Posts Tagged ‘environmentally friendly’

Matlo, based on the traditional water cooler called matka, by Doshi Levien

Monday, February 8th, 2010

“Most Indian households use a rounded terracotta drinking water vessel — a matlo — that cools water to 14° below ambient temperature without refrigeration. Our matlo is a slip-cast version which has evolved to incorporate filtration and could be batch-produced from a mould. We propose it as an environmentally sound alternative to bottled water and electric coolers.” Via indianbydesign, photo via dezeen.

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Solar house competition – Solar Decathlon, Washington DC

Friday, October 16th, 2009

It’s pouring rain and cold in Washington so it doesn’t seem very solar. But it was fun to see all the solar, off-the-power-grid houses in the Solar Decathlon competition sponsored by the U.S. Dept of Energy. All my photos of the houses are here; more information is on the website here.

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Building mimics DNA, petri dishes

Wednesday, January 14th, 2009

The new building for the BC Cancer Agency is a good addition to Broadway, one of Vancouver’s most ridiculously unattractive streets. The building’s most obvious feature is its round windows which are meant to reference the glass petri dishes used in cancer research. And they’re functional – you can actually open the window in your workspace and the glass ventilation shutters direct air flow.

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Wrap your bottle of wine in a furoshiki this year.

Sunday, December 14th, 2008

Furoshiki is a traditional Japanese means of wrapping presents or carrying objects in a square of cloth. It’s waste-free, it’s practical, and it’s beautiful. As an art form, furoshiki is less known outside Japan than origami, but it is just as venerable – it simply uses fabric instead of paper.

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