Trend 10: Food In The Cloud

It was the year of the web restaurant. This concept of home-based cooking services is emerging worldwide, being part of a trend addressing sustainability issues in a crisis economy. Last year Springwise wrote about the strongly related ‘sellsuming’ trend (“selling is the new saving”) covering several initatives, such as Book of Cooks, a US-based online marketplace that helps consumers…

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Green Saddles And Free Meals

A hotel that uses its guests as a source of renewable energy? Only one thing comes to mind and it’s not pleasant! Don’t panic though, it’s not part of Kubrick’s wicked imagination or some horror movie you will be taking part in if you visit the Crown Plaza Copenhagen Towers. Especially if you are aware…

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Designer Homes For Bats

Often the discourse of providing sustainable urban developments is solely on reducing CO2 emissions with the focus of a shift towards renewable energy supplies. This is important enough, but unfortunately, the severe impact of built environment on the world’s biosphere and eco systems is often marginalized. However, it seems like the topic is gaining some…

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Talking Tree Wants To Be Your Friend

The Belgian science and nature magazine EOS is running a project which purpose is to give voice to a 100 year old tree located in Brussels by linking it to a complex system of cameras, wind sensors, solar panels and so on, that are constantly monitoring its activities and translate these into words. Talking Tree…

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Volkwagen’s Car Recycling Bin

Volkswagen has a tradition of remarkable marketing campaigns. Think of DDB’s charming and honest ads for the VW Beetle, claimed as being the marketing conversation piece of the sixties. More recently, the German car brand does a pretty good job with its Fun Theory. Some days ago I stumbled upon a new urban campaign in Germany…

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Puff Data

Over the last months we’ve seen plenty of smartphone apps that stimulate good behavior, for instance the new Nike+ GPS app. This is Puff, a caroon cloud-shape car accessory that is able to visualize the amount of pollution a car is producing. The cloud’s color changes dynamically, depending on CO2 emissions. Green indicates the lowest…

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Mostar’s Morbid Green Structure

Green roofs, green walls, vertical gardening, small plants in potholes on the road, or even herbal graffiti. I’ve got a strong believe in green cities. Trees, parks and green roofs not only protect us from extreme temperatures, they also collect stormwater in order to prevent flooding, and filter the air by absorbing particulates. However, green…

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Five Questions To Reinier De Graaf (OMA)

The famous annual multidisciplinary conference TED is spreading across the globe. As of 2010, so-called TEDx events have been held in over 60 countries. Under the slogan ‘somethink completely different’ TEDxRotterdam took place on Friday June 4 at the New Luxor Theater, featuring twelve hours of performances and ‘ideas worth spreading’ from some 30 designers,…

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