Posts Tagged ‘Eco-Friendly

Take a Seat

10, نوفمبر 2010

Take a Seat

Jason Eppink’s Creative Triumphs

Rooted in New York City subway station, Take a Seat is an ongoing social design project focused on the issue of available seating. By supplying used but perfectly functional chairs from dumpsters and piles of trash, the members of this project were able to reassign chair locations in areas of the station at which subway goers would usually have to stand for extended periods of time. The success of this project dwells on the fact that it makes someones trash another persons useful asset just by the simple idea of reassigning locations of the chairs.

notes: This design project was unique in the fact that it was more of a service then a design. Similar to Eppink’s project that we studied previously in 1060 (the portable wooden bridge built over a messy sidewalk leak), this design is meant for the purpose of serving others without much cost to either side. Specifically, Take A Seat takes used and disposed of chairs and assigns them to a new location and purpose for which they will be adopted and loved which is an awesome alternative to letting it end up in the landfills or to rot as pollution. Putting these used chairs in subway stations is a social design from which all can benefit.

Categories:

social design, community design, innovative design, environmental design

Negotiations:

Usability of chairs vs Aesthetics of chairs, Effective increase of sitting spaces vs. Clutter/hazardous, Spontaneous chair bringing (temporal chairs) vs issue of stealing and crime arising from chair mobility, desire for more seating vs surplus of seating (is there a cap on the number of chairs? who will enforce it?)

REWORKED Negotiations:

Comfort vs. Clutter

Flow of traffic vs. increase of sitting spaces

Individual (introverted) experience vs. group (extroverted) experience

Timeliness vs. Friendliness

Comfort vs. Safety

Defend New Orleans

10, نوفمبر 2010

Defend New Orleans

Defend New Orleans is a group which promotes the social, economic, and cultural improvement of New Orleans and the Gulf Coast in general. It began in 2003 as simply a t-shirt, which would support those affected by the devastating hurricane. It has grown into a “community focused lifestyle brand”, and recently came out with a new line of shirts, called “Support the Coast”, which was created to support gulf coast communities in the aftermath of the BP oil spill. The idea behind Defend New Orleans is that they will sell t-shirts, stickers, mugs, etc., give 100% of the proceeds to organizations which are actually providing labor support to those in need, and raise awareness to the situation and the culture which it is threatening. Their main media is their blog located on their website, www.defendneworleans.org, where they post anything from animal threats, to flyers for volunteers needed, to invites to social events. They also use videos, which portray the rich culture on the Gulf Coast, by displaying different bands, activities, and people who serve to enrich the culture. It is very clear how much they are striving to preserve the way of life in New Orleans, and the idea that a simple t-shirt design could inspire such a massive movement is inspiring.


Initial Interpretation:

We were really drawn to this project, because of its small scale roots, and its simple but wide spread cause.  Defend New Orleans is not a group whose main objective is to proactively attack problems but rather to raise awareness to the problems and support other organizations that have the resources to physically make a difference with things like rebuilding New Orleans and cleaning up the oil spill in the gulf. We also liked this idea because our generation in general is obsessed with t-shirts. We all have t-shirts from every event we ever participated in throughout our childhood and still love getting new ones. The fact that a small group of friends designing a t-shirt (which most of can relate to from previous experiences) to simple say, “We support you New Orleans”, could spark this much larger network of people committed to the same cause is remarkable and interesting.

Negotiations:

Raising awareness & providing physical support

Small Cost & More affordability (resulting in more money raised)

Reviving Culture & Helping those in need

Popular Product & Inspiration to join a cause

Video Link:

Sustainable Design

10, نوفمبر 2010

GWAM:  Grant Wilson, Andrew Miller

SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE

Even though many aspects of design help a creation become successful, there are a few instances when a design or well thought out idea fails.  This was apparent in the Haitian earthquake in January of 2010, in comparison to the Chilean earthquake in February of 2010.  Our group sought a case study that dealt with sustainable design that would have a great impact on larger scales, since we dwell in the large scale, intricate city known as Atlanta.  The idea was formed after hearing about the impact the earthquake had on the architectural structures within Haiti and Chile.  In Haiti, hundreds of thousands of people died after the earthquake that struck the nation, mainly because of the architecture within the Haitian nation.  Buildings and other structures were built to resist the vibrations from earthquakes, causing them to crumble as the vibrations increased.  This lead to the crumbling of buildings with many people inside them, thus causing the death toll of this tragic event to be so high.

However, Chile is a country with with a high risk of earthquakes occurring, due to its location on the globe.  Therefore, many of its homes and offices are built to sway with seismic waves rather than resist them through the use of moats at the base. Cameron Sinclair, executive director of Architecture for Humanity even stated “when you look at the architecture in Chile, you see buildings that have damage, but not the complete pancaking that you’ve got in Haiti.”  Sinclair also claims that it is required by blueprints and building codes in Chile that even the low-income houses must be built to withstand the event of an earthquake of any magnitude.  By changing architectural techniques in Haiti, more people could be saved, and less materials could be used in the rebuilding process of the nation, thus allowing humans to sustain the resources they draw from.

This case study isn’t a project that is currently underway in Haiti, but a design fix that, if implemented, could save hundreds of thousands of lives during the next Haitian earthquake.  Some negotiations involved with this “design fix” might include how to implement this design without adversely affecting customs and culture, how the materials and equipment might fair against earthquakes of various magnitudes, and how to financially accomplish the implementation of this new architectural design.

Taxonomic Categories:

Earthquake, Chile, Haiti, Architectural Structures

Negotiations:

Between the earthquake and the people, between the people and the city

Source:

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/02/27/chile-haiti-earthquake-co_n_479705.html

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2010/mar/01/chile-earthquake-resistant-design

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GREEN GIANTS

We wanted our case studies to focus on helping the environment and the future.  After coming across some pretty interesting results, we found that Green Giants Eco-friendly Urban Design Projects was the most unique to us.  While many people are against constructing massive buildings and projects, the giants designs given through these eco-friendly building designs can solve many problems.  The benefits from implementing these buildings are endless.  Just a few examples are that it provides accessible green spaces for dense urban living, grows fresh produce in the ‘concrete’ jungle, and just an overall cleaner atmosphere for living in.   This could even be incorporated into business buildings to help them be self sustaining and efficient.  This can be done so it collecting rain water and recycling it through filters using it throughout the building in its gardens and other facilities that require water.  Cutting down costs and energy is key for this to be efficient and beneficial to the future.  This could be directly beneficial to us since we do live in the large urban environment of Atlanta.  It would not only help us today, but it will help the future of earth.

Taxonomic categories:

Urban Living, Eco-Friendly, Ergonomical, Urban Design, Environment

Negotiations:

Between the grower and the consumer, how the design project is financed and how it is paid for, between the people and the green space

Source:

http://webecoist.com/2010/04/12/green-giants-13-huge-eco-friendly-urban-design-projects/


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