Top 10 of Green Design

Never one to let a trend pass without jumping on the bandwagon ourselves, here is Yanko Design’s top 10 list of the most impactful green designs of recent memory. Given so many criteria available to judge the concepts, ordering the list was tough, but in the end we shot from the hip as well as flipped a lot of coins. Without further ado, hit the jump for your daily dose of feeling good about Mother Earth.

10) Com-bat: A solar powered, robotic spy plane, the 6″ wide Com-bat uses hair trigger sensors to navigate the battlefield and relay data back to base.



9) Lotus Eco-Elise: Drawing on friendly materials like “eco wool”, sisal and hemp, the new Elise stands apart from its hybrid brethren by also incorporating solar roof panels to power its electrical systems.




8 ) River Plant Aquarium: Like a self contained bio-dome (less the Pauly Shore), the aquarium uses fish and water to provide nutrients to the plants, while the plants oxygenate the water for the fish.




7) Vertical Farm: Aiming to solve the problem of slash and burn farming as well as prevent watershed contamination by pesticides, the vertical farm skyscrapers attempt to condense the whole farming operation into a sealed environment.  LEED Diamond here we come.




6) Architectural Wind: Attempting to sidestep the ordinances keeping wind generators out of urban areas, Aerovironment developed these smaller modular turbines that require little installation as well as looking good enough not to ban.




5) frogLight: Putting their foot in the ring of home-use LED bulbs, Frog Design’s concept effectively ties together the technology with our traditional view of a bulb.




4) Twirl n’ Take: Part of Sony’ Odo line of earth friendly gadgets, this camera uses energy from rolling its end around on a table to power its functions.




3) gDiapers: While not typical fair for a site like this, there is something to be said for the legitimate significance of Gdiapers’ ability to be flushed down the toilet, avoiding the landfill entirely.




2) Saverclip: Reading the electrical throughput on your electrical cords, the Saverclip informs us of how much precious lifeblood were leeching from Gaia.




1) Kupe furniture:  Made by Brooklyn studio Uhuru, the Kupe collection includes such reclaimed materials as Truck springs and bourbon barrel staves.  Now you can torment your recovering alcoholic friend by inviting him over to see your new furniture.

36 Comments

  • Sid says:

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  • Paul Walker says:

    I love Eco-solutions. One the one hand they are effective solutions to reduce pollution and shift towards a greener way of living, on the other they all are a product of and tied to Petroleum. Plastics come from petroleum. Mining uses diesel fuel. Electricity comes from Nuclear and Coal(at least in the USA 70% of it does). in 80 years when the Oil runs out, so does our ability to mine on the scale we are used to, create synthetic materials out of petro chemicals, and drive like we used to.

    • You’re right Paul – the energy and ecological cost of manufacturing new technologies has to be considered when determining how “green” something is. but these things at least demonstrate a new way of thinking which is the first step in the right direction.

    • John Peden says:

      Many people (George W being a well-known culprit) snub the Kyoto Protocol citing its damage to their nation’s economy by loss of production and jobs. While these green designs all look great, they are still only being implemented on a small-scale. The Kyoto Protocol would force attention onto them and people would start to consider them more seriously. If greater focus was placed on cutting fossil fuel use, development of greener technologies could be accelerated creating more jobs and revenue in the process. Savings could then be made by improving national health through emissions reduction. The goal goes beyond avoiding global warming.

  • Katrina says:

    I like the building very much …. really nice pictures and they cool and amazing also …

  • Nic Stage says:

    Neat ideas. I cordially dispute the “greeness” of the Lotus’ solar panels though (Not that it isn’t an awesome looking car). If the vehicle still uses an internal combustion engine, the solar panels aren’t really offsetting anything. Even if the alternator was completely removed, I doubt it would have very much impact on the efficiency of the engine. I’m definitely not knocking the good intentions; just thinking out loud.

  • Smith says:

    Wow.. Awesome work. If this is real, then it will be great. I liked the foglight

  • zippyflounder says:

    only a few i agree with,most I dont.

    The frog thing is a total waste, over packaged ketich.

    Saver clip is a un nessary gizmo that will be bought and never used as intended (except as “proof” of your greeness).

