Sustainable Design News
Masters of Design by Outpost & Harley Davidson
Masters of Design (MoD), organized by Outpost & Harley Davidson with NYCxDesign, is a two-day event that will bring some of the brightest designers and technologists together to discuss a broad variety of forward-looking issues.
IKEA and Tom Dixon to Unveil 'Gardening will Save the World' at Chelsea Flower Show
'Gardening will Save the World,' created by IKEA and Tom Dixon, explores the importance of sustainable growing, looking at the contrast of the hyper-natural and hyper-tech.
Cepezed Designs First Self-sufficient Bus Station in Netherlands
cepezed recently designed a new bus station for the City of Tilburg, Netherlands. The new public transport facility generates its own energy and its design is thoroughly integrated.
Carlo Ratti Associati Develops Architectural Structure Made of Mushrooms for 2019 Milan Design Week
Carlo Ratti Associati, in partnership with global energy company Eni, has developed an architectural structure made of mushrooms.
Ventura New York: The Dutch Edition Returns to NYCxDESIGN
Ventura Projects has announced the third edition of Ventura New York - the Dutch edition, taking place May 19-22, 2019 at the International Contemporary Furniture Fair (ICFF) during NYCxDESIGN.
Agents of Change: Abrima Erwiah with Studio 189
The IIDA NY will host Abrima Erwiah with Studio 189 as part of the organization's 'Agents of Change: Pioneering Design 2019' series.
Go Green in the City 2019
The 9th Go Green in the City challenge is now open for entries. Organized by Schneider Electric, this annual global student contest is aimed to find bold ideas and innovative solutions for smarter, more energy-efficient and sustainable cities.
LOLIWARE Launches World's Most Environmentally Friendly Straw
LOLIWARE is now shipping its first product, the LOLIWARE Straw, made from their proprietary seaweed-based plastic alternative.
2018 Clean Energy Challenge Winners Announced
The What Design Can Do platform has announced the winners of its 2018 Clean Energy Challenge, focused finding creative solutions for pressing energy issues in México City, São Paulo, Nairobi, Delhi and Amsterdam. The international jury selected 20 winners out of 452 submissions.
New York State Launches Buildings of Excellence Competition
New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo has launched 'The Buildings of Excellence Competition'. In support of his Green New Deal and climate and energy agenda the Competition aims to accelerate the design, development, construction and operation of very low or zero carbon emitting buildings. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority (NYSERDA) is administering the competition and seeking proposals for projects that reduce their energy consumption and per capita carbon emissions in a manner which can be replicated at scale.
Offecct Launches Soundsticks by Andrea Ruggiero
Offecct has commercially launched the sound absorbing room divider Soundsticks.
Mater Launches Ocean Collection
Mater has just launched the Ocean Collection - a new table and chair collection that reimagines an original 1955 design by renowned 20th-century designers, Jørgen and Nanna Ditzel.
Latest Round of iF Social Impact Prize Sponsors Nine Social Projects
iF has announced that it has funded EUR 50,000 to nine social aid projects across the globe through the latest round of its Social Impact Prize.
The 13th edition of the Pentawards is now open for submissions. Pentawards is a prestigious worldwide competition exclusively devoted to packaging design in all its forms.
2019 Lexus Design Award Finalists Announced
Lexus International has announced six finalists of the 2019 Lexus Design Award. LDA's 2019 theme, 'Design for a Better Tomorrow,' tasked creatives to envision solutions that go beyond the mastery of shape, form, and function.
BAUX Launches 100% Bio-based Acoustical Panels
BAUX has launched, 'Acoustic Pulp,' a series of nine, 100% bio-based and biodegradable acoustical panels that push the boundaries of sustainable building materials to a completely new level.
Hill8 Apartments by Karim Rashid
Karim Rashid recently unveiled his designs for the new HILL8 residential condominium. Located in Alexeyevsky District, Moscow, the project is now under construction and set to open by the end of 2020.
The Power of Color: Using Color to Evoke Feelings and Create Moods
Ultrafabrics has announced its latest education installment, 'The Power of Color: Using Color to Evoke Feelings and Create Moods,' designed to not only educate the creative community on the multiple uses of applications of Ultrafabrics varied portfolio of materials, but how color is truly a crucial design tool, and how it can affect emotions and elicit physical response.
LEED, Arc and Living Standard: Testing New Frontiers, Sally Henderson Lecture on Green Design
The Sally Henderson Lecture on Green Design is an annual event created to honor the memory of NYSID faculty member, Sally Henderson, who developed the College's first course in green design.
