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Sustainable design case studies

Designing solutions to epic challenges

With earth’s rising population, we face epic challenges—even as we try to provide for more people while taking less from the planet. Forward-thinking designers are using new tools, technologies, and ingenuity to develop future-relevant solutions that address these challenges.

Read these sustainable design stories to learn how principles and ideas from the design-led revolution are encouraging designers to tackle global problems in fresh ways.

Improving public health

BioLite addresses the disastrous health impacts of cooking over open fires with HomeStoves that reduce smoke by up to 90%.
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Creating an underwater wonderland: Bombora Wave Power

With a fresh approach to renewable energy, Bombora Wave Power engineers discover that there’s more to renewable energy than simply electricity.
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Whisper-quiet wind power: Renewable Energy Solutions Australia (RESA)

Looking to maximize the potential of the wind as an infinite power source, RESA saw an opportunity to champion a wind power design-led revolution.
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Turbines that energize the developing world

The design team at WindPax brings clean, affordable electricity to remote reaches of the developing world with portable, collapsible wind turbines.
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Hybrid generators cut need for diesel around the world

Planetary Power develops a hybrid power system that brings clean, renewable power to areas that lack a reliable power grid.
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Designing infrastructure to save and improve lives: MASS Design Group

MASS Design Group supports sustainable development by working with builders in areas with unconventional resources—like rural Rwanda—to design hospitals and schools that are not only functional, but also make beautiful use of local materials.
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