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Publication Date

Winter 1-1-2017


artists' books, bitcoin, energy consumption, global warming, student artists' book contest, fourth


Book and Paper

Student Status

Undergraduate student

Year of Graduation



Experimental and Foundation Studies

Faculty / Course

Martie Holmer, Design

Materials + Techniques

Wood, paper, and metal hinges

Student Narrative

An immensely overlooked aspect of bitcoin, the energy consumption that goes into mining bitcoin accounts for 0.13% of all the world's electricity. If bitcoin's energy consumption keeps increasing at the rate at which it is right now, by February 2021, bitcoin will use all of the worlds energy. This piece illustrates the basics of bitcoin and how it works and looks at its effects on global warming and energy consumption. Hopefully the book can inform more people about this relatively unknown problem that's growing at an astronomical rate in tandem with the value of bitcoin.

Photo Credit

Mariah Bennett, MDes Interior Architecture, 2018

Bitcoin: The Goldrush of the 21st Century



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