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From Denmark: The Index Awards

If the road could talk to you, what would it say–Dutch Smart Highway by Daan Roosegaarde and Heijmans Infrastructure. The 2013 INDEX awards were announced in Denmark recently and from 59 finalists there were several winning Designs to Improve Life. Rasberry Pie: a $25 computer for digitalizing the whole world Copenhagen Climate Adaptation Plan: pioneeringContinue Reading

Lofts in the gaps between buildings

One tenet of sustainability is to use space and material efficiently, an idea exemplified by entries in a design competition sponsored by Poland-based global skylight/roof window manufacturer FAKRO (possibly another opportunity for student design competitions). The competition, called New Vision of the Loft 2, asked entrants to “design a functional space full of natural light, usingContinue Reading

How policy shapes design…and vice versa?

I read recently that the European Commission is going to propose a new framework for sustainable building—one that includes embodied energy (last week’s topic). The EC is supposed to be releasing a policy paper for public consultation any day now on this site: The commission wants to focus on: how to improve the environmental sustainabilityContinue Reading



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