    The camera is a gimmic nothing more, if you want to recharge via human power just put on a pull string.

    Diapers are good, if their mfg is rational. Architectural wind is good again if total energy in materials and processes to make it exceeds what its likely to produce over its life time. Vertical gardens are (or can be) good.

    The aquarium, oh come on now do we have M. Night’s next movie “i see dead fish” here? Lots of people have a heck of a time keeping a air fern alive, gold fish too for that matter so now you want to let them have a go with a intregrated bio system….ya well i guess you can compost the fish and the dead plants too.

    I like loti, were ahead of the curve on efficeint cars from way back, so this one is good.

    The combat, runs on pixi dust and built of unobtainium…nuff said.

  • zippyflounder says:

    only a few i agree with,most I dont.

    The frog thing is a total waste, over packaged ketich.

    Saver clip is a un nessary gizmo that will be bought and never used as intended (except as “proof” of your greeness).

    The camera is a gimmic nothing more, if you want to recharge via human power just put on a pull string.

    Diapers are good, if their mfg is rational.

    Architectural wind is good again if total energy in materials and processes to make it exceeds what its likely to produce over its life time.

    Vertical gardens are (or can be) good.

    The aquarium, oh come on now do we have M. Night’s next movie “i see dead fish” here? Lots of people have a heck of a time keeping a air fern alive, gold fish too for that matter so now you want to let them have a go with a intregrated bio system….ya well i guess you can compost the fish and the dead plants too.

    I like loti, they were ahead of the curve on efficeint cars from way back, so this one is good.

    The combat, runs on pixi dust and built of unobtainium…nuff said.

  • shabaz says:

    this is totally stupid.
    What here is Real?
    You’re looking at Photoshopped “concepts” and discussing them like they are REAL.
    How about highlighting what is in production today?
    lot’s of pretty photoshop on the internets today.

    • Mark says:

      You’re probably new shabaz but last time I checked, this site is and has always been about CONCEPTS. If you’re interested in real production products, why do you come here?

      • zippyflounder says:

        its a mixture now of real and proposed, when proposed they need to be discussed, dicsected and analized as to problems and advantages.The architectural wind is real, the funiture is real, the lotus is real as are the diapers. I hope to hell the frog light is NOT real.

  • fb says:

    the lightbulb is still the winner for me

  • shabaz says:

    hey mark, you win a prize, it was my first time here, now it’s my second. I stumbled here. if you disapprove of Stumble Upon maybe you can block it, somehow, by complaining or something.
    so really, does anything appearing in this site ever get put into production or is just conceptubation?

  • Raph says:

    Love frog’s LED light

  • ohnezu says:

    so we should be glad that the diapers are being flushed down the toilette and not sent to the landfill? I’m confused. Wouldn’t this cause a bigger burden on water purification? Wouldn’t it be more earth friendly to use cloth diapers that can be washed and reused?

  • DT says:

    Having just read an article about how much power “phantom power” consumes on an annual basis, the saverclip is absolutely genius!

  • The Kupe table looks simple yet very modern I love it. The vertical farm is an interesting idea – although the money and the materials it would take to build it would probably outweigh any benefits of building it. It’s a good concept though but it still might need some tweaking.

  • nb says:

    This is my 1st day with yankodesign and I am glad to have found it.

    Anyway, as normal “green” designs go, it is interesting but not practical for the mass.

    Something like #1 is not really “green” its just a specialized expensive “green wanna be trophy” imo.

    And for frog design’s LED light, it is interesting but I’ve yet to see an LED bulb that illuminates the room like conventional lights do AT SIMILAR COSTS!.

    But I suppose this is part of going really “green”.

    interesting !

  • Wow!!! That vertical farm at number #7 is looks awesome!!!

  • Time Clock says:

    Worth having all these, actually some of them are not useful for all, example – the spy-bat. But we can have the furniture and aqua stuffs.

  • Actually I was surprised by the furniture design. I was just wondering whether its for sitting or just for showcasing. Because, I doubt that it can withstand the weight of a normal human being, especially when he is leaned behind.

  • Great post. However, I would most like choose another fish than eel for the aquarium. :)

  • Goldfish would be nice, though.

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