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Kengo Kuma & Associates — Meme Meadows

Kengo Kuma & Associates — Meme Meadows | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it

"We were in charge of the first experimental house, and in the process of designing, we got a number of clues from “Chise,” the traditional housing style of the Ainu. What is most characteristic about Chise is that it is a “house of grass” and “house of the earth.” While in Honshu (the main island) a private house is principally a “house in wood” or “house of earthen wall,” Chise is distinctively a “house of grass,” as the roof and the wall are entirely covered with sedge or bamboo grass so that it can secure heat-insulating properties. Also, in Honshu the floor is raised for ventilation to keep away humidity, whereas in Chise they spread cattail mat directly on the ground, make a fireplace in the center, and never let the fire go out throughout the year. The fundamental idea of Chise, “house of the earth,” is to keep warming up the ground this way and retrieve the radiation heat generated from it Here is how section of the house is structured: We wrapped a wooden frame made of Japanese larch with a membrane material of polyester fluorocarbon coating. Inner part is covered with removable glass-fiber-cloth membrane. Between the two membranes, a polyester insulator recycled from PET bottles is inserted that penetrates the light. This composition is based on the idea that by convecting the air in-between, the internal environment could be kept comfortable because of the circulation."


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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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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.

Susan Davis Cushing's insight:

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
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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
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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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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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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!


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Available (click through on pic) for the holidays! 

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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...
Susan Davis Cushing's insight:

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.

Susan Davis Cushing's insight:

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?
Susan Davis Cushing's insight:

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.