Green tech finds: Architects to the rescue!

Can good design save the world? Well, maybe the Great Lakes, anyway. That, plus community-based solar, clothing recycling, and more: your green tech finds for the week.

The DIY bike seat: Ever wanted a second seat on your bicycle, without investing in a tandem? Or just carrying space without a trailer? Israeli designer Yael Livneh has you covered with his concept made from a used plastic milk crate. He’s entered the concept in Designboom’s Seoul Cycle Design competition. (via Unconsumption and @dothegreenthing)

Occupy the sun: We generally think of solar power as something that individual home and building owners do, but Francesca Rheannon at CSRWire takes a look at community-based efforts to adopt solar technology.

The Volt a flop? Seems like it’s way too early to write off GM’s first effort at a plug-in hybrid, but, as Martin LaMonica at CNET notes, 2011 sales were sluggish, even for the very modest goals the company set. (via Fabian Pattberg at Google+)

New year, new prefab design: Prefab architect extraordinaire Michelle Kaufmann kicks off 2012 with a new modular home design. Lloyd Alter at Treehugger is fascinated by an element the rest of us may miss: the use of shading through overhangs and shutters.

Can architecture address invasive species? Chicago architect Jeanne Gang thinks she can stop the Asian carp invasion of the Great Lakes, and, according to GOOD, clean up the Chicago River. (via @jeffkart)

How to recycle your old clothes: Got apparel that’s a little too worn for the Goodwill? The Council for Textile Recycling has launched a new website dedicated to showing American consumers that “clothing and textiles are among the most recyclable items in their home.” (via ecouterre and @myEARTH360)

Maryland a hotbed of efficiency jobs: Are Maryland’s aggressive energy efficiency laws creating jobs in the state? Sara Hayes at The Energy Collective thinks so.

We’re always interested in your finds, too, so share them with us below.


Image credit: Designboom