5 brilliant designs that will change the world win the 2017 INDEX: Award

September 1, 2017 by  
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The world’s biggest design award was just bestowed upon five groundbreaking green designs that stand to improve life around the globe. The biennial INDEX: Award honors sustainable designs that address global challenges, and this year’s winners came from a pool of 1403 entries. From a floating farm that heals ocean ecosystems to a life-saving centrifuge that costs 25 cents, read on for a first look at this year’s winners – live from the INDEX: Award ceremony in Denmark. Zipline Delivering emergency medical supplies in developing nations can be difficult. On average, it takes four hours to send vaccines and blood transfusions from a central facility, but it can take much longer in the event of a natural disaster or infrastructural collapse. Enter Zipline – the world’s first commercial medical drone delivery system. Zipline uses a simple system to quickly and efficiently deliver critical medical supplies. Health workers text an order, and items are packaged at a distribution center. Then a drone is dispatched and the items are delivered by parachute with a high degree of precision. A single drone can carry a payload of 1.5 kilos for up to 150 kilometers – and it can make 500 deliveries in 24 hours in all weather conditions, for the equivalent cost per trip of a motorbike or ambulance delivery. Zipline began delivering blood to 21 transfusion facilities in western Rwanda in 2017, and it’s set to begin delivering blood and medicine in remote Maryland, Nevada and Washington over the next year. What3Words You might take your address for granted, but according to the UN, 4 billion people lack a way to reliably address their homes. This leads to myriad problems, as those without addresses are denied access to basic social and civic services – it’s difficult or impossible for them to open bank accounts, register births, or sign up for utilities like electricity and water. What3Words solves this problem by dividing the world into 57 trillion 3 meter x 3 meter squares, and assigning a unique combination of three words to each square. The resulting grid is more precise than street addresses, and it allows anyone to share their location quickly for emergency situations, census taking or even everyday mail delivery. GreenWave The world’s oceans are in trouble. 90% of large fish stocks are threatened by overfishing , the amount of carbon dioxide in our oceans is higher than at any point in the past 400,000 years, and nitrogen pollution from farms, factories and homes creates oxygen-depleted dead zones. Greenwave is a revolutionary ocean farm that addresses all of these issues while producing healthy local food, restoring ecosystems, and creating jobs for fishermen. The hurricane-proof floating farm grows shellfish and seaweed using “mussel socks,” oyster cages and nets. Each species is selected to address an environmental challenge – for instance, oysters naturally filter out excess nitrogen, and seaweed soaks up five times more CO2 than land-based plants. GreenWave also provides ocean farmers with grants, free outdoor gear, and training – and it promises to purchase 80% of new farmers’ crops over five years at triple the market rate. Paperfuge Every year, five million people are killed by three highly infectious diseases: malaria, HIV, and tuberculosis. Diagnosing and treating these illnesses is difficult in parts of the world with limited access to infrastructure, electricity and medical facilities. Centrifuges are critical tools that can isolate and detect infections – but they require electricity to function and can cost up to $1,000 per machine. The Paperfuge provides a brilliant alternative – it’s a simple device inspired by a five-thousand-year-old toy that can separate plasma from a blood sample in 90 seconds. The device weighs about 2 grams, it’s made from paper, string and plastic, and it only costs 25 cents to make – which makes it an accessible, low-cost “frugal design” with the potential to save millions of lives around the world. Ethereum Ethereum offers a way to validate your digital identity and make online transactions while keeping complete control over your personal information – instead of giving it over to a third party service like Facebook or Paypal. It’s a platform that provides developers with tools, custom blockchains and networks to build decentralized applications that can transform the way we interact with money, business, government and society. Since the applications use a blockchain, there’s no centralized server that can get hacked or shut down. + INDEX: Award + INDEX: Design to Improve Life

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Elon Musk-inspired Hyperloop Hotel could be the future of travel

June 22, 2017 by  
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Imagine zipping between cities in mere minutes—all from the comfort of your hotel suite. That’s the futuristic vision of the $130 million Hyperloop Hotel, a proposal built upon Elon Musk’s Hyperloop One high-speed train system currently in development. Designed by University of Nevada, Las Vegas graduate architecture student Brandan Siebrecht, the Hyperloop Hotel envisions seamless transport between 13 cities with a proposed flat fee of $1,200. The visionary Hyperloop Hotel won the student section of this year’s Radical Innovation Award , an annual competition for futuristic hotel designs. Siebrecht’s winning design uses reclaimed shipping containers as mobile, customizable hotel rooms that zip between cities at near-supersonic speeds through tubes and dock at designated hotels. Guests could travel across the U.S. without leaving the comfort of their pods and handle the entire process, from reservation to travel arrangements, with their smartphone. Siebrecht created the design for America’s 13 largest cities including Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Denver, Sante Fe, Austin, Chicago, Nashville, Washington, D.C., New York City, and Boston. He drew inspiration from Musk’s Hyperloop test track, the DevLoop, located just outside Las Vegas. If successful, the high-speed train could zip travelers from Philadelphia to New York in 10 minutes. Related: Elon Musk reveals boring tunnels are for the Hyperloop Guests can customize the layout of the repurposed modular shipping container hotel rooms. Each hotel room includes areas for sleeping, bathing, living, and flex. Siebrecht estimates that the construction cost of each docking hotel between $8 and $10 million, and believes construction of his hotel concept feasible within the next five to 10 years. + Radical Innovation Award Via Business Insider

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SCAD students save a piece of American history with vintage train car restoration

