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Sustainability


05.13.14: John Thackara

Food As A Commons
People go hungry not because of a shortage of production, but because the food available is too expensive, or they lack the land to grow it on. In California, the prototype of a combined social, political and technical solution has been launched which promises to unlock the food system crisis.
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04.02.14: John Thackara

Keep Your Stuff Alive
What would fashion be like if it was more than a an act of consumption with no meaning beyond the point of sale? What kind of system would improve the quality of our fashion experience without increasing the quantity we consume?
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03.25.14: John Thackara

Cloud Commuting
A two-year project in Belgium proposes new relationships between people, goods, energy, equipment, spaces, and value. Its design objective: a networked mobility ecosystem.
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01.06.14: John Thackara

A Whole New Cloth: Politics and the Fashion System
In fashion, despite more than 400 eco labels, an incremental ‘do less harm’ approach has addressed the symptoms, but not the principal cause, of our difficulties: an economy based on perpetual growth in a finite world.
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12.17.13: John Thackara

Ecuador, Open Knowledge, and ‘Buen Vivir’: Interview With Michel Bauwens
John Thackara interviews Michel Bauwens, founder of the P2P Foundation, is to lead a strategic policy project for Ecuador’s government called Free/Libre Open Knowledge (FLOK), also known as the social knowledge economy project.
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10.07.13: Andrew Shea

Shaping Design Education at LEAP Symposium
A review by Andrew Shea of the recent, September 19-24, 2013, LEAP symposium at Art Center College of Design.
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05.08.13: Paul Polak

Transforming Solar Pumping to Eliminate Rural Poverty
Paul Polak explores how we might reduce water shortages by employing solar pumping and eliminating rural poverty.
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04.26.13: John Thackara

A Roof, A Skill, A Market
The Nubian Vault Association has evolved a unique approach to housing in West Africa that creates three kinds of value within local economies: a roof, a skill and a market.
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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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10.25.11: William Drenttel

Winterhouse First Symposium on Design Education and Social Change: Program Description
This symposium, sponsored by the Winterhouse Institute, was held October 17-19 2010 in Falls Village, Connecticut. This was the initial information shared with participants.
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10.25.11: William Drenttel

Winterhouse Second Symposium on Design Education and Social Change: Participants
The Winterhouse Second Symposium on Design Education and Social Change, was held August 14-16, 2011 in Falls Village, Connecticut.
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10.25.11: William Drenttel

Winterhouse Second Symposium on Design Education and Social Change: Program Description
The original program description for the Winterhouse Institute symposium at the Hotchkiss School in Lakeville, Connecticut, August 2011 on social design in education.
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10.24.11: William Drenttel and Julie Lasky

Winterhouse Second Symposium on Design Education and Social Change: Final Report
The final report from a symposium held in Connecticut, August 2011, where 28 participants from a variety of design and education programs discussed the challenges of social change initiatives within their schools, museums and programs.
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09.16.11: Photo by Iain McKell

The New Gypsies
Photographer Iain McKell documents England's romantic travelers
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08.08.11: Barbara Flanagan

Sleeping with the Fishes
Review of "Waltzing with Brando," an account of the actor's effort to inhabit and protect a Tahitian atoll.
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05.25.11: Julie Lasky

Everything Must Go
A new blog speaks to our current interest in shedding material goods.
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05.16.11: An Xiao Mina

The Ultra 10 Challenge
Report on ULTRA, a sustainable fashion company founded in Kuala Lumpur.
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05.10.11: Claire Lui

Can't Live With It, Can't Get Rid of It
Interview with Susan Freinkel, author of Plastic: A Toxic Love Story.
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03.02.11: Julie Lasky

Alex Steffen: Worldchanging II
Interview with Alex Steffen on the new edition of his book Worldchanging
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02.28.11: Maria Popova

D-Build
A streamlined approach to dismantling and recycling buildings.
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01.24.11: Maria Popova

The Age of Coworking: Collaborative Consumption for the Creative Community
Report on the new (golden) age of coworking.
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01.12.11: John Thackara

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.
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01.05.11: Phil Patton

Charging Double
Comparing two new electric-car chargers: Blink and WattStation
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01.03.11: Julie Lasky

