A hallmark of sustainable is a system where components serve more than one purpose. This observation, whether treated as a question or a requirement, can be built into student projects of any design discipline, either as the basis for a design brief or of a critical essay. Here are a few examples to inspire discussion.
ColaLife’s Kit Yamoyo which arranges “free” transport for diarrhea medicine kits in the shipping cartons of coke bottles. Read more about developers Simon and Jane Berry.
Twenty eight “light eyes” in the proposed Stuttgart main station, designed by German Ingenhoven Architekten, multi-task by providing daylighting to the underground station, expelling exhaust air, and passively removing smoke in an emergency. (Architectural Record covers this and several other projects aiming for zero carbon)
photos Ingenhoven Architekten
The central staircase in Korean architect Moon Hoon’s house is “a multi-functional space which is a large staircase, bookshelves, casual reading space, home cinema, slide and much more…” (see Lloyd Alter’s Treehugger article for a view of what’s under the stairs)
photos Moon Hoon
Finally, the good old green roof also has multiple functions. It expands urban green space, but also lowers energy consumption, reduces the heat from urban congestion, cleans the air, reduces storm-water run-off, and can enable urban agriculture.
An example arises in another station proposal: The Express Rail Link – West Kowloon Terminus by Aedas, which will connect Hong Kong to the National High Speed Rail Network (Thanks again Lloyd at Treehugger!)
photo courtesy Aedas
Help me out here. What are some of your favorite multi-tasking feature examples for products?
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Nice concept designs!