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March 18, 2005

City as d-school

I have arrived in New Delhi at the same time as Condoleeza Rice. She is in town to sell F16s and nuclear power station technology; I am in town to sell the idea that design for social capital is a better investment. While Condi shows powerpoints to air force generals, Doors of Perception design teams have fanned out across the city. Debra Solomon’s Nomadic Banquet team is checking out street food and food distribution systems. Jogi Panghaal’s group is exploring the city’s markets. Juha Huuskonen is teaching a group how to VJ; their results will be used in the party on Wednesday. Jan Chipchase is engaged in guerilla ethnography... somewhere. The idea is to experience the city as a design school in practice. Meanwhile, one of the team got bitten by a monkey, and a truck containing half the ‘Used In India’ exhibit broke down 1,000 km south of here. This last adventure has put India’s famed logistics flexibility (and curator Aditya Dev Sood’s calm demeanor) to the test.

Posted by John Thackara at March 18, 2005 11:42 AM


such fun to read your blog! It's almost as if I were there. Why not post a pict sometime?

Posted by: Insider at March 19, 2005 09:23 AM

John, I sincerely wanted to be there at the Doors 8. But unfortunately caught up with a client innovation project for creating 'Indian middle tier' personas.
I sometimes wonder how do you create insights just by unconventional observation and deconstructive analysis. We come up with almost the same thing after being engaged in months of structured, statistically correct methodologies.
But truely this is an amazing 'brave new world'....

Posted by: Kaushik Ghosh, Design Researcher, HFI at March 21, 2005 12:31 PM

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