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Limits to Growth was right. New research shows were nearing collapse | Cathy Alexander and Graham Turner | Comment is free | theguardian.com

Limits to Growth was right. New research shows were nearing collapse | Cathy Alexander and Graham Turner | Comment is free | theguardian.com.

This is a sobering article, that shows research by M I T back in the 70s puts us on course for real problems in terms of consumption and mass manufacturing – as if we don’t really no this ! It makes for depressing reading as it belives it is too late to alter behaviour, and doubts whether governments have the power to respond. It is merely a case now of individuals planning and protecting themselves…

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Playing to the Gallery review – Grayson Perry delivers a passionate defence of art | Art and design | The Observer

Grayson on Patience

Playing to the Gallery review – Grayson Perry delivers a passionate defence of art | Art and design | The Observer.

A powerful defence of the act of creation, and of blurring categories …


Rebellion by design: when ceramics and textiles get radical – FT.com

 

 

Duncan Grant's studio at Charleston house Sussex UK

Duncan Grant’s studio at Charleston house Sussex UK

Rebellion by design: when ceramics and textiles get radical – FT.com

Design has shown a rebellious streak in recent months. At the opening of the Subversive Design exhibition at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery on England’s south coast late last year, curator Stella Beddoe defended the ability of applied and decorative arts to challenge convention and tackle serious social issues.   …

Oliver Winchester, chief curator of the Design Museum in London, cites Italian furniture design of the 1960s and 1970s as a hotbed of political thought. “Italy was always thinking about the object itself in antithesis to the American focus on mass production,” he says. In the museum’s permanent collection is the “AEO chair”, designed in 1973 by Paolo Deganello, co-founder of the Archizoom group in Florence. Deganello was not interested in beauty, but in comfort, hailing a new era of functional aesthetic in furniture design. “Each constituent part was designed to be as comfortable as possible,” says Winchester. “The focus is on putting the parts together, transferring the power of construction to the user.” By using a network of small-scale suppliers who would produce the individual parts of the chair, Deganello connected craftsmanship to mass production.

What Deganello shared with his contemporary designers was a desire to see the consumer actively participate in his politics. Italian designer Enzo Mari was also a proponent of the blueprint, producing self-assembly kits for chairs and beds throughout the 1970s. He was opposed to mass production and believed home furniture could be a statement of an individual’s social beliefs. “[Mari] was interested in the art of constructing furniture as a way of educating people and encouraging them to appreciate the art of manufacturing design,” says Winchester.

Michael Marriott, a London-based furniture designer, dislikes the current hunger for “eye-catching work that often ignores ecological concerns. Design is now driven by image and a desire for the new as opposed to [the] better”. For Marriott, good design needs to withstand time and passing fashions; that something is robust is the most important facet of an object.

An excellent article by Harriet Baker – that highlights a shift in current design and craft.


Memories of the future | The Charnel-House

 

Memories of the future | The Charnel-House.

An immensely  interesting article on Ross Wolfe’s blog, that will reward several re-reads. He offers a thorough critique of the writing of ‘Bifo’ (Franco Berardi) After the Future. 


studio swine transport mobile foundry to create can city

 

studio swine transport mobile foundry to create can city.

ransporting a mobile foundry around the streets of são paulo, brazil, designers at ‘studio swine’ have created ‘can city’, a series of stools made from recycled materials. the foundry smelts aluminum cans using waste vegetable oil that they collect from local cafes to be used as fuel. operating around the city streets, the moulds and the finished pieces are all made on location, turning these public spaces into an improvised manufacturing line. in a city with some 20 million inhabitants, the waste is on a massive scale, over 80% of the recycling is collected by an informal system of independent collectors known as catadores who pull their handmade carts around the streets. this new initiative creates a system where their livelihoods can extend beyond the rubbish collection. 

Is this adhoc making the future of manufacturing ? … or a parasitical activity that feeds on a waning mass manufacturing society. What does the future look like?  How does it involve repurposing the past ?


To encourage creativity, Mr Gove, you must first understand what it is | Ken Robinson

 

An excellent articl by Ken Robinson … Again

To encourage creativity, Mr Gove, you must first understand what it is | Ken Robinson.


Lies, damned lies and Crafts statistics – Nesta

Lies, damned lies and Crafts statistics – Nesta.

this is very interesting,

 


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