MSC Greenhouse Project
On learning about science, nutrition and politics at the Manhattan School for Children.
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12.13.10: Adam Harrison Levy

Sustainable Christmas Trees
From artificial firs to rented spruces, a report on alternatives to the chopped-down Xmas tree.
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11.11.10: Willam Drenttel and Julie Lasky

Winterhouse First Symposium on Design Education and Social Change: Final Report
The final report from a symposium held in Connecticut, October 17–19, 2010, where 13 educators from a variety of design and business programs discussed the challenges and objectives of social-change initiatives within their schools and universities.
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10.15.10: William Drenttel

Winterhouse First Symposium on Design Education and Social Change: Participant Case Studies
Participants of Winterhouse Symposium on Design Education and Social Change, October 17-19, 2010, each contributed case studies of a class, project or program that bridges design and social innovation.
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10.15.10: William Drenttel

Winterhouse First Symposium on Design Education and Social Change: Participants
This outlines the participants of the Winterhouse Symposium on Design Education and Social Change, which was held October 17-19 2011, in Falls Village CT.
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09.15.10: Dana Thomas

132 5. ISSEY MIYAKE
The latest material (and sustainability) adventure from the great Japanese fashion designer.
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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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08.03.10: William Drenttel, Julie Lasky

Reasons Not to Be Pretty: Symposium on Design, Social Change and the “Museum”
In April 2010, 22 designers, historians, curators, educators and journalists met at the Rockefeller Foundation’s Bellagio Center in Italy to discuss the museum’s potential role in relation to design for social change. This is a report on their conversation.
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07.13.10: Phil Patton

Murray T.25 City Car
Report on Gordon Murray's conversion from revolutionary race car designer to creator of one of the greenest city cars ever.
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07.07.10: William Underhill

Boatanic
In the Netherlands, designer Damian O'Sullivan conceives of floating greenhouses converted from tourist boats.
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06.02.10: Zara Arshad

How to Green an Embassy
Working at the British Embassy Beijing with zero budget means that even straightforward solutions, such as implementing a recycling system, pose a challenge.
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05.31.10: John Thackara

Whole, Whole on the Range
As a juror on the 2010 Buckminster Fuller Challenge, John Thackara reviews the highlight.
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05.24.10: Elizabeth Helman Minchilli, Annie Schlechter

Rome Sustainable Food Project
Alice Waters has been working tirelessly to change the way we eat in America. Four years ago, she sent chef Mona Talbott overseas to reform the kitchens of the American Academy in Rome.
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04.19.10: Jane Margolies

The Laugh Bug
Is Volkswagen's Fun Theory campaign anything more than a turbocharged marketing stunt?
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04.08.10: Amanda Hurley

Hold Your Sawhorses!
Brazilian architecture firm StudioMK27 creates a controversial furniture collection based on the designs of construction workers.
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03.29.10: Azby Brown

Bent by the Sun
What a longtime American-born resident of Japan has learned about his adopted country's ancient practice of sustainability.
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02.03.10: Ernest Beck

The Cotton Club
Report on the complex, and sometimes muddled, standards for certifying organic cotton.
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12.14.09: Jane Margolies

St. Augustine School Chicken Project
Report on the sustainability program at St. Augustine parochial school in the South Bronx.
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12.14.09: Eve M. Kahn

Green Sleeves
Review of “Ethics + Aesthetics = Sustainable Fashion” at Pratt Manhattan Gallery, November 20, 2009 - February 20, 2010.
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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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11.16.09: Jonathan Schultz

DESIS
Report on the Design for Social Innovation and Sustainability project's latest home at New York's New School.
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11.09.09: Mark Dery

Dawn of the Dead Mall
Mark Dery surveys the landscape of failing malls and speculates about the future means and venues of mass consumption.
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10.14.09: Adam Harrison Levy

O Tannenbaum!
People are talking differently about Christmas trees this year. They’re downscaling or simplifying their annual rite.
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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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08.20.09: Ernest Beck

PACT Underwear
Report on PACT, an underwear company that embraces green manufacturing and donates a portion of its revenue to nonprofits.
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08.11.09: John Thackara

Fish Systems and Design
Though gloomy predictions say we could see the end of seafood by 2048, several initiatives are rethinking the way we acquire fish.
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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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