notes from our Green Design Studio
5 Cities working toward carbon neutral goals - from Departures Magazine September 2014
Is Ecover eco?

Ecover is under a boycott call from Uncaged due to the fact that it has a five-year rolling rule rather than a fixed cut-off date for animal testing. The company now also has GM in its supply chain and scores Ethical Consumer’s worst rating for environmental reporting because of lack of quantified targets despite its overall transparency about the environmental impact of its products. - from the Ethical Consumer

A little less noise and air pollution

Bird View Cityscape
Munich | Germany | Allianz Arena | Herzog & de Meuron
O Allianz Arena é um estádio alemão inaugurado no final de abril de 2005, localizado na parte norte de Munique, no distrito de Fröttmaning. É o estádio oficial dos times TSV 1860 Munique e Bayern de Munique (substituindo o Olympiastadion) e sediou o jogo de abertura da Copa do Mundo de 2006.
bing maps

Deeply influenced by Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra and Japanese design, Ron Thom was one of the most significant talents to emerge from the postwar Vancouver architecture scene. Co-designed with associate Paul Merrick, Thom’s Fraser residence, completed in 1968 at 4 Old George Place, Rosedale, exemplifies his fusion of West Coast sensibilities with the Ontario landscape and building traditions.
from: Toronto Modern
Rabbit Island: Rabbit Island Architecture Competition


Rabbit Island Architecture Competition: A Rock and Wood Design Studio

Introduction: Rabbit Island is a remote 91 acre forested island in Lake Superior three miles east of Michigan’s Keweenaw Peninsula. The island has never before been developed and is composed of a forested northern…

09/09/2011Emily Talen, Professor at the School of Geographical Sciences and Urban Planning and Director of the Phoenix Urban Research Laboratory, and Julia Koschinsky, Assistant Research Professor and Research Director of the GeoDa Center for Geospatial Analysis and Computation, are one of six grantees of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Planning (HUD)’s 2010 Transformation Initiative: Sustainable Communities Research Grant Program, selected from among several hundred applications nationwide. Talen and Koschinsky’s proposal was one of only three to be funded at the full amount of $500,000 over two years.

Talen and Koschinsky’s proposal to research “Affordable Housing and Walkable Neighborhoods: A National Urban Analysis” involves an in-depth, large-scale investigation of the link between subsidized housing and the walkability of urban neighborhoods. The researchers will investigate where, and to what degree, walkability and affordability are in alignment, and, whether the benefit of affordable housing in walkable neighborhoods is compromised by negative factors such as crime, foreclosure risk, low market strength, and racial segregation. They plan to uncover the neighborhood profiles that are associated with different degrees of walkability and affordability.” source Geo Data Center for Geo Spatial Analysis and Computation

trees on roof | lovelylittleobsessions:

i want a green roof!

2 Bar House
Feldman Architecture

CAD, 3D Printing & Custom Products

Computer-aided design (CAD) products are popular among engineers, designers and students for creating 3D product designs. But the software is often too advanced for the average consumer to design his or her own products.  In the future, however, CAD will allow the average consumer to design his own custom products that are both manufacturable and affordable. Consumers will be able to use simple software to combine predefined, configured product features. They’ll be able to personalize further by adding their own color palate, pictures, shapes and even personalized sizing.  3D Printing (3DP), like that from Dimension, is another amazing technology that will take a 3D CAD model and “print” layers of material, one on top of the previous, to produce a real physical model. It can create almost any shape, even those that can’t be made by traditional manufacturing.

The downside today is that the process is slow, costly, and often doesn’t produce parts strong enough for real world use. The technology in this industry is always advancing, and in the future, it will be able to produce robust parts quickly and cheaply.  3D Printing in an industrial setting is often referred to as “additive manufacturing.” As products are ordered online, versatile manufacturing stations controlled by robots will quickly and affordably crank out custom-manufactured products. The robots will be controlled by process software that will be integrated with future CAD.  

Online custom products are slowly gaining popularity. You can go to NIKEiD and design your own customized Nike shoes. The downside is that they are pricey and will take several weeks to get to you. Other websites such as ShapeWays and Ponoko are useful for many DIYers. The mass market appeal of sites like these will grow in the future (when combined with the simpler CAD described above) with fast, flexible and inexpensive manufacturing.  

(Source: Mashable)