Green Technologies Boulder CO

Josh Arndt_ see saw full view (2)The DWR Boulder Studio has been working with University of Colorado architecture professor Julee Herdt to inspire the next generation of eco-friendly designers. With her course Green Technology: Design from Salvage, she charged her students with designing “an architectural object of beauty and high functionality without spending much (or any) money; vying for selection and exhibition in DWR Boulder’s storefront.” Well, the winners are in and they are extraordinarily innovative. We are proud to introduce you to the work of Josh Arendt, Matt Nickel and Taylor Hawley.

Steel lamp_early sun_backwards 7The first place winner is Josh Arendt’s Social Fulcrum (above), which was “inspired by geometric modernism with the usage of primary shapes.” Made entirely from reclaimed materials, it invites interaction.

Matt Nickel’s Ricochet of Light floor lamp (above) came in second. A revolving light made from salvaged parts, its construction includes steel chain, rusted gears from abandoned farm equipment and a structural steel C-channel. It was designed to provide bright, ambient light from above, with soft, diffused light from below.

Third place went to Taylor Hawley, whose Infinity Block Side Table (above) is made exclusively of rough sawn juniper and scrap steel.

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How did Boulder, CO become known as the next hub of technology and innovation? - Quora

Unlikely that Boulder will become the next Silicon Valley, given the critical mass of technical talent, VC money, educational outlets, research operations and serendipity that created the original.
That said, Boulder has a decent university (It's not Stanford or Berkeley by a long shot), a significant government presence focused in technical/engineering areas, and historic presence by major hard-drive makers and lots of, um, spinoff technologies. It's a nice quality of life too, but