Special Announcement: The Sustainability Solutions Celebration

February 23, 2017 by  
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ASU, with the help of some special guests, previews the Sustainability Solutions Celebration, presented as part of the Sustainability Solutions Festival hosted by the Julie Ann Wrigley Global Institute of Sustainability.

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Rethinking the Water Cycle for a Water Quality Constrained World

February 23, 2017 by  
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Global water scarcity is a function of the compounding impacts of decreasing availability and declining quality. The impacts of these factors on business are complex and far reaching. Succeeding in a water quality constrained world requires the ingenuity of business to drive water strategies that go beyond conservation to reuse, recycling and stewardship.  Ecolab vice president of sustainability Emilio Tenuta will outline imperatives for achieving business resilience  amidst water scarcity.

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Connecting Nature & People

February 23, 2017 by  
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Can Re-greening the Planet Make Commercial Sense?

February 23, 2017 by  
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Natural systems – forests, grasslands, and wetlands – can deliver over a third of the mitigation needed to meet the Paris Agreement’s 2 °C target, a critical biological bridge in the next two decades. Growth in demand for natural resources will put unprecedented pressure on our planet, but it also brings opportunity for economic growth and value creation.

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Punah Project recycles industrial waste into fashion-forward accessories

September 27, 2016 by  
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It’s not often that manufacturing companies are overly concerned with the environmental impact of their excessive waste , but one of India’s largest manufacturing conglomerates, Godrej & Boyce , is shrewdly turning theirs into a fashion-forward gold mine. Under the initiative Punah Project , the company has created a circular economy by converting their industrial waste into swanky new products like metal shoes and handbags, which were recently on display at Tent London during London Design Festival . It’s estimated that Godrej & Boyce industries generate approximately 18,505 tonnes of waste materials annually, all of which have previously gone straight into landfills and incinerators. This process is not only damaging to the environment, but also a complete misuse of potential materials. Related: Glitter Without Guilt: Ethical Rings Created from Recycled Precious Metals Focusing on “re-thinking the definition of waste and the use of waste materials”, the Punah Project team has created a sustainable manufacturing process that separates waste into six categories of recyclables: oils, metals, wood, chemical, paper, and electronic materials. The potential value of each material is evaluated based on its natural properties and versatility. A variety of new products are then created using as little energy as possible. The results, which were recently on display at the London Design Festival, include fashion-forward items like kicky metal shoes and hand clutches made with leftover metal crimping pieces. Mr. Hemmant Jha, Chief Design Officer, Godrej & Boyce, said the company’s zero-waste process not only works to reduce waste in landfills, but also benefits local economies. He added: “As initiators of The Punah Project, we are focusing on developing alternative applications for non-hazardous industrial waste through material design and research. We aim to adopt a zero-waste policy across all the Godrej & Boyce manufacturing sites. We are happy to have displayed the applications that are a result of our extensive research on over 600 materials and several collaborations with different manufacturing teams at Godrej & Boyce as well as skilled craftsmen and designers across India.” + Punah Project + London Design Festival + Inhabitat coverage of London Design Festival

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Blackbodys luminous LED FIRE RING turns head at London Design 2016

September 26, 2016 by  
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There is a lot to soak in at the London Design Festival , yet the sparkling FIRE RING display by Blackbody catches the eye immediately. Luminous OLED lights of varying colors hang delicately from overhead, mimicking the dance between warm and cool hues seen in a flickering flame. Blackbody has impressed us before with its dazzling installations at the Milan Furniture Fair and ICFF in 2013 , as well as at Wanted Design 2014 . They do not disappoint with their latest creation, which is similar in design to the renewed I.RAIN product series. The use of 100 percent recyclable Organic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) fixtures means a lightweight, glare-free, and heat-free glow that is as environmentally responsible as it is beautiful. Related: Blackbody’s stunning OLED chandeliers welcome visitors to Wanted Design 2014 Each member of the I.RAIN family can be customized in a variety of finishes: white painted brass, brass, glass, copper, chrome and black nickel. The unique design of FIRE RING , however, is like no other, producing the imagery of “a fire projecting numbers of sparks.” We spotted the stunning display at designjunction , in its newly relocated spot in King’s Cross. +Blackbody + London Design Festival Images via Inhabitat,  Maison & Objet

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Eyesore garage transformed into a stunning waterfall illusion in Lithuania

September 20, 2016 by  
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The 4th annual Vilnius Street Art Festival in Lithuania is all about changing perceptions of existing city structures. The Vilnius Waterfall project revamps an old, riverside Soviet building from a concrete eyesore into a striking facade of rushing, tumbling waters, thanks to the creativity of street artist Ignas Lukauskas and Studio Vieta . The building belongs to the Lithuanian Parliament, housing and maintaining government-owned cars, yet the plain structure right on the Neris River has never been a dazzling addition to the cityscape. The addition of the lively, crashing waterfall image across the 2000-square-meter-exterior, albeit temporarily, completely changes the view from the river. Related: Street artist makes this Lithuania trolleybus vanish for a fleeting moment every day Artist Ignas Lukauskas based the project on the topic of his Ph.D. thesis that explores how art and architecture can disrupt urban landscapes. Water seems to flow naturally from the descending structures into the river, creating a unique and visually intriguing connection between manmade creation and Earth’s natural splendor. The Vilnius Waterfall is the one of the largest pieces ever curated for the street art festival, where the Vanishing Trolleybus by artist Liudas Parulskis was also featured. +Studio Vieta Images via Studio Vieta

