The work of Studio Nienke Hoogvliet, the textile, product and concept design firm founded by Nienke Hoogvliet last year, focuses largely on products made of natural materials and with traditional production processes, inspired by in interest Delft-based Hoogvliet’s newest design, Sea Me, blends both. It’s a rug, made of yarn derived from sea algae fibers and hand-woven using an old fishing net—a creative commentary on the state of our oceans from plastic pollution. We talked to the up-and-coming young Dutch designer about her experiments with the unusual material and the resulting one-of-a-kind piece.
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Inspired by principles of the biophilia hypothesis—the inherent human affinity for natural systems and processes—the University of Florida Clinical Translational Research Building (CTRB), fully incorporates the environmental forces of its site, both natural and manmade. Today, the project’s architectural spearhead, Perkins+Will’s design director Pat Bosch, talks with us about the ins and outs of creating the carbon-neutral structure, which provides sustainable healing, working and educational environments for its inhabitants.
For Scott Kelly, getting folks to go green has a lot to do with the pitch. Kelly, a longtime contractor and the founder of Kelly Green Building Advisors in Los Angeles, has been talking green for a few years, but he’s quick to point out, “I don’t preach green; I preach high performance energy efficiency.” The distinction matters, because it plays on concerns about budget. The knock on green technology for a while now has been that it’s costly. With new building codes in California, though, mandating even higher levels of energy efficiency, green is now a way of life. Kelly is helping his industry colleagues meet and exceed those standards with his latest venture, Energy Upgrade Solutions.
“We had hit a rock wall around housing. It’s such an intractable issue, and we needed to be doing something different,” Margarita Luna, Program Manager, Eastern Coachella Valley, for the California Endowment, says of the state of housing in the region. But how could the organization, which is dedicated to expanding access to affordable healthcare for individuals and communities across the state as well as improving the overall health of Californians, do it?
As part of our Wayback Wednesday series of posts, celebrating our 15th anniversary this year, we're highlighting some of our favorite features from FORM's print edition. Today, we're sharing an interview our editor-in-chief, Alexi Drosu, conducted with James Garland, the founder and president of Fluidity Design Consultants, a firm specializing in water design. Below, he talks with Alexi about what drew him to water design, his sources of inspiration and how his approach has evolved over the years. He also touches on the future of "green" water design, a subject that has increasing and urgent relevance to those living in regions facing drought conditions of historic proportions.