• January 22, 2000

    (A comment for Cumulus, the European association of design schools).
    In order to do things differently, we first need to see things differently; the imaginary can be extraordinarily powerful in shaping expectations.
    In order to do things differently, we first need to see things differently; the imaginary can be extraordinarily powerful in [continue …]

  • January 22, 2000

    The lone genius is dead. Long live collaborative design. I was interviewed by Chee Pearlman for Wired. Chee wisely published less than the stuff that appears here, but, shucks, this is my column….
    Interview for Wired. Questions by Chee Pearlman, who also interviewed Paola Antonelli, Tim Parsey, Bruce Sterling, Lee [continue …]

  • January 22, 2000

    This is a story about the European funded project – Maypole – in which we (Doors folk) were part of the team.
    Informal communication – sharing jokes, teasing each other, asking what kind of day you’ve had – is an important part of everyday life. Most families [continue …]

  • January 22, 2000

    (A chapter about i-cubed for If/Then).

    In thermodynamics it is called entropy when a system becomes disengaged from its context, and runs out of energy. Entropy afflicts a lot of design ‘research’ today. Even though the world is changing in profound and exciting ways, a generation of young designers is missing [continue …]

  • January 22, 2000

    Article for The Guardian (UK) in 2000 based on my CHI lecture.

    What happens to society when there are hundreds of microchips for every man, woman and child on the planet? What cultural consequences follow when every object around us is ‘smart’, and connected? And what happens psychologically when you step [continue …]

  • January 22, 2000

    (This is a chapter for a book published in 2000 (by 010) on Benthem|Crouwel – the wonderful architects of the -now gone – Netherlands Design Institute and, in their spare time, of Schiphol Airport)

    Are buildings a liability?

    The eminent Spanish economist Manuel Castells, whose first speech in Amsterdam was [continue …]

  • January 22, 2000

    (1999)
    Q] Do you believe a new century will spur different thinking in terms of architecture and design? Why or why not?
    A] A new century, with 100 or 1,000 years stretching ahead, will prompt us to focus with dramatic new intensity on the consequences of design for the environment. [continue …]

  • January 22, 2000

    Domus Magazine asked me about design competitions and awards.
    Question 1 – the idea of “good design”
    Your question reminds me that years ago, the British Design Council used to proclaim that “good design is good business” . But it was always hard to define good design, let alone to demonstrate [continue …]

  • January 22, 2000

    Summary of a lecture to an international meeting of Facility Managers in 1999.
    How are we to design modern space? saturated with information and systems; complex but incomprehensible; an exhilarating human achievement, and a terrifying prospect, at the same time.
    Management of work environments, in particular, is moving centre-stage in [continue …]

  • January 22, 2000

    Slides used in my lecture to an expert meeting at the European Commission in Brussels in 1999.
    BE CRITICAL, BE HUMBLE (1)
    * ICT is not content – it is a tool
    * teachers are extremely suspicious of machines
    * they are right to be so (radio, film, tv, VCRs, PCs)
    * not to [continue …]

  • January 22, 2000

    Imagine a world where every second European adult is over fifty years old. And where two-thirds of disposable consumer income is held by this age-group. By 2020 this will be a reality. There will be huge demand for services that enable older people to live independently in their own communities [continue …]

  • January 22, 2000

    As well as being thresholds between land and air, modern airports are gateways to complexity. Through them, we enter the operating environment of global aviation, surely mankind's most complicated creation.

  • January 22, 2000

    In 1990, Japan was at the height of its ‘bubble economy’. It popped, spectacularly, two years later. This text was originally published in The Listener, in the UK, in 1990.

    In Tokyo, cement trucks sport the slogan, ‘Begin The Next’. Buy sellotape at the cornershop, and the bag carries a slogan: ‘Perhaps [continue …]

  • January 2, 2000

    Doors of Perception served until 2006 as a member of Virtual Platform. This advisory group to Dutch government on new media cultural policy.

  • January 2, 2000

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    The Highlands and Islands Development Board, in Scotland, exists to help hundreds of small and medium sized companies, over a very wide geographical area, innovate new products, services, and business models. Doors helped their Inverness office stage design scenario workshops in which entrepreneurs from different [continue …]

  • January 1, 2000

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    E-Culture Fair was an international marketplace of creative and innovative concepts, processes and products in the field of new media. The emphasis was on new forms of communicating, learning, and playing in a broad social and cultural context. E-Culture Fair was [continue …]