e2 Design

On 02/07/2011, in Energy & Environment, by thomas

e2 design is an eighteen part documentary-style television series investigating sustainable living and green design from New York City to rural Mexico. It is a part of the larger series e2: the economies of being environmentally conscious, which explore the solutions to prescient environmental challenges. Comprising eighteen half-hour episodes, the series covers topics including design, energy, water, food, transportation and places & people.

Shot in high definition, e2 features the thought leaders, innovators and inventors who are catalysts for positive change in the relationship between humans and the environment.


Season one
  1. “The Green Apple”: sustainable design options for skyscrapers in New York city. 
  2. “Green for All”: incorporating cultural values into sustainable design for impoverished communities such as rural Mexico.
  3. “The Green Machine”: the benefits of authoritarian leadership are demonstrated in the green projects of Chicago mayor Daley
  4. “Gray to Green”: residential reuse of structural components from Boston’s Big Dig
  5. “China: From Red to Green”: sustainable design in new construction in China
  6. “Deeper Shades of Green”: profiles three thinkers in sustainable design: Ken Yeang, Werner Sobek, and William McDonough.
Season two
  1. The Druk White Lotus School — Ladakh”: The school features sustainable technologies that suit the altitude and landscape, as well as Ladakh’s cultural climate.
  2. “Greening the Federal Government”: The U.S. General Services Administration‘s Design Excellence program commissioned Pritzker Prize-winning Architect Thom Mayne to design the San Francisco Federal Building, a structure that aims to be the prototype for tomorrow’s workplace.
  3. Bogotá: Building a Sustainable City”: Enrique Peñalosa transformed one of the world’s most chaotic cities into a model of civic-minded and sustainable urban planning, for example by public transportation modeled on Curitiba‘s, with greenways, mega-public libraries, and Bogotá’s Bike Paths Network.
  4. “Affordable Green Housing”: New York City is known for its diversity, but that quality isn’t always reflected in its public housing developments, which often ignore the social and cultural characteristics of the communities who live in them.
  5. “Adaptive Reuse in the Netherlands“: Dutch planners with West 8 tap into their innate design sensibility and the industrial landscape to create a sustainable development in Amsterdam’s abandoned Eastern Docklands, Borneo Sporenburg.
  6. “Architecture 2030″: Architect-turned-activist Ed Mazria‘s Architecture 2030 organization is galvanizing commitment to a carbon-neutral building sector by the year 2030.
  1. “Harvesting the Wind”: Wind energy is a growing source of energy and income for farmers in Minnesota; Community wind energy.
  2. “Energy for a Developing World”: The Grameen Shakti organization in Bangladesh distributes small solar-energy systems and portable biogas systems.
  3. “Paving the Way”
  4. “Growing Energy”: In response to the oil crisis of the 1970‘s, Brasil created a domestic ethanol industry that is thriving on all levels, from production, to distribution at gas stations, to nationwide adoption of flex-fuel cars at 50 USD per vehicle. Interviews include José Goldemberg and Steven Chu
  5. “State of Resolve”: California’s laws regulating greenhouse gas emissions could influence the U.S. toward a cleaner energy future.
  6. Coal & Nuclear: Problem or Solution”: Renewables, biofuels, solar, wind and other alternative energy sources may offer solutions to the world’s demands.
  1. “London: The Price of Traffic”
  2. “Paris: Vélo Liberte”
  3. “Food Miles”
  4. “Seoul: The Stream of Consciousness”
  5. “Portland: A Sense of Place”
  6. “Aviation: The Limited Sky”
Season three
  1. “A Garden in Cairo”
  2. “The Village Architect”
  3. “Melbourne Reborn”
  4. “The Art and Science of Renzo Piano”: Architect Renzo Piano redesign of the San Francisco based natural history museum California Academy of Sciences.
  5. “New Orleans”
  6. “Super Use”

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