The idea driving Fiberforge isn't fuel. It's lighter cars. "Anything that needs to be moved from Point A to Point B would use less
fuel and less energy to accelerate it, move it, and decelerate it if it
were lighter," says Jon Fox-Rubin, President & CEO of Fiberforge. "And that's really where the Fiberforge process is aimed
at creating affordable structures that are lighter in weight."
The Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum threw its 10th annual gala last week at Cipriani 42nd Street in Manhattan, honoring winners and finalists across 12 disciplines (including the new Interaction Design category). The star-studded event capped off a year-long series of events, including a luncheon at the White House for the winners, free programs in Washington D.C. and New York, and a new exhibition celebrating 10 years of NDA winners, "Design USA," which opened at the Cooper-Hewitt last weekend.
We stand at the cusp of a significant paradigm shift.
We have been building towards a transformational tipping point, where natural capital will eventually be valued alongside financial capital. While progress has been steady and promising for the last ten years, the widespread fundamental change we've been hoping for still lies ahead.
Years ago, there was a bumper sticker, "Trees are America's Renewable Resource." And yes, you can regenerate a harvestable forest in 20 years or so: a nanosecond compared to the millions of years necessary to create fossil fuels.
The National Design Awards, adminstered by the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum, are the most prestigious in the U.S. The 2009 winners were just announced. Some of them you may have heard of, others you probably haven't unless you're a designer: