mobility & design

City Eco Lab: Velo Wala

A personal treat for me at City Eco Lab was the VeloWala installation that’s being put together for us specially by Quicksand and friends in India. Across the hall the Velowala presentation about bicycle-enabled commerce in India was as fabulous as I knew it would be. Avinash (below) and his colleagues are building a rich […]

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The fake-space race: Design and the future of travel

My mates at Adobe found some great pix (including this one) to accompany my piece on travel and its substitutes

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From MySpace to fakespace: How close are we to travel without moving?

This is my talk from yesterday in Helsinki at Pixelache University. There are pix here Could the biosphere be saved by six glass lamps, six speakers, 36 ultra bright leds, six diy mono amplifiers, a diy arduino-based six channel led dimmer, a six channel soundcard, a midi controller, a midi interface,one computer, and a max-msp […]

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Traveling without moving using zombie processes

I’m running ths story again because the > Pixelache Uni final programme has just been publshed. * * * OK, so you know and I know that air travel is simply not sustainable. But we do it anyway because we are hypocrites (I took 78 flights last year) and also because substitutes for mobility, such […]

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Thirteen million lighters and it’s still dark out there

A gem from CryptoGram.“Surprising nobody, a new study concludes that airport security isn’t helping: A team at the Harvard School of Public Health could not find any studies showing whether the time-consuming process of X-raying carry-on luggage prevents hijackings or attacks. They also found no evidence to suggest that making passengers take off their shoes […]

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The movement dilemma

Can transport and tourism ever be sustainable? The movement of people and goods around the world consumes vast amounts of matter, energy, space, and time – most of it non-renewable. Could transport intensity be de-coupled from economic progress – and if so, how? This event in October’s series of Dott Debates begins with two keynotes […]

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New concept of mobility – in three lines

I was asked by Seung Yoon Lee, at Korean Design Research Institute, for a three line quote on “a new concept of mobility due to ubiquitous technologies”. (It’s for an upcoming issue of Asian Design Journal). So I sent this: “Reducing the movement of matter – whether goods, or people – is a main challenge […]

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Design and sustainable tourism

The next Dott 07 (Designs of the time) Explorers Club meeting on Thursday 14 July, to be held at the Robert Stephenson Centre in Newcastle. Our focus this month is Sustainable Tourism. In terms of someone’s carbon footprint, a single holiday in New Zealand is equivalent to 60 short visits to the North East. But […]

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Think More, Drive Less

News reaches me from Los Angeles, via Bruce Sterling that, in the corporate imagination of General Motors, “the Hummer could be transformed from the SUV that environmentalists love to hate to an algae-infused, oxygen-exuding buggy that would open up like a flower.” (GM’s sketch for the “Hummer O2” was named the winner on Thursday of […]

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