Consumer product design, architecture and urban planning projects ranging from a new campus plan in Egypt to a farming kindergarten in Vietnam have topped this year’s list as “The Green 100”.
This year’s winners of the 2015 Green Good Design Awards were chosen for their role in proving that “design can be a force for positive social change”. While Australia did not make the cut this year, Wishbone Design Studio from Wellington, New Zealand, a company that seeks to create designs that reduce consumption and deliver positive environmental outcomes, was one of 65 product designs chosen.
Twenty-five building and urban planning projects also join the top 100 list, and include the MDU, a mobile dental unit designed by San Francisco architect David Montalba that is literally a dental office on wheels, and the Blooming Bamboo House by Vietnamese studio H&P Architects – the first floating house that can withstand floods up to three metres.
Bloombing Bamboo House by H&P Architects. Located in Hanoi, the house is assembled with bolting, binding, hanging and placing, and features multifunctional spaces that can be used for educational purpose, or as a medical and community centre. Users can build the house by themselves in 25 days, and the house can be mass produced in modules, with each home costing only US $2,500.
Other practices to make the list include Morphosis Architects, CHANG Architects and gmp Architekten'.
"The products and buildings selected this year respect environmental limits while fulfilling social wants and needs and have become an unparalleled platform for innovation on strategy, design, manufacturing and brand, offering massive opportunities to compete and to adapt to a rapidly evolving world,” said Christian Narkiewicz-Laine, Museum President of The Chicago Athenaeum.
Berlin-based organisation Little Sun was also awarded a Green Good Design. Founded by Icelandic artist Olafur Eliasson and engineer Frederik Ottesen, the Little Sun is a solar-powered lamp that features the world's most efficient solar cell produced by SunPower. Featuring two light levels, the lamp is easy to use: five hours of charging in the sun produces 10 hours of soft light or four hours of bright light.
Organised by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design and The European Centre for Architecture Art Design and Urban Studies, the Green Good Design Awards is a special edition of the Good Design awards program. The Green 100 will be featured in an exhibition at The European Centre’s Museum, Contemporary Space Athens in Greece from June 26 to August 10.
The exhibition then travels to Chicago for the Third Chicago Architecture Biennale in September. To find out more visit http://www.chi-athenaeum.org/.