June 22, 2017 by  
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The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD)’s award-winning tradition of historic preservation hit another home run for Preservation Month. SCAD students salvaged a piece of American history that would have otherwise disappeared when they restored of a rare 1911 wooden passenger train car. The students turned the railroad preservation project into an educational opportunity and intentionally left parts of the train car in its found state to teach visitors about the preservation process. Owned by the nonprofit Coastal Heritage Society , the decrepit rare train car was originally brought to the Georgia State Railroad Museum from the city of Augusta. As part of a spring student project, three graduate and eight undergraduate SCAD students carefully restored the 1911 train car to complement the SCAD Museum of Art, an adaptive reuse project that turned an 1853 antebellum railroad depot into a modern museum. The train car is currently displayed alongside the museum. Related: SCAD Students Transform an Atlanta Parking Garage into Ecologically Responsible Micro-Housing Community “SCAD knows well the stories of Georgia’s railways—our award-winning SCAD Museum of Art rises proudly from the ruins of the nation’s oldest surviving antebellum railroad depot,” said SCAD President and Founder, Paula Wallace. “Now, the nation’s premier preservation design program helps narrate another tale for the appreciation of railfans for generations to come.” Students’ preservation work included replacing the train car’s exterior wood siding, refinishing woodwork, and stripping the original mahogany panels of layers of paint and shellac. + Savannah College of Art and Design Images by Dylan Wilson

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Elegant ACERA elevates the everyday travel mug into art

July 19, 2016 by  
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Stainless steel is a popular choice for reusable travel mugs, but ceramic also has its charms. Taiwan ceramic brand ACERA gives the everyday travel mug a chic upgrade with One-O-One, a handcrafted and hand-decorated opaque ceramic cup that comes in alternate smooth and textured surfaces. The stylish travel mug was recently awarded the prestigious Red Dot Award: Best of the Best . + ACERA The article above was submitted to us by an Inhabitat reader. Want to see your story on Inhabitat ? Send us a tip by following this link . Remember to follow our instructions carefully to boost your chances of being chosen for publishing!

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NY Attorney General sues Volkswagen for emissions fraud

July 19, 2016 by  
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In the latest development in the ongoing Volkswagen emissions scandal , the state of New York just slapped VW with a lawsuit for deliberately installing emissions-cheating devices in diesel cars. At a press conference today in New York City, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman said, “the company sold over 25,000 cars to New Yorkers looking to buy a clean and green vehicle, and we know that those statements were nothing but lies.” The lawsuit is joined by an additional suit from Massachusetts, which alleges that VW sold over 40,000 vehicles with emissions ” defeat devices ” in the two states. The Attorney General said, “The allegations against Volkswagen, Audi and Porsche reveal a culture of deeply-rooted corporate arrogance, combined with a conscious disregard for the rule of law and the protection of public health and the environment,” adding that, “These suits should serve as a siren in every corporate board room, that if any company engages in this type of calculated and systematic illegality, we will bring the full force of the law—and seek the stiffest possible sanctions—to protect our citizens.” Schneiderman called the company’s actions “a wide-spread conspiracy involving many, many people.” The New York Attorney General made reference to a VW advertisement that aired during the 2010 Superbowl hailing the current Audi to be the “green car of the year,” adding that the ad was “the second most watched commercial in U.S. history.” Schneiderman cited that the German automaker’s “defeat devices” were rigged to pass emissions testing, but that “when those cars were driven on a regular road, they were spewing emissions that were up to 40 times higher than the legal limit.” Less than a month ago Volkswagen promised to pay over $15.3bn to settle other consumer and government lawsuits for their emissions cheating. New York and Massachusetts combined are claiming that Volkswagen and its affiliates sold more than 40,000 vehicles in the two states armed with “defeat devices.” Both states have alleged that Volkswagen employees attempted to mask cheating by submitting false documents and suppressing incriminating paperwork. Schneiderman and the Massachusetts Attorney General Healey launched the suit on VW as a massive warning to other car companies. Attorney General Healey said, “With today’s action, we want to make clear to all auto manufacturers that violating laws designed to protect our environment and our public health is unacceptable and will be punished with significant penalties.” Images via Getty Images + Volkswagen coverage on Inhabitat

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Davide Rampello’s Milan Expo Pavilion Zero wins 2015 Wallpaper Design Award

April 3, 2015 by  
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Cellular Morphology Facade uses design to allow buildings to adapt to different climatic conditions

April 3, 2015 by  
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2015 Syngenta Photography Award presents powerful responses to the theme of Scarcity–Waste

March 18, 2015 by  
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Read the rest of 2015 Syngenta Photography Award presents powerful responses to the theme of Scarcity–Waste Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Benedikt Partenheimer , global development , hunger , inequality , Mustafah Abdulaziz , photographic exhibition , Photography , Pollution , Poverty , resource consumption , Scarcity Waste , Somerset House , Syngenta Photography Award

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Award-Winning vosLED Light Bulb Combines Retro Styling With LED Efficiency

October 1, 2014 by  
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Do you love the retro look of incandescent light bulbs and harbor guilty thoughts of stockpiling them in preparation for their phase out ? Well, here’s your happy compromise! The energy-efficient vosLED light bulb looks like Edison’s original design but uses the latest LED technology to keep up with sustainable lighting developments. German lighting manufacturer Vosla looked to the original 1879 carbon-filament bulb for inspiration, creating a retro-style bulb that consumes much less energy than its classic predecessor. Read the rest of Award-Winning vosLED Light Bulb Combines Retro Styling With LED Efficiency Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Edison light bulb design , green lighting , green technology , incandescent bulb , LED light bulb , LED lighting , LED technology , light bulb design , red dot award , traditional light bulb design , vosla lighting design , vosLED light bulb

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Project Little Dream Funds Inspiring Bamboo Thom Mun Community Center and School in Cambodia

April 7, 2014 by  
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