environmental design

Remembering the Whole Earth Catalog

Article: Remembering the Whole Earth Catalog

In 1968 Stewart Brand founded the singular publication the Whole Earth Catalog, a compendium of useful resources for designing and building with the ‘whole earth’ in mind. Heavily influenced by the work of Buckminster Fuller, the catalog “developed into an extensive reference tool for designing the environment, living spaces and new media practices.” Far from being just a collection of products and prices, the Whole Earth Catalog is the only catalog to win a National Book Award for its eschewing of politics and a move towards grassroots change. “At a time when New Age hippies were deploring the intellectual world of arid abstractions, Whole Earth pushed science, intellectual endeavor and new technology as well as old.”

"Eko," the green traffic light

Article: "Eko," the green traffic light

They say we spend a combined 6 months of our lives waiting at red lights. To make that time a little easier to sit through is this year’s winner of the Red Dot Design Award, Eko, Damjan Stankovic’s “ecological and economic traffic light concept.” An easy to install circular time keeping device surrounds the red light…

LEED Certified: What does it mean?

Article: LEED Certified: What does it mean?

Often times, people talk about buildings as being LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified. Generally speaking, the term is used to convey a standard of sustainability in a building. Buildings made out of post-consumer waste products or using non-toxic insulations, or that involve conservation strategies for energy, heat, water and waste can be…