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Big Data and Sustainable Design

Last week’s post talked about open data, and how designers are trying to make sense of it. Previously this type of data was collected but hard to get and typically in formats that weren’t easy to use. As more open data, and data of all kinds, becomes available, we start to enter an ear ofContinue Reading

trending: trash and the circular economy

[Breaking news: no sooner had I published this post than I received a message for The Guardian Sustainable Business group about their new “circular economy hub“–there you have it!] Want to add a touch of film festival glitter to your sustainable design conversations? Why not mention the new film Trashed starring Jeremy Irons on aContinue Reading

Crash course in eco-literacy

Eco-literacy, like numeracy and literacy, is the idea that we should all have a basic fluency in ecological ideas. We should have a sense of the ecological in personal and social life. how do the energy and materials we use connect to the ecosysems around us? With each passing year, I hoped that my universityContinue Reading



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