social design

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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Public Urinal Planter Harnesses the Power of Pee to Fertilize Plants

Public Urinal Planter Harnesses the Power of Pee to Fertilize Plants

While those of you who read Inhabitat on a regular basis are probably very familiar with the many powers of poo, it's equally important that we recognize the less discussed, but equally beneficial,

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Denmark’s Spiraling Wood Sea Bath is an Oceanic Oasis for Swimmers

Denmark’s Spiraling Wood Sea Bath is an Oceanic Oasis for Swimmers

Photo © Ole Haupt Designed by architect Fredrik Pettersson, the Sea Bath is an oasis at sea, located 100 meters from the shore. Curving around and around, wooden ramps gently incline towards the peak,

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Smile Stools Take on a Cheery Form with Eco-friendly Recycled Wood

Smile Stools Take on a Cheery Form with Eco-friendly Recycled Wood

Contemporary design meets Indonesian craftsmanship in this happy and friendly wooden seat. Designed by Studio Hindia, the Smile Stool is made from scrap wood left over from local Balinese furniture maker

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Artist Ramon Coronado Transforms Reclaimed LA Shopping Carts Into Park Furniture for Kids

Artist Ramon Coronado Transforms Reclaimed LA Shopping Carts Into Park Furniture for Kids

MacArthur Park, which sits near downtown Los Angeles, is an area filled with trash on the sidewalks, homeless people sleeping on every corner, and an abundance of shopping carts. Shopping carts exist all

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‘Before I Die’ Art Project Transforms Abandoned Building Into Hopeful Bucket List

‘Before I Die’ Art Project Transforms Abandoned Building Into Hopeful Bucket List

Artist Candy Chang’s spirited “Before I Die” installation transforms the negative connotations attached to abandoned spaces by renewed a disused building in New Orleans to create an

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Fábrica Social Helps Indigenous Mexican Women Preserve & Promote Their Crafts

Fábrica Social Helps Indigenous Mexican Women Preserve & Promote Their Crafts

Fábrica Social (social factory) is a Mexican non-profit NGO focused on promoting creative and economic liberty for female textile artisans through the development of sustainable co-ops. Founded in 2006

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Design Collective Suhab Works With Mexican Artisans to Promote Sustainable Living

Design Collective Suhab Works With Mexican Artisans to Promote Sustainable Living

Suhab’s broad range of eco-products are helping users shift easily towards sustainable habits through smart and sexy products with minimum environmental impact. The Mexican brand describes their work as

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Winning Design Re-purposes Old Los Angeles School Into an Inspiring Urban Food Center

Winning Design Re-purposes Old Los Angeles School Into an Inspiring Urban Food Center

As more and more abandoned spaces are being repurposed for urban farming projects, Caroline Hadilaksono has taken a cue from the movement and re-imagined an old Los Angeles Elementary School as an

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LOOWATT: Toilet Made From Poo Transforms Excrement into Energy

LOOWATT: Toilet Made From Poo Transforms Excrement into Energy

Design gets very literal in this toilet made from poop! Form follows function to whole new level in Virginia Gardiner's energy generating toilet - which is literally made from poop! Designed for use in

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Click Boom Pow Delivers Designer Furniture to the People With New Role Models Project

Click Boom Pow Delivers Designer Furniture to the People With New Role Models Project

The not-for-profit project is conceived as a clandestine event; chairs are scattered through different areas of the city without municipal or local permission, left in each environment for a few days,

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Mexican Designers and Artisans Bring Innovation to the Pottery Tradition of Oaxaca

Mexican Designers and Artisans Bring Innovation to the Pottery Tradition of Oaxaca

A group of designers are teaming up with artisans from the Oaxaca region of Mexico to host a program that will provide training, collaboration, promotion and fair commercialization of their work. This

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New Self-Powered, Blood-Activated LED Sensor Can Detect Pancreatitis in an Hour

New Self-Powered, Blood-Activated LED Sensor Can Detect Pancreatitis in an Hour

Researchers at the University of Texas at Austin have developed a tiny sensor -- made from a 12-cent LED light, aluminum foil, gelatin, milk protein and a couple of other inexpensive materials -- that

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Sliding Recycled Cardboard Pencil Cases Are Too Cool For School

Sliding Recycled Cardboard Pencil Cases Are Too Cool For School

Inspired by the classic solid wood slide top pencil case, designer and craftsman Santiago Morahan re-designed this 'old school' classic out of cardboard. Founder of Disenio Cartonero, a brand that makes

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BCXSY Showcases Rugs Woven By Bedouin Women from Locally Sourced Wool

BCXSY Showcases Rugs Woven By Bedouin Women from Locally Sourced Wool

The Bedouin tribe have survived the harsh conditions of the Negev desert in Israel for hundreds of years. Recently, though, they have been displaced by encroaching development. BCXSY's project enables the

