social design

Help Kickstart the Hariyo Chowk Community Garden in Kathmandu, Nepal!

Help Kickstart the Hariyo Chowk Community Garden in Kathmandu, Nepal!

A community in Kathmandu, Nepal, has begun building an urban garden and outdoor art space for public enjoyment and education. The project is a collaboration between CATALiST design, a newly-founded

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The Vissershok School is a Colorful Shipping Container Classroom for Kids in South Africa

The Vissershok School is a Colorful Shipping Container Classroom for Kids in South Africa

Three South African companies, namely Woolworths, Safmarine, and AfriSam, sponsored the Vissershok Container Classroom project which is a boon for the children of farm workers living in the impoverished

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Simple Wheelchairs Made From Reused Plastic Chairs Help Injured People in Rwanda

Simple Wheelchairs Made From Reused Plastic Chairs Help Injured People in Rwanda

In order to make wheelchairs more accessible to people in developing countries, two designers are revamping common plastic chairs with a little bit of creative common sense. By affixing the widely

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Arnold Schwarzenegger & Project Green Light Launch “Sustainia” to Inspire Sustainable Living

Arnold Schwarzenegger & Project Green Light Launch “Sustainia” to Inspire Sustainable Living

Sustainia, an ambitious initiative by Project Green Light to present a virtual realization of a truly sustainable world, was launched March 7 at the University of Geneva by Arnold Schwarzenegger and

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French Vending Machine Dispenses Fresh Local Milk 24 Hours a Day

French Vending Machine Dispenses Fresh Local Milk 24 Hours a Day

Imagine being able to pick up fresh, locally produced milk right from a vending machine? Well that's exactly how some farmers in south-west France will be selling their milk going forward. Dairy farmer

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Paul Elkin’s Mobile Homeless Shelter Is a Refuge Packed with Sustainable Features

Paul Elkin’s Mobile Homeless Shelter Is a Refuge Packed with Sustainable Features

Designing a shelter to meet the diverse needs of the homeless population is a challenge, but Paul Elkin's fantastic concept makes due as both a mobile home and a store packed with goods to help support

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Go Halfsies: Fight Obesity by Giving Half of Your Food to Those Who Need It

Go Halfsies: Fight Obesity by Giving Half of Your Food to Those Who Need It

Go Halfsies is a brilliant social initiative in Texas that solves the tripartite problem of obesity, food waste, and hunger in one fell swoop. When diners visit participating restaurants in Austin, they

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Cradle is a Flat Pack Chair Designed Specifically for Autistic People

Cradle is a Flat Pack Chair Designed Specifically for Autistic People

The thoughtfully designed Cradle is a sustainable rocking chair created by a collaborative effort to aid people with autism and Rhythmic Movement Disorder (RMD). Developed by Richard Clarkson, Grace

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TYIN Tegnestue Architects Build Beautiful Community Library in Bangkok Using Recycled Materials

TYIN Tegnestue Architects Build Beautiful Community Library in Bangkok Using Recycled Materials

Measuring only 10 feet by 30 feet, The Old Market Library was built in one of Bangkok's poorest areas for only $4,500. Featuring different spaces for different functions, the lower reading room has a

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Sustainable Products at Tokyo Design Week Bring Aid to Regions Affected By the Earthquake

Sustainable Products at Tokyo Design Week Bring Aid to Regions Affected By the Earthquake

The well-crafted space where Tohoku for the Future presented the products developed in the region. The invited visitors to walk around and discover these collaborations between artisans and designers.

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Geothermally-Heated Thomas Eco House in Washington State is Also Wired for Solar

Geothermally-Heated Thomas Eco House in Washington State is Also Wired for Solar

Located on an 11 acre site in Stanwood, Washington with views of the iconic Mt. Rainier, this striking family home has achieved the ultimate in energy efficiency with high and low technology, and good old

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EcoAfrica Transforms T-Shirt Clippings and Weeds Into Amazing Handmade Paper Crafts

EcoAfrica Transforms T-Shirt Clippings and Weeds Into Amazing Handmade Paper Crafts

When Janice went on holiday to Zimbabwe in 2008, she discovered handmade paper products with texture and colors she had never seen before. She immediately contacted their maker, Walter Ruprecht, who had

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Opportunity Green Sustainable Business Conference: Final Wrap

Opportunity Green Sustainable Business Conference: Final Wrap

Many of the entrepreneurial minds at the conference are looking to create sustainable solutions, and the finalists from OG25 green start-up competition were no exception. Every one of the the 25 start-ups

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Tetris-Shaped Trash-Filled Street Furniture Encourages Recycling in Argentina

Tetris-Shaped Trash-Filled Street Furniture Encourages Recycling in Argentina

Argentine studio Designo Patagonia created this awesome series of Tetris-shaped street furniture that showcases recyclable materials like plastic bottles, cans, and paper. Located within a city park in

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Green-roofed Public Restroom Facility in Argentina Offers Amazing River Views

Green-roofed Public Restroom Facility in Argentina Offers Amazing River Views

Seeking to provide a sustainable public building without interfering with the park´s everyday activities, the architects had to consider many things at once. The site is located within a public park

