Studio Swine in collaboration with Kieren Jones at the Royal College of Art have put together an open source design for the production of chairs made from recycled plastic found at sea with a DIY process of collecting, melting, casting and assembling. The idea was Influenced after the discovery of a Garbage Sea Patches in the late 90s, which are predicted to measure over 1,400,000 km². You can download the full manual to make your own here.
Dynamic solar powered pavilion designed by The Institute for Advanced Architecture of Catalonia as part of the Smart City Expo in Barcelona, Spain. The project is broken into triangular modules of varying sizes depending on the orientation to maximize solar energy production and reduce solar gain during the summer months. The angles of the modules also allow for solar gain during the winter months when the angle of sun light is lower. More interesting projects by IaaC below
Hand carved porcelain sculptures from American Artist Kate MacDowell. Her work responds our relationship with the natural world, to environmental changes, pollution, mythology, Art History and figures of speech.
“I chose porcelain for its luminous and ghostly qualities as well as its strength and ability to show fine texture. It highlights both the impermanence and fragility of natural forms in a dying ecosystem, while paradoxically, being a material that can last for thousands of years and is historically associated with high status and value.”