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“To Do Good, You First Have To Do Something.”

Posted in inspiration, pioneers, Quotes Of The Day by aldorf on August 2, 2011

[Yvon Chouinard, Founder of Patagonia]

I recommend reading his book Let My People Go Surfing” 

Mitchell Joachim: Don’t Build Your Home, Grow It!

Posted in architecture by aldorf on July 4, 2010

TED Fellow and urban designer Mitchell Joachim presents his vision for sustainable, organic architecture: eco-friendly abodes grown from plants and — wait for it — meat.

Amazing “Reanimation” Couture Concept

Posted in fashion by aldorf on July 3, 2010

Here is the concept of Schmidttakahashi, taking pieces from the clothing bank and tagging each item with an RFID chip. That way you know exactly who donated what item. Then stitching the pieces back together to a new fashion collection. Because you have all the data you can track back who donated which part of the new clothes. Think about it, over generations you could recirculate the materials and always “reanimate” fashion. A sustainable and very intriguing concept using current technology. An entire new business model including designers and donators. Fashion industry…you are onto something.

Earth Day 2010: Pedestrians Generate Their Own Street Lighting

Posted in architecture, ideas by aldorf on April 22, 2010

Toulouse, in south-east France, is experimenting a new pedestrian crossing system.

The local authorities have set up a temporary pavement made from eight suspended Plexiglas slabs. The vibration caused by walking on the plates sets off a series of vertical and micro movements which are converted into electricity. That is enough to generate up to 50 watts, sufficient to illuminate a set of LEDs and a street light.

The system is supplied by the Dutch company, Sustainable Dance Club who gained their reputation by setting up anexperimental energy-generating dance floor where part of the lighting was supplied by the movement of the dancers themselves.

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