Best of #green

Ten projects that show the designers awareness about the finiteness of the planet resources.

Wataru Kobayashi, BugBug, set di posate per mangiare insetti
The meaning of “green” has evolved during the years and today it “takes the temperature” of designers awareness. Ten projects based on the most recent scientific researches and techniques, critical design, new materials experiments and also the fears of a young generation for the near future. Let’s think about it.

– Tamara Orjola found a solution to the billions of pine tree needles that go wasted: she recycles them, creating resistant fibers for furniture and carpets.

– Hewitt Studios used a palette of pre-fabricated and sustainable timber products for the conversion and refurbishment of a former nuclear research and engineering building at Berkeley Centre.

– With tensile structures and wooden parametric shapes, Oualalou+Choi designed the exhibition pavilions of the Cop 22, the United Nations meeting on climate in Marrakech.

– Thinking of the best ride experience possible, Slovenian start-up Noordung designed an electrical city bike that includes speakers, smog sensors, usb ports and bluetooth.

– Designed by Cláudio Vilarinho, the Institute of Science and Innovation for Bio-Sustainability in Guimarães features a skin made of prefabricated elements of a cementitious matrix material.

– At the Dutch Design Week, 13 designers positively forecast scenarios where humans switch from consumers to harvesters, in a world ruled by self-sufficiency.

– The video by Joshua Dawson envisions a world in which the water privatization generates a vertical stratification in the Generic City of 2036 between the haves and have-nots.

– For his furniture collection, Swedish designer Beau Birkett uses thermoformed PET felt made from recycled plastic bottles, that can be easily assembled and recycled again.

– To promote people eating insects – as a meal for a large-scale food crisis – Wataru Kobayashi designed BugBug, a picnic set including cutlery, plates and a leather case.

– Starting form the fact that on average, one human hair can hold up to 100 grams of weight, Sanne Visser presented a recycling project wich transforms human hair in resistant ropes.

Top: Wataru Kobayashi, BugBug, cutlery set for insects eating

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