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Ex-Container Project Provides Shipping Container Housing for Victims of Japan Earthquake

Ex-Container Project Provides Shipping Container Housing for Victims of Japan Earthquake

A group led by Yasutaka Yoshimura Architects -- who designed the Bayside Marina Hotel we featured not long ago -- has formed the Ex-Container Project with the intention of using shipping containers as

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Peru to Open OLPC Factories, Will Distribute 1 Millionth XO Laptop by End of 2011

Peru to Open OLPC Factories, Will Distribute 1 Millionth XO Laptop by End of 2011

Alan Garcia, the President of Peru, just announced that the country will be handing out their one millionth XO laptop by the end of this year and will soon be building manufacturing facilities to build

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Architect Ronald Rael Proposes a Green and Socially Viable US Border Fence

Architect Ronald Rael Proposes a Green and Socially Viable US Border Fence

As the nation plows an average of $4 million dollars into each mile of fence, the only benefit is the slowed pace illegal crossings. Rael imagines a border blockade that enhances the communities by

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Stunning Open Air Library in East Germany Wins the 2011 Brit Insurance Architecture Award

Stunning Open Air Library in East Germany Wins the 2011 Brit Insurance Architecture Award

What began as an assemblage of 1,000 empty beer cartons pulled together by residents in East Germany has now evolved into an incredible open air public library. Designed by Karo Architekten in

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Field Architecture Empowers South African Township With Sustainable Ubuntu Center

Field Architecture Empowers South African Township With Sustainable Ubuntu Center

Inspired by Zwide's footprints, Stan Field designed a space for people to walk through, not to. Born in Port Elizabeth during the apartheid era, he felt that long footpaths through a loosely aggregated

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Vote and Help Studio H Win a $10k Grant to Promote Design/Build Rural Education!

Vote and Help Studio H Win a $10k Grant to Promote Design/Build Rural Education!

Help support design in public education by voting for Project H's high school program, Studio H! The humanitarian design firm has taken on an ambitious project in the poorest county in North Carolina: a

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Clinton Bush Haiti Fund Gives $800,000 to Architecture for Humanity

Clinton Bush Haiti Fund Gives $800,000 to Architecture for Humanity

Almost 11 months after a catastrophic earthquake leveled buildings and killed thousands in Haiti, the Clinton Bush Haiti Fund has decided to give $800,000 to Architecture for Humanity to go towards their

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Serbian Pavilion Creates Interactive Garden of Curious Games

Serbian Pavilion Creates Interactive Garden of Curious Games

The Serbian installation at the 12th Annual Venice Architecture Bienniale is a fantastic example of stripped-down, simple green design inspired by a sense of community. For the exposition’s theme,

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Turning Downtrodden Detroit Into a Farm Town Could Revitalize It

Turning Downtrodden Detroit Into a Farm Town Could Revitalize It

Detroit was one of the places hit hardest by the economic crisis, and as such it's dotted with an abundance of empty lots sitting completely unused. The fallow spaces have become a constant reminder to a

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“Growing Cities” Transform Your Furnishings Into Farms

“Growing Cities” Transform Your Furnishings Into Farms

We've seen Farm Fountains, and the idea of fish-waste-into-fertilizer has inspired many a green design. But Growing Cities is on a mission to grow crops in every corner and nook of available urban space

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Giant Pink Recycled Plastic Snails Will Invade Miami!

Giant Pink Recycled Plastic Snails Will Invade Miami!

These eight-foot pink snails will claim Miami on November 19th - not because they want to take over the Earth, but because they're an installation by the Cracking Art Group and Galleria Ca’

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Jointhepipe: Brilliant Water Bottle Wins 2010 Dutch Design Award

Jointhepipe: Brilliant Water Bottle Wins 2010 Dutch Design Award

Jointhepipe.org is a project that has created a system and community to help distribute water across the globe. The team designed a durable reusable water bottle to act as a symbol and represent a bigger

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MoMA’s ‘Small Scale, Big Change’ Exhibit Opens Sunday in NYC

MoMA’s ‘Small Scale, Big Change’ Exhibit Opens Sunday in NYC

This Sunday MoMA will open their latest architectural exhibition Small Scale, Big Change: New Architectures of Social Engagement. This exhibit presents 11 architectural projects located in five

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LEED Gold Community Springs up in Hunters Point, SF

LEED Gold Community Springs up in Hunters Point, SF

Located along the highly anticipated Third Street Light Rail in San Francisco’s Bayview District, the project is part of a larger transit-oriented development that will set the precedent for future

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A (PARK)ing Spot from STUDIOS Architecture and SWA Group!

A (PARK)ing Spot from STUDIOS Architecture and SWA Group!

Last Friday we brought you some of our favorite pop-up parks from Park(ing) Day 2010, and we've just received word of another great project by STUDIOS Architecture and SWA Group! The team set out to

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