Posts Tagged ‘Sustainable Design

Operation Mr. Clean:

Our mission is to shatter the stereotype of public dining facilities by revitalizing dingy cafeterias, dining halls, and food courts so that they exude cleanliness and openness while also ensuring food sanitation with the ultimate goals of appealing to a myriad of people, effectively utilizing community dining spaces,  and making the experience of a dining hall more efficient by decreasing traffic congestions. Specifically, we are focusing on both Britain Dining Hall and the Student Center Dining Hall here at Georgia Tech.

Outline of Scope and Plan:

  • Target audience: For college students
  • Who are dissatisfied with cleanliness of Brittian and the Student Center food court
  • Our innovation offering in terms clean spaces is to figure out a better way to keep these public eating forums clean by setting redirecting traffic flow by fung shway changes of table locations and shapes.We also want to make the food in these public dining facilities to be appealing (new presentation and preservation tactics).


-puzzle pieced tables that can be broken into several smaller tables that can be cleaned easier

-individual squeegees dispenser underneath chairs or tables so that each individual can easily clean his or her mess

-segments of dark carpeted floors which are more comfortable, homey-feeling, and reduce stickiness and slipperiness (doesnt show spills)

In terms of the food,we seek to keep the food as clean and                                            uncontaminated as possible


– all food presented in big rototating domes with handles and people just rotate domes to pour out food rather than using ladles or tongs and having to put their hands in the food when they fall in.

– dome coverings with sliding openings on all food so that sandwich meat and salad items are not just sitting on an open platter for hours (similar to a bread box)

  • That provides a cleaner and more inviting environment in which students will enjoy eating and congregating.

a. This innovation is helpful because it will make sure that especially during busy hours, the alteration of the dining hall space will change and redirect the traffic flow decreasing the amount of concentrated human germs in the food area. It will also quicken the process as people will spend less time searching for clean utensils, the best slice of turkey breast, re will be  more people staffed to aide in the traffic flow. The presentation of food will allow students to each cleaner, more sanitary food.

  • Our innovation includes establishing a more cohesive table settings to create more navigable aisles and to create a lesss cluttered/dingy fung shway of the room  as well as food presentation and sanitation.

a. By doing all of these things, the sanitation level of both the space and the                         food should greatly improve,  especially during “rush” hours

Café Habana

10, نوفمبر 2010

Andrea Del Risco, Michelle Kraus, Colleen Lu

Café Habana is a restaurant designed to minimize waste, use efficient alternative sources of energy, and educate clients about green methods. The restaurant is as eco-friendly as possible, recycling objects like an old mail truck, and turning it into a lunch truck instead; using solar roofs; encouraging recycling with bio-degradable products; sorted trash bins; and reusing sink and rain water for flushing the toilet. Waiters also make it a point to inform customers about the restaurant’s sustainable efforts and encourage them to do the same. From mail truck to toilet water, everything in Café Habana is geared towards reducing production of trash and reusing what it can.

In the popular trend of “going green”, Café Habana is a clear choice for our case studies. Within a business, it maximizes the different sustainable methods that can be used in a community. Not only does it have its focus on keeping its own environment “green”, it encourages the community it participates in to do so as well. By giving discounts to people who bicycle-power their smoothies and giving excess energy from their solar panels to the neighboring apartments, Café Habana incentivizes their customers and neighbors to join the “green” movement.


Resourceful Design, Green Design, Sustainable Design, Community Design


Profit vs. Environment, Traditional vs. Progressive, Waste vs. Recycle

SABHA and Astoria Scum River

9, نوفمبر 2010
Bethania Branch of SABHA
Dedicated towards promoting sustainable development in rural India, the Bethania CAS (Community Action Service) Group is part of the parent organization SABHA and is based at the Atlanta International School. A prime example of “Sustainable Design in a Service Environment”, Bethania strives to better the living conditions of those living in the Bethania Orphanage through unconventional means of aid. Instead of funneling money raised by the organization straight into the orphanage, Bethania takes that money and uses it to purchase items that the orphanage can then use to take charge of its own betterment. In the past, these items have taken the form of cattle, seeds, and even a water pump system that has now become indispensible. By altering the design of community service and foreign aid, the dependency cycle is broken and the children that were once receivers of aid can become self-sufficient adults that can then, in turn, benefit their own community. This is Bethania’s ultimate goal.

Taxonomic Categories:
– Sustainable Design
– Community Beneficial Design
– Global Oriented Design

– Relationship between the “donor” and the “receiver”.
– Cyclical relationship between further education and bettering the overall community.
– Return flow of aid from former “receivers” after they have secured careers.

Astoria Scum River Bridge
Art is capable of many things, taking the form of a painting, a poster, or even a small bridge with enough room for a single pedestrian to cross. The story of the Astoria Scum River Bridge is an interesting one and shows how a simple act of designing and then building can set into motion a community response to a problem. By building the Astoria Scum River Bridge, Posterchild and Jason Eppink called attention to a leak that had been left unattended for decades, spilling out water onto the sidewalk that would then freeze in the winter and become hazardous to pedestrians. The bridge was a piece of ironic design, of protesting through “solving”. It fixed through not fixing and it that way it is absolutely brilliant.
Taxonomic Categories:
– Community Beneficial Design
– Protest Through Design
– Unsolving Design
– How to effectively get the problem across to the right people.
– How to obtain the resources needed.
– How to make sure that the same problem doesn’t happen again.