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John Thackara
Energy: Thriving On Five Percent?
03.03.14

Energy requirements per person in modern times are 60 times higher than our ancestors. How do we sustain that need as populations also increase?

Alexandra Lange
Premature Demolition
John Thackara
Design In The Light of Dark Energy
John Thackara
A Reading List for Mr. Mario Monti
02.14.12

A (mostly) online list of readings for the new Italian Prime Minister, Mr. Mario Monti, and anyone else who is ready for a cold hard look at our energy resources and options.

Alexandra Lange
Round Thermostats and Crystal Lanterns, Revisited
02.13.12

Old designs, new tricks: updates on lawsuits filed against the new Nest thermometer, and on behalf of midcentury masterpiece Manufacturers Hanover.

Courtney Drake, William Drenttel, and Deirdre Cerminaro
Design and the Social Sector: An Annotated Bibliography
10.27.11

This bibiography surveys the literature of social design — the spectrum from design process and thinking to the zones of social innovation.

John Thackara
Iceland: Eaten Alive, or Growing to Live?
09.05.11

Exploding the myth of Iceland's "green" energy — with alternative suggestions

Phil Patton
The Green Dashboard
08.30.11

The design of instrument panels reflects the new technologies of hybrid and electric vehicles

Phil Patton
Another Wrong Turn for Chris Paine
05.05.11

Review of the documentary film Revenge of the Electric Car.

John Thackara
Renewable Energy: Salvation or Snake Oil?
02.03.11

Critique of The Energy Report published by the World Wildlife Fund, which asserts that the world's energy needs could be met by alternative sources.

Phil Patton
Charging Double
01.05.11

Comparing two new electric-car chargers: Blink and WattStation

Ernest Beck
Climate Change Chocolate Update
09.02.10

Update on Climate Change Chocolate and other ideas for offsetting carbon. Originally published August 17, 2009.

Ernest Beck
SELCO: Case Study Synopsis & Teaching Objectives
08.23.10

This case study about SELCO, a solar energy company in India, provides an opportunity to examine the strategy of a business with a social purpose and a heavy reliance on innovative design.


Phil Patton
Mitsubishi i-MiEV Electric Car
08.18.10

Review of Mitsubishi's i-MiEV electric car.

John Thackara
Could Green Energy Kill the Desert?
08.02.10

Large scale wind power might not be as green as you think.

Mitch Epstein
Why Not in My Backyard?
01.21.10

Mitch Epstein's photo of Amos Coal Power Plant, Raymond City, West Virginia 2004, from his book American Power (Steidl, 2009).

Jane Withers
In Praise of Shadows
12.04.09

Essay adapted from "In Praise of Shadows: New European Lighting Design," presented at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, September 19–October 18, 2009.

Julie Lasky
CO2 CUBES
12.04.09

Description of CO2 CUBES: Visualize a Tonne of Change, a multimedia installation created for the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, Conference of the Parties (COP-15), held in Copenhagen in December 2009.

Jonathan Schultz
Better Place
09.22.09

Report on Better Place, winner of the 2009 INDEX Award in the Community category.

Bryan Mealer, and William Kamkwamba
The Doers Club
09.09.09

Design prodigy William Kamkwamba recalls building a windmill to generate electricity for his village in Malawi, Africa.

Mark Dery
Paradise Fouled
09.09.09

Review of Crude, Joe Berlinger's documentary film about a lawsuit filed against Chevron by denizens of the Ecuadorean Amazon.

Phil Patton
Triple-Digit Inflation
08.29.09

Phil Patton questions GM's sustainability claims for its Chevrolet Volt electric car.

Karrie Jacobs
A Thousand Points on Light: Part II
08.21.09

Continuation of debate between lighting designer Leni Schwendinger and Dark-Sky advocate Susan Harder about proper illumination of urban, suburban and rural environments.

Karrie Jacobs
A Thousand Points on Light: Part I
08.19.09

Debate between lighting designer Leni Schwendinger and Dark-Sky advocate Susan Harder about proper illumination of urban, suburban and rural environments.

Teun Voeten
Hell in a Horse Cart
08.18.09

Photo of coal merchant in Shanxi Province, China, by Teun Voeten.

Alec Appelbaum
FLAP Bag
08.13.09

Report on the FLAP bag, a multipurpose messenger bag for developing-world populations.

Ernest Beck
Climate Change Chocolate
08.04.09

While environmentalists debate the ethics and effectiveness of carbon offsets, designers work to make them appealing.

Julie Lasky
When Worlds Collide
07.30.09

Report on TEDGlobal 2009, held July 21–24 in Oxford, England.

Taryn Simon
Blue Note
07.29.09

Nuclear Waste Encapsulation and Storage Facility Cherenkov Radiation, Hanford Site, U.S. Department of Energy, Southeastern Washington State. Photograph by Taryn Simon.


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