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AtelierD’s Giant Honeycomb Bee Hotel Attracts Pollinators & Humans Alike

AtelierD’s Giant Honeycomb Bee Hotel Attracts Pollinators & Humans Alike | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it

The K-abeilles Hotel for Bees is more than just an intriguing pavilion built for the 2012 Muttersholtz Archi Festival in in France. The giant honeycomb wall is an attractive retreat for wild bees who like to burrow into the tight spaces. Designed by AtelierD, the pavilion features a honeycomb installation on one side that is perfect for bees, while the other side offers a shady resting spot for humans built with the same honeycomb panels. Visitors to the pavilion can rest and also watch nature in action through some of the open panels

Read more: AtelierD’s Giant Honeycomb Bee Hotel Attracts Pollinators & Humans Alike K-Abeilles Hotel for Bees-AtelierD – Inhabitat - Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

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FASHION’S BUTTERFLY EFFECT

FASHION’S BUTTERFLY EFFECT | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
This past weekend, I was honored to be one of the 30 members actively working together to form of a brain trust of fashion industry innovators who are committed to … Continue reading → (RT @EcoFashionTalk: An eloquent overview of the 1st meeting of...
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Important Work. Please do not lose sight of the fact humankind's irepressible love of creating beauty must be revised in light of the challenges to a sustainable plannet today. Please keep your eye on this group

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hurricane sandy sparks an idea for art | Daily Art Muse

hurricane sandy sparks an idea for art | Daily Art Muse | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it

Susan Lomuto and the Daily Art Muse have begun to assemble art -- and perhaps a gallery showing -- from the detritus of Hurricane Sandy. Click through to find out more about this resilient project.

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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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10 Of The Year’s Best Designs For Social Good

10 Of The Year’s Best Designs For Social Good | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it

CYNICS BE DAMNED! FROM AN OVEN THAT TURNS SEAWATER INTO DRINKING WATER, TO A PAIR OF 3-D PRINTED ARMS THAT LET A TODDLER HUG HER MOM FOR THE FIRST TIME, THESE PRODUCTS MADE A POSITIVE CONTRIBUTION TO THOUSANDS OF LIVES THIS YEAR.

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most creative and environmentally sustainable packaging design

most creative and environmentally sustainable packaging design | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it

Creative and environmentally sustainable packaging design: http://t.co/eNu8RrX8

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The Beach - The Open Book project explores what sustainist values, such as connectedness , sharing , localism and proportionality , could do to transform social design thinking and practice.

The Beach - The Open Book project explores what sustainist values, such as connectedness , sharing , localism and proportionality , could do to transform social design thinking and practice. | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
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Paper Waste Used to Make Bricks

Paper Waste Used to Make Bricks | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
Researchers mixed cellulose waste from paper industry with ceramic material used in construction industry to form bricks with low thermal conductivity (Paper Waste Used to Make Bricks http://t.co/kqkLVTbN...
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Cotton’s Silky Smooth By-Product | HeartSleeves

Cotton’s Silky Smooth By-Product | HeartSleeves | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it

Cupro is just one of many textiles invented to reduce waste in the garment industry.  For others, check out the "materials" category on the blog.  

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We can use jeans to clean up our cities' air

We can use jeans to clean up our cities' air | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it

A laundry additive that neutralises nitrogen oxide could radically improve air quality, says Tony Ryan a professor of physical chemistry at Sheffield University. He is particularly interested in polymers and soft nanotechnology. Together with the fashion designer Helen Storey he is developing a laundry additive called Catclo that sticks to the surface fibres of clothes and reacts with airborne nitrogen oxides to neutralise them


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Vila Alstrup in Demark: energy-plus design

Vila Alstrup in Demark: energy-plus design | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it

The house on the shore with a view of the Wadden Sea is an energy-plus house, which means that it produces more electricity and heat than it uses.


This was achieved without compromising on the exclusive qualities of a large home, including panoramic sea-views. The architecture uses clear and simple expression, open and transparent to the sea and more closed and private towards the neighbors. The unusual geometry of the volume is combined with a calm and unpretentious detailing, and a restrained material palette.

Designed with ‘passive house’ principles, the home is compact in form, with large windows facing the view to the south-west, to make optimal passive use of the sun’s heat. The angle also respects the shoreline protection zone, creating a triangular floor plan. The sloping roof is angled to optimize the performance of the solar heating cells. Passive solar heat gain is absorbed and accumulated in the interior concrete walls and floor slabs, while the south-west facing balcony and overhangs shade the facades and control the amount of seasonal solar energy. The balcony is a free-standing concrete slab completely eliminating any cold-bridging to the interior...


