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  • TheFLOWmarket™

    Communication, Communication Design

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    Quite simply; stunning!!!

    This project utilizes a supermarket to provoke customer awareness. It uses symbols and the physical representation of values to cause change in the society. Customers are invited to purchase products such as “Clean air” or “Commercial free space”.

    <a href="http://www.theflowmarket.com/">TheFLOWmarket™</a> is a project that utilizes traditional exhibition spaces to send an original message via an even more original medium. It is a supermarket selling consumer awareness. TheFLOWmarket™ has isles, shelves and registers like any other supermarket. But the cans, cartons and bottles on the shelves are all empty. The project idea is purely metaphysical and so are the products for sale. Entering the shop you can buy things like "Clean air", "Commercial free space", "Consumption moderators", "Good vibes" and "Holistic thinking" dressed up as basic commodities in standard containers.

    The approach of the project is highly metaphorical and both the employees and customers become part of a theatrical interaction that deals with basic values in todays society. The play becomes an opportunity for personal reflection that can help the process of exploring possibilities for development of our common world. It basically transforms abstract values into physical objects that can be picked up or left on the shelf. The mere symbolism of the products immediately makes you think in terms ...

  • The Venus Project

    Arts & Culture, Audio/Visual Design

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    Thanks to <a href="http://www.socialdesignsite.com/index.php%3Fidcatside%3D53">Social Design Site</a> for crediting the <a href="http://www.thevenusproject.com/">Venus Project</a>:

    "This organization proposes a feasible plan of action towards a peaceful and sustainable world; eradicating wars, poverty and pollution by using the idea of a resource-based civilization. The <a href="http://www.thevenusproject.com/">Venus Project</a> calls for a straightforward approach to the redesign of a culture, in which the age-old inadequacies of war, poverty, hunger, debt, environmental degradation and unnecessary human suffering are viewed not only as avoidable, but totally unacceptable. Anything less will result in a continuation of the same catalog of problems inherent in today's world."

    <a href="http://www.thevenusproject.com/">Venus Project</a>

  • Massive Change

    Arts & Culture, Communication Design

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    For anyone not aware of the <a href="http://www.massivechange.com/about">Massive Change</a> project by the magnificent Bruce Mau and his team... you must read this: <br><br> Design has emerged as one of the world’s most powerful forces. It has placed us at the beginning of a new, unprecedented period of human possibility, where all economies and ecologies are becoming global, relational, and interconnected. In order to understand and harness these emerging forces, there is an urgent need to articulate precisely what we are doing to ourselves and to our world. This is the ambition of <a href="http://www.massivechange.com/about">Massive Change</a>. <br><br> <a href="http://www.massivechange.com/about">Massive Change</a> is a celebration of our global capacities but also a cautious look at our limitations. It encompasses the utopian and dystopian possibilities of this emerging world, in which even nature is no longer outside the reach of our manipulation. <br><br> For many of us, design is invisible. We live in a world that is so thoroughly configured by human effort that design has become second nature, ever-present, inevitable, taken for granted. <br><br> For all information on the project and the books: <a href="http://www.massivechange.com/about">Massive Change</a>

  • THE CLIMATE - Call for concepts

    Environment, Environmental Design

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    <a href="http://www.droogdesign.nl/">DroogDesign</a> have launched a competition for Climate Change. <br><br> "Ranging from ideas about food, heating, music, literature, fashion, architecture...anything you like in any form you wish. The 10 best design proposals will be published on our website; the public will be invited to choose one favourite and vote for an overall winner." <br><br> Deadline for participation is June 30, 2007. <br> See the website > <a href="http://www.droogdesign.nl/">DroogDesign</a>

  • INDEX

    Communication, Communication Design

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    <a href="http://www.indexaward.dk/">INDEX</a>: is a non-profit network organization - based in Copenhagen - that focuses on Design to Improve Life worldwide. <br><br> <a href="http://www.indexaward.dk/">INDEX</a>: works through a global network to ensure access to the best knowledge on design and the cutting edge of contemporary thinking. <br><br> The network consists of designers, businesses, organizations and design institutions who collaborate in disseminating and applying the latest knowledge in the field of “Design to Improve Life.” Between its large-scale biannual events, <a href="http://www.indexaward.dk/">INDEX</a>: Community gathers the best expertise and collects and distributes the latest knowledge, making INDEX: the most extensive center of knowledge on Design to Improve Life. <br><br> To accommodate this large network, <a href="http://www.indexaward.dk/">INDEX</a>: has taken a different approach in the design of its organizational structure. <a href="http://www.indexaward.dk/">INDEX</a>: is made up of so-called “lounges” organized around its daily management, i.e. the operational lounge, which functions as a platform for dialog and the exchange of ideas. The organization is symbolically represented as a flower, since it cannot be contained in any conventional organizational plan. Each leaf represents a lounge that pr...

