Modvion: Removing Barriers to Wind Power with Cost-Efficient, Modular Designs

Maker: Modvion Challenge: According to the USDA Department of Energy, we could triple the amount of energy generated from wind turbines if we increased their height from 80 meters to 14o meters. However, attempts to build at such heights are met with significant barriers when it comes to both transportation, and the cost of construction. Solution: A patented module technology allows sections of the tower to be stacked together for more efficient transportation, …

Inclusive Design: A People-Centered Strategy for Innovation

Every design decision you make— deliberate or not— has the potential to exclude a group of people. Whether it’s on the basis of physical ability, cognitive ability, age, gender or culture. And we can all be excluded. Enter Inclusive Design. Defined in 2000 by the UK Government, Inclusive Design is “products, services and environments that include the needs of the widest number of …

BRIGHT: On a Mission to Light Up the World

MAKER: BRIGHT CHALLENGE: According to BRIGHT, there are about “1,3 billion people living without access to electricity in Africa, Asia and South America.” A number which includes millions of refugees and displaced communities. SOLUTION:  BRIGHT’s solar LED lamps, SunBell and SunTurtle, are designed to fulfill the universal human need for light. They feature rechargeable batteries that can be charged with 4-8 hours of direct …

Oslo Manifesto Launches Today at Framtanker!

One year ago today, the Oslo Manifesto was just an idea. Now it gets real. Today, the design community will once again come together in Oslo for the Framtanker (Forward Thinking) conference to put design and sustainability on the agenda, and look forward towards ways that we can turn those ideals into responsible and profitable business (more about the event here). Today is also the day that …

Circular Fashion: Reducing Negative Impact, Maximizing Value

The fashion and textile industry has a major role to play when it comes to reevaluating our consumption cycles, reducing the use of toxic substances, and creating fair and healthy working environments. And many have embraced the Circular Economy concept as a framework for sustainable industry practice, bringing the concept even closer to home with the coining of the term circular fashion. What …

What Does Landscape Architecture Have to do with the SDGs?

Quite a lot, actually. More than the creator of beautiful outdoor spaces, a landscape architect employs systems-thinking on a daily basis— designing spaces that maintain balance and harmony between the built and natural environments while at the same time fulfilling the myriad of objectives stipulated by their design briefs. An engaging botanical garden which restores an abandoned city lot, while at the same time maximizing …

OutDry Extreme Eco: The Environmentally Friendly Rain Jacket

MAKER: Columbia CHALLENGE: Conventional rain jackets repel water by incorporating synthetic compounds known as PFCs. PFCs have been used for decades as Durable Water Repellent (DWR) treatments on the surface of outdoor clothing, equipment and footwear… Due to the incredible strength of this bond, PFCs don’t break down readily in the environment. They have even been found to be bio-accumulative in animals …

Peepoople: Design Solution for Sanitation & Food Security

MAKER: Peeopoople CHALLENGE: Today, more than 2.6 billion people lack access to basic sanitation. At this moment, 40% of the world’s population lack access to even the simplest latrine. SOLUTION: Peepoo is a personal, single-use, self-sanitising, fully biodegradable toilet that prevents faeces from contaminating the immediate area as well as the surrounding ecosystem. After use, Peepoo turns into valuable fertiliser that …

The Ocean Cleanup: Capturing Plastics with Passive Design

MAKER: Boyan Slat and the Ocean Cleanup Foundation  CHALLENGE: Millions of tons of plastic are collecting in our oceans, resulting in damaged ecosystems and corrupted food chains. The Great Pacific garbage patch, located within the North Pacific Gyre, is estimated to be as much as 15,000,000 square kilometers in size. A traditional cleanup approach is estimated to take thousands of years to complete and billions of dollars. SOLUTION: Boyan Slat …