9, نوفمبر 2010

Everyday, 73 percent of the world’s newspapers are recycled and used to produce new materials such as newsprint.  This is greatly increased from the 30 percent that was recycled back in the 1980’s. With the large amount of resources, more options are opened for the use of the recycled paper. A young designer by the name of Mieke Miejer has invented a new design for wood using many sheets of newspaper. With the combined effort of Vij5 Design Company in Sweeden, Miejer has produced a sustainable material that can be cut and sanded as if it were real wood. The many layers of newspaper create a similar look to the rings in the wood of a tree. The design is resourceful and flips the natural process of making wood to lengthen the usability life of a single tree. The wood is cut and made into paper. After being recycled, the paper is transformed back into wood. The design cycle doubles the use and could potentially cut the amount of trees destroyed drastically.

Categories: Eco-friendly design, resourceful design, company design

Negotiations: Designer and Company Collaboration, urban life versus ecosystem, designer versus resources, and material waste versus invention


9, نوفمبر 2010

Bicing is a community bicycle program in Barcelona, Spain that allows citizens to use bikes in high-traffic areas then return them to another Bicing station.  The purpose of the program is to allow commuters to travel in an environmentally-friendly way that cuts carbon emissions and relieves  traffic congestion.  The system is only 30 € per year, which makes it a cheap option for public transportation.  The bicycles are specially designed to prevent theft of parts.

Bicing Video

This video shows how helpful the Bicing system is to commuters in Barcelona.

A citizen returns a bike at a Bicing station

Negotiations: The negotiations are  between traffic and commuting, efficiency versus conservation, and community sharing versus consumerism.

Taxonomic Categories: environmental corrective design, community design.

An example of one of the bikes which are designed to prevent theft of parts.

We chose this design-fix because it helps the consumer without hurting their wallets and it also benefits the environment.  The concept of community bicycle sharing is one that could be adapted to use in many other cities as well as areas like college campuses.