online: 23 june 2016
modified: 26 june 2016
23 june 2016 past and future of design
(from my digital diary
of spontaneouos or barely-directed thought)
on the 50th anniversary of the DRS i am asked to speak
with James Powell and Peter Lloyd about the past, present, and future of
designing... and i am regarding this as a good moment in which to
rethink this expansive and connective activity we call design...
...a gentle wind blowing in through a nearby window... a chair squeaks
as an unknown person moves a little in the apartment above... the chair
squeaks again... and i hear someone outside (also unknown to me) who is
hitting the building with a hammer... and i wonder how it is we can live at
ease among so many people so close by... unafraid of being murdered in our sleep
...and now i recognise another sound... this time of someone sawing wood...
or perhaps a plastic substance... made (i guess) from oil beneath the
ground... or from gas beneath the sea...
later when i went outside i spoke to several people with hammers and
saws and drills who were fitting lightning conductors to this block of flats
that evening there were warnings of thunder over London but nothing
struck the conductors
and now i hear a faint beep-beep from a car in the distance...
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