2019 AZ Awards Now Open for Submissions
The AZ Awards is AZURE's international architecture and design competition, recognizing excellence and innovation, and showcasing the world's best projects, products and ideas. Finalists and winners of the AZ Awards greatly benefit from the international exposure and recognition they receive.
Studio Matthews Designs Latest Exhibition at Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center
Studio Matthews recently designed the latest exhibition at the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Discovery Center: Design with the 90%.
2019 Pollinator House Design-Build Competition
The 2019 Pollinator House Design-Build Competition is an open and one-stage contest in which entrants are asked to deliver a functional, contemporary pollinator house to be auctioned off to support both Gardens Buffalo Niagara and Buffalo Architecture Foundation's programs.
Wonderland Design Prize 2019 by iF
iF is calling for submissions for its 2019 Wonderland Design Prize. The competition challenges students and recent graduates to develop innovative childcare product designs that merge the well-tried-and-tested with the new.
Green Product Award 2019
The sixth Green Product Award is now open for submissions. The Award offers a platform for manufacturers, design studios and agencies that are distinguished by their products and services in terms of design, innovation and sustainability and who want to present themselves on the German market.
Alcyon: Center Console Concept Designed for Autonomous Driving
Alcyon is a student-project, realised at the Dessau Department of Design under the supervision of Prof. Manuel Kretzer and in cooperation with AUDI.
The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility
The Road Ahead: Reimagining Mobility, on view at the Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum from December 14 through March 31, will feature 40 projects that explore salient topics around the future of mobility and the urban environment. The exhibition will be punctuated with six provocations and a selection of design responses that reimagine livable streets and the way people, goods and services will move in a new age of connected and transformational mobility.
ecoLogicStudio Creates Bio-digital Urban Curtain to Fight Global Climate Change
ecoLogicStudio has created a large-scale installation for Climate-KIC, the EU's most prominent climate innovation initiative.
2019 Dieline Awards
The 2019 Dieline Awards is now open for submissions. The Awards recognizes the absolute best in consumer product packaging design worldwide, bringing awareness to the immense value that lies in well-designed brand packaging.
FlexPack Recovery Challenge
The Sustainable Packaging Coalition (SPC) and the Center for the Circular Economy at Closed Loop Partners have announced FlexPack Recovery Challenge, which invites entrepreneurs and early-stage technology innovators to showcase their recovery technologies for fast-growing category of hard-to-recycle plastic packaging.
Yves Béhar Designs First in Line of Fully-Customizable Prefabs
Yves Béhar has designed a prefab home, called the Yves Béhar LivingHomes YB1, which is the first in a line of high-quality structures at the leading edge of prefab building.
CaraGreen Launches New Green Building Podcast
CaraGreen has recently launched a new podcast dedicated to educating the community at large regarding the 'green' product space.
Jaguar and London's Leading Architects Present 'Electrified Urban Vision for the Future'
Jaguar, in partnership with RIBA, recently hosted an event in Mayfair, London to reveal its vision for an urban future as electric vehicle adoption reaches tipping point.
Plastic Worlds: Call for Entries
Eleven Magazine has announced its new competition 'Plastic Worlds,' which invites creatives and visionaries from all around the world to join the fight against plastic pollution through raw creativity, imagination and talent.
Employees Are Happier, Healthier and More Productive in LEED Green Buildings
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released the results of a new survey, which shows that employees who work in LEED-certified green buildings are happier, healthier and more productive than employees in conventional and non-LEED buildings.
HUSH Designs Permanent Data-Driven Experience in United Therapeutics' New Energy Conscious HQ
HUSH and Biotech innovator United Therapeutics (Unither) recently collaborated to bring to life Unither's new digitally controlled energy-conscious headquarters in Silver Spring, MD.
OpenIDEO Launches NextGen Cup Challenge
OpenIDEO has launched a new challenge to push the boundaries of sustainable design and material and chemical innovation to solve a prevalent global waste issue. The NextGen Cup Challenge asks innovators, suppliers, designers, and problem-solvers to reinvent the fiber cup system.
Shortlist Announced for Inaugural Meaning-Centred Design Awards
The shortlist for the world's first Meaning-Centred Design Awards, a competition to recognize those pioneering designs that radically innovate what things mean to consumers and markets, has been revealed in London.
Made Thought Designs Plastic Free Aisle Installation for Design Museum
Made Thought, in conjunction with environmental campaign group A Plastic Planet, has developed an installation recreating the world's first Plastic Free Aisle that was introduced in an Amsterdam branch of Dutch supermarket chain Ekoplaza in February this year.
