Archive for the ‘Green’ Category

Ireland, lovely and green

March 18, 2010

I missed this for St. Paddy’s day, but it’s still worth a look at the beautiful scenery from the coast and countryside of Ireland.

[Via Miss Cellania]

Eco-Grinch Infographic

December 24, 2009

[From Online Education, Via Upcoming Queue]

Piano staircase

October 9, 2009

Volkswagen, as part of its “The Fun Theory” campaign, rigged stair steps with touch-sensitive musical pads and found that more people used the stairs as a result.

[Via BuzzFeed]

Innovative wind turbine designs

March 18, 2009

The coolest windmills you’ve seen all day.

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Next year, give green gift wrap

December 27, 2008

Christmas is over, and that means piles of leftover gift wrap, much of which is difficult to reuse no matter how carefully you remove it.  Besides, how fun is that?   These wrapping scarves from BOBO are just the thing for next Christmas or any gift-giving occasion.  They make for an attractive package and can be used again and again — with no tape required.  The use of scarves or other textiles to wrap presents is not new, but I think its time has come again.

Living roofs

December 14, 2008

The green or “living” roof is not a new concept.  Europe has embraced the idea for decades, and several U.S. companies and municipalities have begun to understand how growing grass and other plants on a rooftop can make sense from both an economic and aesthetic perspective in addition to the demonstrated environmental benefits.  This post from the The Conservation Report shows living roofs from around the world.

M Cube: translucent eco-prefab home

December 10, 2008

Green architecture is often impractical, too expensive, or just plain horrid to look at.  Not so the M Cube, a prefab modular dwelling made up of translucent fiberglass in a steel frame.  At first the structure looks monotone, but the pics and video of the interior show the potential of M Cube’s spaces.  The infusion of natural light throughout is inviting, practically begging for an indoor garden, and the solar heated floors are a nice touch, too.  Designer Mark Baez is definitely onto something here.

Eco-label primer

December 7, 2008

Do you ever wonder what some of those eco-labels actually mean?  Wonder no more.  This site gives a short synopsis of a few of the major labels certifying products as environmentally more friendly than their competitors.

What would Mother Nature do?

November 27, 2008

The Biomimicry Institute has developed an online database of design ideas inspired by nature called Ask Nature.  The concept behind the database is that many modern design problems have precedent in biology, and that Mother Nature’s solutions, crafted and honed over millions of years, are often the best inspiration for architects and engineers to tackle those problems.  The site defines biomimicry as

a design discipline that seeks sustainable solutions by emulating nature’s time-tested patterns and strategies, e.g., a solar cell inspired by a leaf.  The core idea is that Nature, imaginative by necessity, has already solved many of the problems we are grappling with: energy, food production, climate control, non-toxic chemistry, transportation, packaging, and a whole lot more.

Man has spent thousands of years trying to tame and tackle nature, but biomimicry may be the more effective approach, and ultimately more sustainable.

[Via Inhabitat]

Times Square goes green

November 15, 2008

Well, it’s a start, at least. This billboard will be powered by the wind and sun.  It looks a little clunky, but we’re talking Times Square here, not a pastoral scene.