Sure, kids need lots of stuff, but that doesn’t have to be a reason to compromise your environmental values. From back-to-school shopping to playtime, we’ve found a whole range of products that keep your kids green.
The New Taipei Museum of Art: One of the most remarkable proposals for the New Taipei Museum of Art came from Japanese architect, Kengo Kuma, who created a massive “Green Cell” from layers of fiberglass mesh. The design explores the concept of “in-between” space, the structure extending into the nearby parks, riverbank, and train station, with trees and foliage growing up into the ceiling…
Got a bike? It’s probably nothing like the pedal-powered vehicles brought to Bozeman, Montana a week and half ago for HPVC West, a design competition sponsored by ASME (the American Society of Mechanical Engineers). Student teams from nineteen university engineering departments showed up at Montana State University to display their human-powered prototypes… and, of course, to race them.
We greenies tend to view the bicycle in purely practical terms: as a low-carbon, healthy form of transportation. Nothing wrong with that… but also no reason we can’t promote biking as sexy. That’s the idea behind Babelgum’s Freewheelers, “a series of documentary portraits about hot-looking bikes and the people who ride them…”
Green innovation from a major manufacturer or established design house? Hardly news these days, right… everyone in the research and development space seems to be thinking about environmental impact. But the 18 and under demographic is getting in on the fun… and coming up with some intriguing ideas. A couple of items passed through the RSS reader this week that demonstrate kids thinking green… not just in terms of getting the family to recycle, but in the context of creating solutions to challenges both children and adults face.
Monster bikes, phosphorous from sewage, and hybrid luxury yachts… your green tech finds for the week.
- Pedal-powered police patrols? Yes, some police departments have bikes in their vehicle mix, but the low-tech patrol vehicle designed by the Hampshire Constabulary and students at the Ringwood Comprehensive School will be used for competition in the upcoming British Pedal Car Grand Prix. (via Greenopolis)
- Social media and the oil spill: Mashable has a round-up of four social media efforts aimed at helping with clean-up of and recovery from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.