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Oracle Beater: Bike-Powered Paper Mill Turns Invasive Plants Into Paper in Ghana

Oracle Beater: Bike-Powered Paper Mill Turns Invasive Plants Into Paper in Ghana

Mary Hark’s interest in Kumasi, Ghana began with a year-long Fulbright fellowship that allowed her to get to know the local community. She and a team of students, artists and faculty from the Kumasi

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Urban Renewal Initiative Revitalizes Three Historic Sites in New Delhi, India

Urban Renewal Initiative Revitalizes Three Historic Sites in New Delhi, India

The Urban Renewal Initiative in New Delhi, India, is a program that promotes the conservation and re-use of buildings and public spaces in historic cities in the Muslim World. The restoration and

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A Better World by Design Kicks Off This Weekend in Rhode Island!

A Better World by Design Kicks Off This Weekend in Rhode Island!

We are eagerly awaiting the 2011 A Better World by Design conference coming up this weekend, Sept. 30 - Oct. 2, on the campuses of the Rhode Island School of Design and Brown University. We have covered

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Park(ing) Day 2011: Pop-Up Parks Spring Up Around the World – Exclusive Photos!

Park(ing) Day 2011: Pop-Up Parks Spring Up Around the World – Exclusive Photos!

The Park(ing) Day project began in San Francisco in 2005 when art and design studio Rebar converted one parking space into a temporary public park. Since then the event has grown into an international

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Swags’ Ultralight Waterproof Backpack Bed Provides Aid to Homeless

Swags’ Ultralight Waterproof Backpack Bed Provides Aid to Homeless

Swags for the Homeless is an Australian non-profit organization that has been getting global attention for its Backpack Bed. The contemporary light-weight backpack can be quickly converted into a full

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Gigantic Water Harvesting Skyscrapers Could Solve Sudan’s Drought

Gigantic Water Harvesting Skyscrapers Could Solve Sudan’s Drought

Darfur's underground lake covers a distance of 19,110 square miles and has the potential to restore peace to a region ravaged by drought, however providing access to all that water has proven difficult.

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Alice Waters’ Edible Schoolyard Launches Hand-Designed Levi’s Tees Over Lunch

Alice Waters’ Edible Schoolyard Launches Hand-Designed Levi’s Tees Over Lunch

Imagine a world in which schoolchildren eat organic, locally sourced lunches rich with fruits and vegetables — some of them heirloom varietals, some of them grown on the school grounds. That is the

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Please Help Us Reach Our Goal of Donating $10,000 to Rebuild Japan!

Please Help Us Reach Our Goal of Donating $10,000 to Rebuild Japan!

YOUR CLICK COULD BE THE ONE THAT GETS US $10,000 TO REBUILD JAPAN! If you've been wanting to do something to help the thousands of victims of the natural disasters that tore through Japan a few months

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Man Builds LEGO Computer to Crunch Numbers for Humanity

Man Builds LEGO Computer to Crunch Numbers for Humanity

Schropp's new computer looks a little like the secret nephew of Dark Vader, despite the fact that Schropp is using his home-made machine for good. Grid Computing helps solve a lot of problems for

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The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Plans to Make a Waterless, More Sanitary Toilet

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation Plans to Make a Waterless, More Sanitary Toilet

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is looking to reinvent the classic commode. Two and a half billion people in the world -- about 40% of the population -- don't have access to a safe and sanitary way

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Los Angeles’ New Carver Apartments Show the Social Side of Good Design

Los Angeles’ New Carver Apartments Show the Social Side of Good Design

Photo by Iwan Baan Los Angeles' New Carver Apartments are situated in a 97 unit 57,000 square feet building that provides housing to formerly homeless elderly and disabled residents. The apartment

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Magnificent Factoría Joven Skate Park is a Luminous Oasis in Mérida

Magnificent Factoría Joven Skate Park is a Luminous Oasis in Mérida

Factoría Joven surprised adults and kids when it opened its doors in Mérida last March. The old capital of Lusitania, home to a unique UNESCO World Heritage Site, now houses one of Spain’s most

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REBUILDING JAPAN: Architecture for Humanity Raises Hikado Marketplace from Tsunami Rubble

REBUILDING JAPAN: Architecture for Humanity Raises Hikado Marketplace from Tsunami Rubble

It's only been 3 months since a devastating earthquake and tsunami ripped through Japan, but the horrifying images have already begun to fade from the news and the public's mind - a situation that

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MIT Fab Lab Helping Villagers Build DIY Wireless Internet Networks With Found Materials

MIT Fab Lab Helping Villagers Build DIY Wireless Internet Networks With Found Materials

Here's an incredible story about upcycling and human ingenuity to brighten your weekend: the MIT Fab Lab is teaching people in Pakistan, Afghanistan and Kenya how to make their own DIY wireless internet

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Lucerne’s Clever Street Decals Make Taking Out the Trash Fun

Lucerne’s Clever Street Decals Make Taking Out the Trash Fun

New York City could definitely take a cue from Lucerne when it comes to getting its citizens to properly dispose of their trash. To discourage residents tossing their empty cups and wrappers on the

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