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Dave Bramston

Designer & Design Author in Lincoln

Upcycling in China


Watch how rubbish transforms into beauty proving nothing goes to waste in the hands of industrial designer Dave Bramston. Follow him during one of his journeys in China hunting for his next creations. The straightforward array of befores and afters will get you motivated to give it a go yourself. Upcycling doesn't get better than this!

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Up-cycling Auto Parts

@ VOL 16 ON MAY 25, 2013

Telly Sze Wing Woo, member of ATB Auto Art, talks about the beginning of the company and its mission; to upcycle discarded auto parts into stylish furniture.

She takes us through the process of creating the pieces, from scavenging auto parts to assembling the final product, and encourages upcycling to prevent unecessary waste. 

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Redesign, Upcycling, and Fashion

@ VOL 4 ON FEB 27, 2014

Kasandra Hipp discusses her sustainable re-fashion brand of upcycled goods, "Urbanfoxxes". Her creations truly embody the concept of "living what you love". (In German)

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Urban City Development in China

@ VOL 25 ON MAR 05, 2013

Thomas Hussey talks about China's current growth in urbanization. Although there are several challenges, such as outdated buildings, over-engineered highways, and pollution to deal with, they hope to redevelop the city, connect cities together, and create new cities entirely that would come to be potential solutions to those probelms. 

"Presentation of the Day" on May 6, 2014. 

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Dynamicube floor & table lamp

@ VOL 8 ON MAY 08, 2014

DYNAMICUBE (floor lamp)

Dynamicube floor lamp is a simple cube made of eight enlightening smaller cubes. Three simple hinged movements invert the lamp: its outer surfaces all become inner surfaces and vice versa.

Dynamicube may easily be produced in series, given that its main structure is composed by the assembly of interlocking pieces having the same shape.
The framework is made of aluminum (a plate of a few millimeters shaped with the thick laser cut technique) and is covered with special polycarbonate films.
A sorter box is used for the exterior, which is assembled without the use of any screws or bolts.
The project takes inspiration from the patent of Peter-Michael Pfeiffer in 1964 and following evolution made by Naoki Yoshimoto in 1971.

DYNAMICUBE II (table lamp)
Dynamicube II is an enlightened cube (15x15 cm) which may be decomposed and shaped in many positions.
The project takes inspiration from the geometry of the cube and its simple decomposition.
A complete revolution of its shape may be done with a few easy movements: the outer surfaces of the cube all become inner surfaces and vice versa.
The lamp creates a paradox: when the bright faces are turned towards the interior it creates a lantern effect that does not really exist. As a matter of fact there is no light bulb or light source at the center of
the object: it's the structure itself of the cube that creates the light seen from outside.
Dynamicube II is made of four square surfaces and four triangular ones. Four square faces of the cube are OLED panels (also an option is to add four further OLED triangular panels): the OLED are both on
the external and internal faces of the cube.
The structure is made with the technology of Wood-Skin®

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Design For Recycling

@ VOL 2 ON SEP 25, 2007

Young architect Deborah Kang won a competition organized by the City of Chicago and AIA Chicago to design an eco-aware trash recepticle that was installed in Millennium Park.  Her team's design garnered interest from design and sustainability organizations around the world - and was featured at Lollapalooza!

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@ VOL 16 ON JUL 06, 2016

Olaf Weller designs, is an entrepreneur and most of all, he follows his instincts that brought him to the craziest places in the world the last two years. He chooses to let his intuition guide him and not his fears, insecurities of others or how things are supposed to be. This brought him a succesfull product, an income, a world trip, payed for trips to China and most of all: the freedom to do exactly what he wants. 

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Kutleh: a new medium, a new stone block

@ VOL 2 ON SEP 01, 2018

Architect Rula Yaghmour speaks about her project Kutleh that repurposes the surplus from cladding tiles used in everyday construction to produce unique blocks of various forms and colors. Traces of time and stone could be beautifully seen in every design!

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Embracing Sustainability Through Interior Design

@ VOL 18 ON NOV 17, 2018

Embracing Sustainability Through Interior Design by Priyanka Soni.

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Housing 2.0: A Sustainable, Habitable Future

@ VOL 36 ON APR 17, 2019

Chris Morgan is an architect and a Director at John Gilbert Architects with over 25 years’ experience in ecological design and sustainable development. He has maintained a range of experience from masterplanning and energy infrastructure, through to award-winning and innovative architecture, research and teaching. Previously a Chair of the Scottish Ecological Design, Chris is one of only four architects with advanced sustainable architecture accreditation from the RIAS. He is a design review panellist for Architecture + Design Scotland and has certification in Passivhaus design, building biology and permaculture. / @johngilbertarch