Paramus, New Jersey might not seem like Ground Zero for the eco-friendly movement, but perhaps that will change. That's the site, on an unassuming suburban street, of the Zenesis House, a brilliant piece of green architecture, engineering and smart technology. Designed by real estate agent Asit Parikh, his engineer father
We know that lumberyards can burn their sawdust to run the drying kilns. But let's say someone invents an efficient large-scale solar kiln in the future and the boilers are no longer needed. What else could we use all of that sawdust for? In addition to firing barbecue grills, another
In the last entry we looked at the potentially negative effects of industrial-scale sawdust disposal. If Dr. Sheldon Duff is correct and it's bad for the environment, what's a large-scale producer of sawdust to do? In small batches it can be safely mixed with compost, but what can you do
Now that sustainable forestry practices are widely understood and pursued, wood is a very smart raw material for us to use. It's renewable, it's relatively easy to work with, and it requires less processing to get into a useful form than, say, turning petroleum into high-density polyethylene or processing ore
The Apex Camping Shelter is a versatile, high quality weather shelter that will protect you and your gear from rain, wind, sun, and even snow. This tarp was designed for hammock camping and as an all-purpose camping tarp, or shade canopy, even when you're not using a hammock. Startup, GO!
Last year we looked at the Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge, and this month they've advanced to Challenge II. The winning project in Challenge II's Student Design category, Gabriella Jacobsen's Onward Bag, points to a potential solution for the plastic garbage increasingly finding its way into the ocean. As
Presented by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute and Autodesk, the Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge asks emerging designers to develop new solutions for improving our environment through sustainable design. Each iteration of the challenge brings us closer to realizing the imperative to create a circular market standard.
Remember the "Crooked Forest" mystery we showed you earlier? Here's a photo: To refresh your memory, this pine grove in Poland contained a high number of these remarkably-shaped trees, which prompted theories on their causation ranging from snowfall to meteorites to fungal infections. But ultimately, consensus stated that the trees
As an industrial designer with a proficiency in injection molding, Pete Ceglinski's job was to "make plastic products," he explains. "And after a while I realized that we didn't need the stuff that I was making, so I stopped." Ceglinski instead turned his attention to designing an awesome product conceived
Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction, which is an idea that certainly carries over to the mysteries of nature (watch enough Discovery Channel and you'll be well aware of this fact). Sometimes these amazing facts, either abstractly or directly, are helpful for designers—hence, biomimicry. [See the co-director of the
With the amount of waste produced in the US, the goal of this project was to design a product platform that demonstrates product longevity by empowering consumers to take an active role in prolonging the life of their products. Through research I found that people aren't willing to service or
In August 2013 a 15-ton mass of congealed fat the size of a double decker bus was found in the sewers beneath the London borough of Kingston upon Thames. And recently another 10-ton, 40-meter-long "fatberg" had to be removed from a Chelsea sewer. Inspired by these issues, FATBERG was created.
Japan's Seiko Epson Corporation has developed something that beggars belief: An in-office paper recycling system that's not much bigger than your break room's coffee station. Called PaperLab, the system not only saves you the trouble of having to ship your paper off to be recycled (not to mention the attendant
Veteran dumpster diver Thomas Dambo hit paydirt at an industrial laundry. Discovering that they discarded scores of detergent bottles, Dambo biked them back to his workshop, cleaned 'em up and hacked them into this: The Danish artist views trash as a resource, a message he hopes to spread to others
We all know that your average American McMansion is a lot bigger than the standard German home. But increased American energy usage isn't just down to size; the very way that we Yanks build our houses leads to inefficiency, a problem that modern German homebuilders have obsessively tackled. At first
On Sunday, a reporter covering the flooding in South Carolina made an interesting discovery: A colony of fire ants were weathering the storm by creating an enormous life raft, made out of themselves. The ants had all linked their limbs together, creating a contiguous mass that readily floats. The reporter
Time to put your ID thinking caps on. Take a second and think about how you'd solve the following problem using design: 1) You feed your family by fishing in the frigid Alaska, out on the open water in a dugout canoe. 2) If you catch a fish
Following the hullabaloo around the now-infamous Beats teardown debacle, we're excited to announce we've got our own teardown series in the works—this one done by a seasoned industrial designer! We're not yet allowed to say what the first object we're tearing down is, but we can tell you it's a
Five years in the making, the Nebia showerhead is designed to get more water onto your body while reducing the actual amount you're using. How does it do that? Science. The Nebia is the brainchild of Carlos Gomez Andonaegui, who ran a health club in Mexico City. He observed that
While zero-waste pioneer Lauren Singer lives a trash-free existence, billions more of us are littering the planet with our waste. Architect Arthur Huang's Miniwiz design company is tackling that problem, by seeking to develop products built primarily from trash. We last looked in on Miniwiz in 2012, and were pleased
Every few months I head to the local hardware store for another box of 100 contractor bags. Most of it is for the photography studio that I run, which generates an off-putting amount of garbage, but plenty of the bags go towards my own waste, which I haul out to
During a recent trip to the Philippines, I had the great pleasure to encounter some amazing people working within the fields of social innovation and development. One of these people, Aisa Mijena, is a female entrepreneur and engineer whose first hand experience living with an indigenous tribe in the Philippines
It's around this time of year that we catch the first glimpses of the next batch of remarkable design talent soon to be unleashed on to the world. It's also a time—reminiscing whilst pouring over graduation projects—that we're reminded of our own college-day optimistic naivety. I mean, just look
Since the days of the disposable razor, more than a few companies have taken a system-based approach to product design. In other words they create a product whose accessories are proprietary. Whereas the original driving motive behind this approach may have been profit, today products are complex enough that consumers
Similarly to various counter-parts with the 'Hack' suffix, CycleHack is a intensive weekend event in which cyclists, developers, designers and makers gather in cities around the world to combine brain power in the very noble pursuit of tackling issues facing cyclists today. Taking place this year on the weekend of
Elora Hardy runs Ibuku, a Bali-based design/build company that works primarily in bamboo and uses local skilled labor. "We believe in bamboo," the company writes. "Its strength, beauty, flexibility, 4-year growth cycle, and carbon sequestration capacity make it the most environmentally conscientious building material conceivable." On top of that, "If
Stemming from the belief that revolution starts with designers, Autodesk partnered with The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute for a new kind of product design challenge. Tasking participants to consider the impact of their material choices on industry, nature and economy, the inaugural edition focuses on drawing attention to
If you're at all like me, the last year will have seen you jump wholehearted on the sustaining trend for the regreening of urban life—giddily hoarding an array of shoots and shrubbery in your living and working environments in a desperate attempt to compensate for lack of time outdoors and
In just a few years, we've seen solar-powered cooking devices go from relatively cumbersome, outdoorsy objects to a refined product design that's ready for prime time. The first commercially-successful solar oven we saw was the SolSource, developed in the Himalayas and successfully Kickstarted in 2013 by One Earth Designs. That
Much of our electricity bills are spent countering nature: We turn on lights when it's dark, we make warm things cold, or cold things hot. If we could work with nature rather than against it, both our wallets and the environment would benefit in the long run. Enter the Groundfridge.
For the fifth year in a row, Core77 is partnering with WantedDesign to present the on-site international design school workshop. Over the course of four days, students from Centro Design School from Mexico City, Art Center College for Design, Pasadena, and Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) will be
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