2018 Clean Energy Challenge
The What Design Can Do platform is calling for submissions for its 2018 Clean Energy Challenge, focused finding creative solutions for pressing energy issues in México City, São Paulo, Nairobi, Delhi and Amsterdam. For each city 'What Design Can Do' has crafted locally specific briefings informed by real stories, global key issues and local design capacity.
Pentawards Announces 2018 Winners
Pentawards has announced the winners of its 2018 Packaging Design Competition. The Pentawards attracts packaging from around the world, which is then judged by an international jury of 12 highly respected designers, packaging design directors and marketing chiefs.
Green Good Design Awards 2019
The 2019 Green Good Design Awards are now open for submissions. The competition's goal is to bestow international recognition to those outstanding individuals, companies, organizations, governments, and institutions - together with their products, services, programs, ideas, and concepts-that have forwarded exceptional thinking and inspired greater progress toward a more healthier and more sustainable universe.
Oceanic Awakening: Designers Unite to save the Ocean and Concept the Cities of Tomorrow
Wärtsilä has launched 'Oceanic Awakening,' an initiative that, by 2020, aims to connect and inspire 20 of the world's most influential port cities to embrace and develop Smart Marine ecosystems, which rely on digitalization, cost-effective, carbon-free shipping via smart vessels and more.
Livingboard: A Motherboard for Instant Open-Source Housing
Carlo Ratti Associati and Indian non-profit organization WeRise have unveiled Livingboard, a low-cost system for housing in rural communities.
Frame Awards 2019
Submissions are now open for the 2019 Frame Awards, the first and only global interior-design awards with a truly holistic approach. The Awards identify and honor the world's best interior projects, but also the people behind them.
London Design Fair Presents Its Second Material of the Year: Plastic
For its second Material of the Year exhibition, London Design Fair is shining its spotlight on the most controversial material in contemporary making.
First Round of iF Social Impact Prize Sponsors Five Initiatives
iF has announced that it has donated 25,000 EUR to five social aid projects across the globe through the first round of its 2018 Social Impact Prize.
Architecture at Zero 2018
Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) and the American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC) announced the eighth annual Architecture at Zero competition for zero net energy (ZNE) building designs.
WRNS Studio Wins AIA CC Leading Edge Design Award for Sonoma Academy's Janet Durgin Guild & Commons
WRNS Studio was honored with the 2018 American Institute of Architects, California Council (AIACC) Design Award for their Sonoma Academy Janet Durgin Guild & Commons project.
2019 One Show: Call for Entries
The One Club is now calling for entries for the 2019 One Show, the world's most prestigious awards show recognizing the best creative work in advertising, interactive, design and branded entertainment. The brightest creative minds from advertising agencies, digital agencies, design agencies, production companies, consumer brands and non-profit organizations are invited to enter.
Material Explorations: Waste Streams at Makerversity, Somerset House
Makerversity has announced the latest in its 'Material Explorations' series looking at Waste Streams. Whilst the world wakes up to how damaging plastics are to our environment, Makerversity questions what a world without industrial waste would look like.
D&AD Impact Introduces $20,000 Prize Fund
D&AD Impact is a global initiative and awards program that exists to shine a light on the power of creativity as a force for good in the world. This year D&AD Impact are introducing a cash prize of $20,000 to be awarded at the discretion of the D&AD Impact Council.
BAMB Reversible Design Competition
Buildings As Material Banks (BAMB) is inviting students of architecture and engineering from all EU universities to participate in the 'Reversible Design Competition.'
Rado Star Prize Winner Announced at NYCxDESIGN
Rado has announced Sussanah Weaver as the winner of its 2018 Rado Star Prize. The winning project, 'Felted Concrete,' combines solid concrete and wool, creating a mixture of materials that are juxtaposing, yet complimentary.
SFC's 2018 Get Your Green On Competition Now Open for Submissions
The Sustainable Furnishings Council is calling for entries for its third annual interior design competition, #GetYourGreenOn. This competition honors interior designers who specify sustainable and healthful home furnishings for their clients' residences.
Coalesse, Sagegreenlife and Forward Space Host Earth Day Event
In honor of Earth Day and in light of the rapidly growing trend of biophilic design, Coalesse, Sagegreenlife and Forward Space celebrated green living in the workplace, hosting an Earth Day event at Chicago-based Steelcase dealership Forward Space.
Innovative New App Provides Boost in Drive for Sustainable Fashion
reGAIN, the UK's first app for the recycling of unwanted clothing, is now available. The app helps consumers turn unwanted clothes into discount coupons for leading retailers in the UK, helping to divert tonnes of unwanted clothing from going to landfill.
