An inquisitive exhibit recently extended through January 2009 at the Danish Architecture Center asks “What if architecture could change the world?” Building Sustainable Communities focuses on 140 current projects by 21 Danish architecture and engineering firms that have the goals of “enhancing human dignity and creating sustainable living conditions for people around the world.” (In addition, each of the companies featured in the show are ones that have committed to the UN Global Compact, the world’s largest voluntary CSR initiative.)
Good things come in small packages, like Danish modernism in Dansk-emblazoned boxes. In the 1960s, industrial designer Jens Quistgaard introduced his country’s aesthetic to America via a collection of tiny teak pepper mills, featured in our November 2008 In the Modern World section.
A major obstacle to reducing our energy consumption continues to be our general unawareness of just how much we are using. Most people have no idea exactly how much a shorter shower or a lowered thermostat can effect the bottom line.
If green design were easy, everyone would be doing it. And though it makes sense in theory, actual implementation is often easier said than done. How to make all design become sustainable design was the question posed this past weekend at West Coast Green, a conference about green innovation held in San Jose, California.
Everything from the meals to the materials are green at the California Academy of Sciences, opening Sept. 27. The building is expected to receive a LEED platinum certification from theU.S. Green Building Council, which will make it the largest public building in the world to receive the council’s top certification for sustainable design. Here are some of the ways they ‘re doing it:
The grand opening of the new California Academy of Sciences, one of the year’s most anticipated events, is taking place this weekend. To help you make it through the last few days until the red ribbon is cut, here’s an all-access preview of what’s inside.
It’s known around the world as the “Artichoke” but in Denmark, where it originated, Poul Henningsen’s iconic lighting fixture is often referred to as the “pine cone.” Regardless of its name, it still looks just as sweet now as it did 50 years ago when it was first created for the lighting company Louis Poulsen.