As mentioned last week, the remaining topics will only be dealt with in a very brief way. You will be studying them in much more detail next year.
Green Design and Ecologically Concerned Architecture
ecospecifier - "the extensive database, decision making guide, project case-studies and training documents to assist eco-design" (Australian! Sponsored by RMIT). ecospecifier.org
Society for Responsible Design - Aussie association with practical suggestions of ways that designers can make a difference. green.net.au/srd/
Centre for Design (RMIT) aim "to conduct an integrated program of interdisciplinary research, consulting & professional development to promote and demonstrate the role of design and innovation in achieving an environmentally sustainable future for Australia". cfd.rmit.edu.au
The EcoDesign Foundation includes the Design for Sustainability Guide by Ezio Manzini, an excellent online resource: edf.edu.au/DfSGuideWebsite/Guide/GuideFrameset.htm
ChangeX - a cross-campus student exhibition of design works which address issues of social responsibility and sustainability. edf.edu.au/Changex/index.html
An Australian government document from 2001 "Product Innovation The Green Advantage - An Introduction to Design for Environment for Australian Business" gives some practical suggestions: deh.gov.au/industry/finance/publications/producer.html
Eternally Yours organisation encourages designers to create products with a useful life of at least 10 years. There's a 130 page book on sustainable product development you can download from their site, too. eternally-yours.org
Australian Environmental Labelling Association: aela.org.au/aela/home.htm
One of the examples
shown in one of the videos we're watching is the Southcorp
Dishlex Global Dishwasher: designawards.com.au/ADA/97-98/INDUSTRIAL
Transform Australia: New enviro-friendly paper product source being developed commerically in Australia - from banana trees, which were previously considered waste. I saw an excellent brief doco on this between programs on the ABC (or SBS?) recently, looks like it has awesome potential if they can break into the mainstream. transformaustralia.com.au
Biomorphic and Biodesign
From Da Vinci's flying machines to Gaudi's catherdral buttresses based on human tendons, designers have long looked to nature for inspiration. In the 1990's, as a backlash against the genericism of Modernism and it's emphasis on clean, stark lines, a new emphasis on organic forms developed.
Sori Yanagi - Japanese designer of the classic "Butterfly stool"
His official site is very postmodern. Or perhaps it's modernist minimalism? www.rosslovegrove.com
better or worse, he'll probably always be known as the iMac
Man, although other designers such as Jonathan Ive were
also responsible for that project.
Other suggested links for biomorphic design and architecture:
all graphics, text and design: copyright retrokat.com 2001-4
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