Julian Melchiorri, a student at the Royal College of Art, has invented an artificial photosynthetic leaf after pondering interstellar travel. The future inches closer.
Open source furniture design is popping up these days. Open Design means mainly two things: documentation is shared freely so that users can make their own models, furnitures are made with digital fabrication and can be reproduce in a makerspace or FabLab.
Sustainable design is a powerful concept for transforming our society. It combines the most important word of the 20th century, sustainability, with what will surely be the most important word of the 21st, design, in order to holistically solve some of the world's most pressing problems.
Buckminster Fuller insisted that
the sense of separation from nature is a dangerous illusion, and that humanity's
evolutionary success is dependent on our willingness to learn from the
emergent behaviors of whole systems. This led him to re-imagine a big picture in
which our species is situated within the full continuum of creation.