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Unravelling design's opportunities in a volatile future
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Wired Video: TechShop Opens Tool Heaven in San Francisco

Wired Video: TechShop Opens Tool Heaven in San Francisco | Adaptive Design Capacity | Scoop.it

If your town has a lending library for tools, consider yourself lucky. But if your town has TechShop, you’re in geek heaven. TechShop, founded in 2006 in Silicon Valley, is a workshop filled to the gills with all kinds of tools. Instead of renting the tools, you pay a flat monthly fee and can come in and use whatever you want. “It’s kind of like a health club,” says CEO Mark Hatch, “but it’s a health club for makers and geeks and tinkerers.”

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Ride For Your Life: In Barcelona, Bike Sharing Saves More Than Gas - News - GOOD

Ride For Your Life: In Barcelona, Bike Sharing Saves More Than Gas - News - GOOD | Adaptive Design Capacity | Scoop.it

Urban bike sharing programs improve city dwellers' lives by offering a convenient way to get around, exercise, and reduce pollution. But could cycling instead of driving could actually save lives? So says science. According to a study published earlier this summer by the British Medical Journal, a successful and widely used bike sharing program in Barcelona prevents 12 deaths a year.

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Road train technology can drive your car for you - tech - 18 January 2011 - New Scientist

Road train technology can drive your car for you - tech - 18 January 2011 - New Scientist | Adaptive Design Capacity | Scoop.it

By linking cars together into road trains or "platoons" to form semi-autonomous convoys under the control of a professional lead driver, the hope is that average road speeds can be reduced, improving fuel consumption and cutting congestion.

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Why Open Data Alone Is Not Enough

Why Open Data Alone Is Not Enough | Adaptive Design Capacity | Scoop.it

At least 16 nations have major open data initiatives; in many more, pressure is building for them to follow suit. The US has posted nearly 400,000 data sets at Data.gov, and organizations like the Sunlight Foundation and MAPlight.org are finding compelling ways to use public data—like linking political contributions to political actions.

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Saving Money by Cutting Traffic - Cities - GOOD

Saving Money by Cutting Traffic - Cities - GOOD | Adaptive Design Capacity | Scoop.it

America is known for its car culture—but we haven't designed our daily commutes from home to work (and back) to be easy. In fact, they're getting longer. Meanwhile, time spent, fuel wasted, and costs accrued as a result of sitting in traffic are piling up.

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Contour Crafting

'Daily Planet' on Contour Crafting - or how to build a complete house - including plumbing and electricity- in about a day with robotic technology.

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A unified theory of urban living

At the start of the twenty-first century, cities emerged as the source of the greatest challenges that the planet has faced since humans became social. Although they have proven to be humanity's engines of creativity, wealth creation and economic growth, cities have also been the source of much pollution and disease. Rapid urbanization and accelerating socio-economic development have generated global problems from climate change and its environmental impacts to incipient crises in food, energy and water availability, public health, financial markets and the global economy

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Bus Shelters Turn Wait Times Into Neighbourhood Deathmatches

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Web giant Yahoo has installed twenty large touch-screen displays in bus shelters across San Francisco. These displays are not for trailers. Instead, they're to let people engage in some free multiplayer gaming.
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Cooperative cellphone networks could cut energy waste - tech - 24 January 2011 - New Scientist

Cooperative cellphone networks could cut energy waste - tech - 24 January 2011 - New Scientist | Adaptive Design Capacity | Scoop.it

YOUR cellphone signal is registering four or five bars, which is good news for subscribers but cold comfort for the network footing the exorbitant bill. This needless energy drain could be stopped if cellphone providers could agree to share their antennas on the many occasions when the networks aren't busy. Traffic is sparse for voice calls outside morning and evening commuting times and in the early evenings when wireless internet usage peaks.

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Why Open Data Alone Is Not Enough

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If you care about transparency, these are interesting times. WikiLeaks may have faded from the headlines, but growing numbers of people accept the notion that information collected by and about the government should be online, searchable, and mashable.

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Lower Utility Bills With White Roof - White Roofing Paint | MintLife Blog | Personal Finance News & Advice

Lower Utility Bills With White Roof - White Roofing Paint | MintLife Blog | Personal Finance News & Advice | Adaptive Design Capacity | Scoop.it

White roofs could reduce their residential air conditioning bills by an estimated 20%. That’s a savings of $1 billion per year in the U.S. alone.

