Gallery: Green Design Predictions for 2012

 

Yuka Yoneda - Senior Editor, Inhabitat

My green design prediction for MMXII is that it's going to be all about DIY. Okay, so the DIY phenomenon isn't exactly new (just ask Bob Vila), but with money tight and the internet making it easier than ever to find how-tos on anything and everything, I think more people than ever will venture out of their comfort zones and pick up their hammers, paintbrushes, glue guns and sewing machines. But that doesn't mean they won't be spending money. An argument my friends often confront me with when I talk up the make-it-yourself movement is "Isn't that anti-capitalist?" (a sentiment that might originate from the the DIY movement's ties to punk culture). My answer, of course, is no, but we will see a shift in what people spend money on. Just as many of us are moving away from purchasing pre-made and processed foods and towards picking up more raw ingredients, I think we'll see more registers ringing at salvage yards, thrift shops, and home improvement and craft stores. Aside from just being a useful and fun way to get the hell away from your computer for a moment, I hope crafting things with our own two hands gives us a newfound appreciation of the fact that while things may seem like they just magically appear on store shelves, a lot of materials and energy go into them before they get there.  They say that if you want something done right, you have to Do It Yourself. So let's roll up our sleeves this year and do 2012 right!

1. Peter Ward, Ph.D – Paleontologist, Author of On Methuselah’s Trail: Living Fossils and the Great Extinctions, Professor of Geological Sciences at the University of Washington in Seattle

2. Cameron Sinclair – Founder, Architecture for Humanity

3. Katie Fehrenbacher – Editor, Earth2Tech.com and Writer, GigaOM.com

4. Bob VilaHome Improvement, Home Remodeling, and Home Repair Expert, Host of This Old House

5. Zem Joaquin – Founder & Editor-in-chief, Ecofabulous.com

6. Piers Fawkes – Trend Expert, Founder & Editor-in-chief, PSFK.com

7. Jennifer Schwab – Chief Sustainability Officer, Sierra Club Green Home

8. Tafline Laylin – Managing Editor, Green Prophet; Inhabitat Contributor

9. Mike Chino – Managing Editor, Inhabitat

10. Yuka Yoneda – Senior Editor, Inhabitat

11. Jill Fehrenbacher – Editor in Chief and Founder, Inhabitat

Did our experts’ predictions for 2011 hit or miss the mark? Read what they had to say about last year here…

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