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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.

To foster sustainable development, QBotix uses robotics to make solar energy more affordable

Cutting the cost of solar energy: QBotix
Robotics engineers at QBotix found a way to automate and improve solar farm operation, making solar power more reliable, less expensive, and more competitive with fossil fuels.
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BioLite cooking stoves are energy-efficient and reduce pollution

Reducing toxic smoke, while providing electricity: BioLite
Cleantech startup BioLite designed a cook stove that maximizes energy generation and improves home air quality to protect household health.
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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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