Sustainable Design News
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.
Reebok Growing Plant-based Footwear: Cotton + Corn
Reebok has today announced "Cotton + Corn," a new sustainability initiative led by the Reebok Future team to create shoes "made from things that grow."
The Habits of High-Performance Firms
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) Committee on the Environment (COTE) has analyzed the characteristics of the architecture firms that regularly produce the most advanced buildings and compiled their findings in a new report, The Habits of High-Performance Firms.
Red Dot Award: Design Concept 2017
Entries are now open for the 2017 Red Dot Award: Design Concept. The competition offers designers, companies and universities from all over the world the opportunity to enter their product visions and put their whole creative potential to the test.
2017 City of Dreams Competition Winner: Cast & Place
FIGMENT has recently unveiled the winner of its 2017 City of Dreams Pavilion Design Competition. Cast & Place by Team Aesop reimagines waste as a transformative resource for New York City's future.
2016 Greenbuild Sustainability Report
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released the 2016 Greenbuild Sustainability Report, highlighting valuable metrics and key benchmarks regarding the impact on energy use and waste management at the 2016 Greenbuild International Conference and Expo, held last October at the Los Angeles Convention Center in Los Angeles, Calif.
IKEA Kungsbacka by Form Us With Love
Form Us With Love, in collaboration with IKEA, has created Kungsbacka, the first kitchen fronts line entirely made from recycled plastic bottles and reclaimed industrial wood.
Winners of 4th Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge
The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute has announced the winners of the 4th Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge.
Greenbuild India and Greenbuild China: Call for Proposals
The Greenbuild International Conference and Expo is the largest and most influential green building conference in the world - and in 2017, for the first time ever, Greenbuild is coming to India and China.
USGBC Announces International Rankings of Top 10 Countries for LEED 2016
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has announced the Top 10 Countries for LEED in 2016. The list highlights countries outside the United States that are making significant strides in sustainable building design, construction and market transformation.
Winners of Architecture at Zero Announced
PG&E and the American Institute of Architects, California Council, have announced the winners of the sixth annual Architecture at Zero competition for zero net energy (ZNE) building design.
4th International Green Interior Awards
Entries are now open for the 4th International Green Interior Awards. The competition aims to showcase world leading, innovative and inspirational interior spaces that are packed with interior products that have a positive affect for people and environment.
Canada's Most Iconic Airport Takes Flight
The Calgary International Airport's (YYC) new international terminal is officially open, moving all U.S. and global flight operations to the new terminal facility.
Paris Navigating Gym
Carlo Ratti Associati has today unveiled Paris Navigating Gym, a fitness vessel that moves along the Seine River by harnessing energy from passengers' workouts. The project was developed in partnership with Technogym, Terreform ONE and URBEM.
Biomimicry Global Design Challenge 2017
Entries are now open for the 2017 Biomimicry Global Design Challenge. The contest calls for design concepts addressing any aspect of climate change adaptation, mitigation, and reversal in any sector of the economy.
Last Week to Enter Cradle to Cradle Design Challenge IV
Entries are still open for the fourth Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge. The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute invites designers and students worldwide to submit designs for innovative, sustainable products developed with Cradle to Cradle principles in mind.
Supreme Creations Innovation and Impact Awards 2017
The Supreme Innovation and Impact Awards recognize and reward the most innovative and well-designed products and sustainable packaging produced worldwide. The theme for this year's event is 'Second Life' - a celebration of reusable packaging and giveaway designs.
Maas Architecten Creates Highly Energy-efficient New Office Space for Vreugdenhil
Maas Architecten has designed the highly energy-efficient 2850sqm head office for Vreugdenhil, located in Nijkerk, the Netherlands.
Greenbuild Boston and Greenbuilding Brazil: Call for Proposals
The call for proposals is now open for Greenbuild Boston and Greenbuilding Brasil.
7th Maier S. Coop. International Design Competition
The 7th Maier S. Coop. International Design Competition is now open for submissions. This competition, focussed on vehicle design and aimed at professional or amateur designers, will distribute more than 15,000 Euros in prizes.
Construction Climate Challenge Funds New Research Projects
The Construction Climate Challenge has unveiled two new research projects that aim to come up with solutions on how to reduce CO2 emissions within the industry.
Design Council Spark 2017
Entries are now open for the third Design Council Spark, a support programme and fund designed to help people turn their idea into a commercially successful product.
