Harnessing Iceland’s Molten Lava to Create Building Materials

Architects at Reykjavík-based Studio Arnhildur Pálmadóttir are researching ways to harness molten lava from Iceland’s volcanoes to use as a natural building material; an alternative to current materials which are responsible for 11% of annual global CO2 emissions. A recent project called Lavaforming details three different ways to cultivate lava: digging trenches for lava to flow into when a volcano erupts, drilling into magma before …

The Eames Institute of Infinite Curiosity Inspires Future Generations to Design a Better World

The new non-profit applies the lessons of Ray and Charles Eames to the challenges of today

In the 1960s, Ray and Charles Eames undertook a project for the National Aquarium for which they installed 20 saltwater tanks in their office. The plan exemplified the iconic duo’s brilliant thought processes and went on to inspire the designers to approach their work more sustainably, according to Llisa Demetrios, Chief Curator of the Eames Institute and granddaughter of Ray and Charles Eames. On one hand, the …

A New Building in Manhattan is Made of 577,367 Pounds of Waste

At the corner of NYC’s 47th Street and 11th Avenue now sits The West, a new building made up of 219 residences and 577,367 pounds of recycled waste. From StoneCycling, the building’s bricks comprise 60% of byproducts from the construction industry—the first time this material has been used in the US. Not only are these bricks more sustainable than traditional ones, but they’re also design-forward. …