Gallery: Green Design Predictions For 2011!


Graham Hill - Founder, and Vice President, Interactive Media, Planet Green

I've been bullish on sharing programs for years and am very excited to see them finally all coming around. My hopeful prediction for 2011 is that we'll see a ton of companies, large, medium and small, jump on the bandwagon to share programs. We need nothing less than the zip-car-ification of the world, and it's time to move from ownership to access for the environmental, financial and overall well-being of the population. At this point in time we need companies to nail the details on these systems. While it goes without saying there will be a lot of trial and error in the attempt to get this up and running efficiently, I truly hope that we see a lot of this "experimentation" in 2011, and that some big successes that propel progress and will spur further competition.

I predict that despite the backlash against all the bike lanes, bike sharing systems, and so on, that the pure fun, convenience, and health benefits related to bikes will give way to an even bigger spike in urban areas.

Another hopeful prediction I have is that we will continue to re-evaluate our culture of excess and move towards a "less but better" approach for benefits that impact the environment, economy and our overall happiness in a positive way. I think that the incredible submissions I've received for my contest are testament to the underlying interest in having a big ol' reset regarding excess consumerism.

1. William McDonough (Eco Designer & Thought Leader, Founder Cradle To Cradle, MBDC, and William McDonough + Partners)

2. Graham Hill (Founder, and Vice President, Interactive Media, Planet Green)

3. Jill Fehrenbacher (Designer, Founder & Editor-in-chief of Inhabitat)

4. Michelle Kaufmann (Architect and Founder, Michelle Kaufmann Studio)

5. Emily Pilloton (Green Designer and Founder/Executive Director, Project H)

6. Lloyd Alter (Architecture and Design Writer,

7. Zem Joaquin (Founder, Ecofabulous)

8. Sarah Rich (Founder, Longshot Magazine and Co-Founder, The Foodprint Project)

9. Kira Gould (Author and Director of Communications, William McDonough + Partners, co-author of Women in Green: Voices of Sustainable Design)

10. Katie Fehrenbacher (Editor, and Writer,

11. David Johnson (Architect and Partner, William McDonough + Partners)

12. Bridgette Meinhold (Designer, Artist & Architecture Editor at

Did our experts’ predictions for 2010 hit or miss the mark? Read what they had to say about last year.


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  1. Starre Vartan January 4, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    I’ve been watching designers pushing the boundaries in green- and putting sustainable ideas front and center to the public for the past decade that I’ve been reporting on environmental issues. Keep going guys!! It’s working :)

  2. greenstreetinc January 4, 2011 at 4:30 pm

    It’s so inspiring to see green design continuing to become more than just a ‘passing’ interest – especially in New York. Great Article and looking forward to helping NY become ‘greener’ in 2011!

  3. davidbrodeur January 4, 2011 at 1:51 pm

    Some great predictions! Really enjoyed the contributions – especially the ones from Sarah and Bridgette.

  4. Andrew Michler January 4, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    What a great group of voices. I would have to agree with Kira Gould that the thinking professionals in the environmental disciplines will have to take charge rather than counting on a short term thinking political class. If we create undeniably superior designs and systems then the political process will have no choice but to support it.

  5. kestrel January 4, 2011 at 1:43 pm

    Inhabitat…always keeping my optimistic for the future of green design.

  6. Jessica Dailey January 4, 2011 at 1:30 pm

    I completely agree with Bridgette’s prediction that 2011 will be the year of green renovations. We’re already starting to see this with the multiple passive house retrofits taking place in NYC!

  7. Jasmin Malik Chua January 4, 2011 at 1:25 pm

    Let’s hope that “green design” becomes redundant in 2011!

  8. Erik van Lennep January 2, 2011 at 5:47 am

    My own predictions for 2011 were recently posted on my blog, in a summary of the emerging Living Economy. I summarized a few of the game-changing frameworks, and linked to a number of useful documents. Everyone welcome in that discussion:)”The Shift Hits the Fan”, on erikvanlennep(dot) com. Really, this isn’t an egregious self-promotion. Really.

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