The Society for Responsible Design, founded in 1989, may be one of the oldest professional associations committed to the pursuit of environmentally and socially aware design. Now, after eight years of dedicated volunteer hard yards showcasing state-based graduate works, they've finally been able to give the exhibit the national exposure that new ecodesign deserves.
32 talented graduates, representing eight design streams have lent 26 of their inspiring projects to the SRD Change 2011 exhibition. See the projects first hand, as they take over the complete upper ground floor of a 6 Star Green Star office building in Australia's first tri-generation precinct. The official cocktail opening is tonight, but the exhibition will run until 12 August 2011.Here is a brief précis of just three of the 26 sustainable design projects on display:
Kopper (pictured below left) s a hand cleaning device, which through electrolysis and filtration systems eliminate 99.99% of all parasites, viruses and bacteria whilst producing clean water as it's only bi-product of use. Kopper can help control the spread of preventable diseases via basic hand washing practices, yet it uses existing water supplies (regardless of contamination).
Seen above left is the Seed Stock Preservation System for Developing Agricultural Communities. (catchy name, huh!) is a portable, solar powered unit which extracts nitrogen gas from air. The Nitrogen can be pumped into a sealable container, purging out all oxygen, ensuring the seed is stored in a stable low temperature for longer preservation.
Cot to Coffin (seen in leading photo) is furniture, essentially a bed, that explores the 'lifespan' of material objects in relation to human life by mimicking mankinds own cot to coffin journey.
The other projects in SRD Change 11 National cover a very broad spread from, say, getting down and dirty with visual design for highlighting the importance of phosphorus in our lowly urine, right through to the environmental impact of the surf industry, and onwards upwards to the lofty heights of greener high rise buildings, and also how sustainable high density living works 48 storeys off the ground.
The exhibition is also part of the larger Sydney Design festival.
Disclosure: This writer is a rather inactive member of the SRD.
More SRD Change:
• Green Student Design Challenges Status Quo at SRD Change 08 Exhibition
• SRD Change09: Students Seek to Inspire, Provoke and Change Design
• Design Students Create a Brighter Future: SRD Change 2010 Exhibition