Adital Ela

S-SENSE DESIGN ; HIT - Holon Academic Institute of Technology

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In what way do you think design can support us in adopting more sustainable life habits?

Designers have the unique capacity to envision, illustrate and enable the realization of new and inviting life habits that can thoroughly reform the encounter between man, object and environment.
In what way do you think design can support us in adopting more sustainable life habits?

  • Mar 14 2011: In reality, design should be the driving force to adopt more sustainable life in society. When you design a product, you should look not just at what it is supposed to do, but what it will do as a consequence. I suggest reading the book Cradle to Cradle, by William Mcdonough and Michael Braungart, or you can watch McDonough's TED talk on Cradle to Cradle, he does a great job of explaining how we can design sustainable products and improve quality of life.
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    Feb 16 2011: One way design can help us consume less energy is by making our public transportation systems easier to use. It seems that in many cases people choose cars over public transportation not because of a lack of busses or trains, but because of a lack of information. Design has a big role to play in how we disseminate timely information in the city about what transport options are available and how to use them. There's also a huge role for design in making sustainable options more fun, both in the context of public transportation specifically and in general.
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    Feb 24 2011: dirigibles for air travel. Solar powered, tidal powered sailing vessels for commercial shipping and travel. End the age of plane travel.

    Indoor gardens--open up sustainable buildings to nature--incorporate nature within. indoor garden spaces in homes. Community shared gardens in apartment complexes (in courtyard, surrounding, on roof, walls, and in open spaces within, along with car-sharing and bike sharing. These should be building code/residential-urban laws.
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    Mar 14 2011: I believe design and designers have a very important role to play not only by making designs that are visually appealing, useful and fun but also by using materials to create products that fully contribute to a sustainable life style.
    Check out the book Design Revolution: 100 products that empower people by Emily Pilloton.
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    Feb 17 2011: concerning--green beltways and trails into rural farms----these should not be crossed by highways--making it difficult and unpleasant. If a road must go through an area--in the areas on the way out of city-they should be underpasses--underground--hikers and bikers unimpeded--let the wildlife grow undisturbed. Stop using chemicals in city green spaces--need more green spaces--let vegetation and wild flora flourish--beautifying cities and suburban landscapes--less control of these spaces--more encouragement of flora/fauna and growth without so much manicuring and chemical control--these chemicals wash into groundwater and pollute water systems everywhere and find way back into human food chain.
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    Feb 17 2011: below--these should be mandatory build codes...
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    Feb 17 2011: roof gutters--where there no green roofs and in addition to--should be channeled into attractive cisterns, buckets--recycled into homes to be used and/or pumped into piping for home use. Why not put a leach field and treatment plant in every basement treating the rain water so it can be potable.
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    Feb 17 2011: Design of economical structures is what is really needed--less box stores and highways, more small local shops and artisans with a street-car and train nearby and bike rental and bike shops. use brown zones and refurbish--not new ground. create green beltways around and within every city--untouchable by industry or residential development, some with bike ways and partially-groomed trails connecting man, urban and rural countryside--organic CSAs and farms along the green way-so i can rent a bike with a basket travel out of my urban hod down a trail in the parkland and forest land and pasture beyond into my favorite CSA, or take a trolley.
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    Feb 17 2011: I'm going to thin about this and get back to you with thoughtful specifics...
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    Feb 17 2011: compost bins that function as plant feed juicing fountains in every home--reducing trash--like an appliance. compost bins in every community and commercial area next to recycling bins--separate everything--a nice little cubicle of trash-how fun!
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    Feb 17 2011: 1. Green roofs and gardens, green walls and gardens, urban community gardens and greenhouses, rural CSA's
    2. Green energy--windmills, solar, photosynthesis..tidal,...all homes and commercial and government buildings should be sustainable--design--but also 100% independent of the grid--each unit an energy plant--wind, solar, photo...steam...
    3. Homes. i want to see hobbit holes. I want a hobbit hole. I'm very serious. A traditional windmill--attractive to the environment, a solar panel-radar disc typo thingy or whatever, a river-mill wheel thingy maybe--not for production or grinding--unless its to grinding necessarily--nothing commercial, but to generate electric just for my home.
    4. community--trains--with communities and food centers situated nearby--pedestrianized communities--NO cars inside Ped zones which would be commercial, food, residential. trains, street cars--trolleys. I want to see many many trolleys. All interconnected and convenient--and solar powered with windmill and other supplements. Bicycle infrastructure incorporated into this model.

    These should be laws--to be implemented immediately. Think of the jobs and innovation it would create!
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    Feb 16 2011: I believe it is all design. How to design a system of activity from ALL our life experiences that integrate ALL our learning to EXPERIENCE, KNOW and FEEL the blissful ecstasy of Ki Maah or 'dancing with the creator' .....Designing that activity that expresses what you know from the art of listening to oneself. To expressing oneself from that heart of reality. All simple and easy but definitely a complex educational design activity...that integrates with ALL of the diverse forms of life. Sustainability is the sanity of nature, being oneself and dancing with the creator is the nature of bliss.
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    Feb 15 2011: Consumption Data. ie. How efficiently am I driving right now? How much did I throw out last month? How much energy is my house using RIGHT NOW. Giving people this feedback in real-time allows them to assess their impact, set goals and adjust their behaviour accordingly. This has been shown to work in hybrid vehicles which provide an attractively/compellingly designed interface for providing information on fuel efficiency and I think it will be a big driver in the future. Smart phone apps will increasingly do this for us.