Smart Design


Making Of: Urban Mining Infographic

  The topic of urban mining is more relevant today than it has ever been before. Understanding what urban mining is, and the impact that it could have on our planet, is crucial if the...

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12 Principles of Green Engineering

According to the American Chemical Society (ACS), chemical “engineers are designers who have the unique ability to affect molecules, materials, products, processes and systems at the...

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Smart Design for Electronic Textiles

Electronic textiles (e-textiles) are created by the integration of textiles with electronics and other high-tech materials. Although the development of such products is a considerable way ...

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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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