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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…

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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…

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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,…

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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…

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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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The great debate: reusable vs disposable nappies

By Lorrin Windahl. I’ve recently had my first child and, being very aware of the impact I have on the environment, I have been faced with a dilemma – reusable or disposable nappies. And I thought the timing of this…

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3D printing – sustainable manufacturing?

By Lorrin Windahl. I came across this pretty cool use of 3D printing the other day – the Planter Brick. The idea behind the concept is that you can create a living wall with the planter bricks and because they…

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Design for obsolescence: Are we the throw-away generation?

By Lorrin Windahl. The phrase ‘planned obsolescence’ was apparently first coined back in the 1950s by fellow industrial designer Brooks Stevens. After 70 odd years you’d think we’d have come to our senses by now. But I think the notion…

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IKEA: the global furniture giant shows its softer side

By Lorrin Windahl. IKEA is synonymous with affordable, flat packed furniture. The yellow and blue branding has become an icon of the modern consumer era and can be seen in many countries throughout the world. But, the good news is that the…

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