A new meaning to things

“Kintsukuro” is the Japanese word for the habit of fixing pottery, filling cracks with liquid gold: from a broken object, you can hence obtain a new one – unique and precious –, which shows how beauty can be found also…

Repairing things does business (and reduce waste)

The Edinburgh Remakery is an innovative retail, which teaches how to repair things and then successfully sells those brought back to life. Sewing fabrics and mending disused clothes, repairing computers and televisions are the first steps of a business, which might…

Low impact energies are increasing

Today, wind and solar power can cover 14% of the whole electricity demand in Italy. An historical peak. That’s what emerges from the recent three-monthly analysis on the national energy system by ENEA (the IItalian agency for new technologies, energy…

Rammed earth eco-building

La Raia’s cellar – and its pisé walls designed by Austrian architect Martin Rauch (a real pioneer of such a technique) – is one of the rammed earth buildings mentioned by Dominique Gauzin-Müller in her presentation of the exhibition which…

Circular economy can reduce waste

If, in Europe, 95% of disused mobiles were collected and recycled, it would be possible to save 1 billion euros in production costs. This is just one of the results come out from the research Towards a circular economy: a…

Eco-sustainable materials for a possible future

80% of products environmental impact is already determined while they are designed: the choice of the materials objects are made of becomes thus a crucial factor for experimenting new solutions. Particularly interesting are those materials deriving from organic waste of…

Energy to grow

The use of energy from renewable sources in areas of Kenya that are not connected to the national electric network, has a positive impact on the scholar outcomes of those populations and their family economical balance. This is what the…

Ancient stones on the streets

Pavé is the term used to name the typical street flooring of the city centre of Milan and other European historical city centres. In Milan this patrimony is protected by the superintendence of the cultural heritage. It can be found…

The city and the water: a recovery story

The artisanal area also known as “Due Laghi” (two lakes), nearby Pietrasanta in Versilia, is regenerating. It all began two years ago with the first of two summer school, architecture students, engineering, design and academy students working together on the…

Cultivating novelty within the old’s chinks

Detroit’s citizens are resuming the city with an innovative life experiment. They are doing it with the contribution of numerous communities (especially young people and women) who converge in the former automotive industrial nest of Michigan from all over the…