Fashion Positive Launches Materials Collection
An initiative of the Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute, Fashion Positive has just launched a new digital materials library to help connect fashion designers with certified materials suitable for circular design.
Construction Climate Talks Episode 5: Reducing Carbon Footprint in Cities
Since November 2015, the web TV series Construction Climate Talks has aired four episodes.
2016 Cradle to Cradle Challenge Winners
The Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute has announced the winners of its 2016 Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge.
SCI-Arc and Habitat LA Complete Sustainable and Affordable Home for Local Veteran and Family
SCI-Arc has announced the completion of a new three bedroom, 2 ½ bath home designed by SCI-Arc students, in partnership with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA), Los Angeles County 2nd District, General Motors Foundation and Bernards.
Smart-Grid Living: Frey Architekten Unveils the Smart Green Tower
The Smart Green Tower is a 51-meter-high residential and commercial tower, which on account of its planned size, architecture and environmental configuration, is slated to become a flagship project in the area of innovative building-integrated energy systems.
Architecture at Zero 2016
The Architecture at Zero 2016 competition challenge is to create a zero net energy (ZNE) student housing project on the San Francisco State University campus.
adidas x Parley: Shoes Made From Ocean Plastic
adidas has released a limited edition running shoe made from Parley Ocean Plastic, which is collected in coastal areas in the Maldives, and includes illegal deep-sea gillnets retrieved by Parley for the Oceans' partner organization Sea Shepherd.
NAPHN16 North American Passive House Network Conference
Passive House is a building standard which results in a 90% reduction in building energy demand for heating and cooling. Since buildings make up a third of the world's energy consumption, focusing on improving our buildings can have a significant effect on our global energy demand.
2016 Innovation By Design Awards
The 2016 Innovation By Design Awards is open for entries. Organized by Fast Company, the competition aims to honor the designers and businesses solving the problems of today and tomorrow.
Lexus Design Award 2016 Grand Prix Winner Announced
Lexus International has named Agar Plasticity, a project exploring how agar, a gelatinous material obtained from marine algae, can be used as an environmentally friendly packaging material alternative to plastic, as the Grand Prix winner of the 2016 Lexus Design Award.
Construction Climate Talks Episode 2: Josefina Lindblom
In the second episode of the Construction Climate Talks series released today, Josefina Lindblom, Policy Adviser at the European Commission, responsible for their work on Resource Efficiency in the Building Sector, addresses questions such as 'what is a green building?' - a question that is hard to define at a conceptual level.
Scottish Designers Launch Zero Waste Couture Collections
Two Scottish designers have transformed unwanted clothing donated to the charity into striking high-fashion collections challenging perceptions of textile waste.
Red Dot Award: Design Concept 2016
The 2016 Red Dot Award: Design Concept is now open for submissions. Designers, design studios, manufacturers, and universities are called on to submit their best product ideas, prototypes and ready to launch products.
Pininfarina H2 Speed Concept Car
Pininfarina has unveiled its H2 Speed Concept Car at Geneva Motor Show.
Winners of 2015 Cradle to Cradle Product Design Challenge
Cradle to Cradle Products Innovation Institute has announced the winners of Fall 2015 Product Design Challenge.
Green Economy Through Open Innovation
Green Economy Through Open Innovation conference, to be held on February 22 at Alte Kongresshalle in Münich, will introduce the findings of the Open Innovation for Sustainability Platform established by the Sustainability Maker project.
2015 International Store Design Competition
The Retail Design Institute has extended the deadline for its 45th Annual International Store Design Competition. The competition celebrates exceptional retail experiences across more than 20 categories from full-line departments stores to restaurants and pop-up shops.
Green Product Award 2016
The 2016 Green Product Award is still open for submissions, seeking innovative and sustainable products and services.
ArDe: A New Contemporary Architecture, Landscape and Design Fair
ArDe is a new concept 8-day exhibition and conference that will, for the first time, unite the disciplines of architecture, art, design, development, property, technology and finance. It will ask big questions about how the city can change and adapt to respond to new paradigms, swelling populations and global markets, proposing ways for all those involved in the urban fabric to work together to create resilient, sustainable and beautiful cities.
Young Package 2016
The 2016 Young Package competition is calling on designers to cut down the proportion of non-recyclable packaging waste, and to create a package with multiple uses.
