Saturday, December 31, 2005

istand - Stand and drive

A two person car for the city that has an ultra small footprint for parking and recharging The car has three independent wheels combined with a 'standing room only' volume for passengers.
This is part of SOFT cars project of Mitchell Joachim.
There are some more projects (including some bamboo!) on this website and the intention is to comprehensibly establish a green framework for solutions that fit within the natural environment and urbanized areas.

Thursday, December 29, 2005

The Thin Green Line

Toyota's campaign to brand its "hybrid synergy drive" avoided the word green, instead focusing on simple environmental claims such as "Less gas in. Less gasses out."
This article (CMO Magazine) is worth reading for its insight on "green marketing" - what works, and what doesn't. The article makes the point that deliberately branding youself as "Green" carries with it quite a bit of risk.

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

Sustainable Designers

Part IV, Best of Treehugger

Sustainable designers! sounds very interesting, right? This link published in TH and these designers had to do more than just one thing well. The designs had to be numerous, varied and excellent, and after much research, time and thought, blabla blabla... ...

check out also previously selected designer series: Part I, PartII and Part III

Friday, December 23, 2005

Next Generation

To a designer or architect seeking seed money to develop a Big Idea that will make our designed environment better, safer, and more sustainable.
Deadline: 12.15.2005 Late Deadline: 1.15.2006 Download here the application
Metropolis seeks to identify the next generation of Big Ideas by the next generation of designers. The offer is $10,000 to an individual or team of designers seeking to develop a Big Idea that will make our designed environment better, safer, and more sustainable.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Ecodesign 05 Fotoalbum

D4S blog has its own fotoalbum. Check some pics from Ecodesign 05 Symposium in Tokyo (side bar).

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Bamboo Information Sources for Students

Bamboo Information Sources
Posted by Pablo van der Lugt
December 21, 2005

Books and magazines

A lot of good information can also be downloaded from
The TU Delft as a affiliate can log in to download all information in pdf, this is for students and TU Delft staff only. Contact me for the inlog data.

In the library of the TU Eindhoven/ architecture there is a lot of bamboo literature available

For further sources I refer to:
to execute a search on your own, especially Google Scholar is recommended.

Several CD ROMS published by reliable sources (UNIDO, GTZ, NID, etcetera) are available in my cupboard at DfS which can be copied by students

Bamboo internet sources; Some good starting points (also check out their links):

Building & Construction

RWTH Aachen

Product development and Socio Economic development

National Institute of Design, India, Prof MP Ranjan

Guadua (Latin American Species)

European funded Guadua Project

Bamboo in general (broad scope)

International Network for Bamboo and Rattan:
Contact me for the TU Delft login data (TU Delft is an INBAR member)

World Bamboo Organisation

Environmental Bamboo Foundation

Bamboo Thematic Network

Some interesting bamboo products:

Snowboards and skis
1000 examples

E groups
Biggest bamboo discussion egroup (you can easily become a member)

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Business Week Special Report

Normal stuff!

Trash-can made from 99% re-claimed automobile tires and recycled plastic or aluminum trim.

Eco-friendly toothbrush

from recycled yogurt containers
Its toothbrush from recycled yogurt containers. Yes, the whole of the brush handle. Recycline, Inc., partnered with the University of Massachusetts at Lowell to design the brush. And the Stonyfield Farm Yogurt is to supply the material. Recycline, Inc., the manufacturer of environmentally-friendly products is located in Waltham, Massachusetts. The toothbrush is simply designed. Narrowing at the head, the brush handle is sleek, with a subtle curve out from the base. Apparently allowing for a gentler brushing technique, the brush is curved reverse, ie the handle backward. To increase the ease and benefits of brushing, the brush handle is made curved.

More eco-friendly products and lifestyles at

Re-use of wate materials with real purpose
The objective of Recyclicity is to promote re-use of waste material for construction applications with as little added energy as possible for transport and processing of materials.

In Muzaffarabad, Pakistan, recycled advertising billboards serve as rain covers on the tents of earthquake refugees. source:

Look for more examples at

Saturday, December 17, 2005

Creative Sustainability #1: Magazine stool

Our favorite magazines' collection requires lots of space in the house. By tightening the magazines with a suitcase belt (€1.5) they acquire a new functionality as seating artifact.

More pictures

Ecodesign Brains

Ecodesign 2005 was non-stop networking and thinking for la crème de la crème of sustainable design.
Taeko Aoe (Panasonic), Casper & JC. More insiders’ pics to come soon.

Thursday, December 15, 2005

Rapid recharge batteries

0.3mm thick and recharges in 30 seconds

NEC has debuted some ultra-thin and flexible quick charging batteries named ORB, for Organic Radical Battery. Their 0.3mm thickness that allows them to be flexible, or the fact that they can be recharged in about 30 seconds. The organic radical materials inside the battery are in an “electrolyte-permeated gel state,” which is supposedly about halfway between a solid and a liquid. This helps ions make a smooth move (no, the other one), reducing resistance, allowing the batteries to charge faster. 1 square centimeter will give you about 1 miliwatt hour. That’s not enough to power your laptop!! it it is may be th efuture for electronic paper, wearable computers, and other such technologies stepping up to the plate in the coming decade.

Uri Dreams Away in Dream Machine

Live report from Tokyo.... Uri is in love with this minimalistic massage chair, good design.... No worries, I am on my way to the Eco-Products Fair and hope to comeback with better examples...

Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Bamboo products

Here one can find 1000 examples for Bamboo applications. One can wonder for some products why it need to be in Bamboo! check it out.

Thursday, December 08, 2005

Climate Change special issue Economist

That the climate is warming now seems certain. And though the magnitude of any future warming remains unclear, human activity seems the most likely cause. The question is what, if anything, can or should be done.

Sunday, December 04, 2005


Eco-Products" is the largest eco-related exhibition in Japan.
Over 150 thousand people from every walk of life gather to this exhibition to exchange their views on "spreading eco-products" and "protecting the environment." And as you kno DfS is hanging around over if you need some specific form this exhibition, let me knwo and I will explore it.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

The new world map of tehmillenium goals

See the world map based upon achieving the millenium goals (in Dutch).

Thursday, December 01, 2005

hOLAnDA Latin American Design

Cultural exhibition filled with the latest living, furniture, and design accesories from Latin America. The event centers its attention in four main areas: new materials, aware products, domestic design, design & crafts, and t-shirt design. Within the range of products you can find the work of Escama from Brazil.

Visit the exhibition during 1-4 December at Poosthornkerk (Haarlemmerstraat, Amsterdam).
site hOLAnDA