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The Story of Solutions

By Lorrin Windahl.

A while back I posted about sustainability expert Annie Leonard and her video entitled ‘The Story of Stuff’. Just to jog your memory, it was a video about the impact consumerism is having on the world and the people who inhabit it. The movie was so popular that it went from being just a movie to a whole movement. Well, Annie and her team have been at it again. This time they have looked at the solution to how we might reduce the impact we are having on our planet.

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The Liftware Spoon: helping people with Parkinson’s to maintain independence

By Lorrin Windahl.

I’ve watched my nana get older (she’s now 94) and struggle with retaining her independence. My mum had a hard time getting her to move into a nursing home when she was no longer capable of living in her own home. She was in her 90’s no less. So, I can understand that if you had a debilitating disease, or disability, you would always be fighting to maintain your independence.┬áThat is why it is great to see designers using their skills to help people continue with their normal lives, for as long as possible.

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The Toyota Prius – Green or groan?

By Lorrin Windahl.

I work in an office of about 90% guys. This means that every lunchtime the topic of conversation is cars, cars and just a little more on cars. As I have about as much interest in cars, as I do in the nocturnal habits of blowflies, I generally tune out of these conversations. Read More

Design Against Crime: putting the conscience back into design

By Lorrin Windahl.

Today I want to write about a project I came across last year. Design Against Crime is an initiative that works on the premise that designing out criminal opportunities leads to designing out crime.

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Print your own home: how technology is changing the way we self build

By Lorrin Windahl.

So, to follow on with my unintentional architecturally themed posts of recent, I though I’d write this one about the latest ‘craze’ of printing your own self build home. Huh, you may well ask. Well, it does sound a bit bizarre I must admit. Like something out of the future. But that future is actually here. It is now possible to develop your own 3D CAD files, or even download existing designs, that can then be used to print the 2D structure of your new home.

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Architecture for Humanity: providing sustainable shelter to those in need

By Lorrin Windahl.

Shelter is a basic need that is fundamental to human existence. It provides a haven from the less desirable weather elements, as well as safety and security. But not everyone is lucky enough to have a place to call home. This may be the result of poverty, natural disasters or conflict. Whatever the reason, homelessness leaves people displaced and vulnerable. Therefore organisations, such as Architecture for Humanity, are worthy recipients of our admiration and support.

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Flinders Street Station: Cutting edge design or green urban spaces

By Lorrin Windahl.

The Victorian Government has alluded to the fact that they are interested in upgrading Melbourne’s Flinders Street Station. Although no budget has been allocated, or likely to be in the near future, they held an international design competition to explore the possibilities.

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