Read more about this contemporary and contextual green design at the article link...


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The Cool Hunter - Old Is New Again

The Cool Hunter - Old Is New Again | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it

We love order and minimalism in buildings. New, freshly planned, pristine and perfect are great attributes for new structures , yet we also find ourselves drawn to things that aren’t so flawless. Recycled, repurposed, previously loved, salvaged. Buildings that have a previous life carry a character that brand-new ones just cannot master.


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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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Inspired by Emergency Blankets, Issey Miyake Creates Heat-Retaining Menswear From Recycled Polyester | Ecouterre

Inspired by Emergency Blankets, Issey Miyake Creates Heat-Retaining Menswear From Recycled Polyester | Ecouterre | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
As temperatures at Paris Men’s Fashion Week plunged to subzero, Issey MIyake feted a lightweight, heat-retaining wardrobe to enable “a freer lifestyle during the winter months.
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Sleek, realistic upcycling from the master. Technology and design help us face -- and fix -- a changing planet. 

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Sustainable Designers Take On Fashion Upcycling | EcoSalon | Conscious Culture and Fashion

Sustainable Designers Take On Fashion Upcycling | EcoSalon | Conscious Culture and Fashion | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
One woman's trash is another woman's treasure, and these fashion designers are creating beautiful, unique, upcycled fashion that turns landfill bound textiles into gorgeous garments.
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A Giant Synthetic Crystal Explodes Through Gallery Floors at the School 33 Art Center in Baltimore | Colossal

A Giant Synthetic Crystal Explodes Through Gallery Floors at the School 33 Art Center in Baltimore | Colossal | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it

Points of Contention is a 2011 installation by Jonathan Latiano that was installed in a gallery space at the School 33 Art Center in Baltimore. The piece features an explosive crystal growth protruding from a rippling gallery floor that is meant to call into question the continued production of plastics, resins and polymers and their long-term impact on the geological landscape around us. Via a press release for the exhibition:

Driven by the exploration of time, motion and the physics of the natural world, Jonathan Latiano presents Points of Contention, a site-specific installation sculpture that investigates the increasingly blurred line between the organic and inorganic as well as the spatial boundaries of where the spectacle begins and ends. Convergent forms of crystalline growth and explosive impact reinforce the hundreds of shards of custom cut and painted elements used to create the centerpiece of the exhibition. Through the use of reclaimed and altered wood, plastic, Styrofoam and site-grown salt crystals Latiano explores the question: At what point do the controversies of the present become the “new norms” of the future?

Latiano will return to School 33 Art Center in September of 2013 as part of a collaboration with artist Jennifer Strunge who is known for her creation of totally bizarre and wonderful cotton monsters. Can’t wait to see what the two do together!

If you liked this piece, also check out the work of Chris Whiteburch, and the Inversion House by Dan Havel and Dean Ruck. (via razorshapes)

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ABOL | Sass Brown

ABOL is an environmentally conscious, hand made collection from Vancouver, Canada. Hamideh Abol creates one of a kind wearable art, constructed predominately from raw wool, silk and cotton fiber. Each one of her designs incorporates intricate surface detailing and texture. Combining vintage fabric, re-used silk, and recycled leather, Abolemployees natural, low impact dyes with ingredients such as fruits, flowers and found objects. Her unique felt making employs organic soap, and incorporates elements of traditional Persian felt making, along with lessons from European and North American felt artists. Her creative inspiration revolves around surrealist paintings and sculptures. (more)


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In Good Fashion: Post-Holiday Donations

"Whether you need to make space for all that new loot or you're just not loving the sweater from Great-Aunt Mary, this is the time of the year when we find ourselves with tons of stuff in need of relocating. Enter: the art of the donation." (more)

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Paula | Coles, Haiti – fashion that cares | Magnifeco | eco-fashion, sustainable living, ethical style

"When Coles noticed that entire truckloads of the jersey fabric scraps used in the tee-shirt fabrication process were being thrown out every single day, she recognized an opportunity. Led by the creativity and genius of Haitian people who, in spite of their limited resources, manage to produce magnificent objects with all types of refuse materials, she designed a bag made entirely of the recycled materials from her plant.


Then she made a promise – a promise to make each day a little brighter for the students of the school and for her country. The purchase of each Paula | Coles, Haiti product directly pays for ONE of the annual tuition fees for one child. Depending on the item  purchased, as each bag is associated specifically to one of the following tuition fees: classes, uniforms (mandatory), books, school supplies and computer classes; each of these cost a specific value determined by the non profit organization Coles works with, PRODEV, an NGO who strives to offer the best, most innovative education in Haiti."