  • Zero Footprint

    Environment, Communication Design

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    An interesting project worth having a look at if you are interested in our Environmental Footprints: <br><br> "<a href="http://zerofootprint.net/">Zerofootprint</a> is a not-for-profit that combines the best financial engineering, environmental engineering, social networking tools and business intelligence to create products and services that help large corporations, organizations and individuals significantly reduce their environmental footprint." <br><br> "Zerofootprint started with an idea about ideas. If future generations blame us for not responding adequately to the converging crises of this century, it won’t be because we didn’t have any good ideas at our disposal. It will be because we didn’t do anything about them. <br><br> Zerofootprint’s mission is to change the world by helping people reduce their environmental footprint. Our goal is to provide a forum for the massive and growing, but mostly unconnected majority of people – whether they think of themselves as citizens or businesspeople, parents or consumers, activists or theorists—who want to do the right thing. <br><br> Action is impossible without information. We are forging a community where those who have it can share it with those who are looking for it, and where those who can offer direction will come into contact with those who need it. Zerofootprint: getting good ideas off the drawing board and into the world."...

  • Bosch & Fjord (DK)

    Education, Industrial Design

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    This project creates and influences social interactions at the workplace, school and public spaces, using arts, architecture and interior design. <br><br> Bosch & Fjord create spaces where design challenges people and poses questions. The projects influence how people act and think, potentially changing the organisation, procedures and learning situations. Affecting existing structures, the projects can have thoroughgoing influence on people’s day-to-day lives. They break fixed habits and ingrained thinking and open up dialogue.
    <br><br> On the premise that everyone is different, thinks differently and learns differently in different situations, Bosch & Fjord have created a complete and challenging design at Ordrup School. Bosch & Fjord, working with SKUB, a school development and expansion project in Gentofte Municipality, has done away with traditional school interiors and instead created varied areas with room for differentiated teaching and creative thinking. Now there are raised window seats with a view of the outside world, green platforms with round red holes where discussions can percolate and large upholstered tubes where kids can hide with a good book or spend some time alone. See full article: <a href="http://www.socialdesignsite.com/index.php%3Fidcatside%3D90">Bosch & Fjord (DK)</a>

  • Zero Footprint

    Environment, Communication Design

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    An interesting project worth having a look at if you are interested in our Environmental Footprints: <br><br> "<a href="http://zerofootprint.net/">Zerofootprint</a> is a not-for-profit that combines the best financial engineering, environmental engineering, social networking tools and business intelligence to create products and services that help large corporations, organizations and individuals significantly reduce their environmental footprint." <br><br> "Zerofootprint started with an idea about ideas. If future generations blame us for not responding adequately to the converging crises of this century, it won’t be because we didn’t have any good ideas at our disposal. It will be because we didn’t do anything about them. <br><br> Zerofootprint’s mission is to change the world by helping people reduce their environmental footprint. Our goal is to provide a forum for the massive and growing, but mostly unconnected majority of people – whether they think of themselves as citizens or businesspeople, parents or consumers, activists or theorists—who want to do the right thing. <br><br> Action is impossible without information. We are forging a community where those who have it can share it with those who are looking for it, and where those who can offer direction will come into contact with those who need it. Zerofootprint: getting good ideas off the drawing board and into the world."...

  • Pebble Beach Forest Saved

    Environment, Environmental Design

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    On June 13th, the California Coastal Commission voted 8-to-4 to deny the Pebble Beach Company's plans to cut down 18,000 trees in the Del Monte Forest.

    This ended an eight-year battle in which the Pebble Beach Company had tried to circumvent the Coastal Act by taking the vote to the public. In a slick $1 million ad campaign, co-owner Clint Eastwood asked voters to "help save the forest." Failing to mention the fact that so many trees would fall victim to the development scheme, the voters approved the measure. The company also bought local officials and leaned on Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger to replace two pro-environment commissioners.

    The development was extensive, and included putting an equestrian center on a conservation easement. In the end, the company couldn't negotiate - any changes would have to be put before the (now educated) public in another vote. This lock box killed the deal, and after 11 hours of deliberation in which Commission Sara Wan called it "wholesale destruction of the environment," the plan was denied.

    Heroes abound in this story - Mark Massara, a surfer and attorney for the Sierra Club, spearheaded the effort to save the forest. Attorney Tom Lippe likewise rocked the vote, while the staff at the Coastal Commission, including Charles Lester and Dan Carl, was forthright and unwavering in their judgment.

    On a personal note, as someone born who was born in that forest and is especially sensitive to the aesthetic beauty, I was ...

  • In the era of clever marketing and all the importance one has started to attach to saleability true content is taking a back seat.Genuine talent is being pushed away to make space for gloss and street smart salesmanship.Though selling is a creative business too but one must not forget that design is that brave being which is not slave to any popular temporary wave of consumerism.

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