Mike Chino

GREEN DESIGN PREDICTIONS FOR 2010!

by , 01/04/10
filed under: Announcements, Architecture

sustainable design, green design, green design predictions 2010, new year's predictions

Welcome to 2010! The start of the new year is the perfect time to reflect upon the past, make resolutions for the future, and think about what the new year will bring. With this in mind, we’ve asked several of our favorite designers, editors and all-around-big-thinkers for their green predictions for the coming year. We received a lot of interesting forecasts for the coming year: from more greenwashing to a revolution in social design, from the rise of heirloom goods to a shift towards systems and services — read on for the our panel of experts’ green design predictions for 2010.

sustainable design, green design, green design predictions 2010, new year's predictions, allan chochinov, core77

ALLAN CHOCHINOV – Editor-in-Chief, Core77

I look forward to 2010 as a year filled with extraordinary projects around design for social change. We’ve seen a groundswell of individuals and organizations dedicated to creating artifacts, systems and services for environmental and social impact, in addition to many applications and social networks that get people participating in ways that reduce friction, raise awareness, and promote connection. In schools, I see a similar flowering in the diversity of projects aimed at greater good. Everyone welcome!
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EMILY PILLOTON – Founder & Director, Project H Design

In 2010, I’m hoping for a revolution in design. What I predict is a year of productive discomfort for designers, particularly those who are engaged in sustainable and socially responsible practices, as we grapple with all kinds of turbulence. I predict that both good green design AND greenwashing will become more mainstream, and that we as green designers will have to rethink exactly what our job descriptions are. We’ll shift to service design instead of artifact-making, and we’ll realize that we can’t just look at HOW we make things – we’ll have to ask ourselves if what we’re making is worth making in the first place. Ultimately I predict that 2010 will be uncomfortable yet fruitful for green design: we’ll feel the growing pains and have to justify our work, but ultimately will make good choices that will inform our profession for the next decade.
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sustainable design, green design, green design predictions 2010, new year's predictions, sarah rich, dwell magazine

SARAH RICH – Senior Editor, Dwell Magazine

1. The invention of a digital tablet, whether Apple’s or someone else’s, is likely to impact the way we consume media, particularly (possibly, hopefully) by appeasing the grieving lovers of print with something beautiful and elegant—a real experience—for reading books and magazines minus the paper. (Don’t get me wrong, I’m sad about the demise of print, too.)

2. I’ve noticed an uptick in retail shops where you can buy things in bulk, bringing your own refillable container (Unpackaged in London, Green 11 in San Francisco), so perhaps this will become a trend and we can do away with superfluous, disposable packaging. I guess that’s more of an undesign trend than a design trend…

3. As ever, more and better product designs that facilitate growing food at home. I’ve seen some interesting concepts in 2009 for home systems that grow veggies, fruit, even fish, as well as outdoor prefab chicken coops and bee boxes. I hope some of those concepts come to market in 2010.
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