The Best Green Designs from the NYU ITP 2011 Spring Student Show

by , 05/16/11
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There were several wearable green designs at the show as well. Our favorite was definitely Eight by Hana Marie Newman. Eight is a plastic dress that glorifies the oxygen tank and personal air purification. Newman created the dress as a satirical response to the “perceived toxic environment” and to highlight what she believes will be the next green trend, air quality. A small oxygen tank is strapped to the wearer’s back, and the clear bulbous dress quarantines the wearer while showing her off at the same time. Newman wants Eight to be a catalyst for conversation about air pollution and how our individual actions influence the way we collectively solve problems. Other wearable designs included a reflective burqa made to be more comfortable and user-friendly, and a line of jewelry embedded with LED lights that obscures the wearer’s face on security cameras.

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For the first time this year, ITP started a wet lab, where students can learn about biology in the same ways they learn about technology. In other words, they are learning to hack bio-systems the same way we can hack computers. Corrie Van Sice worked in the wet lab on her project called Designed Morphologies, developing materials based on natural processes so they fit better into the world’s highly evolved system of waste and renewal. She worked with calcium crystals to create material in a way similar to how bones grow, and she used mushroom bits to create natural glue and mycelium foam. By growing materials using naturally occurring methods, you can do away with the waste created in traditional sculpting and design where often you start with a large chunk and whittle it down, throwing away all the excess.