GPII - Green Products Innovation Initiative Green Design Institute The Green Design Institute is a major interdisciplinary education and research effort to make an impact on environmental quality by partnering with companies, government agencies and foundations to develop pioneering management, manufacturing, and regulatory processes that can improve environmental quality and product quality while enhancing economic development. Students from many different degree programs at Carnegie Mellon can participate in the Green Design Institute activities. Through the Green Design Institute, we are solving problems and building tools that help businesses accomplish more with less. Our focus is on developing practical pollution prevention technologies and lowering costs, by recycling scarce resources, using fewer raw materials and creating better products. For example, our environmental life cycle assessment tool using an input output model is available on the web at www.eiolca.net. Michael Griffin, Co-Director Chris T.
design durable - Filed under 'écodesign' Une poignée de produits a fait preuve de créativité et d'innovation dans la ré-imagination de la façon dont nous utilisons nos choses. Les résultats, bien que variés, progressent vers des biens qui ont un meilleur rendement énergétique, qui sont plus chics et plus efficaces. L'application la plus directe consiste en des produits dont le but est de changer le comportement de l'utilisateur. Le Power Aware Cord et plusieurs nouveaux moniteurs d'énergie domestiques incluant l'EnergyHub, The Energy Detective et le très médiatisé Wattson, son destinés à influencer les comportements en fournissant un retour d'information en temps réel qui montre aux utilisateurs la quantité d'énergie utilisée par leurs appareils électroménagers. En rendant très visible l'invisible gaspillage d'énergie, ces dispositifs encouragent leurs propriétaires à adopter des habitudes plus efficaces.
10 Futuristic Materials Lifeboat Foundation Safeguarding Humanity Skip to content Switch to White Special Report 10 Futuristic Materials by Lifeboat Foundation Scientific Advisory Board member Michael Anissimov. 1. Aerogel protecting crayons from a blowtorch. This tiny block of transparent aerogel is supporting a brick weighing 2.5 kg. Aerogel holds 15 entries in the Guinness Book of Records, more than any other material. Carbon nanotubes are long chains of carbon held together by the strongest bond in all chemistry, the sacred sp2 bond, even stronger than the sp3 bonds that hold together diamond. “Metamaterial” refers to any material that gains its properties from structure rather than composition. We’re starting to lay down thick layers of diamond in CVD machines, hinting towards a future of bulk diamond machinery. Diamonds may be strong, but aggregated diamond nanorods (what I call amorphous fullerene) are stronger. Transparent alumina is three times stronger than steel and transparent. inShare11 Materials
WebEcoist Bikinis Made from 3-D Printers Custom Fit Every Curve Despite being of the male persuasion, even I know that bikini season is no day at the beach. Finding the right fit in a style and cut that threads the needle of decency is enough to make any woman throw up her hands and opt for a one-piece with shorts. Well ladies, Jenna Fizel and Mary Haung of Continuum Fashion have heard your dressing room distress calls. In search of the elusive 'perfect fit,' they've designed the N12 bikini, the world's first 3-D printed two-piece made of small nylon discs held together by thread-like springs. The N12 gets its name from the material it's made of: Nylon 12. "Thousands of circular plates are connected by thin strings, creating a wholly new material that holds its form as well as being flexible," the designers explain. This design means the circular nylon plates can adapt to curved and flat contours or any size. N12.bikini – Intro Video from Continuum Fashion on Vimeo. [Via Gizmodo]
Design Ideas and Tech Concepts - Toxel.com World First 3D Chocolate Printer | Choc Edge Limited GREEN DESIGN PREDICTIONS FOR 2010! Welcome to 2010! The start of the new year is the perfect time to reflect upon the past, make resolutions for the future, and think about what the new year will bring. With this in mind, we’ve asked several of our favorite designers, editors and all-around-big-thinkers for their green predictions for the coming year. We received a lot of interesting forecasts for the coming year: from more greenwashing to a revolution in social design, from the rise of heirloom goods to a shift towards systems and services — read on for the our panel of experts’ green design predictions for 2010. ALLAN CHOCHINOV – Editor-in-Chief, Core77 I look forward to 2010 as a year filled with extraordinary projects around design for social change. EMILY PILLOTON – Founder & Director, Project H Design In 2010, I’m hoping for a revolution in design. SARAH RICH – Senior Editor, Dwell Magazine 1. 2. 3.
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