Designers aim to reduce the waste and impact of airlines

October 11, 2019 by  
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Exhibitions of art can, and perhaps should, be thought-provoking, which is exactly the goal of the temporary showing ‘Get Onboard: Reduce. Reuse. Rethink’ by design studio PriestmanGoode at the Design Museum in London. Unlike typical art , though, this exhibit is a concept design that could change the way we travel, or at least the environmental impact when we do. With its eyes on a future of eliminating single-use plastic , PriestmanGoode has focused its problem-solving skills toward airline travel. The studio has looked for ways to eliminate the estimated 2.2 pounds of waste created per passenger per flight, a weighty problem that adds up to around 5.7 million tons of cabin waste annually worldwide. PriestmanGoode has taken a multifaceted approach to the problem, beginning with the meal tray and eating accessories on long flights. Related: San Francisco airport bans all plastic water bottles The designers have come up with functional and surprisingly attractive plastic alternatives for in-flight eating. Some of the plant-based items are washable and reusable: serving trays that are made out of coffee grounds and husks; dishes made from wheat bran; and sporks made from coconut wood. The cups are a two-part design, with a reusable outer layer made from rice husks and a PLA binder. The disposable interior liner is made from algae. Other packaging saw sustainable upgrades, too. The main dish is covered in a bamboo lid, an earth-friendly alternative to petroleum-based plastic. For side dishes, the lids are made out of algae or banana leaves, and the dessert lid has a wafer design that distinguishes it from the other lids to easily identify what is underneath. Single-use condiment containers were tossed in favor of capsules made out of soluble seaweed. For easy composting, everything packs into the main meal lid. PriestmanGoode also presents a refillable water canister designed to fit in a seat-back. It has also worked with airline representatives to design a central water refill station as a comprehensive, sustainable alternative to plastic water bottles. Although the design elements of the concept meal tray are innovative, an equally important goal of the exhibit is to raise awareness about the impact travel has on our environment, and not just in the food consumed. While there are still many steps the airline industry needs to take to lower its environmental impact, PriestmanGoode wants travelers to consider their own consumption habits by only using long-lasting and reusable products that they need. The exhibit will show until February 9, 2020. + PriestmanGoode Via Dezeen Images via PriestmanGoode

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This tiny prefab solution to Finlands housing shortage can pop up in 24 hours

August 25, 2016 by  
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The compact 35-square-meter Kokoon prototype comprises three modules to create a comfortable and light-filled living space. Though the prototype stacks the modules vertically, the flexible design allows for different configurations that can be expanded both vertically and horizontally to fit different sites. A large slanted skylight with wood slats let in filtered natural light on every level. Each module can be customized for different uses; the prototype includes a bathroom, dining area, kitchen, bedroom, storage, and workspace. Related: This Canadian passive house factory was built from its own prefab wood panels Kokoon was created for temporary lodgers in mind, such as students, asylum seekers, and the homeless. The prototype units, assembled off-site in Otaniemi, were built with a laminated veneer lumber frame and clad in spruce. The interior timber panels and furnishings were left untreated. Kokoon is currently on display at the Museum of Finnish Architecture and the Design Museum in Helsinki and will be displayed in various locations across Finland over the next few years. + Kokoon Via ArchDaily Images via Kokoon

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Singapore rolls out the world’s first fleet of self-driving taxis

August 25, 2016 by  
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The world’s first driverless taxis just launched today in Singapore, beating Uber to the road by a matter of weeks. According to Phys.org , the autonomous vehicle software startup nuTonomy will offer certain members of the public a free ride, which they can order using their smartphones. While Uber’s first self-driving cars are set to launch this month in Pittsburgh, nuTonomy is the first company to actually roll out its self-driving fleet in a move designed to reduce congestion on the city streets. For now, nuTonomy officials told Phys.org they are starting small with a fleet of six cars on the road. By the end of the year, that number should double, and by 2018, the company hopes to have a fully self-driving taxi fleet in Singapore. They hope their model will be adopted in cities around the world. “For now, the taxis only will run in a 2.5-square-mile business and residential district called “one-north,” and pick-ups and drop-offs will be limited to specified locations, according to Phys.org. “And riders must have an invitation from nuTonomy to use the service. The company says dozens have signed up for the launch, and it plans to expand that list to thousands of people within a few months.” The cars will not be completely driverless for now. Using modified Renault Zie and Mitsubishi 1-MiEV electric vehicles, nuTonomy will dispatch two people with each taxi – a driver who can take over the wheel if necessary, and a researcher who will monitor the car’s various computers from the back seat. “Each car is fitted with six sets of Lidar—a detection system that uses lasers to operate like radar—including one that constantly spins on the roof. There are also two cameras on the dashboard to scan for obstacles and detect changes in traffic lights,” writes Phys.org. Doug Parker, nuTonomy’s chief operating officer, said that eventually, driverless taxis could shrink the number of cars on Singapore’s roads from 900,000 to 300,000. “When you are able to take that many cars off the road, it creates a lot of possibilities. You can create smaller roads, you can create much smaller car parks,” Parker said. “I think it will change how people interact with the city going forward.” + nuTonomy Via Phys.org

