Unique pieces of mass production Written on November 2, 2013, by Ingeborg.

PhD student Lore Langendries connects crafts to mass manufacturing in her research project Hunacturing (HUman NAture manufaCTURING). In jewels made by lasercutting 2 circles in different parts of animal skin and folding them she unlocks a world where mass production can produce unique pieces.

Most economical type Written on April 18, 2011, by Ingeborg.

Gulliver in 8.5-point looks just as large as a type like Times in 10-point. This allows newspapers printers to use less paper and cut on paper costs. Gerard Unger designed Gulliver in 1993 but never sold it for its green values. Once again, it’s the cutting of costs that is the selling point of sustainable design.

Neighbour to Zumthor Written on February 3, 2010, by Ingeborg.

What if you want to build a holiday home in sight of the architecural highlight Therme Vals? SeARCH and CMA found underground was the respectful place. Still the space and style of their Villa Vals displays a high architectural value for itself. The process was flexibel, making room to welcome unintended presents like a hidden well, lost brick, Swiss craftmenship and child’s play.

Vouwwow in the park Written on November 30, 2009, by Ingeborg.

A cardboard strip that is easy to carry, easy to fold into a chair and easy to produce. Vouwwow can be taken to the park or an event, anywhere that you would want a chair. I can also see temporary events use this cheap transportable chair. Vouwwow by Maartje Nuy and Joost van Noort won the Thonet / Mart Stam prize for innovative chair design.

Worn relics Written on November 22, 2009, by Ingeborg.

If you don’t fancy “I love bamboo” on your T-shirt, there’s a new option for green clothing. At Worn Relics (idea by Ruby Hoette) you can exchange your clothing and get a story with it too. To join you need a number coded worn label. On the label of a trenchcoat: “This jacket is STOLEN! From my old boss. He owed me money, so I stole his jacket.” Brilliant.

Villa built from waste Written on September 24, 2009, by Ingeborg.

Finally! We’ve been drewling over artist impressions and construction pictures for over a year, but Villa Welpeloo is finally ready for its occupants. The 300 m2 villa worth almost a million euros proves sustainable building doesn’t have to show. 80% of the building material is second hand, but that you only find out after gazing at its beauty.

Analogue website Written on August 31, 2009, by Ingeborg.

What to do when you’re  writer and are asked to make an exposition? The analogue website is the paper version of the website you’re visiting now. No fancy font but by hand, no pictures but the real thing, no weblinks but a post-it for you to take home. To be touched from August 28 at Witte de Withstraat in Rotterdam in galery Aanschouw. I’m nr. 1 in 10x Van Lieshout.

Enjoy twice Written on August 28, 2009, by Ingeborg.

In 2010 in the US only, 236 billion drinking packages will be used. Due to the aluminium layer, the package is not suitable for paper recycling. Graphic designer Niels Craens researched advantage and disadvantage, and produced lamp Enjoy Twice. The words shine through the packages that lack aluminium. This makes the text only legible when the lamp is switched on.

Smash Repair Written on August 10, 2009, by Ingeborg.

“I hope to smash the structure and repair it once per day, but we’ll see what happens…. the process is quite unpredictable,”says Design Academy Graduate Guy Keulemans. Crossing the line between design, performance and art he made modulair building tiles following the Repair Manifesto. The detailing of the lasercut tiles is beautiful. One thing Lego lacks.

Live with it Written on August 3, 2009, by Ingeborg.

The Dutch have been known to dam and polder water. In the housing project Nieuw Water, a green house area will be given back to nature. The polder fills up and functions as a water container. A housing area with  appartment complex The Citadel floats atop, using 25% less energy thanks to water cooling techniques. “Stop fighting water, live with it” says architect Koen Olthuis.

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