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Climate porn

‘Climate porn’is turning the public away from action on the environment. So argues the UK’s Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPR). In a report called ‘Warm Words: How are we telling the climate story and can we tell it better?’, the think tank has accused the media, the British government and environmental groups of indulging […]

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How to provide affordable housing

Ashoka Changemakers has teamed up with Habitat for Humanity to stage a competition, “How to Provide Affordable Housing”. Judges from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, the Ford Foundation, the MacArthur Foundation, Habitat for Humanity, and the International Housing Coalition, will review entries and select finalists. A public online vote will determine the winners, and Changemakers […]

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What a gas

PICNIC’06 is a new Amsterdam event to do with “creativity in cross media content and technology”. PICNIC includes a conference, lectures, an exhibition, art installations, and parties. The conference (I’m speaking at it on the Friday) will explore the distribution of content over different channels and will examine new interfaces and tools which enable people […]

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Designing naked streets

When Paul Barter posted a link to a video of a chaotic looking Indian intersection, back in April, it provoked debate on the merits of traffic discipline versus chaos. A discussion ensued on issues about shared space or “naked streets” approaches to streets and the public realm. The video genre is growing fast: YouTube’s GlobalSouth […]

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Eastern Economic Edition of “In The Bubble”

Prentice Hall India have issued an Eastern Economic Edition of “In The Bubble: Designing In A Complex World”. (I made a completely random selction of words from recent published reviews: “enriching” (Paola Antonelli), “excellent” (Nancy Levinson), “brilliant” (Paul Hawken), “a revelation” (J C Herz), “important” (Don Norman), “captivating” (Bruce Sterling), “insightful” (Nathan Shedroff), “surprising.” (San […]

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Power Laws Of Innovation

I’m at a Cursos De Verano (summer school) near Madrid. Just down the corridor, a bunch of senior generals are discussing the “army of the 21st century”. Next to them, a some egg-head priests are discussing “the church of the 21st century”. Our lot is doing innovation of the 21st century and I promised to […]

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The $100k house

In this new book Karrie Jacobs travels America in a “quest for a house to call home in the modern world”. It’s not a conventional architecture book; rather, it’s an account of a road trip Jacobs took in 2003 — over 14,000 miles — to meet with architects and builders who might be able to […]

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Fuel cells to Newcastle?

What would it mean, in practical design terms, to make one household carbon neutral? We’ll discuss this at the next Dott 07 (Designs of the Time) Explorers Club meeting on 11 July. The event takes place at the Robert Stephenson Centre in Newcastle, UK. Many of the greenhouse gas emissions that come from residential households […]

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Media war

Apropos doing it, vs making media about it: Yesterday’s Sunday Times in London contained an extraordinary account of fighting and near-death encounters in Afghanistan. The narrative concludes with the following surreal event: “Tribal elders are shown into a room where a projector has been set up. Someone in London has come up with the idea […]

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