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An arti­cle in the Econ­o­mist on using straw as a build­ing mate­r­ial drew our atten­tion to Darcey Dono­van, pic­tured above. For­merly of Cal­i­for­nia, Dono­van is a structural/mechanical/civil engi­neer and founder of PAKSBAB (Pak­istan Straw Bale and Appro­pri­ate Build­ing), which pro­motes straw-bale con­struc­tion in earthquake-stricken north­ern Pakistan

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Float Magazine Rack

On April 7, 2010 By

This free­stand­ing chrome mag­a­zine rack is a styl­ish solu­tion to your clut­tered cof­fee table. It can dis­play up to 12 mag­a­zines, keep­ing them orga­nized and crumple-free. Designer: J-Me design stu­dio Mate­ri­als: chrome & pow­der coated steel 20″ tall x 14.5″ wide x 7″deep

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josh blackwell + plastic bags

On April 7, 2010 By

just yes­ter­day i was talk­ing about my love of cel­e­brat­ing every­day “dis­pos­able” goods and now i’ve found a new artist work­ing in that vein that love, thanks to one the lovely deanne cheuk . yes­ter­day deanne fea­tured artist josh black­well’ s plas­tic bag art over at the inter­net­work and i was instantly hooked.

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Some­days ago Fabio spoke at this school, on the San Fran­cisco head­quar­ters, and after that he told me that he was amazed by the place. That the visual was aston­ish­ing, cozy and very inspir­ing. In the moment he talked to me about this place I decided to check it out to write a post about it

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superModels workshop

On April 6, 2010 By

explo­rations in laser-cutting Archi­tec­ture stu­dent Sam De Boever recently chron­i­cled the lessons learned at a five day work­shop he attended enti­tled superModels.

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9,367,838 Peo­ple Col­lect­ing Trash to Turn into Prod­ucts. Ter­ra­Cy­cle makes afford­able, eco-friendly prod­ucts from a wide range of dif­fer­ent non-recyclable waste mate­ri­als. With over 50 prod­ucts avail­able at major retail­ers like Wal­mart, Tar­get, The Home Depot, Office­Max, Petco and Whole Foods Mar­ket, Ter­ra­Cy­cle is one of the fastest grow­ing eco-friendly man­u­fac­tur­ers in the world.

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Fer­nanda Viégas and Mar­tin Wat­ten­berg are research sci­en­tists in  IBM’s Visual Com­mu­ni­ca­tion Lab .

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Read the rest of ECO LABELS 101: Green Cer­ti­fi­ca­tions Explained! Perma­link | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “energy star” , “leed” , breema , Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion , clas­si­fi­ca­tion , Eco , fair­trade , green , label , label­ing , logo , Organic , pack­age , prod­uct , rat­ing , Sustainable

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Emerging Alternatives

On April 6, 2010 By

The ques­tion is posed as to how to design prod­ucts while appre­ci­at­ing lim­ited resources and whole life-cycle impact. Often the approach is to start from scratch or turn to sci­ence fic­tion, when look­ing for solutions

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byAMT will be pre­sent­ing two new col­lec­tions at Salone del Mobile this year at Meet My Project: Smart Design for Indus­try , along­side 15 other designers.

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