Sustainable Design: A Case Study On Environmental Design

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TOPIC 1: Environmental Design

Environmental design is a concept which draws inspiration from our natural surroundings as a point of reference. Environmental design ranges widely from architecture, product design, engineering, urban planning, technology design and generally makes use of the combination of many of these principles within a particular project.
The use of environmentally benefitting production materials and methods of production together help create environmentally friendly designs. D4S as a newly coined term meaning, Design for Sustainability. Sustainable designs aim to make no environmental impact during its
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The Box Sofa can be recycled again and again once it has reached the end of its useful lifespan. It is therefore a comprehensive environmentally friendly design aimed to work towards a future of sustainable furniture.
Another key design element regarding environmental design is the concept, bio-morphism and bio-mimicry. Bio-morphism is when designers use shapes, forms and colours found in nature and incorporate them into the aesthetic of their design. Bio-mimicry is when eco systems and natural interactions are studies and copied in manmade systems such as water drainage systems or colour changing materials like that of a chameleon’s skin.
Tord Boontjie’s Fig Leaf Wardrobe is an intricate structure consisting of hand painted leaves, painted with enamel onto glass. There are ten basic but varying leaf shapes which are all hung on a tangle of hand moulded vines and together form doors which envelop a bronze tree in the centre of the wardrobe cast using the lost-was process (a process developed by Patrick Blanchard, the head of sculpture at École Boulle,
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Stephen Lamb is based in Cape Town, South Africa and has gained over 14 years of experience in sustainable and environmental design. In 2004 Steven Lamb began his career in conservation and sustainability through environmental design by dedicating himself to create designs which meet both the needs of nature and people. He has worked for Non-Government Organisations as well as government conservation organisations in order to find solutions and alternatives for sustainable living. Lamb has worked in China on the entrance pavilion for the 9th Shanghai Beinnale, worked in the Philippines in collaboration with the Liter of Light Foundation and has continued to gain experience through international and local projects. Lamb’s projects have received many awards, some of which being a silver Lourie and a South African National Parks Kudu Award for his research, initiative and innovation in

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