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Tipped off by the HCD Atelier, there are some designs that warrant a second look, third look and even fourth… and this one has it all:

LEDs, solar technology, capability to support plant growth, versatile functionality, street lighting: all packaged in a very clever urban chic design that could line a street near you one day…

See the very exciting concept created by Omar Ivan Huerta Cardoso by clicking here!

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Located here in Chicago, The Indo Projects creates window installations by utilizing found objects, highlighting the positive characteristics of goods that are considered “old and worn.” Recently they created a “Make Believe” art initiative in Wicker Park and Bucktown, which features a series of commissioned installations by local designers in vacant storefronts. You can see an example of one of the displays up above – “Slow Commerce” located at 1452 N Milwaukee Ave, in Wicker Park, Chicago.

The cloud-like structures of the “Slow Commerce” installation is built entirely from up-cycled disposable cups that were salvaged from local trash cans over the course of three days. The concept of “Slow Commerce” is to encourage deceleration from our fast paced lives while creating a time and space to make more conscious and environmentally responsible decisions to positively effect our quality of life.

The installations have already created a lot of buzz in the press – see some of the other installations and vote for your favorite by visiting http://makebelieve.wegotitinwpb.com/finalists. The installations can be viewed from the street in Wicker Park and Bucktown until October 29, 2010.

About The Indo Projects:
INDO centers its window installations around found objects in attempt to rejuvenate the character of the old and worn. They began dressing windows in 2007 as a way to free themselves from the creative constraints of their desk-jobs. In addition to custom-built installations and window displays, INDO also specialize in interior architecture, graphic and web design — together, we can design our future. If you are interested in working with INDO, send a message to info@theindoprojects.com. INDO is located at 2256 West Grand in Chicago, Illinois.

Photo courtesy Inhabitat.com

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On Wednesday, April 14th, Harrington College of Design Interior Design instructor, Crandon Gustafson, was invited to Wilbur Wright College to present a lecture on “Sustainable Design in Japan: Tradition/Innovation”. In anticipation of Earth Week, Crandon was invited to present to Wright’s Environmental Tech Department and students from their architecture and humanities courses about green design in Japan.

Crandon’s presentation featured photography from the Harrington student group that visited Japan in 2007, as well as the work of Kazuyo Sejima, who was just named the 2010 Pritzker Laureate in Architecture with her partner Ryue Nishizawa. He also went on to describe CASBEE, Japan’s version of the LEED Green Building standard, and the ways in which traditional Japanese architecture responds to climate and energy.

This year, Crandon will be leading a group of 11 Harrington students from all programs (Interior Design, Communication Design & Photography) to Japan. Check out his blog on Japan at http://www.iseemyshoe.blogspot.com/ for some great cultural insight!

About Crandon Gustafson:
Crandon Gustafson, AIA, IIDA, ASID, LEED AP, is Director of the Center for Professional Development at Harrington College of Design where he also teaches graduate-level courses in design theory and research methods. Following twenty years of professional practice, he joined Harrington in 2005 as Department Chair for Interior Design. He has presented papers on sustainability and education environments design to diverse groups, and in 2007 Mr. Gustafson led a group of 14 interior design and photography students in an exploration of design and culture in Osaka, Kyoto and Tokyo. He is the current President of the Illinois Chapter of the International Interior Design Association.

Photo courtesy Morgue File

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