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Personal vs. Mass Production – The Impact of 3D Printing

By Chris Morrish.

In 2013, 3D printing experienced a sharp increase in public interest.A barrage of click bait articles created a one-sided discussion, focused on what could be made for us in the comfort of our own homes. Learning from the past we now know to ask “what effect is this advance going to have on the environment?” Historically (with few exceptions) this question has been asked only after the damage is done and long after it can be repaired.

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Dawn of the Solar Age?

A Trina Solar installation at Colarado State University

By Joe La Delfa.

Mass adoption of solar energy has been ‘just over the horizon’ ever since it was first incorporated into architecture by Frank Bridgers and Don Paxton in 1956. Every significant innovation since then has been tentatively heralded as the dawn of “the solar age” by industry researchers and activists. Well I’m now joining the choir to sing praise to advancement – not in the laboratory, but in the marketplace. From the macro to micro levels of economics, investment in solar energy is beginning to give real financial benefits as well as saving the planet.

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Thought for Food global challenge

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By Joe La Delfa.

Thought for Food (TTF) is a community dedicated to solving the problems arising from the impending population boom both in developing and developed countries. They have partnered with Syngenta, a large Swiss agribusiness and a host of food security think tanks and social entrepreneur networks to host the annual TFF Global Summit.

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Cardboard Furniture; Brilliant yet Terrible

Chairgami's Cardboard Armchair (USA)

by Joe La Delfa.

Cardboard furniture isn’t great for what it is, but for what it replaces.

Browsing through search results for cardboard furniture yields nothing but praise. Design magazines, blogs and of course, cardboard furniture websites are feverishly throwing buzzwords at the screen, creating not so much a coherent paragraph but a fuzzy cloud of optimism.

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Don’t worry, it’s ‘recyclable’ – How the word now means as much as low fat and free range.

© AFP/Archives Johannes Eisele

By Joe La Delfa.

Once a beacon of environmental nobility in the ’80s, ‘recyclable’ has now become a label used to promote guilt free consumption. It’s an idea that helps the consumer avoid the speedbump of feeling guilty in between filling up their carts and being asked, “is pay wave ok?”

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Spiritree – giving life after death

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By Lorrin Windahl.

Death is a pretty morbid topic, one people often shy away from. But it is also the only certainty in life. We all die. Hopefully not until the very distant future though. And with the increasing size of our aging population, plots in cemeteries are going to come at a premium. But is it that sustainable to take up such a useful piece of land with my mortal remains? I’m more for the whole burning thing. No use taking up space. But what do my loved ones do with my ashes after that? I certainly don’t want to sit on the mantelpiece until someone accidentally tips me all over the carpet. So I think I’d prefer to be placed in the Spiritree, a plantable urn that breaks down naturally as the tree planted inside grows.

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The ASRC Food Justice Truck

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By Lorrin Windahl.

It has been very rewarding to have been involved in such a worthy and life improving project as the Food Justice Truck (FJT) – a collaboration with the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC). It’s not often that an opportunity comes along when you can apply your design skills and experience to such a meaningful and sustainable project such as this. The truck is now officially travelling the streets of Melbourne to provide the community and asylum seekers (at a 75% discount) with locally produced fresh food.

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