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In New York it's Slow Design, against the carbon orgy


Slow Food, Slow Life, Slow Design ... the slow wave widens

From Slow Food to Slow Design, from power supply to buildings: the slow wave spreads and infects new sectors of the population and business. It is inspired by the Slow Food movement, which deserves credit for having created a new culture of consumption around the value of products and people, that a group of architects and designers launches in the United States Slow Design, a different way of conceiving the well-being in living environments.

It was the latest bad news related tohuman impact on the environment to unleash Slow Design. In 2011, in the United States, a wave of exceptional heat with prolonged peaks above 40 ° C, it affected a large part of the southern states and large areas of Texas were devastated by fires. Meanwhile, in the Amazon, the transformation into rainforest grassland it continued in 2011 at a rate of 1000% of the 2010 value. According to the latest calculations, humans currently consume resources at a rate 1.5 times the planet's ability to replace them in a sustainable way. And the global population is about to hit 7 billion.

Everyone does their part, including designers. According to the New York architect Michael Bardin, senior designer of Perkins + Will study and promoter of the movement Slow Design in the USA, the time has really come to design buildings, but also to recalibrate our levels of comfort, so you are less dependent on heating is air conditioning, even on a psychological level,

The hygrothermal comfort in the house it is emblematic. "Today - Bardin gives as an example - we always want 20-22% temperature and 55% relative humidity in the house because we connect our state of comfort to these levels. The result of this habit is that the American family produces about 9 tons of carbon dioxide emissions from heating, cooling, lighting and air conditioning. But offices, factories and transportation systems produce even more, so much so that the total CO₂ emission for each American family in 2004 was estimated at 59 tons ".

“Given that the domestic carbon emissions annual for the rest of the world are about 9 tons for all uses combined, we Americans find that our current lifestyle is based on a real carbon orgy”Stresses Bardin. But if Americans are prone to excess, the rest of the evolved world isn't far behind on the bad list. The truth is that everyone, with a little more common sense - and a good sweater to stay on the sofa in winter - we could pollute less by living even better.

Slow Design realized that the popularity of the Slow Food movement is a reflection of its ability to deliver the world's most precious products to people: health is Welfare, in this case through better nutrition. “Well - says Bardin - the dynamics that have made the Slow Food message more and more appreciated, even in a time of global recession, can also work in the construction of design”.

The buildings of Slow Design they are designed to fit into the local climate and be carriers of health and well-being, even when the heating or air conditioning are off. Meanwhile, the expectations of occupants, consumers and customers are changing, and they are increasingly willing to adopt a slow style even in living. "Slow architecture can become a charismatic phenomenon for the global consumer, and progressively a value recognized by designers and design companies that align themselves with the objectives of the movement to coexist sustainability is economic growth”Concludes Bardin.

(in the photo: the Pink Snails of Slow Life in Milan)

Edited byMichele Ciceri


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