Sunday

Paris!

I am  going to Paris for spring break with my grandparents. They have been a few times, so they know alot about it and where to go.

I would love some advice on where I should go or places to see.

Here are some photos of an apartment you can stay at.
I like how the space is utilized. It is small but still very highly designed.






Tuesday

Firm Research

We have been ask to start looking at what kind of firm we would like to work for in the future. I think a design firm that puts emphasis on sustainability and ecologically friendly materials/resources would be a great place to start. I feel that the perfect balance of doing something I have spend time growing to learn about and love, like design, is achieved by bettering the world on a deeper level. I have decided that is something I feel would be the most fulfilling for me. 

I am doing my homework on firms and cities that focus on sustainable design.
Here are a few...


Mannigan Edwards International
Offices in LA and Australia 


Quotes on their site:

"So often green designers put all the focus on the architecture and energy efficiency of a new or renovated building, and then forget about the paint, furniture, and accessories. All of these elements if chosen correctly can contribute to reducing our carbon footprint and create a sustainable space."


"We look comprehensively at every item we select and its impact on the environment over its full lifespan, beginning with how it is produced, whether it uses non-toxic or renewable materials, how the company treats its workers, where it is made, how far it travels, how long it will last, and what happens to it when it’s finished being used."  

Their mantra is "Sustainable interior design...looks chic, feels good."

Deductions:

  • They use eco friendly elements in all parts of the design, from the lighting to the trashcans.
  • Cradle to cradle is something they understand and apply to their design.
  • LEED point scales are most likely what they look to as a basis for their projects.
  • Because they are a member of the Australian Green Development Forum and have locations in two green conscious hubs they definitely get clients that want to utilize their sustainability knowledge.


Perkins + Will
All over US



Quotes on their site:

"At Perkins+Will, sustainable design is a result of a creative and collaborative process that involves all our disciplines. We're not only reducing environmental impact, minimizing greenhouse gas emissions, reintegrating ecological systems and limiting exposure to harmful substances, but we're also helping to improve the environment through regenerative design."

"Every one of our offices that is renovated or constructed is designed to LEED Platinum standards and metered to monitor performance. As a carbon-neutral organization, we're offsetting our carbon emissions and investing in renewable energy technologies."

Mantra: Project-by-project and day-by-day, sustainability is a part of everything we do.

Deductions:
  • They research sustainability and offer clients "sustainable advisory services" 
  • A lot of the sustainability begins with the structure and how it is built, but interiors focus on it as well
  • They strive for the highest level of LEED standards
  • The are large and established


Slifer Designs
Edwards, Colorado 


Quotes from their site:

"The future challenge is for everyone to develop sustainable lifestyles. We recommend gathering a team of experts (interior designers, architects, developers, builders) from the beginning to create the best end result. Unlike years ago, green building and design are no longer necessarily more expensive, uncomfortable or unattractive. Beautiful fabrics, furniture and finishes blend seamlessly with comfortable interiors while at the same time providing a healthier living environment for your new gathering place."

Deductions:
  • The design staff focuses on all avenues of sustainability, even the fabric selections
  • They have 4 leed accredited people and work with builders and other people in the industry that have experience and a love for sustainability


Mantra: "Working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live and work."

Other firm sites:

ReDesign

Fxfowle

Rees

3Fold Design Studio



Websites I like that focus on sustainability:

Sunday

Awesome Stufff!

Here are some interesting statistic from the Human Resource Management:

  • Companies that implement environmental responsibility programs cite improved employee morale (44 percent), increased employee loyalty (16 percent) and a stronger public image for the company (42 percent) as top benefits. They also report increased consumer/customer confidence/choice (20 percent) and a positive financial bottom line (19 percent) as a result of the organization's environmental responsible program.

  • The most common barrier to creating an environmental program is implementation cost (85 percent) followed by maintenance cost (74 percent). Other barriers include lack of management support (43 percent), lack of employee support (25 percent), and concern for workplace inefficiency (20 percent).

  • Nearly three out of four employees from companies without environmental programs say they want their employers to "go green." Seventy-three (73) percent of surveyed employees in companies without an environmental responsibility policy thought it was very or somewhat important that their organization develop an environmental responsibility policy.

  • The majority of "green" programs are created by a senior management team (32 percent) and roughly the same number (31 percent) are also responsible for implementation.

  • The HR professionals surveyed rank the top five environmentally-responsible practices to be: 1) encouraging employees to work more environmentally friendly (83 percent); 2) offering a recycling program for office products (83 percent); 3) donating and discounting used office furniture and supplies to employees or local charity (73 percent); 4) using energy efficient lighting systems and equipment such as ENERGY STAR(R) equipment and occupancy sensors (66 percent); and 5) installing automatic shutoff for equipment (63 percent).

  • Employees offer a slightly different view and rank the five most important environmentally-responsible practices as follows: 1) donating and discounting used office furniture and supplies to employees or local charity (53 percent); 2) promoting walking, biking, taking public transit (49 percent); 3) using energy efficient lighting systems and equipment (43 percent); 4) offering a recycling programs for office products (39 percent); and 5) encouraging employees to work more environmentally friendly (36 percent).

  • Both human resource professionals and employees state that their primary, or number one, motivation for participating in environmentally responsible programs is to make a contribution to society.

Thought this might be helpful for our project!!

Sustainability References

Great sustainability related blogs and what I thought:




  • "The Green Workplace" has a lot of info on green products. It is written by a women who writes from her perspective and gives honest options. She has a lot on insight into the world of sustainability because she does so much research for her blog. The search feature is helpful if you are looking for a specific product or topic. 


Here is a link to a post on sustainable office furniture I found helpful with the beginning development of a studio 6 project:


http://www.thegreenworkplace.com/2007/12/sustainable-office-furniture.html


The main page link:
http://www.thegreenworkplace.com/


The author actually wrote book you can get on amazon for about $15.


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    "Inhabitat" has diverse information that includes many facets of design. Fashion, art, interior, and exterior designs. I like that it has corky designs for around the world; many of which are made from recycled materials. 
    Here are some photos from the site I really liked:
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        (Thorncrow Chapel in Eureka!!!)
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        Link to the site:

      • "Metro Hippie" might have a sort of obnoxious name, but it is a great blog. They have their subjects arranged in a user friendly way. (food, fashion, voice, design, architecture, ect.)
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        Link to the site:
                http://metrohippie.com



      • The Green Building and Design magazine website has a lot of informative stories and product profiles.




      Link to the site:


      http://gbdmagazine.com/


      The site says you can subscribe for free if you are I have submitted my information to order it, so I will let you know what the verdict is.




      • I also like the "Energy of the City" magazine website because you can access all issues from the site.




       http://energyofthecitymag.com/?gclid=COXY4OfF9KYCFSVe7Aodh1LHAA


      Enjoy,
      Megan