Sensor-filled biobridge opening to foot traffic in the Netherlands

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In an effort to demonstrate the use of a construction material that is more sustainable than commonly used alternatives, Dutch students have constructed a 14-m (46-ft) long footbridge out of hemp and flax fibers. The so-called “biobridge” is located in Eindhoven, Netherlands and will open to the public on Thursday.

Wege Prize 2017 Student Design Competition

Wege Prize is an annual, transdisciplinary design competition challenging teams of five college or university students from around the world to develop a product, service or business/non-profit organization that can help transition our current linear economic model to a circular economic model, a tightly-looped, restorative economic cycle in which resources can be re-adapted for use without limiting the desirability of products or the flow of revenue. Teams will contend for $30,000 in total cash prizes. The deadline for team registration is Nov. 30.

Does A Phone That Lasts Forever Have A Future?

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When Google abandoned its modular phone project, the idea seemed dead. But a few of designers are still dreaming of a phone that is easily upgraded and repaired.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 7 Recall Is an Environmental Travesty

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Lost in the hype about Samsung permanently pulling the plug on its exploding phone is this: The failure of the Galaxy Note 7 is an environmental tragedy, regardless of what Samsung decides will happen to the 2.5 million devices it manufactured.

Designing Our Future: engaging students on how to plan with an environmental justice mindset

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Last year, North Carolina State University’s Department of Landscape Architecture offered its first “Environmental Social Equity and Design” environmental justice course.  With this course, I sought to illustrate that the alignment between social justice and design, though not new, is nevertheless still imperative.

UL Introduces SPOT™ Online Database – The Largest Credible Product Sustainability Information Tool

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UL today introduced SPOT™, a web-based product sustainability information tool that will facilitate the selection of credible green products and enable the design community to apply that information into the Building Information Modeling (BIM) workflow. Currently featuring more than 40,000 products, SPOT database will be a first of its kind tool for architects, designers and specifiers to identify products by sustainable attributes, MasterFormat product codes and building rating system credits such as LEED v4 and the WELL Building Standard™. To enhance the mobile experience, UL’s SPOT app is available from the Apple App Store and Google Play.