Smart Design


Cradle-to-Cradle Treehouse

Creating a building that mimics the workings of a living tree was the aim of William McDonough’s Cradle-to-Cradle architectural design for the Bernheim Forest and Visitor Centre. The...

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Design With the Other 90%

Design with the other 90%: CITIES is a collection of smart and innovative projects, proposals and solutions. The project was created with the aim of addressing the complex issues arising...

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Vertical Metal Garden

We spoke to Emmanuel Donval about sustainable landscape design and his idea of using metal roof jacks to create a vertical metal garden.  You say that your services are in response to...

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Cradle-to-cradle: In-flight Carpeting

The Dutch airline company, KLM, claims that sustainability is a guiding principle for all of their new developments. The airline company teamed up with Dutch designer, Hella Jongerius, to ...

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What is Smart Design?

  Urban Mining is not just about reclaiming resources from products that have reached the end of their life cycle. William McDonough and Michael Braungart argue that 80% of a...

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  After several months of researching the question, “what is sustainability in design?”, Recompute created a personal computer that addresses sustainability at every stage of the...

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Digitally Produced Prefabricated Homes

We spoke to Bruce Bell, Managing Director of Facit Homes, about their innovative approach to building houses with a focus on smart design and sustainability.  Can you tell us a little...

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Sustainable Development and Architecture

We spoke to Professor George Earl, Head of Bond University’s Institute of Sustainable Development and Architecture, about the institute, the 6 Star Green Rated status of their building, ...

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Low Cost Surgical Lamp

The lack of electricity grids and frequency of power outages in developing countries means that medical staff can be left performing surgical procedures under less than ideal lighting...

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