social design

“YES IN MY BACK YARD!” garden made from reused plastic bottles challenges throw-away culture

“YES IN MY BACK YARD!” garden made from reused plastic bottles challenges throw-away culture

You wouldn’t think it, but these beautiful colorful flowers of the Scartell flowerbed are made from plastic waste. Italian artist and sustainability enthusiast Francesca De Marinis created this

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12 Brilliant designs from the Ventura Lambrate exhibit at Milan Design Week

12 Brilliant designs from the Ventura Lambrate exhibit at Milan Design Week

Enessere  Hercules ENESSERE Hercules Wind Generator is a vertical axis wind turbine that converts kinetic wind power into clean electricity. Titanium, wood, carbon fiber, and marine-grade stainless

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Modular net-zero net-energy SEED Classroom to debut in Pittsburgh

Modular net-zero net-energy SEED Classroom to debut in Pittsburgh

The Phipps SEED classroom follows the same design principles as the one in Seattle, which the SEED Collaborative built for the Perkins School. Both structures offer a sustainably restorative learning

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Berkeley is building a pop-up library from 50,000 books!

Berkeley is building a pop-up library from 50,000 books!

It may seem that physical books are going out of style, but this interactive art installation proves otherwise. Lacuna is a pop-up library whose very walls are constructed with 50,000 books. The

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North West Bicester eco-town is the UK’s first zero carbon community

North West Bicester eco-town is the UK’s first zero carbon community

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-_IpG7Ntjlg The master plan of the North West Bicester eco-community, "UK's most sustainable development", has been proposed by a UK-based shared ownership and

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Foster + Partners reveal plans for new metro system in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Foster + Partners reveal plans for new metro system in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia

Award-winning architecture firm Foster + Partners has been chosen to create a new city-wide public transportation plan for Jeddah—one of the most vibrant city centres in Saudi Arabia. F+P came out

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Henning Larsen Architects reveal plans for a new mosque in Copenhagen that marries Islamic and Nordic design

Henning Larsen Architects reveal plans for a new mosque in Copenhagen that marries Islamic and Nordic design

Henning Larsen Architects has released its plans for a new mosque and Islamic community centre in Dortheavej—an area in northern Copenhagen, Denmark. Commissioned by The Islamic Society of Denmark,

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INFOGRAPHIC: Are you living in an age-friendly city?

INFOGRAPHIC: Are you living in an age-friendly city?

By 2020, the number of people worldwide who are aged 65 or older will outnumber children under the age of 5. Citizens of advanced age have a very different set of needs than younger generations, and city

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Design for discomfort: new products could force people to stop being so lazy

Design for discomfort: new products could force people to stop being so lazy

  Imagine an elevator that stops one floor before the one you selected and tells you to get out and take the stairs the rest of the way, or a lamp that only turns on when you slide your smartphone

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The Parkolation Project helps special-education kids and brings green spaces to Boston

The Parkolation Project helps special-education kids and brings green spaces to Boston

Teaching fellow at Harvard Graduate School of Education, Wilhelmina Peragine, pulled together a team of students, volunteers, city officials and several nonprofits in order to transform two parking spaces

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Artist converts old truck into book-disseminating ‘Weapon of Mass Instruction’ tank

Artist converts old truck into book-disseminating ‘Weapon of Mass Instruction’ tank

What is war good for? Books, according to Argentine artist Raul Lemesoff, who has transformed an old ford falcon into a roaming tank library. In collaboration with 7UP, the artist is traveling around

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Beautiful Roma music center in Hungary shows how socially-conscious design can cultivate talent

Beautiful Roma music center in Hungary shows how socially-conscious design can cultivate talent

The incredible Snetberger Music Talent Center in Felsoors, Hungary, has become something of a national treasure in the country. Comprised of a series of studios and apartment buildings, the center is

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The foldable Solight Solarpuff solar-powered lantern provides off-grid light where there is no electricity

The foldable Solight Solarpuff solar-powered lantern provides off-grid light where there is no electricity

What do you get when you cross a solar energy powered lantern with the cutest name ever? The Solarpuff, that's what!The good people at Solight have created the lightweight, compact latern cube as not only

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The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Super-Organisms Teach Us About Collaboration?

The Biomimicry Manual: What Can Super-Organisms Teach Us About Collaboration?

