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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…

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Saluting those that Salute the Reuser

By Lucy Smith. In my time I’ve had the good fortune of being able to travel far and wide. One of the first things I say to overseas friends or out-of-towners who ask me about Melbourne is; ‘coffee culture’. It’s…

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Life Cycle Assessment Part 3: Reduce Your Product’s Environmental Impact

By Giles Matthews. My last post stepped into some heavy territory – reducing your product’s negative social impact. This post we’ll grapple with the equally dense issue of reducing your product’s environmental impact.

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Designer Profile 3 – William McDonough

By Lucy Smith. William McDonough has been famed as a ‘hero for the planet’ by Time magazine. The American designer, architect and author is certainly a worthy recipient of the endowment as a globally recognised leader in sustainable development.

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Cardboard coffins – an eco exit?

By Lorrin Windahl. A pretty morbid post I know but I’ve always been amazed at the elaborate and ‘over the top’ design of coffins when they are just put in the ground or, worse still, burnt. When you think about…

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Life Cycle Assessment Part 2: Reduce Your Product’s Environmental Impact

By Giles Matthews. Any well-adjusted person could quickly reason that by reducing a product’s environmental impact it will also correlate in sustainable financial benefits. And these benefits are unrelated to any environmental measures.  My job in the following short paragraphs…

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Product Life Cycle Assessment: Don’t bite off more than you can chew!

By Giles Matthews. A life cycle assessment (LCA) is a reporting method that quantifies the environmental impact of a particular product.  An LCA considers the product’s impact in terms of its: Resource recovery Manufacture Distribution & Sale Installation Use End…

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The Story of Stuff

By Lorrin Windahl. A few years ago I did a short course at RMIT in sustainable design and life cycle assessment. It was during this course that I was first introduced to ‘The Story of Stuff’ by Annie Leonard. It’s…

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Designer Profile 1 – Victor Papanek

By Lorrin Windahl. So I thought I’d include in this blog some profiles of people who have had a significant impact on socially responsible design. Who better to start with than the godfather of SRD, Victor Papanek.

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