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Pop-up stars: temporary contemporary architecture

Pop-up stars: temporary contemporary architecture | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
From huge temporary stadia to tiny transitory event spaces, pop-up architecture fulfils many roles and comes in many guises.

In some cases the very latest technologies are used to engineer complex structures, while in others a readymade approach using scavenged materials is more appropriate. Several noteworthy examples include semi-permanent structures, container architecture and event pavilions.


This article examines some key pop-up projects that are designed to make the most of their short lifespans...


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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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Plastic Eating Mushrooms Turn Trash Into Food - Design Milk

Plastic Eating Mushrooms Turn Trash Into Food - Design Milk | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
The discovery specific fungi are capable of eating up some of the most toxic of materials is spurring on research into fungi as an answer for our global waste problem connected to our addiction to disposable, cheap plastics goods. Fungi may also become the foundation of a new chain of food supply if this intriguing growing system can move beyond the prototype phase and eventually help grace our plates with the “fruits” of its terrarium growing labor.
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Need a home? Now you can 3D print one—out of mud

Need a home? Now you can 3D print one—out of mud | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it

Inspired by the mud dauber, a little wasp that builds its home with mud, Massimo Moretti developed a way to create mud houses using 3D printing technology. Traditionally, earthen houses are formed by hand in a laborious, tedious process. But with a 3D mud printer, a house can be made in a couple of weeks. His organization, World’s Advanced Saving Project (WASP), is dedicated to making housing affordable, particularly in places where the most abundant resource may be earth.

Read more: Wasp-inspired 3D printer can build homes out of mud | Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building 

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A Bamboo Tower That Produces Water From Air | WIRED

A Bamboo Tower That Produces Water From Air | WIRED | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
The structure is designed to wring water out of thin air, providing a sustainable source of H2O for developing countries.

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Maricarmen Husson's curator insight, January 10, 9:48 PM

La torre WarkaWater es una estructura poco probable encontrar que sobresale del paisaje etíope. A los 30 metros de altura y 13 metros de ancho, no es un medio tan grande como su árbol del mismo nombre (que puede vislumbrarse 75 pies de altura), pero es llamativo, no obstante. La torre larguirucho, de bambú celosía forrada con malla de poliéster de color naranja, no es arte, aunque sí especie de lo parece. Más bien, la estructura está diseñada para escurrir el agua fuera del aire, proporcionando una fuente sostenible de H2O para los países en desarrollo.

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Cheap asphalt provides 'green' carbon capture

Cheap asphalt provides 'green' carbon capture | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
(Phys.org)—The best material to keep carbon dioxide from natural gas wells from fouling the atmosphere may be a derivative of asphalt, according to Rice University scientists.
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The top 7 Inhabitat stories of 2014!

The top 7 Inhabitat stories of 2014! | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
2014 was an incredible year for green design – and here’s why. We’ve seen technological breakthroughs ranging from airborne wind turbines to Tesla’s first battery-swapping station and a floating device that could clean the world’s oceans.
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Cork 'n Clothes: Innovation: cut or knitted? Cork is shedding its naff, eco-geek image and becoming fashionable

Cork 'n Clothes: Innovation: cut or knitted? Cork is shedding its naff, eco-geek image and becoming fashionable | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
The Messe Frankfurt Texpertise Network is a combination of the world's most important textile trade fairs.

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ASANTE SANA | Alabama Chanin | Journal

ASANTE SANA | Alabama Chanin | Journal | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it

In March of this year, we unexpectedly received an email with the subject line, “Asante Sana (Thank You) from Kenya!” It was sent by a woman named Nirvana, who is part of a team working to empower rural Kenyans with life and entrepreneurial skills. It seems that their goal is to inspire people to challenge the current social and cultural systems that tend to keep rural Kenyans impoverished. Read part of Nirvana’s first email to us:

Dear Alabama Chanin,  

You inspired 39 rural Kenyan women and men to start a tailoring class to learn hand sewing! They thought they had to have a sewing machine to learn tailoring. They also thought only poor people sewed by hand!

My American team and I are living in rural Kenya to teach Kenyans how to move beyond survival entrepreneurship. When so many community members said they wanted a tailoring class, I had to get creative. I knew there had to be a way to empower these youth without having to buy or find at least 20 sewing machines. So I Googled “hand sewing.” Of course, that led me to Natalie and Alabama Chanin!

When they realized that hand sewing is an art that people will pay the big bucks for, they were clearly inspired. They also loved learning that Natalie started with second-hand clothes. Your story is so perfect for these students! Every Monday and Friday from 10:00 am to noon, a core group of at least 21 students meet together to inspire each other to master hand sewing as a means to becoming tailors.