Humanscale Unveils Smart Ocean: First-Ever Task Chair Made with Recycled Fishing Nets
Humanscale has unveiled Smart Ocean, the first ever task chair made with recycled fishing nets. Developed with Bureo, it incorporates almost 2 lbs. of recycled fishing net material.
2018 DFA Design for Asia Awards
The 2018 DFA Design for Asia Awards is now open for submissions. Organized by Hong Kong Design Centre, this competition has been an influential platform in underpinning designers' contribution and acknowledging the positive impact of user-centric designs in Asia.
MycoTEX Wins 2018 Global Change Award
MycoTEX, a 100% biodegradable material based on mycelium, the root of mushrooms, has been named one of the five winners in the 2018 Global Change Award. The Award is one of the world's biggest challenges for early stage innovation and the first such initiative in the fashion industry.
Svart Powerhouse Hotel by Snøhetta
Snøhetta has unveiled its designs for 'Svart,' the world's first Powerhouse hotel, at the foot of the Svartisen glacier that runs through Meløy municipality in northern Norway. The hotel is situated just above the Arctic Circle.
BMW i: Visionary Mobility
A new temporary exhibition opening March 23 at the BMW Museum will focus on the BMW i brand and its protagonists BMW i3 and BMW i8.
2019 Passive House Conference China
In 2019 the Passive House Conference will be held in China for the first time. Energy efficient construction and retrofitting experts will convene in the Chinese city of Gaobeidian next year.
Oslo Airport City by Haptic Architects and Nordic Office of Architecture
Haptic Architects and Nordic Office of Architecture have unveiled their winning design for the masterplan of Oslo Airport City (OAC), a sustainable smart city located adjacent to Oslo Airport.
60th Annual Good Design Awards Unveils New Sustainably Designed Trophy
Good Design Awards has today unveiled a new sustainably designed trophy designed by Evolve Group, winners of the 2016 Good Design Award of the year for the FLOW Hive.
Greenbuild Europe 2018
The 2018 Greenbuild Europe will take place April 17-18 in Berlin, Germany at the Radisson Blu Hotel and Meeting Center. The conference offers a forum for the green building community to unite, change lives, revolutionize business and address pressing issues, such as air quality, human health, energy use and global climate change.
Winners of 6th Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge Announced
The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute recently unveiled the winners of its 6th Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge.
2017 iF Social Impact Prize Recipients Revealed
iF has unveiled the recipients of the 2017 iF Social Impact Prize. The competition received over 150 social projects from companies, design studios, NGOs, foundations and both public and private organizations.
Better with Less Design Challenge
Metsä Board has launched an open idea competition that aims to find new solutions for some of the most frequently used consumer packages, and to deliver better experiences with less impact on the environment.
Poster For Tomorrow 2018
Submissions are now open for the 10th and final edition of the Poster For Tomorrow contest. The theme for 2018 is 'A Planet for Tomorrow.'
2018 Pentawards Packaging Design Competition
The 2018 Pentawards, a prestigious worldwide competition exclusively devoted to packaging design in all its forms, will open for submissions February 5.
2018 AZ Awards
Azure has announced the opening of submissions to the 2018 AZ Awards. Now in its 8th year, the competition celebrates the best in architecture and design from around the world.
Model Young Package 2018
The 2018 Model Young Package is now open for submissions. Just as the previous editions, the competition motivates designers from all over the world to create sustainable packages.
Form Us With Love Creates Odger for IKEA
Form Us With Love recently designed Odger, a click-lock assembly chair in wood-polypropylene, made in collaboration with IKEA.
Fashion Positive Launches Innovators Hub to Accelerate Circular Materials Development
The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute's Fashion Positive Initiative has launched the Innovators Hub, a resource center for the growing circular fashion movement.
ASID Releases Post-Occupancy Research Findings of its New HQ
The American Society of Interior Designers has released the findings from their comprehensive pre- and post-occupancy research studies from their Washington DC HQ.
Deep Blue Bag by Yves Behar Launches on Kickstarter
The Deep Blue Bag is a sustainably-sourced up-cycled urban adventure bag, designed by Yves Behar in collaboration with Mafia Bags.
Fernando Laposse Wins 2017 Future Food Design Award
Fernando Laposse has won the inaugural Future Food Design Award for his corn husk project 'Totomoxtle.' Laposse collaborated with Mexican farmers to develop new earning models for local strains of corn that result in less residual waste while generating a lucrative 'bycatch' for local farmers.