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An Underwater Bonsai Tree by Makoto Azuma

An Underwater Bonsai Tree by Makoto Azuma | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
In his continued forays into experimental botany that blur the lines between art and science, artist Makoto Azuma (previously) has reimagined the bonsai tree, one of the oldest Japanese artforms.
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H&M Launches First Global Clothing Collection Recycling Program

H&M Launches First Global Clothing Collection Recycling Program | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it

Last week, H&M announced it will launch a clothing collecting initiative worldwide. Starting in February 2013, customers at H&M, the world’s second biggest fashion chain after Spanish group Inditex, will be able to hand in used garments from any brand in H&M stores in all 48 markets. The items will then be handled by H&M’s partner, I:Collect, a global recycling company.

H&M is not the first one to come up with such an initiative – last April M&S launched its shwopping program, which has resulted, according to the company, in 2.2 million used and unwanted pieces of clothing being brought to M&S and Oxfam stores. Still, H&M does have one record to be proud of – it will become the first fashion company to launch a clothing collecting initiative worldwide (shopping is available currently only in the UK).

This is the latest H&M effort to reduce the environmental impact of clothes throughout their lifecycle. The company explains that through this global initiative, H&M’s customers can save natural resources and contribute to reduced environmental impact by avoiding textile waste. To incentivize consumers to take part in the new program, in exchange they will receive a discount of 15 percent on one item of their choice.


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Though some of the language in this article suggests an initiative driven more by branding presence than sustainability -- if we see H&M's launch resulting in less textile waste, I'll be checking them out!

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Ariel Azoff's curator insight, December 22, 2012 11:32 PM

H&M, already the world's largest buyer of organic cotton, is at the forefront of innovation in sustainable fashion and one of only a handfull of mainstream brands working hard to be more eco-friendly and ethical.  Rock on! 

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Slideshow: Winds of Change | Dwell

Slideshow: Winds of Change | Dwell | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
RT @dwell: The rainwater-collecting home designed to fight an Australian drought: http://t.co/DdF0HyfM #sustainability
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Ivano Vitali Creates Zero-Waste Garments From Recycled Newspaper Yarn | Ecouterre

Ivano Vitali Creates Zero-Waste Garments From Recycled Newspaper Yarn | Ecouterre | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
The so-called "trashion" movement started long before sustainable fashion was en vogue, and Ivano Vitali, of all people, should know. After all, the Italian artist dabbled in mammoth-size tapestries made from castoff newspapers, plastic bags, eggshells, and aluminum foil as early as 1974. Three decades years later, Vitali devotes his attention almost exclusively to recycled newsprint, which he tears into strips and skillfully twists into balls of yarn without the addition of glue, coloring, or silicone. Using humongous custom-made wooden needles and hooks—some as long as 8 feet—Vitali knits and crochets the unconventional fiber into garments that are as functional as they are theatrical.
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Among 2012's most fascinating articles.

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Eneco sustainable headquarters in Rotterdam, Netherlands

Eneco sustainable headquarters in Rotterdam, Netherlands | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it

Amsterdam-based Hofman Dujardin Architects, in collaboration with Fokkema & Partners, has helped sustainable energy company Eneco practice what it preaches with the design of its headquarters in Rotterdam. The 14-floor office has been operational since April, with employees enjoying one of the Europe's best workspaces.


The heart of the building is a central atrium surrounded by a light-filled meeting centre with a reception space, meeting rooms, working areas, informal meeting areas, lounges, restaurant, service desk and auditorium. Sun collectors on the south façade and on the roof track the sun throughout the day, absorbing the maximum amount of solar energy.

The working and meeting areas are designed to be energetic islands floating on a white terrazzo floor. Some islands are open spaces and others enclosed for privacy but they are all executed with vibrant colours and materials. Those on the ground floor are red, purple and orange, while those on the first floor are in different shades of verdant green (meeting rooms) and blue (working spaces). The diversity of color and materials on the work islands are not only lively and inviting but give the different spaces specific identities and atmospheres that enable people to orientate themselves better in the office.


Learn more about the sustainable strategies incorporated into the design of this green office space at the article link...


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'Humane' fishing net wins Dyson award

'Humane' fishing net wins Dyson award | Sustainability by Design | Scoop.it
Dan Watson has devised a system based on a series of escape rings for fish, which can be fitted to a fisherman's trawler net (RT @whitetoothshrew: Brilliantly simple design that will hopefully produce a more sustainable fishing industry:
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