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SUSTAIN: 7 Exciting Green Designs from the Royal College of Art at the London Design Festival

by , 09/25/11

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Our green hearts skipped a beat when we discovered the Solar Sinter by Markus Kayser in person. A couple of months ago we described how with just a bit sand and a lot of Saharan sun, this young German designer is able to print cool 3D objects like bowls. Eventually these could evolve to become whole houses – or so the dream goes! Stay tuned for an even closer look at this incredible project.

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The SafetyNet by Dan Watson is a clever net that could dramatically reduce annual bycatch by manipulating the size of fish that can be scooped up as commercial trawlers drag the net across the ocean floor.

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And finally, the Bamboo Car by Robert Hagenström is also designed for the developing world. The idea is that people living in poverty would cultivate their own building materials (bamboo) and fuel (switchgrass) so that they are empowered to find a sustainable way to live without relying on an increasingly defunct aid machine. It’s designed to break so that it can be fixed – ostensibly to create job opportunities. While there’s a lot at this exhibit that we’ve already seen before, it’s always great to manhandle a project in order to get a greater sense of its value. And there was certainly plenty of that to be seen at Sustain.

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