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Environmental mapping

Along, I suspect, with some of you, I failed to get into Ecologic studio’s blog (story below) but I did find this intriguing project for them by Slider Studio to “automate the process of mapping data from an environmental analysis software package to a three-dimensional grid.” This is part of a larger ambition to “insert […]

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Weighty words about losing weight

“We have to remember that industrial design equals mass production, and that every move, every decision, every curve we specify is multiplied—sometimes by the thousands and often by the millions. And that every one of those everys has a price. We think that we’re in the artifact business, but we’re not; we’re in the consequence […]

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River-powered Christmas

It’s Easter, and news is slow, so let’s talk about Christmas. “We all love the look of our town in the festive season – but 100,000 watts of lights in the town isn’t doing the environment any favours. For 2007 we will be hosting zero-carbon town illuminations, using a specially commissioned light installation for the […]

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Food systems: the design agenda (Doors of Perception 9, New Delhi, 2007)

Global food systems are becoming unsustainable in terms of environmental impact, health, and social quality. Up to 40 percent of the ecological impact of an ‘advanced’ city can be attributed to its food systems. But what to do? Doors of Perception 9 – on the theme of “Juice” – explored issues at the intersection of […]

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The carbon footprint of virtual worlds, Hummers, and Brazilians

I hear from Nick “still in the US without air conditioning” Oakley that a Second Life avatar uses about as much energy as the average Brazilian. Lesson: even virtual worlds have a real carbon footprint. I told a similar story, this time about server farms, in my book. Upon discovering that we share a (probably […]

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The dance of the big and the small

(Alex Steffen and Sarah Rich from Worldchanging asked some people to send them an end-of-year reflection. Here below is mine. They are both coming to Doors 9, by the way). Suppose Bill Gates were to purchase six and a half billion copies of Worldchanging, have them translated into the world’s major languages, and then give […]

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Re-designing the game

(The following is the text of my lecture at today’s Competitiveness Summit in London. “I have been asked to address two questions this morning. The first: Is UK competitiveness imperilled by developing countries catching up and overtaking us? And question two: How best shall we use our creativity and innovation to stay ahead in the […]

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Life as a spot

Remember all those books and reports about “the future of work”? Well, the future seems to have arrived. A new report from Orange called The way to work states that, of 28.5 million UK workers, 3.64 million (13%) are self employed, 7 million (24%) are part-time workers, 7% are freelance workers, and 11% are in […]

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The birth of the transistor

Join Joel Shurkin, author of the book Broken Genius, on a tour at the Science Museum in London. He’ll be in conversation with the Curator of Computing and Information, Tilly Blyth. Their topic is the birth of the transistor; its marriage to the computer was one of the key moments of the information age. Monday […]

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