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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Shan Shui City: MAD Architects

Curator: Adam Wong
date: December 3, 2013
Categories: Environmental Design
Shan Shui City (the city of mountains and water) is one of Yansong Ma and his MAD architects’ latest conceptual architectures. The design responds to the theory and methodology of traditional garden design and landscape architecture in China. Just imagine a future in which the skyscrapers in the city, when appreciated from afar, would transform into a splendid landscape painting. That would be dreamy.
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Data That Moves You: Sparkwise

Curator: Rachel Martin
date: May 9, 2013
Categories: Experience Design, Information Design
Tags: branding, collaboration, community, culture, Data, data visualization, Design, Design Thinking, experience design, innovation, interaction design, metrics, social design, social responsibility, sustainability, sustainable design, systems thinking, The Living Principles
To be relevant and successful as an organization, social venture or nonprofit in the ongoing landscape of massive amounts of data, there is a huge need on how to manage that data and measure it. That’s where Sparkwise comes in. Designed and developed by Tomorrow Partners, “Sparkwise is a cloud-based dashboard tool for measuring and evaluating the impact of civic engagement, public media, business and social change initiatives.”
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Give A Shave: Harry’s

Curator: Rachel Martin
date: May 8, 2013
Categories: Brand & Identity Design, Packaging Design, Typography
Tags: art of shaving, branding, community, culture, Design, Design Thinking, Environment, giving back, industrial design, innovation, Packaging, paperboard, product design, razors, shaving, social design, social responsibility, sustainability, sustainable design, The Living Principles
I was listening to NPR when I heard about Warby Parker co-founder Jeffrey Raider launching his second startup, called Harry’s. Since Warby Parker has been a model of doing good and being socially responsible, I was eager to hear more about Harry’s. During the interview, Mr. Raider spoke about paying over $20 for a small pack of razors and questioned why an everyday product should cost so much. From there, Harry’s was born. The company designs, manufactures and distributes its products itself, essentially creating its own unique supply chain. By doing this, the company is able to offer a higher-quality product at a lower price.
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Cook. Charge. Go.: BioLite

Curator: Rachel Martin
date: May 7, 2013
Categories: Brand & Identity Design, Packaging Design
Tags: biolite, branding, community, culture, Design, Design Thinking, energy, Environment, industrial design, innovation, Packaging, product design, social design, social responsibility, sustainability, sustainable design, The Living Principles
An innovative business that converts waste heat into electricity—and integrates environment, people, economy and culture from The Living Principles for Design framework—is BioLite.

BioLite, headquartered in Brooklyn, New York, was founded by Jonathan Cedar and Alex Drummond and has received numerous awards for their innovative CampStove. What’s so great about it? Well, it turns heat from fire into electric energy and can charge cellphones and LED lights. I am surprised no one had thought of this sooner, but it’s pure genius.

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