First LEED Certified Parking Garage

First LEED Certified Parking Garage

As oxymoronic as it sounds, there is a parking garage that is considered “green”. “How?” you ask. Designers Moore Ruble Yudell Architects and Planners, constructed the garage, which is on its way to being the first LEED Certified parking structure in the USA. The structure provides 900 parking spaces (14 of which are devoted to electric vehicles) throughout six levels of above ground parking and one and a half levels of below ground parking.

0 Architect: Moore Ruble Yudell

Wastefullness Kills Flowers

Wastefullness Kills Flowers

Did you know? To help drive that concept home further, the FlowerPod is a playful way to display your energy consumption and provides advice on reducing your carbon footprint thru a computer. Not only do you get graphs, charts, and money saving tips, but a digital flower grows and blossom in response to your success or failure.

0 Designer: Katrine Rafn Knudsen

Toyota Goes on a Diet

Toyota Goes on a Diet

Toyota is getting seriously body conscious with its latest fuel efficient concept the 1/X. Taking everything they learned from their highly successful hybrid Prius, Toyota is looking for more ways to squeeze every inch from a gallon of gas possible. This 1/X concept design was built from the ground up with light weight materials, with which they hope to double the Prius’ already impressive mileage ranking.

0 Designer: Toyota

Death to Plant Death

Death to Plant Death

Keeping a house plant alive can be more challenging than most people think. Some plants needs more light and less water, while other pot dwellers need more water and less light. Still others prefer you call them Sally and talk dirty to them…last time I buy a plant in  Kabukicho.  With its unique watering system, designer Karim Rashid’s “Grobal” plant pot keeps your house plants lush, green, and looking sharp.

0 Designer: Karim Rashid

Paper, Tea, and a dash of reality

Paper, Tea, and a dash of reality

For sale: This charming “Tea House” by architect Shigeru Ban, is perfect for those cozy afternoons drinking tea and healing from paper cuts. Designed as an exercise in low-tech, adaptable and recyclable construction. The use of paper based building materials might prove to be a reasonable temporary housing solution in disaster zones around the globe.

0 Architect: Shigeru Ban

Insect Printer

Insect Printer

What better way to tell someone you love them then to have nature’s creatures do the dirty work for you? Now you too can play God by having and army of caterpillars spell out your stalker tendencies. Yes, I realize this is not the usual “product concept” you are used to seeing here on Yanko Design, but it is an interesting way to work with nature as a replacement for your tree killing printer.

0 Designer: Kyung-Ah Park

Mother Nature's Business Card

Mother Nature’s Business Card

Every year, here in the U.S., during the Christmas holiday season, televisions airwaves are filled with commercials for some of the silliest gift ideas ever invented. Year after year we are inundated with ads trying to get you to succumb to the charms of legendary products like the magnetized “miracle-cure” bracelet, 9/11 Commemorative Collectable Coin, US Civil War Chess Sets and the king of all useless items, the Chia Pet.

0 Designer: Jamie Wieck

GreenHouse Effect

GreenHouse Effect

The GreenHouse Effect is a collection of 10 product concepts by Orcadesign exploring the approaches to sustainability through design. What could green design be? Beyond statistics, technology and sacrifices? How can the (green) product sincerely and meaningfully connect with people, making it a truly more appealing alternative to other (not-so-green) products?

0 Designer: Orcadesign

Recycled Packaging Lights by Anke Weiss

Recycled Packaging Lights by Anke Weiss

The packaging lights show the transformation of a mass-product into a unique item. Through individual adaptation the packaging of products like juice, cookies or soap gain a new purpose. The packaging which purpose it is to support the sale of its content becomes a product itself. It survives the point where it usually turns into garbage.

0 Designer: Anke Weiss

Reuse in Design

Reuse in Design

With green being the new black, everyone is jumping on the bandwagon and claiming they are environmentally friendly. But what is actually being done here?

Well…executives are high fiving each other for masking their planet plundering ways with carbon credits, designers are trying to figure out how they are supposed to help the environment by making more stuff, and every year McDonald’s hosts a nation wide ‘clean-up’ day where volunteers pick up the companies rubbish from the landscape.

Stay Cool Working Out

Stay Cool Working Out

The Cycool is designed for people who hate working out and hate sweating. It goes without saying if you work out, you’re going to sweat – thus we have millions of overweight (but dry) people around the world. With the Cycool, put those sweat gland in check. The system is powered by your own peddling. The faster you peddle, the faster the fan.

0 Designer: Jin Woo Han

ReTHINKING ReSOURCES

ReTHINKING ReSOURCES

Forty percent of the world´s energy is used by buildings. More than fifty percent of the greenhouse gases come from buildings and the construction industry. Mexican architectural firm, ReCURSO Studios, has these eye opening environmental facts well understood when they set out to design this modern showcase of low impact, sustainable architecture.

0 Architect: ReCURSO Studio

Sort and Separate

Sort and Separate

Lets face it. We all should be recycling. What used to be simple; “metal goes here, paper goes there, and plastic goes in over there,” is now a bit more complicated. For example did you know not all plastics and metals can be recycled? If you look for the recycling symbol on most packaging, it’s often filled with a number value. They denote what can and can’t be recycled. That’s where the Barcode Trashcan comes in. It makes being “green” a lot easier.

0 Designer: Woo Seok Park