5 Viridian Years

Viridian Design was an avant-garde bright green design movement engineered by Bruce Sterling and intended to address climate change. It ran from 1998-2008. Five years later, we reflect.


Viridian Design versus the Culture Industry

“We’re not used to having a culture industry, and we don’t really think very clearly about it. But it’s clearly a new phenomenon, and it’s an exciting prospect for futurists.” ~ Viridian 1, 1998


Viridian was an optimistic movement at the turn of the century, determined to create lust for…


Bauhaus and Viridian Design

Every design movement is of its time. 


Within his Design Speech, an inaugurating gesture for the Viridian movement, Sterling jumps from…


Prada Revolutionaries

Confessions of a Recovering Solutionist


Revolution is depressing.


The Good Life is a fiction

Caution: may contain narratives of infrastructural superdependence.


A couple of summers ago I was at the Uncivilisation festival


The Long Now Foundation: Creating the future with clocks, talks and manuals 

The Manuscript Monks of our Age


The Coming Asperity

a definition and some speculation


What happens when new / bright green environmentalism isn’t enough?


A Path to Viridian Salvation

What happens with time if the Viridian Criteria for Object Selection are taken to a religious extreme? 


Sustainable Pleasure: Eco-Friendly Sex Toys


Earlier this year, Swedish sex toy company LELO announced the launch of a new toy, GӒSM. Made with 100% recycled materials, powered by a…


A Rose is No Longer a Rose

What does habitat restoration mean in a heavily engineered biosphere?


I volunteer at habitat restoration sites in Seattle, a city…


(Re)Introducing the Viridian Design Movement

If you’d never heard of Viridian Design, this guide is where you should start


Science Fiction Can Save Environmentalism

With public interest in the gutter, the green movement needs a shot of futurism


How Green Is My Valley?

Sustainable Futures in the Suburbs


When watching The Jetsons cartoons, have you ever noticed that all the buildings are in the air—supported…


The Past Will Not Be Flat

Retrodiction, the rhymes of history, and the storm called progress


Dedicating a new section of the Northern Railroad in 1847, Daniel…


Hacking Nature

Can we cope with putting ourselves in the evolutionary picture?


The news that humans are clearing the planet of our natural neighbours is…


The Paperless Office

Whatever Happened to the Dream of a Paperless Office?


It’s almost weird to think that technology could solve our environmental problems…


Are the Elderly Relevant to Futurism? 

As Viridian green fades to grey 


We are an avant-garde that is specifically interested in OLD PEOPLE. If anyone…

The Viridian Years

In 1998, Bruce Sterling set out to engineer a green design movement. In 2008, he shut it down. Five years later, it is time to reflect.

5 Viridian Years
5 Viridian Years

Viridian Design was an avant-garde bright green design movement engineered by Bruce Sterling and intended to address climate change. It ran from 1998-2008. Five years later, we reflect.

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