Sustainable Design News
2020 AZ Awards for Design Excellence
Azure is calling for submissions for the 2020 AZ Awards. Now entering its 10th year, the AZ Awards celebrates the best in architecture and design from around the world.
Red Dot Award: Design Concept 2020
The 2020 Red Dot Award: Design Concept is now open for submissions. Designers, design teams, companies, design studios and universities from all over the world are invited to submit prototypes, marketable products, new ideas and design concepts for evaluation and to put their designs to the test.
The Saxum Vineyard Equipment Barn by Clayton & Little
Clayton & Little recently designed the Saxum Vineyard Equipment Barn which is part of Saxum Vineyard in Paso Robles, California.
AIA CA Launches 2020 Architecture at Zero Competition
The American Institute of Architects California (AIA CA) has launched the ninth annual Architecture at Zero competition. This competition strives to generate new, innovative ideas for zero net energy (ZNE) construction to help achieve California's goal for all new residential construction to be ZNE by 2020 and all new commercial construction to be ZNE by 2030.
Carnegie's Biobased Xorel Achieves Living Product Challenge Certification
Carnegie's Biobased Xorel, a groundbreaking high-performance textile sourced from sugar cane, achieved Living Product Challenge Certification.
iF Design Talent Award 2020
Submissions are now open for the first phase of 2020 iF Design Talent Award. Design students from around the world are invited to submit ideas and concepts that address the most pressing challenges facing our society.
2020 Ray of Hope Prize
The Biomimicry Institute is looking for startups that have created products, services or technologies to be considered for the 2020 Ray of Hope Prize, a $100,000 prize competition that provides participants funding and tools to accelerate their path to commercial success.
Moxon Architects Wins Design Competition for Sustainable Timber Bridge for Balingen
Moxon Architects has won an invited competition for a pedestrian and cycle bridge for the town of Balingen in southern Germany.
World Habitat Awards 2020
World Habitat, in collaboration with UN-Habitat, has announced the 2020 World Habitat Awards. The Awards recognizes and highlights innovative, outstanding and sometimes revolutionary housing ideas, projects and programs from across the world.
CAKE Unveils Electric On-and-Off Road Capable Utility Motorcycle Ösa
CAKE has unveiled Ösa, a clean and efficient utility vehicle with integrated power station and off-road capabilities.
Mario Cucinella Architects and WASP Launch 'TECLA' 3D Printed House
Mario Cucinella Architects and WASP have launched TECLA - a prototype for a 3D printed habitat, near Bologna, Italy.
Fritz Hansen Launches N02 Recycle, Designed by nendo
nendo recently designed a new, all-purpose chair made from upcycled plastic for Fritz Hansen. The N02 Recycle is Fritz Hansen's first chair produced in colored, recycled polypropylene.
Nice Brazil Headquarters by Mario Cucinella Architects
Mario Cucinella Architects has broken ground on a 16,000 sqm industrial complex in Brazil for Nice, the Italian multinational which is a world leader in the Home Automation, Home Security and Smart Home sector.
Made Thought Pop-up in London's Seven Dials
Made Thought recently launched a pop-up in London's Seven Dials which acts as a creative playground and experimental space to explore how brands are engaging with new audiences through experimental retail concepts and immersive installations.
C2CPII Design & Innovation Forum Stockholm
Cradle To Cradle Products Innovation Institute's 2019 Design & Innovation Forum will be held on November 4-5 in Stockholm. The event will focus on opportunities, solutions and ideas for transforming products for a circular economy with innovators, designers and companies.
Design Council Announced This Year's Spark Finalists
The Design Council has announced the finalists of the 2019 Spark program - a leading UK product support program and fund.
The One Club Launches 'One Show Sustainable Development Pencil' at UN
The One Club for Creativity has partnered with the United Nations Office for Partnerships and PVBLIC Foundation to launch 'The One Show Sustainable Development Pencil.' The new SD Pencil will reward agencies and brands who utilize their talents and resources to create work which betters the world and contributes to securing a sustainable future.
Feel the Peel: Circular Juice Bar by Carlo Ratti Associati
Carlo Ratti Associati, in partnership with Eni, has developed an experimental Circular Juice Bar that uses oranges to make bioplastic, turns it into filament, and 3D prints disposable cups to drink the freshly-squeezed juice.
London Design Fair Presents 'Biomaterials' as 2019 Material of the Year
For the 2019 edition, the London Design Fair has selected biomaterials as 'Material of the Year.' Now in its third year, Material of the Year offers a fitting opportunity to highlight and scrutinize a key material, one whose properties are the subject of analysis and debate across the design world and beyond.
Recycling Identification Device by Cohda
Cohda recently developed R.I.D (Recycling Identifying Device), a simple to use handheld device that uses NIR spectroscopy to identify appropriate recyclable and non-recyclable materials.
DesignMarch, Iceland's annual design festival organized by Iceland Design Center, will take place for the twelfth time in June 2020, transforming the most northerly capital in the world into one big venue for design.
Brodie Neill to Debut Latitude at 2019 London Design Festival
Brodie Neill will debut his new piece, Latitude, at the 2019 London Design Festival. Neill has been invited by design research gallery Matter of Stuff to re-imagine the past into the present with recycled furniture.
Green Product Award 2020
The seventh Green Product Award is now open for submissions. The Award offers a platform for established companies, start-ups & students who are distinguished by their products and services in terms of design, innovation, and sustainability and who want to present themselves on the German market.
B&B Studio Delivers New Brand Creation for LiQ
B&B Studio recently designed the branding for the Belgian alcoholic ice cream brand 'LiQ.' Launching with six bold flavors, each ice cream or sorbet in the LiQ range brings together a well-loved cocktail or dessert with a hit of alcohol.
Baca Architects Wins Planning Consent for Tyram Lakes Hotel and Spa in South Yorkshire
Baca Architects recently secured planning permission for the £25 million Tyram Lakes Hotel and Spa in South Yorkshire.
Nike Launches New Circular Design Workbook, Offers Sustainable Guidelines for All Designers
Nike has launched Circularity: Guiding the Future of Design, a design workbook aimed to provide designers and product creators across the industry with a common language for circularity.
Terreform ONE Debuts 'Monarch Sanctuary' at Cooper Hewitt Nature Exhibition
Terreform ONE has this week launched its Monarch Sanctuary exhibition at the Cooper Hewitt's National Design Triennial, Nature.
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.