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Copenhagen Harbour Bath designed by JDS Architects. Photo: Lucy Reynell.

Urban Plunge - open swimming in the heart of the city

Jane Withers

13th September 2014

With the growing trend for natural swimming in cities new opportunities are opening for architects and designers to create dramatic, inspiring, enjoyable new public spaces in urban waterways, writes Jane Withers. And it's the subject of a new exhibition at London's Roca London Gallery ... more...
Male, Maldives, October 2010: President Nasheed installs solar panels on the Presidential Residence in 2010 - 18 months before the coup which brought his term of office to an end.

Only connect - a renewable energy future for small island states

Zaheer Allam

5th September 2014

The future of small island states has to be renewable, says Zaheer Allam. But that's only the first of many choices. It's just as important to develop energy networks that are diverse, resilient, adaptive and flexible - and avoid the centralised, unimodal models that investors and bureaucrats prefer to impose, often at huge long term cost. more...
White roofs are widespread in Bermuda, where they help keep buildings cool under the hot sun. Photo: Acroterion / Wikimedia Commons.

Green or white? Planted or painted roofs can cool buildings

Gurdane Virk

15th April 2015

As the world inexorably warms, Roger Kemp shows how we can help to keep our buildings cool with roof gardens - or just with white paint. And if enough people do it, entire cities will become more cooler, more pleasant places to be when hot weather hits ... more...
An illustration of a resilient architecture: fossils of a marine ecosystem from the Permian period, about 250 to 300 million years ago. These ecosystems were resilient enough to endure dramatic changes over millions of years. Image by Professor Mark A. Wi

The biological basis of resilient cities

Michael W. Mehaffy & Nikos A. Salingaros

25th January 2014

Biological systems offer design strategies for successfully adapting to an age of climate change and resource depletion. Insights from nature will be essential in creating a green and sustainable future for humankind. more...
Glass offices, Canary Wharf, London. Photo:  Cristian Teichner / Shutterstock.com.

Glass buildings kill birds - architects must act!

James Fischer

1st December 2013

Horrified at the giga-scale death of birds caused by collisions with trendy expanses of plate glass in modern buildings, James Fischer calls on architects to bring an end to the needless slaughter - and "save a billion birds"! more...
Five of the best…eco home blogs

Five of the best… eco-friendly interiors blogs

Lisa Stephens

4th May, 2012

Need inspiration for sprucing up your house? From retro furnishings to sustainable interiors, Lisa Stephens rounds up five of the best eco-friendly home blogs more...
How to give your wardrobe an eco-friendly spring update

How to give your wardrobe an eco-friendly spring update

Ruth Styles

10th April, 2012

Spring might have sprung but that doesn’t mean you have to rush out and buy a whole new wardrobe. Our experts explain how to get a new look without harming the planet more...
katharine hamnett

The Ecologist meets…Katherine Hamnett

Ruth Styles

13th March, 2012

It’s 27 years since fashion’s enfant terrible made headlines by arriving at Downing Street in a protest t-shirt but, as she tells Ruth Styles, Katharine Hamnett is as ready to stand up for the planet as ever more...
And this season’s colour is…green

Fashion special: And this season’s colour is… green

Ruth Styles

20th February, 2012

From local manufacturing to natural textiles, times are changing in the fashion industry. What’s more, the new look eco fashion isn’t just green – it’s seriously cool as well. Ruth Styles reports from London and Copenhagen more...
Five of the best…organic cotton t-shirts

Five of the best…organic cotton t-shirts

Ruth Styles

10th January, 2012

Whether you’re taking up pilates or just going for a jog, there’s an fabulous eco-friendly t-shirt for you more...
Annie and Jade

Introducing Annie Le: America's hottest new eco-designer

Ally Boyd

25th October, 2011

America might be better known for Calvin Klein and co but as Ally Boyd discovered, eco-designer Annie Le is giving them a run for their dollars more...
eco design

Top 10...eco design for home

George Blacksell

2nd September, 2011

Green design doesn't have to mean scrimping on aesthetics; as George Blacksell discovered, combining style with sustainability is easily achieved more...

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Lake Saimaa

Lake swimming, wild berries and traditional smoke saunas: summer at Lake Saimaa

Ruth Styles

11 August, 2011

With its ultra-clean water and unspoilt countryside, Finland’s Lakeland is a paradise for nature lovers and foodies alike, says Ruth Styles more...
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Fashion forward: the green designers whose clothes are making a real difference

Valentina Jovanovski

5th July, 2011

As Valentina Jovanovski discovered, today’s young designers have more on their mind than just making a quick buck more...
Erik Zwaga

Erik Zwaga: Belgium’s newest eco-design star

The Ecologist

25th March, 2011

With a talent for breathing new life into what most of us would regard as junk, designer, Erik Zwaga, has taken the art of upcycling to new heights more...
Ecolean

Sustainable design shapes the future of food packaging

Leif Huff

30th September, 2010

PHOTO GALLERY: In exclusive images from a brilliant new eco-design book we illustrate innovative ways designers around the world are creating sustainable food packaging, products and appliances... more...

Reusing bike parts to power water pumps, corn crushers and more

Mira Olson

15th July, 2010

A tiny workshop in rural Guatemala is pioneering cheap, eco-friendly, pedal-powered machines made from discarded bicycle parts more...
Janine Benyus

Janine Benyus: we need to go way beyond energy efficiency in design

Laura Sevier

30th June, 2010

The president of the Biomimicry Institute on learning from nature, designing cities to perform like ecosystems and why chemists, engineers and architects need to learn more biology more...
city made of child's wooden blocks

Can the green, 'hairy' city work with our existing, 'mineral' cities?

Susannah Hagan

19th April, 2010

Cities are at a crossroads - 'eco urbanists' want efficiency and artificial ecosystems; conventional designers want to maintain the best bits of our current urban spaces. Can they co-exist? more...
Rubbish dump

10 groups campaigning against waste

Ecologist

19th June 2009

Viewed in new light, waste is a resource – to be used again, recycled or resurrected for another use more...
Green design

Designing out waste means rethinking the system

Steve Evans

8th September, 2009

Design is everywhere, deciding how things look, how they work and how systems run. But effective ecodesign is difficult when decisions are made in isolation, says Steve Evans more...
Jeremy Harrall

Low-tech retrofit experiment could transform social housing

Eifion Rees

8th July, 2009

The Greening-the-Box initiative aims to demonstrate that retrofitting can transform hard-to-heat housing association and council properties into models of low-tech sustainability and fuel efficiency - with almost zero heating more...
Ecologist Visionaries

The Visionaries

Ecologist

20th March, 2009

Mark Anslow, Laura Sevier, Dan Box and Matilda Lee profile 10 visionaries with 10 big ideas for a better world.
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Visionaries: Carolyn Steel

Ecologist

1st April 2009

In many ways, Carolyn Steel was born to be an architect: as a child she used to dream of buildings.

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Homes for change

Homes for climate change

Susan Roaf

1st June, 2009

Building a more sustainable future is vital if our societies are to survive in a post-fossil-fuel future – but, argues Susan Roaf, the way we build must itself first change more...

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