basically a second map to the one i posted on A Good Life 6 blog
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So ive been really thinking. I want to work with bicyclists, rollerbladers, skateboarders (which i mentioned to Tom Ohare, in an email over the summer) Near my apt, by the GWB i always see all these young skateboarders in this little road reserved for Emergency vehicles. I like it. I like their little culture, though im slightly intimidated by em. they're only 10-18 years old if i had to guess their age.
Bottom line is the most recent observations that ive been noticing were the amount of vandalized bikes on the road. Wheni researched a NFP that Steven recomended, called Transalt.org, they have a huge section just on bike vandalism, how they are never pursued because the cops dont care. the neistat borthers on youtube, show how easy it is to steal bikes in broad daylight. no one stops em. someone even offered to help!!! So thats one issue in transportation that i would like to check out. the other issue is on our pollution, or maybe how unnecesary our lifestyle of cars in a city is ridiculous. Im watchin another clip from the nesistat brothers, on how fats hes gettin through the holland tunnel. and he also has to dodge the cops by going behind a truck. they dont notice him. but then when he gets to the otherside and hes in the clear, he goes to a cop to ask "whens the last PATH train" back into NYC. meaning we have a problem of when PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION STOPS SERVICE for the NIGHT. and then after that when he gets into the PATH train, he has to wait during certa...
Posted October 05, 2008
By Samuel Vider
According to a recent newsletter posting for Sustainable Brands Weekly, apparently consumers are. But in these hard times, we must not forget the environment, I'm sure it's just a phase and will soon clear up. Certain consumers in specific regions will continue to support green products, services and incorporating into their lifestyle, for example Portland, Boulder and San Francisco.
Only time will tell....The Farmer's market in San Francisco continues to be a zoo, and organic food and produce is still prevalent --as so for reusable bags, and low end purchases such as cleaning products. Green services, clothing and high end accessories are for the most part taking a back seat .... at least for the time being.
Sustainable Brands Weekly
Are Consumers Rethinking Their Commitment to Green?
Sept. 17, 2008 - Half of Americans may still be hot for green products, but consumers' willingness to pay more for green alternatives has decreased since last year, according to a new survey.
Going Green, an annual report examining how much consumers actually care about green issues, indicates that Echo Boomers (ages 16-29) and GenXers (ages 30-43) are more concerned about the environment compared to a year ago. But while interest in green issues continues to grow, consumers' willingness to pay more for green alternatives has decreased, according to the report.
"There is a looming challenge for marketers of green products and services," says Dr. David Bersoff, the a...
Posted October 01, 2008
Environment, Environmental DesignVotes (1)
Organized by Re-Design, Thomas.Matthews & Kingston University
September 2008, London.
Greengaged was a long overdue weeklong series of events on design and sustainability. Unfortunately, I could not spend the entire week attending events so I can only offer a synopsis of a few. I regret having missed many apparently fruitful discussions that can be found on their website. Nevertheless some of the sessions I did attend were excellent.
In a workshop called The Power of Design Pio Barone Lumaga, from Morphic Productions, described how difficult it is to break patterns: it takes time and patience to rewire our habitual behaviour. The interval between understanding and internalizing information takes time. But sometimes shame can produce a cognitive shock that can inspire new behaviour. Still it is illogical to expect people to change quickly because of a clever or logical argument. Lumaga told a story that helped the audience understand the importance of feedback loops when responding to danger. We must communicate awareness that our feedback loops are dangerously long in our current society and we are not responding adequately to the present crisis. We urgently need to create a quantum leap in communications & revamp our cultural map. Designers must rework their practice and ask themselves not what will they create, but why will they design what they design. Most design improvements with incremental efficiencies are meaningless in the face of increasing consumptio...
Posted October 01, 2008
By jody boehnert
Environment, Environmental Design
University of Brighton 20 September 2008
The 360 Degrees conference was convened by DEEDS (Design Education for Sustainability), a project that aims to integrate sustainability into mainstream design education and practice. DEEDS is creating exactly the kind of conversations that designers must have in order to respond to the challenges of a rapidly changing world.
Anne-Marie Willis, design educator from Sydney, Founder of the EcoDesign Foundation and now working with Tony Fry at Team D / E / S, gave the first key note speech. Willis presented her work developing the idea of sustainment and redirected practice. She described unsustainability as a normality in industrialized development, a structural feature of the current system. Climate change, loss of biodiversity, pollution, etc. must be seen as symptoms of a larger problem – that is our conceptual framework that allows these things to exist. Only by understanding that the unsustainable is structural, can we hope to create the paradigm shift that will break free from the legacy of corrosive systems. Willis’ essential point is that sustainability as it is practiced now has definitive limits, and often works to ‘sustain the unsustainable’.
For design as a professional practice to survive, it will need to redirect itself and shift the structure of unsustainability by ‘redesigning design’, i.e. redirecting design so we have the agency to work towards ‘sustainment’. Sustainment is defined as ‘how to continue t...
Posted October 01, 2008
By jody boehnert
Communication, Communication Design
After a busy month of work placements, design contests, etc, I am ready to continue tackling my dissertation which focuses on design and social responsibiliy, namely looking at the 'First Things First Manifesto'.
So far, I have been fortunate enough to have had interviews with Marian Bantjes, and Adbusters founder, Kalle Lasn, but I have a tremendous amount of work to do still!!
Today, I have spent a couple of hours getting my organised, and have started a bit of research, which has led me to a few interesting things: (not necessarily related to my dissertation, but interesting nevertheless!!)
Fascinating talk on consumer culture by artist Chris Jordan, for poptech: http://www.poptech.org/popcasts/?viewcastid=150
Marian Bantjes new copper poster for AED: http://aed-design.org/projects/ (I have ordered one, and so should you!)
Posted September 30, 2008
By Megan Riera