Q&A with Kristin Støren Wigum: “Designers need to ask more questions”

If you want to work more sustainably, more ethically, you need to argue for it.  Kristin Støren Wigum is an industrial designer and researcher with a Ph.D. in Product and System Design for Sustainability. She’s also the owner of Gaia Trondheim—a small firm that’s part of a collective of eco-architects called Gaia Architetcs.  In her work, Kristin lets design-thinking mingle …

Q&A with Nils Faarlund, Legendary Eco-philosopher and Master of Friluftsliv

“The inherent value of free nature must be embodied in any design process, accompanied by respect for human rights.” In 1966, Nils Faarlund made the dramatic decision to walk away from his engineering career to become a mountain guide and dedicate himself fully to nature. Today, his contributions are the stuff of legends. A relentless champion of Friluftsliv (literally translated …

3 Sustainability Lessons from Forward-Thinkers in Design

Forward-thinking isn’t just a necessary ingredient in creating positive change, it’s also the name of a powerful meet up hosted by DOGA, Design and Architecture Norway every year that brings designers, industry leaders and sustainability visionaries together for a day of inspiration, forward talking and dialogue around increasing the role of sustainability in design, strategy and customer experiences. According to DOGA, “design …

The Exhale Chandelier: Purifying Indoor Air with Living Microalgae

Maker: Julian Melchiorri Challenge:  Given all the time we spend indoors on a daily basis, maintaining good indoor air quality at home, work, and school is highly important. Solution: Exhale is the world’s first living Bionic Chandelier, containing living micro algae in each of its leaf modules. Results: When exposed to light, each of the microalgae-containing leaf modules is stimulated to grow …

Watch: Introduction to Life Cycle Thinking

This video, by Autodesk Sustainability Workshop, provides a six minute introduction to Life Cycle Thinking as it relates to whole systems design. It explores how opportunities for saving resources, like materials and energy, can often be uncovered early in the design process, by identifying the right problems to solve before engineering begins. Learn more: https://sustainabilityworkshop.autodesk.com/products/whole-systems-and-lifecycle-thinking      

Fairphone: The World’s First Ethical, Modular Smartphone

Maker: Fairphone Challenge: The average smartphone contains materials that are obtained through unsustainable and hazardous mining practices. Including dangerous working conditions, the utilization of child labor, and the degradation and pollution of the environment. Solution: A phone made from conflict-free minerals and recycled materials that is modular, open, and easy to repair; and improves the supply chain with social values. Results: Improved working …