Wednesday, September 23, 2009
Saturday, September 19, 2009
Sunday, September 13, 2009
Age of Stupid is a brilliant movie that premiered in Sydney in August, and is released globally in over 45 cinemas and 550 cinemas on September 21st.
Saturday, September 12, 2009
Please come and join us at October GreenUps on October 6th, 6pm at The Beauchamp Hotel on the corner of Oxford and South Dowling Streets, Paddington. We will be on the roof deck, and will be celebrating Sustainable Art during the the Art and About Festival.
Friday, September 11, 2009
[re]design for London Design Week September 2009 looks great. The theme is Doing it for the kids.
Fungi is an enigmatic and mysterious life form which is essential to the health of our planet. It infuses all landscapes, and can create an oasis of life. From a source of food to a powerful healing agent, fungi is a magician of air, earth and water.
This Truckfarm could be a great idea for some of those huge cars you see driving around town.
What is elegant?
Sequesters CO 2
Makes complex sugars and foods
Creates micro climates
Then we knock it down and write on it?
Thursday, September 10, 2009
I saw the great Bill McKibben speak when he was in Sydney earlier this year, and he delighted us with a visit to GreenUps to talk about 350.org.
Have a look at this gorgeous house on Paraty Beach by Marcio Kogan Architects in Brazil.
The Tokujin Yoshioka designed Pleats Please Issey Miyake store just opened in Aoyama, Tokyo.
It is a refurbishment of the existing store, and the walls and ceiling are covered in recycled aluminium panels, originally developed as parts for cars.
His work is so divine, it makes me swoon!
These tiles designed by Maruja Fuentes are made from recycled materials, and you can add a bit of life and colour to an otherwise plain tiled wall.
They were designed to be used as planters for a wall display or covering, but the uses for these pockets are endless.
A strange kind of cleanliness and tidiness are the rules of society everyone has to obey. That’s why it is difficult for us to recognise the different possibilities of reuse that lay in used products or waste. Imagination is needed for an intelligent reuse of “rubbish”. Just by a new interpretation of the product, by a change of context “rubbish” can get a new function in the world of efficiency and become useful again. This kind of imagination is easier for children. For them there is also beauty in the rubbish. They discover easily alternative ways to use objects of daily life. So the aim is to combine the world of efficiency and the world of miracle! But is it possible to overlay the disgust and repulsion of waste with the joy and fun of the world of the children?
Weimar, Germany, December 2004: I sold rubbish bags filled with helium to the people visting the Christmas market. The “balloons” are a strange happening and afterwards helpful to carry the waste and garbage. Even so the bags were clean and not used it was difficult for adults to accept the new “prefunction”.
This is the Shanghai Corporate Pavilion being built for the Shanghai World Expo held next year designed by Atelier Feichang Jianzhu.
Its exterior is made from recycled CD cases (no doubt those counterfeits we usually see pictures of bulldozers going over, plus all the BPA filled polycarbonate bottles they can't sell).
Polycarbonates are thermoplastics that can be heated and reformed, and the architects suggest that when the show is over the whole thing can be melted down again.
The Pavilion also features a 1600m2 solar heat-collecting tube on the roof to provide electricity and water heating.
Japanese flower artist Makoto Azuma collaborated with Unitika and planted an assortment of mosses in a material called TERRAMAC, which is a biodegradable fiber that returns to the soil. The result is beautiful organic carpet.
Moss is a green carpet that keeps on living. It grows by absorbing moisture from the air with its whole body, not just through its roots. Even if it dries out and looks dead, its cells can recuperate when given water.
One of the characteristics of living things is that they spontaneously evolve continuing to be a part of nature.
Project H started the Hippo Roller project in 2008, to make it easier to collect and distribute water. Instead of carrying 90 litres of water on their head, as they had been doing for hundreds of years, the Hippo Roller was designed to make life easier. Traditionally, women and children are responsible for collecting the water, so this simple invention has freed up their lives for education and other nice things.
David de Rothschild is making a catamaran from waste plastic bottles, and sailing from San Francisco via the Great Pacific Garbage Dump to Sydney later this year. They should be arriving in Sydney in January. It is an amazing and inspiring project in so many ways.
There is a huge area in the Pacific ocean where all the plastic on the planet's seas have been collecting. It’s been described as the world’s biggest rubbish dump, and is estimated to be 15 million square kilometers wide and 10 metres deep.
Earlier this year I visited the Greenhouse by Joost in Federation Square, Melbourne.
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
Last night I gave a talk at Space Furniture about Design Leading Sustainability.
This is my Facebook group for designers, artists, architects and creative people who want to slow climate change and make the world a beautiful place.
There are hundreds of great sites and links posted and new ones added weekly. Scroll down and please add if you have some good ones relating to sustainability, environment, art, architecture or design issues.
NOTE: On October 1st 2009, a blind artist in America with a business called Art of Possibility tried to shut down my Art of Possibility group. Hopefully I will get it back on line. Years of research posted there ........