Mike Chino

GREEN DESIGN PREDICTIONS FOR 2010!

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

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LLOYD ALTER – Architecture & Design Writer, Treehugger.com

1. We have become very picky about they way we buy food, buying it in the farmers market from the farmer who grew it, or in the restaurant from the chef who butchered the formerly happy cow. We crave a connection to the producer. In design, I suspect we will want the same: a direct relationship with the designer and the producer – knowing the provenance of every component, how much formaldehyde it contains, how far it traveled, and if it was sustainably harvested.

2. We will buy less but better; when times are tough and we hang on to things longer, we begin to realize the benefit of buying quality instead of replacing things all the time. When you know that you are not moving, upgrading and replacing every year then you start thinking about quality and maintenance.

3. We finally will start buying greener; as we seal up our houses it becomes more important to keep dangerous chemicals out. cleaning supplies, furniture, plywood, everthing that can contribute to buildup of chemicals will be examined more carefully. None of this saving the planet business; it is about our own family’s health.
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HARRY WAKEFIELD – Founder & Editor, Mocoloco

I predict what I’ve been predicting for a while now, that green products and architecture are going to *look* more and more like the not-so-green products of the recent past. Huge strides in the development of new materials and production techniques have given designers and architects the tools they need to make 100% green products look (and function) as good as they want, thus compete head on, and surpass the non-green, non-LEED. Pretty soon what was the trademark of green products, raw finishes, muted colors, visible fibers, will be purely symbolic gestures to communicate the greenness of a product. Creativity will return as the only currency that matters. Relieved of the burden of limited green materials and techniques, designers and architects will return to form and function to create not only new products and architecture, but new ways of thinking about things. What do we really need? How long should things last? What’s important to us? Me? Society? These are big questions, but designers are uniquely positioned to make a difference, they design the products businesses manufacture, that builders build, and that we buy. And here is my surest prediction for 2010: we will continue to buy things.

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