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The Economical Chair: a chair designed to minimise waste

South Korean young design Seungji Mun created a simple shaped chair that is designed to minimise industrial waste: the Economical Chair.   The Economical Chair’s design is such that during production of four chairs per 4′ x 8′ international standard plywood sheet there is absolutely zero waste. Once the design is cut, the shapes are achieved through a […] Read more

Green office space progress is slowing

According to the authors of the 2015 State of Green Business Report, the total of green office space as in the number of global LEED-certified commercial projects dropped 2% from 2013 to 2014. Though registrations and certifications for new construction and commercial spaces declined, LEED retrofits of existing buildings increased. The outlook isn’t entirely bleak, however. […] Read more

2014 design trends that will shape our future

According to global architecture, design and planning practice Gensler, these are the six topics that will shape design in the coming decade: Workplace: Mobility and performance Wellness: Nudging people to health Technology: Integrating tech with place Urbanization: Cities as the vortex of massive growth Globalization: The hunt for new markets is global Development: Urbanity takes […] Read more

KI Introduces CARBON-NEGATIVE chair

American professional furniture maker KI introduced the world’s first carbon-negative chair at the U.S. Greenbuild 2013 trade fair. The chair is made with AirCarbon™—a revolutionary, paradigm-shifting thermoplastic developed by California-based Newlight Technologies. Newlight’s patented manufacturing technology captures carbon that would otherwise be in the air and converts it into AirCarbon. KI will be the exclusive […] Read more

Green building: an awarded green-roofed facility

The Ellis Creek Water Recycling Facility in Petaluma, California, USA, boasts a lush green roof that is irrigated with reclaimed waste water. Symbios designed the green roof to demonstrate this green technology’s viability, which was further confirmed when the building received the 2013 Green Roof Awards of Excellence. The Ellis Creek Water Recycling Facility living roof irrigated […] Read more

Pleasant waiting to be transported by train (in a container)

This railway station in the Netherlands by Dutch studio NL Architects comprises a cross formation of shipping containers that frame a transparent waiting room and cafe. NL Architects designed the Barneveld Noord station for Dutch national railway service ProRail, which is upgrading 20 stations across the country as part of a campaign called Prettig Wachten, or Pleasant Waiting. “One of the keys […] Read more

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