Plan B “best architecture book of the year” in The Netherlands

Totally thrilling news has reached me from the Netherlands: my book Plan B: Ontwerpen in een Complexe Wereld [Plan B: Designing In A Complex World] has been selected by the influential magazine de Architect as their best architecture book of the year. I would like to share this good fortune with you, too: if you […]

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UnBox: Where next for design in India?

UnBox, a three day festival in Delhi, in February, brings together creative collectives from around India. One of these groups, Clay Futures, will brainstorm scenarios to do with sustainable, medicinal, and air filtering bentonite – hence the picture above. Doors of Perception’s role in UnBox is to pose a question: in an ideal design school, […]

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The unwatched swatch?

If it is true that the world’s information base is doubling in size every 11 hours then a lot of eco-design information, that could be valuable for professionals, presumably goes un-noticed, and thus unused. In the past month alone, for example, I’ve come across two paper-based design tools that would seem to have great potential […]

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What should design researchers research?

It’s 2020, and a degree-awarding ceremony is about to take place at Doors of Perception University.

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20. Bubble-glazing

Here is a late addition – number 20 – to our story of last week: 19 reasons to be cheerful after Copenhagen. Instructions: cut-to-fit; spray with water; bubbles face inwards. Done. (thx Miranda, for the new word)

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Four Days Halifax (week of sustainability events, Halifax Nova Scotia, 2009)

Doors of Perception helped to organize Four Days Halifax – a time-compressed mini-festival whose aim was to help the city get its hands muddy in a green economy Our starting point in Four Days was that many elements of a resilient Halifax already exist in embryonic form – but not all of them are visible […]

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The Landfill Designers (Programme for BBC Radio 4, 2009)

The term ‘planned obsolescence’ was coined in the 1950s but has never been more relevant. Our desire to possess the latest style can mean more in landfill, and more children in China and India sifting through toxic waste. But some argue that a fast turnover in products stimulates innovation in new technologies and reusable materials. […]

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Off-Grid Water (Service design clinic, Stanford University, 2009)

Together with Banny Banerjee, the new Director of Stanford University’s ’Design For Change programme, we ran a professional design clinic on the theme of “off-grid water”. Our Stanford clinic focused on entrepreneurs in the Palo Alto region who were developing tools to help citizens manage water sustainably. Rainwater Hog has won lots of prizes, but […]

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Sustainable Daily Life (Projects Clinic, The Planning Center, Southern California, 2009)

“What would life in a sustainable world be like?” Together with The Planning Center, we organized this workshop in Southern California for participants from grassroots organizations. Each presented case studies in which they use resources in a creative, original way. Jules Dervaes is a pioneer in urban edible gardens; he calls them “urban homesteads”. Jules […]

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