Our first group project is to make three new curtains for the local church that graciously hosts many of our classes, sewing and others. The current embroidered velvet curtains are at least 20 years old and are falling apart! We’re using this project to teach them the value of criticism for the creative process. These youth have been taught to be good students, to do perfect work and to make no mistakes! What a challenge to open their eyes to the power of critique! We are learning how to teach the students to have the sensibilities of an artist.

Our first response was: Wow. We’ve so often marveled at the power of the internet, its potential as a teaching tool, and its ability to connect those all over the world in shared experiences. We know this to be true and have seen it in action, but this connection felt larger—like a confirmation that the Alabama Chanin mission of sustainability and advancement of the “living arts” has meaning on a global level.

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Project Ara's creator will give you $12,500 to recycle plastic better

Project Ara's creator will give you $12,500 to recycle plastic better | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
Sure, the idea of keeping your phone up-to-date by swapping out parts is nice.

Via Vikram R Chari
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Recycling plastic may be expensive, but we've got oceans of it to deal with, both literally and figuratively.  This project will spin out enormous capacity for innovation -- Imagine the 3d printer tough enough to use recycled materials!

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Andre Saintier's curator insight, December 5, 2014 4:55 AM

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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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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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Forget foam — now we can grow better takeout containers

Forget foam — now we can grow better takeout containers | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
We live in a material world, people — synthetic material, that is, with all the attendant mess that makes. But how can a society addicted to Ziploc baggies, Styrofoam coffee cups, and cheap building materials do without?

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This 14-year-old will fix the planet before she graduates

This 14-year-old will fix the planet before she graduates | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it

Maya Penn is an eco-fashion designer, children’s book author, artist, animator, coder, public speaker, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and environmentalist..

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Pure Inspiration!

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To Save Our Ecosystems, Will We Have to Design Synthetic Creatures? | WIRED

To Save Our Ecosystems, Will We Have to Design Synthetic Creatures? | WIRED | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
Bioremediating slugs that monitor our soil, porcupine-like creatures that distribute seeds, biofilm-coated tree leaves that trap pollution and viruses.
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'"If scientists are effectively acting as designers in this new world of biology, it’s increasingly important they start to think like designers."

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Riz Wants to Recycle Ocean Plastic Into Snazzy Board Shorts

Riz Wants to Recycle Ocean Plastic Into Snazzy Board Shorts | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
For Riz Boardshorts, the 5.25 trillion pieces of plastic choking up the world's oceans is 5.25 trillion pieces too many. The British swimwear label wants to transform some of that dross into the world's first 100 percent recycled board short.
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14 innovations that improved the world in 2014

14 innovations that improved the world in 2014 | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
From mind-controlled exoskeletons to solar-powered toilets, these innovations made the world a better place in 2014.

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Future Living Housing Project: Technology Meets Design

Future Living Housing Project: Technology Meets Design | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it

The Future Living house took twenty six designers to create it, with every technologic leap analyzed to make sure all proposals were possible by 2050. It’s a paradigm shift in home resource creation and location with water using gravity to generate pressure and energy harvested from solar and wind. Air, water and waste are cleaned using a living bio wall.


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Zsolt Tinelly's curator insight, January 1, 2:43 PM

add meg a belátás ...

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Giant tulip-shaped solar plant to bring reliable energy to Ethiopia

Giant tulip-shaped solar plant to bring reliable energy to Ethiopia | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it

Development in rural African communities is often limited by lack of access to reliable power – hospitals, schools and businesses all require a steady source of electricity in order to function. The government of Ethiopia just announced plans to address this need using the AORA Solar-Hybrid system. The AORA system is ingenious because it is modular and uses less water than other systems, but perhaps best of all, the concentrated solar tower looks like a gorgeous energy-generating tulip high in the sky.

Read more: Giant tulip-shaped solar plant to bring reliable energy to Ethiopia | Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building 
Development in rural African communities is often limited by lack of access to reliable power – hospitals, schools and businesses all require a steady source of electricity in order to function. The government of Ethiopia just announced plans to address this need using the AORA Solar-Hybrid system. The AORA system is ingenious because it is modular and uses less water than other systems, but perhaps best of all, the concentrated solar tower looks like a gorgeous energy-generating tulip high in the sky.

Read more: Giant tulip-shaped solar plant to bring reliable energy to Ethiopia | Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building 

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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!


Please also see this more comprehensive article 

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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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