Daniel Wahl: Transition Design as Holistic Science in Action

Daniel Wahl

Daniel Wahl

Transition Design as Holistic Science in Action

In the face of the converging crises of climate change, resource depletion, environmental degradation, and unacceptable economic inequality and suffering – particularly in the global South – designers everywhere are called to assume a deeper responsibility for the impacts of their work. Designers are finally stepping up to the challenge that David Orr so aptly described in The Nature of Design (link is external). We are challenged to “redesign the human presence on Earth.”

. . .

“to make the World work for 100% of humanity in the shortest possible time through spontaneous cooperation without ecological offense or the disadvantage of anyone.”

Read the rest of this entry »

Comments Off on Daniel Wahl: Transition Design as Holistic Science in Action
Jun 30

Robert Steele: An Open Letter to All European Ministers on Peace Through Open Everything

Robert David Steele

Robert David Steele

An Open Letter to All European Ministers

Esteemed Ministers,

On 27 May the Competitiveness Council in Brussels announced a European decision to achieve Open Access to all scientific research data by 2020. This decision, and the implementing European framework programme for research and innovation Horizon 2020, will be recognized by future generations as the first serious step toward the creation of a prosperous world at peace. With this one decision Europe is turning away from centuries of war and waste; away from scientific reductionism, away from corporate ownership of public knowledge, away from legal barriers to innovation, and away from government neglect of the public interest.

Read the rest of this entry »

Comments Off on Robert Steele: An Open Letter to All European Ministers on Peace Through Open Everything
Jun 3

Worth a Look: Regenerative Cities in China

Free Download [PDF 48 Pages]

Free Download [PDF 48 Pages]

A new type of urbanization is needed. One that reflects a different type of development, also known as the New Normal which is currently gaining widespread support throughout China. The New Normal understands the substantial changes affecting China (namely a decline in the availability of inexpensive land and cheap labour, slower economic growth and, above all, increasingly exacerbating environmental distresses) and responds by promoting a new kind of people-centred development that favours slower economic growth, people well-being, innovation, domestic market development and that is particularly devoted to environmental protection and sustainability.

Read the rest of this entry »

Comments Off on Worth a Look: Regenerative Cities in China
May 27