Journal: Building Information Modeling as the Core of Sustainable Design Impacts on 40% of Global Energy Consumption

By GreenerBuildings Staff Published October 27, 2010 OAKLAND, CA — Building information modeling can be a valuable tool for architects, engineers and contractors that allows them to explore different design options, see what projects will look like and understand how a structure will perform long before it’s built. BIM, as it’s known in the industry, …

Michel Bauwens: Amplify Brooklyn – Designing A Sustainable Economy At The Community Level

Amplify Brooklyn: Designing A Sustainable Economy At The Community Level EXTRACT: This fall, graduate students in the Transdisciplinary Design MFA program at Parsons, in New York City, worked with Penin and her co-director, Eduardo Staszowski, to create Amplify, an exhibit currently on display at Brooklyn’s Arts at Renaissance, which demonstrates existing and potential design solutions …

Sepp Hasslberger: The Alternative – Rainbow Crystal Land – A Free Sustainable World for Everyone

Imagining how the world could be … a project for living in harmony with nature and ourselves. The Alternative – Rainbow Crystal Land EXTRACT We are searching for an alternative way of doing things, free from the violence, corruption, fear, oppression, injustice, poverty, consumerism, the abuse of power and the destruction of nature of “the …

Anthony Judge: Requisite simplexity for sustainable comprehension of complexity

Correspondences between Traditional Constellations and Pattern Languages Requisite simplexity for sustainable comprehension of complexity Introduction Strategic design preferences for simplistic geometry: 2D presentations rather than 3D Traditional constellations versus Pattern language: towards a mind map Use of virtual reality for 3-dimensional articulation of connectivity Embodying a navigable cognitive vehicle Organizing, starting and driving a cognitive …

Guardian Sustainable Business: 8 Recycling Success Stories

8 ways to rethink resources: nappies to benches and food waste to biogas LIST ONLY 1. Nappies to roof tiles and railway sleepers   .   2. Paper to reduce food waste   .   3. Sustainable construction materials   .   4. Clothes from old water bottles   .   5. Agri-waste into plastic bottles   .   6. Worms as fertiliser   .   7. …

George Por: Augmenting the Collective Intelligence of the Ecosystem of Systems Communities – Introduction to the Design of the CI Enhancement Lab (CIEL)

Augmenting the Collective Intelligence of the Ecosystem of Systems Communities: Introduction to the Design of the CI Enhancement Lab (CIEL) George Pór* Director Community Intelligence, London, UK The quality of collective intelligence flowing in and across systems communities of various disciplines, and the fragmentation or connectedness of their mental models of the world, shape their …

Jean Lievens: DonnieMaclurcan on Non-Profit Enterprises and a Sustainable Future

Video: Donnie Maclurcan, on moving to not-for-profit enterprise models for a sustainable future “What would a world filled with truly sustainable businesses look like? Join this thought-provoking session to hear how, according to Professor Donnie Maclurcan, not-for-profit enterprise will be at the heart of a sustainable future by 2050. Outlining research from Donnie’s forthcoming book …

Jean Lievens: World Open Hash Design

WO#D WorldOpenHashDesign WO#D Manifesto “The present day global set of sovereign states is not capable of keeping peace, and it is not capable of saving the biosphere’s non-replaceable natural resources. What has been needed for the last 5,000 years, has become technologically feasible in the last 100, but not yet politically, is a global body …

SmartPlanet: Biomimicry as Meta-Design Inspiration

Look to nature for lessons in building resiliency Mary Catherine O’Connor | July 18, 2013 The Earth is changing at a climatic level, and we humans, in the wake of a growing list of extreme weather events and years-long trends, are scrambling to react. Within the built environment (which includes everything from utility grids to …

Jean Lieven: Local Motors Replay — Transformation of Design, Manufacture, and Sale of Personal Transport Vehicles

Green innovation: how Local Motors is revolutionalising the way cars and bikes are designed, manufactured and sold Alan Moore, Guardian Sustainable Business 22nd May 2013 Local Motors shares its innovations and lets customers be part of the car-building process, while keeping it local. Last year, I spoke at Shanghai’s Radical Design Week about the transformational …