what do you think has “technology killed green design’?

“Sorry green design, its over” (via Dezeen)

Read  a Dezeen special  column by editor-in-chief Marcus Fairs where he explains why designers have dumped dowdy green design in favour of glamorous robots.

Tech has killed green. Until recently the design world was on a mission to save the planet; now it seems enthralled by gadgets. Adjectives like “sustainable” and “eco” have been usurped by upstarts such as “smart” and “hacked”. The cardboard furniture glut of recent years has disintegrated; recycling has gone to landfill.Its not long since design-school grad shows were dominated by the hand-made, the low-tech and the organic; now its all embedded sensors and connected devices. Design fairs have ditched the obligatory maker or two turning discarded pop bottles into chandeliers – or knitting seaweed into cushions – for 3D printers and robots. Collaborations with Vietnamese basket weavers are out; Raspberry Pi mashups are in. In Milan this year the young Dutch contingent will no doubt have stopped serving wholesome hyper-local snacks and will instead be touting lab meat and printed biscuits.Green design felt right at the start of the economic crisis: it sought to replace over-indulgence with frugality, served with a side order of punishment for our wickedness. Penal minimalism was all the rage: spartan furniture made of ethically sourced timber that was so good for you, it hurt.Natural was good, artificial was bad. Soon wed all be growing our own organic food on our city balconies and installing complex plumbing to irrigate it with our bathwater. Wed be going off-grid, hooking up to domestic wind turbines and pondering the plausibility of upcycling under our solar-powered lamps…. the full article can be found here –  Marcus Fairs on how technology killed green design

What do you think? is Green design over?

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