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Energy


03.03.14: John Thackara

Energy: Thriving On Five Percent?
Energy requirements per person in modern times are 60 times higher than our ancestors. How do we sustain that need as populations also increase?
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10.27.11: Courtney Drake & Deirdre Cerminaro with William Drenttel

Design and the Social Sector: An Annotated Bibliography
This bibiography surveys the literature of social design — the spectrum from design process and thinking to the zones of social innovation.
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09.05.11: John Thackara

Iceland: Eaten Alive, or Growing to Live?
Exploding the myth of Iceland's "green" energy — with alternative suggestions
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08.30.11: Phil Patton

The Green Dashboard
The design of instrument panels reflects the new technologies of hybrid and electric vehicles
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05.05.11: Phil Patton

Another Wrong Turn for Chris Paine
Review of the documentary film Revenge of the Electric Car.

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02.03.11: John Thackara

Renewable Energy: Salvation or Snake Oil?
Critique of The Energy Report published by the World Wildlife Fund, which asserts that the world's energy needs could be met by alternative sources.
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01.05.11: Phil Patton

Charging Double
Comparing two new electric-car chargers: Blink and WattStation
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09.02.10: Ernest Beck

Climate Change Chocolate Update
Update on Climate Change Chocolate and other ideas for offsetting carbon. Originally published August 17, 2009.
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08.23.10: Ernest Beck

SELCO: Case Study Synopsis & Teaching Objectives

This case study about SELCO, a solar energy company in India, provides an opportunity to examine the strategy of a business with a social purpose and a heavy reliance on innovative design.


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08.18.10: Phil Patton

Mitsubishi i-MiEV Electric Car
Review of Mitsubishi's i-MiEV electric car.
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08.02.10: John Thackara

Could Green Energy Kill the Desert?
Large scale wind power might not be as green as you think.
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01.21.10: Mitch Epstein

Why Not in My Backyard?
Mitch Epstein's photo of Amos Coal Power Plant, Raymond City, West Virginia 2004, from his book American Power (Steidl, 2009).
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12.04.09: Jane Withers

In Praise of Shadows
Essay adapted from "In Praise of Shadows: New European Lighting Design," presented at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, September 19–October 18, 2009.
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12.04.09: Julie Lasky

CO2 CUBES
Description of CO2 CUBES: Visualize a Tonne of Change, a multimedia installation created for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Conference of the Parties (COP-15), held in Copenhagen in December 2009.
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09.22.09: Jonathan Schultz

Better Place
Report on Better Place, winner of the 2009 INDEX Award in the Community category.
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09.09.09: William Kamkwamba & Bryan Mealer

The Doers Club
Design prodigy William Kamkwamba recalls building a windmill to generate electricity for his village in Malawi, Africa.
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09.09.09: Mark Dery

Paradise Fouled
Review of Crude, Joe Berlinger's documentary film about a lawsuit filed against Chevron by denizens of the Ecuadorean Amazon.
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08.29.09: Phil Patton

Triple-Digit Inflation
Phil Patton questions GM's sustainability claims for its Chevrolet Volt electric car.
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08.21.09: Karrie Jacobs

A Thousand Points on Light: Part II
Continuation of debate between lighting designer Leni Schwendinger and Dark-Sky advocate Susan Harder about proper illumination of urban, suburban and rural environments.
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08.19.09: Karrie Jacobs

A Thousand Points on Light: Part I
Debate between lighting designer Leni Schwendinger and Dark-Sky advocate Susan Harder about proper illumination of urban, suburban and rural environments.
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08.18.09: Teun Voeten

Hell in a Horse Cart
Photo of coal merchant in Shanxi Province, China, by Teun Voeten.
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08.13.09: Alec Appelbaum

FLAP Bag
Report on the FLAP bag, a multipurpose messenger bag for developing-world populations.
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08.04.09: Ernest Beck

Climate Change Chocolate
While environmentalists debate the ethics and effectiveness of carbon offsets, designers work to make them appealing.
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07.30.09: Julie Lasky

When Worlds Collide
Report on TEDGlobal 2009, held July 21–24 in Oxford, England.
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07.29.09: Taryn Simon

Blue Note
Nuclear Waste Encapsulation and Storage Facility Cherenkov Radiation, Hanford Site, U.S. Department of Energy, Southeastern Washington State. Photograph by Taryn Simon.
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