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dam baby… i mean baby dam

baby dam

This device alows you to block of an appropriate sized area for which to bath your baby in. Realistically a baby needs very little space and water for bath time. This device saves water and saves you from buying an ugly baby bath. I would raise issues of bath size variations- does the dam fit all baths?


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Hidden water saving

Eco Water Saving « The Bathroom Designer

This is another example of what I call ‘hidden water saving’. I guess there are two ways to get people to save water- make them care, or trick them into it. This bath tricks people into saving water. It is made from many layers of fiberglass that acts as a kind of insulation. This means that the bath keeps the water temperature within the bath warmer for longer, meaning that users will not continuously add more hot water when they get cold.

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rain power

Lightdrops Umbrella is Powered by Rain

I found this new umbrella design (by Sang-Kyun Park) through searching in Iconocast.com
This umbrella uses the energy from rain drops falling on its surface to turn on LED lights. The rain drops energy is harvested as kinetic energy- the heavier the rain the brighter the light. The umbrella surface is made from
polyvinylidene fluoride (PVDF).

Not only do we waste water on a regular basis, it seems we also waste its potential to create energy.

What if an entire roof top was created in a similar way? We could be lighting our lives with PVDF roof tops.

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My shower curtain is a green warrior

MoCo Loco: My Shower Curtain is a Green Warrior by Elisabeth Buecher


The shower curtain that cuts down your water use. This shower curtain slowly infates whilst you shower. After a few minutes the curtain begins to invade your space and forces you to finish up. I really enjoy the humor in this piece. So many water saving ideas are strict and serious. Why not add a little humour- having fun with water saving has got to be a winner.


These spikes act the same way- inflating whilst you shower and eventually pushing you out. The late designer Elisabeth Buecher comments on design for pain and design for you own good:

‘My approach to design can sometimes appear shockingly radical but I have got different reasons to legitimise that. An alarm clock is not what we can call a pleasurable object. It is often even painful to be awoken by it. However it is a necessary object, which regulates our lives and the society. That’s what I call the “design for pain and for our own good”. Some of my designs seem to constrain people, acting like an alarm clock, awaking people to the consciousness of their behaviour and giving them limits. People often need an external signal to behave more. In France the government added thousands of new radars on the roads to fight excessive speed. And it worked: there are far less people killed on the roads of France today. I call it “design of threat and punishment” and I use it as an educational tool.’

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Traces of Water Workshop 2: Water Practices and everyday life

Will Medd and Elizabeth Shove, Lancaster University

‘It we start to think about our everyday activities, and what needs to be in place to enable them to happen, we soon find ourselves looking beyond our own capacity to decide and choose. Much of what we do in everyday life is routine. Such routines require a complex co-ordination of bodies, minds, technologies, and resources. In everyday life, these different elements come together and are regularly, if invisibly, co-ordinated as we go about our most basic tasks, from brushing teeth to watering a garden plant. Instead of understanding these practices in terms of a set of decisions – such as ‘what is the cost in relation to benefit’ or ‘is this the best option for me’ – social scientists have developed the concept of practice. A practice refers to a ‘routinised type of behaviour’ (Reckwitz 2002 p.249). Different practices involve different elements and/or different relationships between the elements.’

‘The existence of a practice depends upon the specific interconnectedness of many elements:
• Forms of bodily activity
• Mental activity
• Things and their use
• Background knowledge in the form of understanding, know-how and notions of competence
• States of emotion and motivational knowledge
At the same time, elements and interconnections are reproduced through the practice (following Reckwitz 2002).’

I found these reports by Will Medd and Elizabeth Shove to be so much about what I am doing. Within the text the authors point out ‘The key point is that the consumption of water takes place as a consequence of accomplishing different types of practices rather than for its own sake.’
The idea that water consumption is embedded within a larger practices- say having a shower is about being clean, not about water use, is obvious, however is an idea I have never addressed. How can you switch the practice of having a shower to having the key idea of water use with objectives of cleanliness being secondary. Cultural ideas of cleanliness are so embedded in our lives- can water saving sit beside that? How long does it take to become ‘clean’ in a shower? 2 minutes? So what are the other 10 or so minutes about that people spend standing in the shower? Is it about warmth, comfort, meaningful thought, singing…

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Take away sink

Greener Gadgets › Wanted: A More Intelligent Design

This is another take away sink. The design is for the core 77 greener gadgets design competition (top 50). This design has a swivel base and can be turned by the user. Unlike the Hughie sink it cannot be used in the existing sink space, instead sits on top of the bench. Could this be a problem for height?

This is also my fist post using scibefire! Its so easy. Thanks Soumitri

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greener gadgets

So when browsing (as I so often do) I came across the Greener Gadgets and competition in conjunction with Core 77. The competition targets green design of household products and electrical goods. The brief is as follows:

‘We invited designers to explore the concept of “Greener Gadgets.” Designs sought to minimize the environmental impact of consumer electronic devices at any stage in the product life cycle. Areas of sustainability to consider included energy, materials/life cycle/recycling, social impact, and educational development. Designers could focus on a particular area of human enterprise (learning, playing, communicating, etc.) or a particular context (work, home, school, etc.), a particular material, or a specific device. Entries could also seek to create new paradigms for products and services.’ http://www.greenergadgets.com/index.php/design-competition/

One entry I found of particular interest was that from Yunwen Hsu. Hsu designed a rice cooker/washing device that stores the water that is used to wash the starch from rice. Traditionally in Asian households,  ‘rice water’ is re-used to wash dishes. The starch is particularly good at removing grease and oils from plates. In modern times most households throw away starchy water and use fresh water and detergent instead. This design washes and cooks rice, then stores the water in an easy to access container. Awesome…

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