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Marcel Botha

CEO , Spuni.com in Brooklyn

Sustainable Spoons

PRESENTED ON OCT 03, 2013
IN NEW YORK @ VOL 14

Marcel Botha believes that current manufacturing is unsustainable, and explains that we should rethink the intellectual pursuits that go into large-scale manufacturing and distribution. Marcel delves into the creation of Spuni, an innovative adaptation of the baby spoon, to show the neccessity of building an ecosystem of interdependant manufacturing experiences. 

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Make-ufacturing

BY JESSICA BANKS
@ VOL 14 ON OCT 03, 2013

Jessica Banks and Mihae Mukaida explain RockPaperRobot, a design company that specializes in the invention and fabrication of kinetic furniture, lighting, and robotic installations. They discuss the perfect manufacturing process, which requires a balance of time, money, and ability. They also offer a detailed glimpse into the creation of one of their products: a magnetically-levitating coffee table. 

"Presentation of the Day" on March 25, 2014.

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Viable Manufacturing

BY DAVID BELT
@ VOL 14 ON OCT 03, 2013

David Belt is the founder of New Lab, a company that fosters innovation in design, prototyping, and new manufacturing. He talks about the history of manufacturing in the last ten years, including the collapse of the economy and new digital trends. Creative company structures ensure that proximity breeds new ways of thinking about design, manufacturing, integration, and innovation. 

"Presentation of the Day" on March 31, 2014.

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Forestry: Sustainable Innovation

BY ANN NORMAND
@ VOL 28 ON JUN 01, 2017

"If you or anybody you know is interested in a sustainable, innovative sector, you might want to take a look deeper into the woods."

Work Wild's Anne Normand explores the careful management and innovation currently maintaining balance between humanity's resource needs and the needs of a healthy forest. Dive into some of the technology and products, from bio-fuels to plastics to building materials, that are pushing forestry to the forefront of sustainable industries. 

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Spoons

BY LISE BRATTON AND GRAEME MURRAY
@ VOL 2 ON APR 20, 2016

Graeme talks about the history of rural spoon making in southern Japanee villages, Lise talks about the Djemaa El Fna square in Marrakech, and they relate these very different cultures to their own woodwork practices.

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VR Saving Planet A

BY CARINA MENTRUP
@ VOL 8 ON JUL 13, 2017

With VR Saving Planet A, Carinas startup uses immersive technologies as a powerful tool in education for sustainable development.
The powerful experiences in Virtual Reality can raise awareness for climate change, create empathy and teach us how to make more sustainable choices for the future of our planet - because there is no Planet B.

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Sustainable Cities

BY ASTGHINE PASOYAN
@ VOL 26 ON SEP 28, 2018

Astghine Pasoyan discusses what makes cities sustainable, including economic, social and environmental development challenges, with a focus on Yerevan. 

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Sustainable fashion

BY NIIMA MUNKHBAATAR
@ VOL 1 ON SEP 06, 2018

Niima is a co-founder of a brand 93//Kidult. She shares about the importance of sustainability in fashion industry.

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Housing 2.0: A Sustainable, Habitable Future

BY CHRIS MORGAN
@ 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. 

johngilbert.co.uk / @johngilbertarch