TAG: Sustainable design

Freebies That Help Creative Types Create

Freebies That Help Creative Types Create

Free is fun. Especially when what is free also helps to rev up one’s creative side. From PSFK, the Maker’s Manual is a free download that offers a survey of available resources for project development. The handbook goes over information about prototypes and projects, along with tools to spark ideas or even sell a product. If music and running codes are your thing, check out Wavepot. It is an open-source platform for making electronic music that is based in JavaScript. Still in the early stages, the developers want to work out bugs and enhance the technology but in the meantime are… read more

Heavy Duty Varatojo House Owns The Hilltop

Heavy Duty Varatojo House Owns The Hilltop

From Atelier Data, this inventive hilltop home is situated in Portugal. Complete with curious entryways, pool, suspended fireplace, wine cellar and a cohesive attentiveness to natural elements, the Spiral House, also referred to as the Varatojo House, is an exciting and unusually composed build. With consideration of the topography and weather systems in balance with sustainable design, the developers blended lifestyle in unison with ecological responsibilities and regard for the land. The designers took advantage of its plot layout and considered ways that the sun and wind exposure would affect the home. The positioning of the frame takes advantage of the northern winds… read more

Table Designs That Inspire

Table Designs That Inspire

Tables. They provide places to put things, set down belongings, relax by or have dinner on. More options in sustainably made furniture are inspiring some beautifully crafted pieces. The following table designs are just a few examples of the many circulating pieces that can make a furniture lover pause. Chissick Design has crafted a line of tables made from scrap materials called Wood– Con-Fusion. Different bits and pieces of cast off construction supplies like veneer, Formica and fiberboard are made into sheets and then turned into distinct surfaces. The process enhances the natural color and textural details of the wood…. read more

Above and Below: This House Design Offers Both

Above and Below: This House Design Offers Both

Sitting on a stretch of Dutch coastline, this unique looking home was designed by the architecture firm Paul de Ruiter. It was created for a family who are builders by trade, and they wanted an original residence that incorporated specific regions needed for the household. Split into 2 portions, the above ground area includes the family zones. The underground expanse holds the garage and office space, as well as room for storage. The 2 separate structures are connected by a stairway. The staircase enclosure actually forms its own intersection between the living and working quarters, and it carries up to… read more

Yin Yang House Provides A Near Net Zero Design

Yin Yang House Provides A Near Net-Zero Design

Located in Venice, California, a team of designers, architects, contractors and solar setups turned a resident remodel into a family home and office combination that is a near record breaker on the efficiency scale. Called the Yin Yang House, it has enough green features to make sustainable design lovers drool. The massive renovation was assembled from fully reused or highly recycled content and local materials. Only ethically gathered woods were used in both indoor and exterior finishes, and there was also a focus on reduced chemical usage with all surfaces. Additionally, during the building process at least 80% of the… read more

Cigarette Butts Get A Makeover

Cigarette Butts Get A Makeover

Eco fashions are available in many varieties and from many materials. However, one source for sustainable design that might seem a little outlandish has been used to make a handful of inventive custom wear. Littered cigarette butts are not the most inspiring source, unless you are Alexandra Guerrero. Mantis, her design company, unusually integrated the discarded butts into a line of haute couture a few years back that doesn’t look anything like what would come out of an ashtray. According to an interview with GreenMuze the idea began with a thesis topic proposal for school. A focus on recycled materials… read more

Sports Arena Updated With Sustainable Design

Sports Arena Updated With Sustainable Design

Brazil is the home place of a large scale operation that modernized a sports stadium to meet greener operating standards. It is also the designated spot of the much awaited International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) 2014 World Cup. Initially built in1965, the Mineirão Stadium located in Belo Horizonte was in need of many upgrades. Sports stadiums use up enormous amounts of energy and materials in construction. Further, keeping them running can be costly and have a rather large, ongoing footprint. To make this particular structure more environmentally compliant several eco-focused designs were implemented, ending in a million dollar makeover. It… read more

Products Made From Recycled Ocean Plastics

Products Made From Recycled Ocean Plastics

There are approximately 3.5 million tons of garbage floating around the ocean, and around 80% of that is plastic. Plastics, so abundant they have formed their own literal islands, are tremendously hard to remove from marine areas. Some companies and artists have put this surplus waste to use as a material base, demonstrating that sustainable designs can be functional while helping to remove unwanted pollution. One example of a company who has made portions of their product packaging from recovered ocean plastics is Method. Already using recycled post-consumer plastics for containing their environmentally minded cleaning products, in order to make the… read more

Making Historical Buildings More Energy Efficient

Making Historical Buildings More Energy Efficient

Historical buildings that need restorations or energy updates have an added concern when trying to adhere to environmental considerations, since conserving the customary aspects of the space is also important. Preserving and operating antique sites can be costly, and renovating them can be even more so. However, as pointed out by South Carolina’s Preservation Society of Charleston, existing historic buildings are generally already green in nature, making them ideal for an efficiency overhaul. When compared to the financing and energy consumption required to replicate a new structure on the same scale, redesigning or performing energy audits to update problem areas… read more

Living Buildings: Responsible Design

Living Buildings: Responsible Design

The construction industry has progressed a great deal in environmentally conscious building efforts. Taking green structures to a higher level with heightened expectations of what a building can do though, are living buildings. Living buildings are exactly that – buildings that have whole systems implanted to practically run themselves. Buildings are considered living if they are able to efficiently create and sustain their own necessities, like energy and water. Renewable resources and on-site conservation techniques are employed to allow the building to function without an excess of energy consumption. One example of an inclusive living building is the Bullitt Center in… read more