BIG's Copenhagen Waste-to-Energy Plant Doubles as a Ski Slope

Curator: Wade Jeffree
date: August 11, 2014
Categories: Architecture, Environmental Design, Sustainable Design
Tags: architecture, Copenhagen, Environmental Design, sustainability

BIG is a Copenhagen- and New York-based group of architects, designers, builders and thinkers operating within the fields of architecture, urbanism, research and development. 

When you first look at this project you think, “Oh, okay, nice.” But once you look closer you say “What. The. Fuck?!”

I love how the idea of a building as mountain is addressed here. Wait—what? Not only is it a an architectural landmark, but it's also a ski slope and a beacon for a more energy-focused future in Copenhagen; it's the cleanest waste-to-energy plant in the world and is located in the heart of downtown Copenhagen. It allows sustainability to be a far more accessible topic of conversation.

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Reinventing Healthcare: Novant Health

Curator: Rachel Martin
date: May 10, 2013
Categories: Brand & Identity Design, Corporate Communications Design, Environmental Design, Experience Design, Information Design
Tags: collaboration, Communication Design, community, culture, Design, Design Thinking, Environmental Design, experience design, graphic design, health branding, healthcare, hospital design, marketing, Service Design, social design, social responsibility, systems thinking, The Living Principles
Novant Health is a network of physician clinics, outpatient centers and hospitals that serves the states of North Carolina, Virginia, South Carolina and Georgia. They have a vision to reinvent healthcare and transform the patient experience. Novant Health worked with New York–based firm Prophet to help develop a new strategy and brand that reflect their series of transformations in the healthcare field.
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Hacking Facebook’s Campus: Ben Barry

Curator: Tina Hardison
date: September 6, 2012
Categories: Environmental Design, Experience Design, Typography
Tags: Environmental Design, Facebook Design, Typography
When Facebook moved to their new campus in Menlo Park this year, Facebook designer Ben Barry saw it as a blank canvas. Co-creator of the Analog Research Lab, Ben has made it his mission to “hack” the Facebook campus and make it into a facility that drives creativity. 
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Brno Biennial Wall Installation: MacFadden and Thorpe

Curator: Tina Hardison
date: September 3, 2012
Categories: Environmental Design, Experience Design, Typography
Tags: Environmental Design, Experimental Typography
My favorite San Francisco design duo, MacFadden and Thorpe, never fail to make me cringe with design envy—this time, with their wall installation at the 2012 Brno Biennial in the Czech Republic, part of the “Work from California” exhibit. Inspired by California’s optimism, the hand-painted wall installation combines my love for environmental design and experimental typography.
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72DP: Craig Redman and Karl Maier

Curator: Erik Marinovich
date: February 20, 2012
Categories: Environmental Design
Tags: Color, Environmental Design, Mural

Anytime Craig Redman and Karl Maier tweet that they’ve posted a new project to their site, I guarantee it’ll fill you with jealousy (the good kind). That’s true with their recent mural project for a garage at a private residence in Sydney, Australia. 

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