The Ecozoic City
How humans are reintegrating their endeavours into a larger ecological consciousness.
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.
Architecture Research Office
Interview with Stephen Cassell and Adam Yarinsky on the occasion of their National Design Award
Don't Flush Me
Prototype for urban system to detect and prevent sewage overflows
Iceland: Eaten Alive, or Growing to Live?
Exploding the myth of Iceland's "green" energy — with alternative suggestions
Epiphany of an Ocean Swimmer
Essay on in the insights that come with immersion in the deep, cold sea.
Ringing in the New Air
Nendo's Bell-Orgel collection for Tokyo's Isetan department store.
Can't Live With It, Can't Get Rid of It
Interview with Susan Freinkel, author of Plastic: A Toxic Love Story
Phil Patton on the conference “Gold: Substance, Symbol and Significance."
Strategies and resources for water conservation.
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.
The Gram Junkies: In Transportation Design the Key Issue Is Not Speed, but Weight
In the matter of mobility and modern transportation we all need to become gram junkies.
Green Issues in Communication Design
Why do companies get environmental awards for polluting less, even though they are still polluting?
09.09.10: Sculpture by Mara Haseltine
Oyster Island, Mara Haseltine's sculpture created to revive the oyster reefs that once flourished in and near New York City.
Mitsubishi i-MiEV Electric Car
Review of Mitsubishi's i-MiEV electric car.
08.17.10: Photo by Susannah Sayler/The Canary Project
Photo documenting the effects of climate change in Peru, by Susannah Sayler of The Canary Project.
Could Green Energy Kill the Desert?
Large scale wind power might not be as green as you think.
07.28.10: Photo by Pieter Hugo
Photo by Pieter Hugo of Ghana's Agbogbloshie slum.
The World as Our Studio
Report on Worldstudio's hybrid business model for collaborating with for-profit and not-for-profit clients (while supporting a foundation).
Whole, Whole on the Range
As a juror on the 2010 Buckminster Fuller Challenge, John Thackara reviews the highlight.
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).
Report on "Rising Currents," an exhibition of New York City design solutions to the flooding predicted by climate change experts, which will be on view at the Museum of Modern Art, March 24–August 9, 2010.
All That Remains
Jason Orton's photograph of a tree in Dartford, Kent, one of few left over from a lush arboretum.
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.
Aspen Design Summit Report: Sustainable Food and Childhood Obesity
At the Aspen Design Summit November 11–14, 2009, sponsored by AIGA and Winterhouse Institute, the Sustainable Food Project focused on accelerating the shift from a global, abstract food system to a regional, real food system via a robust portfolio of activities — including a grand challenge and a series of youth-engagement programs.
11.04.09: By Alexis Rockman
Hot Times in the Old Town
East 82nd Street, 2007, painting from Alexis Rockman's American Icons series depicting future landscapes ravaged by climate change
Adam Harrison Levy
People are talking differently about Christmas trees this year. They’re downscaling or simplifying their annual rite.
Report on Better Place, winner of the 2009 INDEX Award in the Community category.
Review of Crude, Joe Berlinger's documentary film about a lawsuit filed against Chevron by denizens of the Ecuadorean Amazon.
Phil Patton questions GM's sustainability claims for its Chevrolet Volt electric car.
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.
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.
08.18.09: Teun Voeten
Hell in a Horse Cart
Photo of coal merchant in Shanxi Province, China, by Teun Voeten.
08.07.09: Jason Orton
Photo of Holliwell Point, Essex County, England by Jason Orton.
When Worlds Collide
Report on TEDGlobal 2009, held July 21–24 in Oxford, England.
The Internet of Things
Should we be sprinkling technological devices across the planet like dust?
Make Sense, Not Stuff
John Thackara presents a three-step plan to connect design schools to the green economy.
The Innovator Next Door
Whether it's narrowly defining innovation as technology, or imposing solutions on communities, John Thackara discusses the mistakes made by large companies.
Alternative Trade Networks and the Coffee System
Alterative trade networks are emerging in the coffee industry, attempting to eliminate the middle man.
Global Place — Or is it a Hat?
We must view the world with a new slant and take advantage of a huge design opportunity to create sustainable structures for the future.