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Vitra’s new museum will house a permanent exhibition of iconic furniture designs

June 23, 2016 by  
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Since its conception, the museum has had a number of temporary exhibitions , but its collection has never been on permanent display. Schaudepot aims to address this problem and act as a venue for presenting key objects from the collection to the public, including iconic pieces by Charles & Ray Eames, Verner Panton, Le Corbusier, Alvar Aalto, Gerrit Rietveld, and 3D-printed objects from recent times. It will also function as the second access point to the campus. Related: Quirky Lamp Made from 80 Doll Sized Iconic Vitra Chairs and Tables The presentation will be complemented by a smaller temporary exhibition dedicated to the “Radical Design” movement of the 1960s. Scandinavian and Italian design, including pieces by Charles and Ray Eames , will be featured on the lower ground level. + Herzog & de Meuron Images via Herzog & de Meuron and Vitra Design Museum

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LED Pod Lamp marries nature with modern design for eye-catching ambient lighting

June 22, 2016 by  
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Mother Nature’s designs are the ultimate inspiration. The “Pod Lamp,” which resembles the flower casing of a Queen Palm tree, is a beautifully textured floor and table lamp with an ambient LED lighting effect. Cook Island born Ron Crummer envisioned the design when he discovered a fibrous palm casing nestled amongst roadside shrubs on one of his morning walks. Like the Pod Lamp, many of his designs are inspired by the abundance of nature in his upbringing and often feature a modern twist. The handcrafted Pod Lamp, along with all of Crummer’s designs, is made in New Zealand. Crummer’s goal is to produce well-designed objects that are kind to the planet, produce minimum waste, and tell a story. Crummer is a self-taught designer with qualification in a Bachelor of Arts degree and a diploma in interior design. View more of his work here . + Ron Crummer 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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Insulating green roof disguises a stunning woodland home in Mexico

June 22, 2016 by  
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Zaha Hadid Purchases the London Design Museum to Expand Her Archives

July 10, 2013 by  
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In a real estate deal worth £10 million, British star-architect Zaha Hadid has purchased the London Design Museum at Shad Thames, and she plans to turn it into an archive for her studio’s architecture. The London Design Museum will be moving to its new location at the Commonwealth Institute in west London, which is currently being renovated by John Pawson . Read the rest of Zaha Hadid Purchases the London Design Museum to Expand Her Archives Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Architecture , archive , design Museum , London , Museum , News , sale , zaha hadid        

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London’s Design Museum and Vitra Launch a Pop-Up Garden on the Banks of the River Thames

May 14, 2013 by  
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London’s Design Museum has formed a new partnership with furniture company Vitra to create a pop-up garden on the River Thames. The garden showcases pieces by design world’s biggest names, including Charles and Ray Eames, Jasper Morrison, Jay Osgerby and Verner Panton in a colorful glass case. Read the rest of London’s Design Museum and Vitra Launch a Pop-Up Garden on the Banks of the River Thames Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Design Museum London , furniture exhibition , london design , London design events , pop-up exhibition , pop-up garden , swiss design , swiss design company , temporary exhibitions , Vitra , Vitra chairs , Vitra furniture , VITRA pop-up garden        

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London’s Design Museum has formed a new partnership with furniture company Vitra to create a pop-up garden on the River Thames. The garden showcases pieces by design world’s biggest names, including Charles and Ray Eames, Jasper Morrison, Jay Osgerby and Verner Panton in a colorful glass case. Read the rest of London’s Design Museum and Vitra Launch a Pop-Up Garden on the Banks of the River Thames Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Design Museum London , furniture exhibition , london design , London design events , pop-up exhibition , pop-up garden , swiss design , swiss design company , temporary exhibitions , Vitra , Vitra chairs , Vitra furniture , VITRA pop-up garden        

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