Fashion Companies Refuse To Compensate Victims Of Bangladesh Factory Collapse

October 12, 2013 by  
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The mainstream media may have forgotten about the Rana Plaza disaster , which killed 1,127, and injured or maimed scores of others, but those working for workers rights have not. Labor non-profit War on Want is working hard to make sure the fashion companies that put Bangladeshi garment workers in danger are required to compensate victims of the factory collapse. Not surprisingly, the companies, some of the most successful clothing brands in the world, are trying to shirk their responsibility. Only a third of the companies that used the Dhaka manufacturing hub have offered compensation to the victims and their families. Some refuse to even respond to requests for negotiation. READ MORE> Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bangladesh , Fashion , fashion companies , fashion industry , garment factory , garment workers , minimum wage , Worker rights , worker safety        

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Bad Buildings Kill – Rana Plaza and the Case For Stringent Building Practices

May 7, 2013 by  
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Photo by Andrew Biraj for Reuters We’ve been closely following the Rana Plaza tragedy in Bangladesh, where over 700 people have lost their lives when an eight-story garment factory collapsed on April 24th. Rescue workers are still pulling victims from the wreckage and the death toll continues to rise. “ Fast Fashion ” and lack of corporate social responsibility certainly contributed to the disaster, but there’s also another issue at hand that is even more important – building practices. Bad buildings kill people. Without proper building codes , appropriate architecture & engineering, safe building practices and government oversight, inadequate building practices put people at risk. This incident makes it plainly obvious that the construction industry in Bangladesh is broken – and everyone involved, from the owners to the architects, engineers, planning commission, inspectors and even the municipality is to blame. Read the rest of Bad Buildings Kill – Rana Plaza and the Case For Stringent Building Practices Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “sustainable architecture” , Bangladesh , building codes , building collapse , building practices , Dhaka , eco design , fast fashion , garment factory , garment factory disaster , government oversight , green architecture , Green Building , green design , inadequate building codes , Rana Plaza , rana plaza tragedy , safe building practices , Sustainable Building , sustainable design        

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Check Out Dog Tag Designs’ Hilarious Darth Vader Lamps at BKLYN Designs 2013

May 7, 2013 by  
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We never realized that lamps could go to the dark side , but apparently they can if they’re made by Brooklyn-based Dog Tag Designs . The furniture design studio has a penchant for taking unique objects (like this Darth Vader bust ) and turning them into tables, light fixtures and more. Dog Tag will be at BKLYN Designs 2013 this Friday – but if you can’t wait until then, here’s a little preview of what they’ll be bringing to the show. READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: artsy fartsy , BKLYN Designs , Brooklyn , Dog Tag Designs , DUMBO , eco design , green design , lamps , NYC , Recycled Materials , steampunk , sustainable design , Tables , Tyagi Schwartz , upcycled design        

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Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill’s Imperial Tower Could Be Mumbai’s Tallest and Greenest Skyscraper

May 7, 2013 by  
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With projects like the Burj Khalifa under his belt, architect Adrian Smith has become synonymous with supertall skyscrapers – so it’s no surprise that his firm, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill , is the creative force behind Imperial Tower , a 116-story tower that’s proposed for Mumbai. The only problem with building such a tall tower in Mumbai is dealing with the wind, but AS+GG have come up with a solution for that. The firm claims that the skinny tower is aerodynamically shaped to “confuse the wind.” Strange as that may sound, the tower will also feature several sky gardens that the firm says will further help to break up wind currents around the building. Read the rest of Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill’s Imperial Tower Could Be Mumbai’s Tallest and Greenest Skyscraper Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “Adrian Smith” , “AS+GG” , Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill , Bombay , gray water recycling , green skyscraper , green skyscrapers , high rises , Imperial Tower , India , Mumbai , rainwater harvesting , rainwater recycling , Sky-Gardens , skyscrapers , solar gain , supertall buildings        

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The Slabs: Gorgeous Italian Pavilion Crowned with a Sky Garden Proposed for Milan Expo 2015

May 7, 2013 by  
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Gensler Unveils Triangular NVIDIA Campus for Santa Clara, California

May 7, 2013 by  
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NVIDIAs massive new headquarters is set to rival those of California tech giants Apple and Facebook . The 250,000 square foot triangular structures conceived by Gensler , are designed to facilitate the flow of people and information. The project will be built next door to the company’s current headquarters in Santa Clara, California and the first building is scheduled to break ground in June. Read the rest of Gensler Unveils Triangular NVIDIA Campus for Santa Clara, California Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: “office building” , apple campus , california architecture , company campus design , Facebook headquarters , faceted glass roof , Gensler , google headquarters , headquarters , Nvidia , Nvidia Headquarters , sustainable corporate headquarters , tech moguls architecture , triangular buildings        

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Giant LEGO Kraken Attacks Darth Vader’s Star Destroyer

May 7, 2013 by  
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When you flirt with the Dark Side, bad things can happen; lava burns you, offspring return to kill you, and giant space cephalopods attack your ships. In a massive tentacled disturbance in the Force, Iain Heath constructed a giant LEGO kraken to entwine a model of Darth Vader’s Super Star Destroyer. The stellar squid began as a suggestion from his boss, and it now has a permanent home at the Seattle offices of Tableau Software . Read the rest of Giant LEGO Kraken Attacks Darth Vader’s Star Destroyer Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: chris stolte , dark side , darth vader , emerald city comicon , force , fremont , iain heath , kr-kn , kraken , lego , rebel alliance , Seattle , squid , star wars , super star destroyer , tableau software        

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Bangladesh Garment-Factory Fire Kills 112 Because of Safety Issues

November 27, 2012 by  
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Late Saturday an industrial blaze took down a multi-level garment factory outside of Dhaka, Bangladesh, claiming the lives of at least 112 people. The fire is said to be the country’s worst-ever in the industrial sector, and it eerily echoed a similar incident that  claimed 300 lives in Pakistan  back in September. “The factory had three staircases, and all of them were down through the ground floor so the workers could not come out when the fire engulfed the building,” Mohammad Mahbub, the operations director for fire department, told the  Associated Press . “Had there been at least one emergency exit through outside the factory, the casualties would have been much lower.” READ MORE > Permalink | Add to del.icio.us | digg Post tags: Bangladesh , clean clothes campaign , Dhaka , eco-fashion , Ethical Fashion , Fashion , forced labor , green , human rights , Sustainable Fashion , sustainable style” title=”Bangladesh Garment-Factory Fire , sweatshop labor , sweatshop workers , sweatshops , Tazreen Fashions , walmart , workers rights

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