2015 IIDA Student Design Competition
The 2015 IIDA Student Design Competition is now open for entries. The competition celebrates original design and rewards individuals and/or teams whose projects demonstrate innovative, functional design solutions that have a positive environmental and human impact, while allowing emerging professionals the opportunity to showcase their work and fresh design ideas to professionals working in the field.
Blackbird Guitars Releases El Capitan
Blackbird recently launched El Capitan, the first guitar made of flax linen fabric.
Helen Schuler Nature Centre and O2 Planning + Design Win Award for Green Roof Design
Helen Schuler Nature Centre's primary goal is delivering diverse and dynamic nature interpretive programs, and Green Roofs for Healthy Cities recently recognized the achievement of this goal through their North American awards program for the design of green roofs.
WRNS Studio Unveils The First Library in the U.S. to Achieve Net Zero Energy Building Certification
WRNS Studio recently unveiled the first library in the U.S. and the first school building in California to achieve Net Zero Energy Building (NZEB) Certification from the International Living Future Institute (ILFI).
CENTRO University in Mexico City Announces New Campus Designed by Enrique Norten
CENTRO has just announced its large-scale expansion with a new state-of-the-art campus designed by architect Enrique Norten of TEN Arquitectos and built for LEED Platinum certification.
Makerspaces and Sustainable Development Workshop
Interest in the social, economic and environmental possibilities of makerspaces and the maker movement continues to grow. Amidst the claims and aims people bring to this collaborative flourishing of tool-based creativity is an argument that community-based workshops can become experimental spaces for the pursuit of sustainable developments.
Designing Affordability: Quicker, Smarter, More Efficient Housing Now
Opening at the Center for Architecture on October 1st, Designing Affordability: Quicker, Smarter, More Efficient Housing Now will examine how architects, engineers, planners, policy makers, tenants, and homeowners are crafting innovative ways to reduce the cost of housing and increase opportunities by rethinking how we build, maintain, and occupy structures.
Shenzhen Design Award for Young Talents 2015
The second edition of the Shenzhen Design Award for Young Talents is now open for entries. The competition, an initiative of Shenzhen, a UNESCO City of Design, aims to recognize the success and talent of young creators working in any of the 69 member cities of the UNESCO Creative Cities Network, plus Hong Kong.
2015-16 RSA Student Design Awards
The 2015-16 RSA Student Design Awards is now open for entries. The competition challenges young designers with project briefs based on complex issues facing society, the environment and business. Past winners include Sir Jonathan Ive, Chief Design Officer at Apple (RDI) and Richard Clarke, Global Vice President of Design at Nike.
The 2015 Greenbuild conference will be held at the Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. from November 18-20.
USGBC Releases International Rankings of Top 10 Countries for LEED Green Building
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released its international rankings of the Top 10 Countries for LEED.
iF Public Value Award 2016
iF launched a new competition which seeks projects that actively aim at improving living conditions, promoting peaceful coexistence or preserving the environment - in other words, creating a public value - including businesses' social projects, environmental initiatives,and innovative approaches from the public sector..
5th Annual Architecture at Zero Competition
The fifth annual Architecture at Zero competition for zero net energy (ZNE) building design is now open for submissions from students and professionals worldwide. The competition engages architecture, engineering and planning experts in the pursuit of designing energy efficient buildings.
World Design Impact Prize 2015-2016
The World Design Impact Prize is seeking nominations for the 2015-2016 competition. The World Design Impact Prize is a biennial award created to celebrate, recognize, and encourage impact design projects from around the world.
The 20th Annual ASFD Pinnacle Awards
The 20th Annual ASFD Pinnacle Awards are open for entries. The Awards were created in April 1995 by the American Society of Furniture Designers board of directors to promote design quality and encourage the recognition of furniture designers within the retail home furnishings industry.
LEAOS Carbon Urban E-Bike Wins 2015 Red Dot Product Design Award
LEAOS Carbon Urban E-Bike has won the 2015 Red Dot Product Design Award. LEAOS is the first E-Bike with a consequent unbroken designline including handlebar and fork.
Red Dot Award: Design Concept 2015
The 2015 Red Dot Design Concept Award is now open for entries. Designers, design studios, manufacturers, and universities are called on to submit their best product ideas, prototypes and ready to launch products.
USGBC Releases the Top 10 States for LEED
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released its annual ranking of the top 10 states for LEED Green Building per capita in U.S.
RSA Student Design Awards 2015
The RSA Student Design Awards challenges emerging designers to tackle pressing social, environmental and economic issues through design thinking.
