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design to support cycling—no it’s not a bike

I’ve covered a few bikes in this blog (5 ways bikes teach us about sustainable design and this piece about re-imagining the garage to include/prioritize bikes) and I’m generally interested in how designers can contribute to sustainable transportation. Transportation systems are so big and complex, it can seem overwhelming in terms of where to start.

treesaurus-bikeshed-2That’s why I liked this bike storage solution from Treesaurus. It re-imagines the type of storage we typically have in the kitchen or bedroom drawer at a bicycle scale.

Here’s are some details direct from Treesaurus:

The aluminium infrastructure is clad in sustainable hardwood with a green roof, so you don’t lose valuable planting space. The store holds 2 or more adult bikes, securely locked with five-lever locks built into the door.

A little over a metre wide the four bike version will fit beside the car in most drives and you won’t need to move the car to get the bikes. The bike store roof comes with a choice of wild grass, wild flower or a mix of wild flower and sedum planting.

The drawback is, it’s not cheap – starting at more than £4500 (around $7000). But imagine, as more people use this kind of solution, options should increase and become more affordable.

Have any solutions that you like for this area? Let us know in the comments.

recycling: weapons into jewelry

Reuse and recycling are at the core of sustainable design, but in an ideal scenario you don’t just recycle…you upcycle. You make something of even higher value out of the material you are reusing. That’s what high-end jewelry and watchmaker Fonderie 47 is doing with confiscated weapons such as AK-47s. According to this Huffington PostContinue Reading

distributing cloud computing to generate heat where it’s needed

distributing cloud computing to generate heat where it’s needed

A new German company called Cloud&Heat has reimagined cloud computing to double as a heating service for residences, TechRepublic reports. The company places a secure server cabinet in the residence and conducts necessary maintenance (once or twice a year) at agreed times. The Coud&Heat secure server cabinet Not only does the unwanted heat find aContinue Reading

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