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"World’s saddest polar bear" offered new home at UK wildlife park

September 20, 2016 by  
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A ” tragic polar bear ” living in a cramped space in China ‘s Grandview Aquarium incited international concern after photos and videos of him searching for a way out surfaced. Pizza the polar bear has been described as the “world’s saddest polar bear” and Animals Asia is gathering signatures to close the Grandview Aquarium. Now Yorkshire Wildlife Park has offered to provide Pizza with a large new home, but it’s unclear whether or not the aquarium will let Pizza go. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_UhP4bcYcsU The Grandview Aquarium is located in a Guangzhou, China mall. Although an online petition has asked the general public to avoid the aquarium, some have stopped to take selfies. The aquarium also contains a wolf, six belugas, arctic foxes, and five walrus calves in ” horrifying conditions .” Related: Polar bears are getting dosed with Prozac to keep them calm in captivity Pizza has been offered a way out. The Yorkshire Wildlife Park offers polar bears 10 acres in which to play and two lakes. One lake is more than eight meters deep, so polar bears can dive as they do in wild habitats. Pizza would also be able to live with other polar bears instead of in the solitary space in which he is currently trapped. Dave Neale, Director of Animal Welfare for Animals Asia, said the organization has spoken with Grandview Aquarium and they realize they have made mistakes in providing habitats for their animals . Neale said Animals Asia would be ” delighted ” to see Pizza moved to Yorkshire Wildlife Park where he would “enjoy incredible facilities.” Yorkshire Wildlife Park’s offer stands only if Grandview Aquarium will not “replace Pizza with another polar bear or any similar-sized animal.” Over half a million people have signed Animals Asia’s petition to close the Grandview Aquarium. If you want to add your name to the petition, you can do so here . + Animals Asia + Yorkshire Wildlife Park Images via Graham Hogg

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Studiomama packs everything you need into a 13 square meter home

September 19, 2016 by  
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The original site for the interior plan is an unusual building in north London measuring only 13 square meters, or just under 140 square feet. To maximize the small footprint, Studiomama designed a dwelling for a single person with integrated furniture and plenty of storage. The recreation on show, part of the Clerkenwell Design Quarter and built by Commissioned By You , highlights the integrated elements, with other components like the fold-out bed, kitchen and bathroom indicated with red tape. Related: Make Your Own DIY Shipping Pallet Furniture with Studiomama’s Easy Tutorials Studiomama’s model for micro-living features a wall of storage, with sliding doors concealing shelves for belongings. A pull-out desk provides room for working on a laptop. Benches and a relaxation nook upholstered in fabric from Kvadrat provide seating for resting and entertaining. The dining table extends to provide additional surface. Though certainly petite in size, the design’s approach to minimalist living doesn’t presume no belongings. Studiomama made a careful inventory of the potential contents of a one-person house, including bulky items like a suitcase, and planned the storage accordingly. Their list of essentials includes practical pieces like a bike helmet and extra light bulbs, as well as sentimental items like photos and souvenirs. The clothes wardrobe has room for, among other things, 20 pairs of socks, 12 trousers and skirts, and 20 t-shirts, if organized in the “Marie Kondo packing style.” The challenge is an interesting one, the designers point out, as the minimal footprint and unusual shape requires furniture to be integrated. Store-bought furnishings simply wouldn’t have worked, so creative thinking was required. As city dwellers contend with increasing rent and smaller living quarters , the 13 Square Meter house certainly presents an intriguing, well-considered proposition for making the most of precious space. + Studiomama Images via Charlene Lam for Inhabitat

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Take a spin inside this psychedelic ball made of hammers at Porto’s midsummer festival

August 2, 2016 by  
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The hammers that make up the carousel’s exterior are a traditional component of the biggest annual party in the city, the Festa de São João do Porto (St. John’s Festival of Porto). Each year, the midsummer festival invites celebrants to hit one another on the head with the colorful plastic mallets (among other peculiar activities ). Using hundreds of those same hammers in the carousel elevates the playful tradition to new heights, infusing a whisper of modern art as well. Related: Fantastic solar-powered carousel with a green roof in NYC Visitors can climb right inside the GiRA carousel and manually work a swivel mechanism to spin the whole structure, much like a child’s merry-go-round. Once spinning at full clip, the carousel’s colorful exterior becomes a psychedelic blur. MAARQA’s play on the recognizable plastic hammers was meant to inspire revelry and enhance the festivities of the celebration, and it’s safe to say the GiRA carousel accomplished that goal and more. + Micro Atelier de Arquitectura e Arte Via urdesign Images via Carlos Lobão

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