  When I think of monkeys, I don’t think of them living in the desert, namely because primates love trees, water, big juicy leaves, and fruit. In fact, only two primates have even

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Disposable Toilet Can Help Grow Crops in Developing Nations

Disposable Toilet Can Help Grow Crops in Developing Nations

It's hard to imagine something as filthy as a toilet being used to grow food. Yet that's exactly what one Swedish architect hopes to do in the developing world. Anders Wilhelmson is working on the Peepoo,

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SXSW Eco Announces Winners of the 2014 Place by Design Competition

SXSW Eco Announces Winners of the 2014 Place by Design Competition

Rather than pick one overall winner, SXSW Eco selects three winners for the categories of Community Impact, Global Potential, and Transformative Design. Libros Libres, a literary and community design

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Meet Nixie, the World’s First Wearable Drone

Meet Nixie, the World’s First Wearable Drone

The selfie just went airborne thanks to Nixie, a drone you can wear on your wrist like a watch! According to the inventor, with just a simple gesture, the drone takes off, turns its camera to you to snap

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ADJKM Unveils Updated Designs for Venezuela’s Simon Bolivar Complex for Social Action Through Music

ADJKM Unveils Updated Designs for Venezuela’s Simon Bolivar Complex for Social Action Through Music

Located near the northern boundary of Los Caobos Park in the cultural heart of Caracas, the complex will empower the city's disadvantaged youth through musical training. ADJKM Arquitectos divided the

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BFI Announces Seven Pioneering Finalists for the 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

BFI Announces Seven Pioneering Finalists for the 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge

The Force Majeure The Force Majeure is a large-scale, holistic response to global warming and accelerated resource exploitation. Created by world-renowned artists Helen and Newton Harrison, the project

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20 World-Changing Semifinalists Announced for the 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge!

20 World-Changing Semifinalists Announced for the 2014 Buckminster Fuller Challenge!

Algal Turf Scrubbing After spending years studying natural solar bio-energy in Caribbean coral reefs, Walter H. Adey, PhD. developed Algal Turf Scrubber, a biomimetic system that generates a fast-growing

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8 Ton Volkswagon Beetle Sculpture Joins 400 Other Objects in an Artificial Reef in Mexico

8 Ton Volkswagon Beetle Sculpture Joins 400 Other Objects in an Artificial Reef in Mexico

Although typically associated with the more benign variety of consumer, the Beetle is nonetheless a popular icon that evokes memories of our rapid commercial development. Called Anthropocene, the 8 ton

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Your Future Smartphone May be Charged by Sound

Your Future Smartphone May be Charged by Sound

Imagine walking down Fifth Avenue in the heart of Manhattan while the sounds of the city surround you: the cabbie is honking his horn, the store owner is blasting music, and construction workers are

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Fuel-Saving Wonderbags Keep Cooking Food Long After You Turn Off the Heat

Fuel-Saving Wonderbags Keep Cooking Food Long After You Turn Off the Heat

So how does the Wonderbag work? It couldn't be more simple. Users simply put their pot of food on the stove - it can be a stew, rice, maize meal, or other staples. Once it has been brought to a boil, the

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Camper Kart is a Tiny Home That Pops Out of a Shopping Cart

Camper Kart is a Tiny Home That Pops Out of a Shopping Cart

Kevin Cyr recognizes that although some people choose to construct tiny houses out of a deep love for the environment, hundreds of thousands of people around the world don't have the resources to build

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Housetrike Bike Camper is a Tiny Shelter on Wheels That Empowers the Homeless

Housetrike Bike Camper is a Tiny Shelter on Wheels That Empowers the Homeless

The Housetrike is essentially a bike equipped with a small front-loaded camper that slides open and serves as a warm and comfortable bed for one person. The camper is a sliding box that opens to almost

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Solar-Powered OnTop House Can be Added to the Top of Almost Any Urban Home

Solar-Powered OnTop House Can be Added to the Top of Almost Any Urban Home

The team from University of Applied Sciences Frankfurt am Main took a unique approach to this year’s Solar Decathlon by trying to solve urban housing issues. OnTop is a modular unit that can be

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World’s First Mosquito-Repelling Newspaper Boosts Print Sales 30% in Sri Lanka

World’s First Mosquito-Repelling Newspaper Boosts Print Sales 30% in Sri Lanka

A Sri Lankan newspaper may have just found a a way to sustain the struggling print business - and it's helping to stop the spread of mosquito-borne diseases at the same time. Mawbina newspaper teamed up

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Which U.S. Cities Have the Best Quality of Life?

Which U.S. Cities Have the Best Quality of Life?

Nonprofit initiative Data Driven Detroit (D3) recently released its latest One D Scorecard. The addictively interactive online scorecard charts and compares various indicators of quality of life in 54

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Lebanese Students Build an Emergency Shelter Out of Plastic Crates

Lebanese Students Build an Emergency Shelter Out of Plastic Crates

Third year architecture students at the Lebanese American University were to build temporary structures for an assignment conceptualized by their instructor Richard Douzjian. These were supposed to be

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Giuliana Gentile’s Adorable Richie the Hedgehog Brush Helps Children in Need

Giuliana Gentile’s Adorable Richie the Hedgehog Brush Helps Children in Need

This adorable hedgehog hairbrush is not just a clever piece of design - it was created to help a humanitarian cause. Giuliana Gentile designed her Richie the Hedgehog Brush to help raise funds for

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