpensive garments, churned out at a dizzying pace—H&M, with its more than 2,800 stores in 49 markets, is second only to Zara in terms of reach. But while H&M’s global influence isn’t a matter of debate, the company’s recent campaign to reposition itself as a bulwark of sustainability is far more controversial. Equally polarizing? H&M’s new, self-appointed role as ecological thought leader, which it parlayed on Thursday into its first-ever “Conscious Talk” panel on the fashion industry’s role in creating a sustainable future.  (click for more)

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Sustainable Scandinavia – 8 Fashion Designers Who Walk the Talk | EcoSalon | Conscious Culture and Fashion

Sustainable Scandinavia – 8 Fashion Designers Who Walk the Talk | EcoSalon | Conscious Culture and Fashion | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
These 8 Scandinavian fashion designers are designing stylish, beautiful, functional and high quality clothing through environmental and ethical practices.


Clean, ethical and progressive fashion from the north that has its sights set on creating a sustainable industry.  

Scandinavia – that obscure northern region home to beautiful blondes, mysterious folklore and long, cold nights – is also the origin of some of the most innovative fashion designers of our time. Based in cultures that have always had a deep connection to the nature that surrounds and sustains them, respect for the environment shines through as a key factor, whether with the use of natural materials, recycling or intelligent design. Due to harsh living conditions and short growing seasons, traditions and practices of re-use, maximum throughput, and efficient implementation, have carried through to the modern day, as is evident from these designers’ work."

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The Crochet Coral Reef Project [25 pics]

The Crochet Coral Reef Project [25 pics] | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
  The Crochet Coral Reef (CCR) is a project by the Institute For Figuring, a non-profit Los-Angeles based organization that pioneers creative new methods for engaging the public about scientif...
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I've been following this project for years. It's a great and facinating learning tool "for all ages". The design credit goes to Nature and hyperbolic life forms. It's great tool to to help us learn about our coral reefs. 

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Sass Brown's curator insight, April 5, 2013 8:07 PM

Amazing crochet Coral Reef with a purpose, to engage the public in science

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The Ingenuity and Beauty of Creative Parchment Repair in Medieval Books

The Ingenuity and Beauty of Creative Parchment Repair in Medieval Books | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it

After witnessing their doodling artistry, it should come as no surprise that medieval scribes had a host of ideas to work around bad parchment, from webs of silk embroidery to cheeky illustrations, the blemishes were incorporated right into the physical texts. Although a different medium, the process is uncannily similar to the ancient Japanese process of repairing broken ceramics, Kintsugi, where fractures in pots or bowls are mended with precious metal, acknowledging the history of the imperfect object instead of discarding it.

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Akin to both boro and kintsugi. Perhaps we are beginning to find that Sustainability includes the art of innovative repair.

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Sass Brown: Author, Professor, Pioneer - rêve en vert

Sass Brown: Author, Professor, Pioneer - rêve en vert | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
  With another recently published book, author and professor Sass Brown took time to share her vision and take on sustainable fashion with rêve en vert. To date she has carved an illustrious path and remains one of the leading figures and pioneers of this sector of the industry. Her vision for ReFashioned: Cutting-Edge Clothing …

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The Shockingly High Costs Of Fast Fashion

The Shockingly High Costs Of Fast Fashion
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Worth a watch, though I assume I'm still preaching to the choir:) We'll fix that.

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New shape-shifting metals discovered

New shape-shifting metals discovered | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
Scientists develop a new family of smart materials that could be used in applications ranging from space vehicles to electronics to jet engines.

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ReFashioned: Cutting-edge materials and processes for upcycling | The Ethical Fashion Source

ReFashioned: Cutting-edge materials and processes for upcycling | The Ethical Fashion Source | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
The Ethical Fashion Source - Fashion business success without compromise

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Susan Davis Cushing's insight:

If you have missed @Sass Brown's incisive, highly moral writings on Ethical Fashion, do check her out! Clicking through will lead you to a wealth of resources, inluding a new book from her in October and links to many other pathways in this complcated push-me-pull-you world of great humanitarian concern.


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Sass Brown's curator insight, October 1, 2013 11:03 PM

Some lovely early press from @EthicalFashionF on my new book ReFashioned out in a couple of weeks!

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Sustainability and fashion: where are we now?

Sustainability and fashion: where are we now? | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
From design to consumers and collaboration, Ilaria Pasquinelli reports from the Copenhagen fashion summit (Sustainability and Fashion
http://t.co/xOWByYunRi)...
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Design Education for a Sustainable Future - Metropolis Magazine

Design Education for a Sustainable Future - Metropolis Magazine | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
Metropolis Magazine
Design Education for a Sustainable Future
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In his introduction to Design Education for a Sustainable Future, published recently by Routledge/earthscan, Rob Fleming says his premise “is remarkably simple.
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Social Alterations | An Education Lab for Socially Responsible Fashion

Social Alterations | An Education Lab for Socially Responsible Fashion | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
Social Alterations is an education lab for socially responsible fashion. (Hearing about sustainable fashion design education at the @SFUBeedie product showcase at @HiVEVancouver.
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Sustainable Design and the Future of Architecture: An Interview with Arpan Bakshi

Sustainable Design and the Future of Architecture: An Interview with Arpan Bakshi | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
A new crop of highly-efficient and sustainable towers are springing up in China. What does this mean for the future sustainable design?


also:

http://www.bbc.com/future/story/20120503-sustainable-cities-on-the-rise

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As quickly as China is growing, the need for sustainable design still outweighs quick building solutions.

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Magid: How tech helps and harms our environment

Magid: How tech helps and harms our environment | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
As we get ready to celebrate Earth Day next week, I cant help think about how technology both helps and harms our environment.
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Show highlights sustainable couture

Show highlights sustainable couture | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
Introducing new ideas is one thing. Ingraining them is another. (Show highlights sustainable couture http://t.co/b4Pt6Q6jc0 via @sharethis)
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Signs of innovation - the example of Spider Silk

Signs of innovation - the example of Spider Silk | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
The current fashion and textile landscape is fairly limited in terms of what types of materials are being used. Innovation is key, and products such as Tencel, Sorona and Ingeo proof that industry is investing heavily in R&D.
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Cotton, we've realized, is not particularly sustainable (water could be used for food), Bamboo can deplete excess energy when being converted to functional products. Here's one alternative.

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