How She Works: One Director of Design’s job is to look into the future

When it comes to design, Tisha Johnson’s number one goal is elegance. The Senior Director of Design’s job at Volvo Cars is to envision the future of driving and bring futuristic concepts into the present. Johnson and her team have spearheaded such unique concepts as a 360-degree swivelling child seat, passenger lounge, and an intuitive…… Continue reading How She Works: One Director of Design’s job is to look into the future

The Project of Meeting Emissions Targets to stave off Global Warming

Will ICE’s be obsolete for Automobiles at some stage in the future? The answer to this is a possible yes. Though in the near future the electrification of the whole global vehicle fleet will be a major undertaking. Plus the disposal and recycling of the zero-value (worthless) IC Engines will have to be planned with…… Continue reading The Project of Meeting Emissions Targets to stave off Global Warming

On Solving Homelessness

Yesterday (8 August) I spoke to a studio group looking at the population of the homeless to construct a project. Below is a list of links and references – aspects I touched upon in my talk. Homefulness I choose to list three ‘place-making’ initiatives. These are not programs (funding+Project+Goal-Delivery) – but are best viewed as…… Continue reading On Solving Homelessness

Part 2: On Solving Homelessness

While the last post was a deep dive into texts and the condition – this post is a look at Design Projects that have dealt with Homelessness. The understanding of of the condition is necessarily opportunistic – to realize a project. So the meaning accords with ‘the absence of home’ – and the person in…… Continue reading Part 2: On Solving Homelessness

4 Years for a Bachelor’s? Who’s Got the Time? – The Chronicle of Higher Education

The tension between service provider universities keen to keep students paying fees longer, and students keen to get out sooner has seen many changes to the old 5 year degrees. Architecture dodged the bullet and remade itself into a 3+2, but all other creative arts programs were cut to 4. Years ago, I spent 5…… Continue reading 4 Years for a Bachelor’s? Who’s Got the Time? – The Chronicle of Higher Education

What is Design Integration

Design Integration has been used (UK, NZ, Aus) as a phrase within the specific context of connecting the sectors of ‘product design’ with ‘manufacturing Industry’ to improve the design of the products made by industry. In the past this form of ‘program’ has had different names. Art in Industry was one. The South Kensington Initiative…… Continue reading What is Design Integration

What Disruption is not

BRIEF: I have been invited to a conclave of the Society of Indian Automotive Manufacturers (SIAM) in Goa. To run a workshop – and “shake things up”. The session length is 90 minutes, and the target audience is car designers within large Indian auto manufacturing companies. The question is what value can I provide to highly…… Continue reading What Disruption is not

Was Jesus a black man?

Or brown certainly. Most definitely not a white man. Its actually great that the European and American god is a Brown Man. Like me. “Jesus was a white man, too,” Kelly said, launching a national discussion about history, tradition and just how white Christmas should be. Wrote Jonathan Merritt in The Atlantic: “If he were taking…… Continue reading Was Jesus a black man?

The Econocracy

After Piketty and Sachs – come another critical work that I am now reading. As members of Rethinking Economics, an international student movement seeking to reform the discipline of economics, we are campaigning for a more pluralist, critical and participatory approach. We conduct workshops in schools, run evening crash courses for adults, and this year…… Continue reading The Econocracy