Last summer, the PBS series Design:e2 explored the "economies of being environmentally conscious" through interviews with sustainable design experts like William McDonough, Sergio Palleroni and Susan Szenasy, and narration from none other than Brad Pitt. After the success of the first season, a second season about design is currently in production, which will be followed by future episodes focusing on topics like water, energy and transportation.
The vision behind Design:e2 originated with kontent>real, a production company founded by Karena Albers and Tad Fettig to create entertaining and engaging programming about issues important to them. Cinematic-quality production makes Design:e2 one of the smartest documentaries to cover the current green movement. But by simply using the familiar medium of television, kontent>real has launched a new chapter in the way that we share and absorb messages about design, sustainability and the built environment. Karena Albers spoke with Alissa Walker about kontent>real's mission while on location in Santa Monica, California.
You can buy Part I of Design:e2 at the PBS shop or look for it in reruns. And stay tuned for Part II, premiering on PBS this fall.