The Ultimate Ted Talk Playlist for Sustainable Design

Looking for inspiration, or maybe even a pep talk? Why not spend an hour or two with this playlist of twelve Ted Talks, all on the theme of Sustainability by Design. From “Are mushrooms the new plastic?” with product designer Eben Bayer, to “We’re covered in germs. Let’s design for that.” with engineer and ecologist Jessica Green—these pioneering talks by designers set on making …

The Interactive Tool for Designing Resilient Cities

As an urban planner, there’s a lot you can do to introduce sustainability into cities and communities. From gray water recycling to bicycle paths, and footfall harvesting. But how do you assess the resiliency of the solutions you come up with? Thankfully, the University of Birmingham and a band of researchers have thought this through. Their free, web-based interactive tool helps urban designers analyze the resiliency …

How Do You Apply Gender Mainstreaming to Urban Planning?

First of all, let’s talk about what is Gender Mainstreaming is. According to UN Women, “Gender Mainstreaming is a globally accepted strategy for promoting gender equality… Mainstreaming involves ensuring that gender perspectives and attention to the goal of gender equality are central to all activities.” Beyond the more obvious applications of policy development, programmes, and legislation, Gender Mainstreaming can even be applied to …

ArchDaily’s Archive on Sustainable Architecture

Looking for a strategic guide to urban tree placement? Or an example of how micro algae can be integrated into a building to generate shade and power? Head over to ArchDaily and immerse yourself in their growing collection of sustainable architecture projects, resources, and interviews. The collection is inspirational proof of architecture’s immense scope of impact on inhabitants, ecosystems, health, and more. Visit the archive here: http://www.archdaily.com/category/sustainability  ArchDaily was founded in …

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 …

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 …

What is Human-Centered Design?

If you want to create successful solutions and real impact through your designs, keep the people you intend to serve at the heart of your process, every step of the way.  This is what Human-centered design tells us. As defined by IDEO.org, an international design and consulting firm working to improve people’s lives through design, Human-centered design is a three-phase process all about “building a deep empathy …