STHLMNYC 2014: Collaboration for Adaptation, Designing for Future Uncertainties
The theme of this year's STHLMNYC seminar is "Collaboration for Adaptation, Designing for Future Uncertainties."
2014 Greenbuild International Conference & Expo
The 2014 Greenbuild International Conference & Expo will be held October 22-24 at the Morial Convention Center.
H&M Launches Conscious Denim Collection
H&M's new Conscious Denim collection, featuring a clean style and contemporary fit, includes pieces for women, men and children and will be available October 2.
AIANY COTE Awards 2014
The 2014 AIANY COTE Awards is now open for entries.
U.S. Green Building Council Launches Real-Time International Market Briefs
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has expanded its online data visualization resource that allows any user to access aggregated LEED green building project information in the more than 150 countries with LEED projects under way.
SFC Next 2014
SFC Next is a two day learning and networking experience that will help those doing business in and around the home furnishings industry broaden and accelerate their sustainability initiatives.
USGBC+: U.S. Green Building Council Launches New Magazine
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has launched a new magazine for its community. The magazine is available as a complimentary amenity for USGBC members.
Top 10 Countries for LEED Outside the United States
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has released the ranking of the top 10 countries for LEED outside of the United States.
USGBC Launches Real-Time Green Building Data Resource for US
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has launched a new online data visualization resource that highlights real-time green building data for each state in the U.S. and Washington, D.C.
SCADpad: SCAD Unveils the Future of Urban Living
The Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) has unveiled SCADpad, a unique micro-housing and adaptive reuse experiment that has transformed the parking structure of SCAD's midtown Atlanta location into a sustainable community that proposes an answer to the world's growing urban housing challenges.
Starbucks Opens First Store in Downtown Disney District
Starbucks and Disney teamed up to open the first company-operated Starbucks location at Downtown Disney in Anaheim, California.
Silicon Valley Building by Brick Boasts Eye-catching Rooftop Garden
Brick has recently completed a 70,000 square foot building in Mountain View, Calif. that is on track to be designated LEED Platinum.
Sustainable Brands San Diego 2014
The 2014 Sustainable Brands conference, with a theme of "Reimagine, Redesign, Regenerate," will be held on June 2-5 in San Diego, CA.
Winners of 2013 IIDA Student Sustainable Design Competition
The International Interior Design Association (IIDA) revealed the winners of the 2013 Student Sustainable Design Competition.
Greenbuild Goes Global
Greenbuild for Europe and the Mediterranean region will launch in Verona, Italy October 8-10, 2014.
USGBC Launches LEED v4 at Greenbuild Conference
The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has launched the Newest Version of LEED Green Building Program, LEED v4, at the annual Greenbuild International Conference and Expo in Philadelphia.
2013 Greenest Schools on Earth
The Center for Green Schools (Center) at the U.S. Green Building Council has announced the 2013 Greenest Schools on Earth.
The Stevenson School Faculty Housing Duplex
The Stevenson School is an independent school with campuses in Carmel and Pebble Beach, California serving grades K-8 and 9-12 respectively.
Vertical Farm Concept Wins Pomeroy Studio's Award
A Vertical Farm project concerned with food sustainability and vertical agriculture within the context of Singapore was this year's winner of Pomeroy Studio's Design for A Sustainable Future Award (DSFA).
Winners of Designing Recovery Competition
The American Institute of Architects (AIA) revealed the winners of the Designing Recovery competition.
BMW Launches i3
BMW has today launched the series version of its innovative electric vehicle, the BMW i3.
Sustainable Brands London Conference 2013
The 2013 Sustainable Brands London Conference will take place November 18-19 at Lancaster London.
IFC and World Green Building Council Partner to Accelerate Green Building Growth
IFC and World Green Building Council have entered a partnership to rapidly scale up the construction of green buildings in emerging markets.
Winners of 2013 Green Good Design Awards
The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies revealed the winners of the 2013 Green Good Design Awards - a special edition of the Good Design Awards program.
MAKING: Nike's New App to Help Designers Invent Better
Nike has recently released MAKING - a new app that helps designers and product creators make informed decisions about the environmental impacts of the materials they choose.
Cook Stove Design Competition
The Center for Sustainable Global Enterprise at Cornell University's Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management is accepting submissions for its "Cook Stove Design Competition."
John Naylor Wins 2013 Foster + Partners Prize
The Architectural Association and Foster + Partners have today unveiled the recipient of the 2013 Foster + Partners Prize.