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  • A virtual democracy

    Communication, Communication Design

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    Digital psychogeography

    Architecture is emerging from the rubble of the pre-revolutionary internet. Days when the one way communication of static sites mirrored the reality of a faceless world dominated by corporations.

    Web 2.0 has brought democracy to the global village and created an entirely connected mental environment. One in which users are allowed to navigate, discover and interact in our virtual habitat - a vast interconnected playground charged with potential freedom and an emphasis on user power, all but lost in today's image saturated culture.

    It's now not only the rich that can create and distribute the image, but anyone with access to a computer. Politics, culture, and education no longer have a price tag, and censorship is no longer an option.

    The cultivation of the internet, our most democratic stage, is contributing to the increasing liberation of the user's mental environment.

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  • The future of the Global Justice Movement

    Community, Communication Design

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    Common cause

    The resistance is growing - and for the first time truly unified. A unity found in justice, dignity and empowerment of the masses. With new technologies bypassing barriers of space, time and economy, a wave of global struggles have found common cause in the global village. From the U.K. to the U.S. to Palestine to Mexico to India to Venezuela to Zambia, mass movements are engaging against the repression enforced by the monetary demands of elite institutions. People irrespective of national identity and economic status are united in fighting inequality, corruption, media distortion, unethical corporations, environmental devastation, neo-liberal economics, native repression, cultural destruction and the root causes of poverty, war and ill health.

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  • The battle for our streets

    Arts & Culture, Audio/Visual Design

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    A taste of dissent

    Current TV & Indymedia's citizen journalism. Banksy's urban-insurgency. Adbusters Magazine. Culture jamming & subvertisments' reorientation of corporate advertising. The blackspot sneaker factory. Mark Thomas' comedy slash activism. Two million people marching through London and engaging in sit down protests on major junctions. The Yes Men's coup of international news programming. Two million free Rough Guide to a Better World books. James Cauty's Blackoff Post-Terrorist Xmas Gift Shop. WorldChanging and Treehugger's online lifestyle guides.

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  • The Essential 100... to 100% Design London 2007

    Environment, Environmental Design

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    The Essential Guide to 100% Design flew through my letterbox this morning, and after a good hour and twenty A4 pages of notes later, I reached the final page. Wow! If that is only the Essential Guide, it is going to be a very long day (or three), covering the now 5-sector event.

    Taking place at London’s Earls Court on 20-23 September comes 100% Design, 100% Detail, 100% Light, 100% Materials and new this year 100% Futures. With Tom Dixon as the new Creative Director and involvement from Greenpeace, 100% Design 2007 is unsurprisingly focused toward Sustainability, and sure to withhold inspiration for everyone. Although I do not intend to profile all 100 of the must-sees this year, I would like to point out 10, which I know I am looking forward to seeing!

    For further exhibitor listings and information visit the 100% Design website.

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  • Conflux Festival

    Community, Communication Design

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    Conflux Festival is happening this Thursday Sept 13 - Sunday Sept 16 in Brooklyn, NYC.

    "Conflux is the annual New York festival for contemporary psychogeography, the investigation of everyday urban life through emerging artistic, technological and social practice. At Conflux, visual and sound artists, writers, urban adventurers and the public gather for four days to explore their urban environment."

    I'm presenting my MFA thesis project, Maintenant, on Thurs Sept 13 & Sat Sept 15 @ 11 AM - 12.30 PM @ Luna Lounge 361 Metropolitan Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11211

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  • How can designers continue to use their powers?

    Environment, Communication Design

    I found an interesting post this month from Eve Simon, on Beaconfire Wire, that questions how designers can use their powers to create a better future. Something beautiful about the way Eve questions the designer's power, in context of social challenges:

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    Creating social change through design has been at the core of our society since before the first quill dared to put the notion of freedom on paper. Designers have always been a little ahead of the curve in leaving the world a better place then when we found it. We have conceived of entire cities from dust, made history from a single perfect image, changed the face & fabric of society through our work, and brought people together in one voice - all through the power of the visual.

    So, ...I pose this question: In a world where there is no shortage of social challenges to tackle, how can designers continue to use our power for good in order to form a more perfect union? - Eve Simon (2007).

  • Should Change be Radical?

    Communication, Communication Design

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    With the forthcoming EcoLabs event; The Greening of Design and Illustration, the latest Eco-Labs paper, Should Change be Radical?, by founder Jody Boehnert exemplifies the voice and thoughts that will be seen at the event.

    Using three significant projects as examples the paper evaluates; the Open Architecture Network, Massive Change, and Transition Towns, describing how new such "design models characterized by systems thinking and the democratisation of design have the capacity for radical change."

    EcoLabs founder Jody Boehnert will be delivering this paper at the Sustainable Innovation 07 Conference. A great read.

  • "Sometimes I wonder... is my work beautiful because I'm beautiful... or am I beautiful because my work is beautiful... it is probably a little of both"

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  • ECO

    Environment, Industrial Design

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    I have just come across London based PR agency Camron, and looking through their client list came across a future UK concept: ECO.

    ECO, opening in Chiswick this November, is a new retail concept. Set up by Italian-born Nicola Giuggioli, his sister Livia Giuggioli, her husband, actor Colin Firth, and financier Ivo Coulson, and designed by architect Guy Stansfield, ECO will bring together a carefully selected range of household products, appliances and building solutions that will combine technology with good design – from ideas to improve insulation and lessen energy-use to eco-friendly furniture, paints and wallpapers. - Camron.

  • Autodesk and the Environment

    Environment, Environmental Design

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    As a designer one tool I often use is Autodesk / Autocad. I design House & Site plans that insure the retaining of sediment. Aquatic life in Georgia is rapidly decreasing due to the amount of construction that is going on in the south. This is due to the lack of sediment control on a property when building. The toxins find their way into the creeks and rivers which then wind their way into the larger lakes, thus killing the fish. The process of studying the topography on a piece of land, then taking the appropriate steps to keep chemicals and building materials from washing off of the construction site is a major part of what I do day in and day out. Retaining walls, and sediment fencing, placed in the correct places, keep most of these harmful substances on the property where they can be properly disposed of (usually).

    Another interesting part of my work is calculating the square footage of all the impervious areas on a site (roof, driveway and any concrete) that will cause rain water runoff. I then provide several ways to capture rain for recycling in these areas. The rain water is recycled into the individual homes using things like underground "flo wells". These wells store and filter the water to prepare it for general usage again. In some cases the water is filtered into a cities water recycling facility. However this is dependent upon the county that I'm working with.

    To most peoples surprise, there are many counties in Metro Atlanta that require the...

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