Gallery: Green Design Predictions For 2011!


Bridgette Meinhold - Designer, Artist & Architecture Editor for

In this past year I have seen my own friends and family do more with less, spend their money on quality rather than quantity, fix and renovate instead of build new, and pair down their possessions in hopes of a simpler and more meaningful life. I believe that trend is only growing stronger and will apply even more in the fields of design and architecture. As a writer who sees a hundred architecture projects pass my screen a day, I'm seeing more and more creative solutions with existing materials, and buildings. Reclaimed and recycled materials are all the rage, Craigslist and classified adds are where its at, and your local recycling or materials exchange program is the new community hot spot. Cities like Detroit, which has been in a state of desperation for so long, is making a come back in a huge way and the renovations happening there now are an inspiration. We don't need to tear down and start over fresh - we need to make use of what we already have and turn it into something great. Men like Dan Phillips of the Phoenix Commotion, are leading a revolution and rethinking architecture from the foundation up by using discarded materials to build beautiful homes. I'm predicting 2011 to the be the year of the green renovation, where people and businesses will rehabilitate and improve upon what they already have, with a strong focus on preservation for history, materials and for outdoor space.

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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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