Posts Tagged ‘Environment’

Take a Ride and Visit a National Park


Did you have time to get a vacation in this summer? If not, that’ll give you all the more reason to visit one of our National Parks this fall. The amazing Sierra Club has put together a fun subway map depicting all of our country’s great treasures. How many stops have you made along the way? Unfortunately, getting around our parks isn’t nearly as easy as this map would have you believe. However the clever design reminds us just how rich our country is in natural wonders.

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The New Design Handbook

In 2006, Architecture for Humanity released a compelling book that set the stage for how our future generations will think about design: Design Like You Give A Damn. It provided 80 contemporary solutions on how to provide shelter to our earth’s inhabitants. Now, Architecture for Humanity has come out with the sequel, Design Like You Give a Damn [2]The book provides over 100 examples of projects that provide great design and practical solutions that address issues like shelter, education, clean water and renewable energy. The book has already received accolades from the likes of Brad Pitt, who says, “No community is immune to the forces of climate change. If we have learned anything from Hurricane Katrina, it is that we must adapt. Good design accelerates the adoption of new ideas –and this book shows us how.” [read more]

Natalie Jeremijenko’s Design Revolution

Last week I had the pleasure of having my mind blown by a speech from Ms. Natalie Jeremijenko at a Lucid NYC event, a networking dinner that entertains with short presentations by big thinkers. Often I think the best solutions to environmental problems come from designers, and Jeremijenko has the distinct privilege of being an artist whose background spans biochemistry, physics and neuroscience. When solutions to giant problems are packaged through the mind of a designer, they’re easier digested by the public. She has a unique ability in making environmental solutions into concrete ideas and products that anyone could adapt. Additionally, Jeremijenko is dealing with issues in our own backyard, issues that affect New York City, but with solutions that could be implemented in any city in the U.S.

Here’s a look at some of the greatest projects she’s created so far through just a simple twist of modern design and science:

The Environmental Health Clinic

Visitors make an appointment and visit this NYU clinic similar to any medical facility. However, once they see a doctor they tell about a problem not just affecting them, but about their immediate environment. Once diagnosed, they leave with a prescription that can’t be filled at a drug store, but rather by actions to improve their surroundings. You can make an appointment on the website.

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Beautify Bus Stops

Hammock Coffee Table in the City from Distortion Productions on Vimeo.

My pal Alissa wrote, “What Happens When You Put a Coffee Table at a Bus Stop?” for Good, a thoughtful piece exploring how strangers interact with a nice environment at a mundane bus stop. As a one car family with a daily bus rider in our household, the article inspired me to think more about our boring old public transit spaces.

Placing a coffee table, newspaper and flowers at a bus stop in Koreatown, designer Julie Kim filmed passerbys and bus patrons interact with her decorative installation. The result? A 1.5-minute video that made me smile for much longer than 1.5 minutes. The young girls seen sitting at the table are really enjoying the set up and the sideways glances from everyone else appear more curious than critical. [read more]