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Bio-bean: Imagine cities powered by coffee waste
Bio-bean is an award-winning clean technology company that recycles waste coffee grounds into advanced biofuels that could replace fossil fuels in cities.
Enabled by design: A way finding system that considers the disabled
A More Inclusive Pedestrian Wayfinding System builds on the existing "Legible London" system to create an enhanced and more user-friendly navigation system.
“Give a Beep” calls for a more cycle-friendly London
Swedish company Hövding kickstarts movement that encourages London’s mayor to “give a beep” about cyclists’ safety.
A new human-centred packaging system for ARV medication in Africa
A new system for the packaging of AIDS-related virus medication in Sub-Saharan Africa thinks more holistically about the user's needs.
Why I've got beef with festivals like Glastonbury
In Issue 3 of Do The Green Thing, Naresh Ramchandani tells us why it's time for festivals like Glastonbury to go meat free.
The Hive pavilion replicates the ways bees communicate
Built using over 17 000 pieces of aluminium, the Hive is fitted with LED lights and sound to replicate the buzzing, tooting and quacking communication cues used
Benjamin Hubert on how to redesign the way you work to make a bigger, better impact
Design by numbers. British industrial designer Benjamin Hubert shares a bit of data about his journey through the design industry.
Why London's cars are like America's guns
Issue 2 of Do The Green Thing, "Why London's cars are like America's guns", is a call to reduce the number of cars and protect public space and fresh air.
Margaret Calvert: Sign of the times
Renowned graphic designer Margaret Calvert talks tech and working against repetition.
Ged Palmer and the art of lettering
British designer Ged Palmer is a master of hand painted lettering. He works with a brush (not a keyboard and mouse) because it brings him better peace of mind.
Benjamin Hubert’s Layer agency creates ceramic charging trays
Elegantly designed, the ceramic trays incorporate charging in an aim to minimise the visual impact of technology.
Fleet of buses set to double up as mobile exercise studios
London gym will transform commuter buses into spinning studios so that commuters can squeeze in a morning workout.
Margaret Calvert on work and play over 60 years in graphic design
South African-born graphic designer Margaret Calvert, OBE is best known for the signs she helped design for Britain's roads. You can now watch her full talk.
Beating Heart: An archive of African sounds is remixed for a new album
Several famous musicians have contributed remixes to the new Beating Hearts album, using sounds from a vast and previously private audio archive.
Willy-Wonka style elevators proposed for London
Elevators that transport Londoners out of the subway up to their office blocks using upward, downward and sideways movement.
Dominic Wilcox on thinking your way out of the normal
Here's a taster from the whimsical, stirring talk from British product designer Dominic Wilcox on how to hunt for new ideas in the everyday.
Benjamin Hubert: Design with meaning
Industrial designer Benjamin Hubert talks about how designers have a responsibility to solve the right kind of problems.
How to use consumerism to raise awareness for climate change
London-based design studio Something & Son ran a pop-up shop selling elegant jewellery made of coal to question mindless consumption at the cost of the earth.
Welcome Shelter: Charlie Redman’s kinetic dining experience
Architecture student Charlie Redman designed an outdoor structure that functions in any weather.
Gamer gets a high-tech bionic limb
Packed with gadgets, James Young’s robotic prosthesis also houses a drone.
Studio [D] Tale: Design for social impact in emerging economies
We talk to cross-continental architecture and design studio Studio [D] Tale about innovation in the everyday, especially in emerging economies.
Mover Kit: Make-it-yourself technology
This toy introduces kids to coding and the technology behind their gadgets.
Spherical garden rolls around looking for sunlight and water
Interactive Architecture Lab creates a mobile garden that thinks for itself.
John Radcliffe Studios documents the regular lives of refugees
Foreigner: Migration into Europe 2015–16, is a photography series that hopes to portray a less sensationalist account of the refugee crisis.
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