De Vorm Unveils Nook Lounge Chair
De Vorm has unveiled Nook, a PET Felt Lounge Chair created for hotel lobby's, break-out areas, residential projects or waiting areas.
Arup Team Up with Goldfinger Factory to Launch Circular Economy Design Range for Home and Office
Goldfinger Factory teamed up with Arup to launch a new circular economy product range for the home and office this September to coincide with London Design Festival 2017.
Built Environment Trust Launches BE Journal
The Built Environment Trust has launched the first issue of its new journal 'BE.' The journal offers original, radical takes on the ideas, people and projects that will shape the built environment of tomorrow.
New Cradle to Cradle Certified Foundations Program Offers Free Guidance for Achieving Certification
The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute has launched a new guidance program for manufacturers and designers looking to create and certify products according to the Cradle to Cradle Certified Product Standard.
WSU PACCAR Environmental Technology Building by LMN Architects
LMN Architects recently completed the PACCAR Environmental Technology Building at Washington State University (WSU) in Pullman, WA.
Seventh Annual Architecture at Zero Competition Opens for Entries
The seventh annual Architecture at Zero competition for zero net energy (ZNE) building designs is now open for entries from students and professionals worldwide.
The Architect's Newspaper 2017 Best of Design Awards
The Architect's Newspaper's 5th Best of Design Awards is now open for submissions. The competition aims to showcase great buildings and building elements.
4th International Green Interior Awards Shortlist Revealed
The International Green Interior Awards has revealed the shortlist for 2017.
Seymourpowell Wins Gold Cannes Lions Award for Fairphone 2
Seymourpowell's Fairphone 2 design has been awarded a GOLD Product Design Award for Sustainability & Environmental Impact at the 64th Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity.
Winners of Fifth Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge
The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute has revealed the winners of its 5th Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge.
ASID DC Office Named Healthiest & Greenest in the World
American Society of Interior Designers' (ASID) Washington DC headquarters is the first in the world to receive both LEED and WELL Platinum Certification under WELL Building Standard v1, making it the greenest and the healthiest office on the planet.
Greenbuild 2017 International Conference and Expo
Taking place this year in Boston, Mass. at the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center, Greenbuild is the world's largest conference and expo dedicated to green building.
RIBA Launches Inaugural International Week
RIBA International Week will take place July 3-7, featuring a wide array of events and keynote speeches around the theme of the New Urban Agenda - the United Nation's global strategy on goals for sustainable development and housing over the coming two decades. The Week's program will facilitate engagement with the UN's Agenda for architectural practices of all sizes, and architects at every stage of their career.
Future Food Design Awards 2017
The 2017 Future Food Design Awards is now open for submissions. The award is the foremost international prize intended to encourage and highlight innovative and disruptive designs for sustainable future food.
Five Fashion Companies Join Fashion Positive Plus
H&M, Kering, Loomstate, Zero + Maria Cornejo and Eileen Fisher have joined the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute's Fashion Positive PLUS collaboration.
INFINITI Green Factor Design Contest
INFINITI is calling for submissions for its Green Factor Design Contest. The competition is open to architects and designers under 35.
Eleven Magazine Announces Winners of BIOMIMICRY Challenge
Eleven Magazine has announced the winners of its inaugural BIOMIMICRY Challenge. The competition challenged participants to imagine designs inspired by nature.
World's Greenest Terminal Launches at Oslo Airport
Designed by Nordic Office of Architecture, the 115,000 sqm expansion to Oslo Airport sets new standards in sustainability.
2017 #GetYourGreenOn Design Competition
The Sustainable Furnishings Council is now accepting entries for the 2017 #GetYourGreenOn design competition, a program that recognizes and awards sustainable and healthful choices in residential interiors.
8th International Plastics Sustainability Conference in Anaheim
Plasticity Forum will host its 8th International Plastics Sustainability Conference on May 9th in Anaheim.
iF Social Impact Prize 2017
iF is inviting companies, design studios, NGOs, foundations, public institutions and other organizations from all over the world to take part in its 2017 Social Impact Prize.
2017 What Design Can Do Conference: Climate Change Crisis
The 2017 What Design Can Do, to be held May 23-24 at Muziekgebouw aan 't IJ, will focus almost entirely on climate change and how designers can address this urgent issue. Prominent speakers and experts from all design disciplines, including architects, journalists, product designers and influcencers, will be exploring the role that design can play in solving some of the world's most pressing environmental problems.
Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge V: Call for Entries
The fifth Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge is now open for entries. Organized by the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, the challenge enables designers to learn and apply critical strategies for envisioning products for the circular economy.