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Transparency: Biking to Work - Cities - GOOD

Transparency: Biking to Work - Cities - GOOD | Adaptive Design Capacity | Scoop.it
The battle over which North American city is the best for biking is fierce and- most likely-unresolvable. Our latest Transparency will tell...
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U.K. Company to Make Power from 50 Year-Old Garbage - Environment - GOOD

U.K. Company to Make Power from 50 Year-Old Garbage - Environment - GOOD | Adaptive Design Capacity | Scoop.it
Digging up the waste from the past could power 60,000 homes if a plan to mine a landfill for energy comes to be.
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The Evolving Structure of the American Economy and the Employment Challenge

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This Working Paper analyzes trends in the American economy's performance over the past two decades; in particular, it examines changes in employment and value added in U.S. industries.

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The economic jungle: How ecologists could save banking - physics-math - 19 January 2011 - New Scientist

The economic jungle: How ecologists could save banking - physics-math - 19 January 2011 - New Scientist | Adaptive Design Capacity | Scoop.it

An ecological theorist and the Bank of England's head of stability have teamed up to show that if you apply the mathematical models used in ecology to financial systems, they behave much like ecosystems - with similar risks of collapse. Worryingly, the models bankers now use maximise exactly those risks.

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Fall of Roman Empire linked to wild shifts in climate - New Scientist

Fall of Roman Empire linked to wild shifts in climate - New Scientist | Adaptive Design Capacity | Scoop.it

Centuries of unpredictable climate may have been partly to blame for the fall of the western Roman Empire. A detailed record of 2500 years of European climate has uncovered several links between changing climate and the rise and fall of civilisations.

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Tesco Virtual Supermarket in a Subway Station

Tesco Virtual Supermarket in a Subway Station | Adaptive Design Capacity | Scoop.it

A large, wall-length billboard was installed in the station, designed to look like a series of supermarket shelves and displaying images and prices of a range of common products. each sign also includes a QR code. Users scan the code of any product they would like to purchase, thereby adding it to their online shopping cart. After the web transaction is completed, the products are delivered to the user's home within the day.

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This Is the Connected States of America - Business - GOOD

This Is the Connected States of America - Business - GOOD | Adaptive Design Capacity | Scoop.it

This is what our state lines might look like if we drew them based on who actually talks with each other, at least according to cell phone data gathered by MIT. These are the geographic clusters of who texts with whom within an area, from the MIT Senseable City Lab's Connected States of America mapping project.

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The mathematics of being nice - New Scientist

The mathematics of being nice - New Scientist | Adaptive Design Capacity | Scoop.it

Why are you so fascinated by our ability to help each other out? Cooperation is interesting because it essentially means that you help someone else, someone who is a potential competitor. You reduce your own success in order to increase the success of somebody else. Why should you do that? Why should natural selection favour such behaviour? To answer these questions I use evolutionary dynamics, evolutionary game theory and experimental tests of human behaviour.

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On Governing by Design § SEEDMAGAZINE.COM

On Governing by Design § SEEDMAGAZINE.COM | Adaptive Design Capacity | Scoop.it

Design is an inescapable dimension of human activity. To adapt one of my favorite quotes by Reyner Banham, like the weather it is always there, but we speak about it only when it is exceptionally bad or exceptionally good.

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Where High Speed Internet Meets Smart Grid

Where High Speed Internet Meets Smart Grid | Adaptive Design Capacity | Scoop.it

Advanced internet technologies, energy management and the smart grid are coming together in an unlikely location: a mid-sized city in the South.

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Doors of Perception weblog: The service ecology of a city

Doors of Perception weblog: The service ecology of a city | Adaptive Design Capacity | Scoop.it

Since 2008, Id-lab has worked alongside the City Administration to change the way Milan thinks about urban development. Each of the city's 88 existing quarters, with its own characteristics and identity, is treated as a core element in the new approach. An ongoing conversation with citizens has elicited an understanding of which services are considered important for daily life. From these 88 Environmental Atlases an understanding emerges of where service provision is failing. The new Plan does not fix which services will be activated in the future, nor where they will be placed. On the contrary, the idea is to enable a cyclical decision making process in which the identification of needs and action priorities is continuous. Unlike in traditional planning, the city never arrives at the moment in which its plan is finished. On the contrary: every six months a new process of reconnaissance, of “listening”, begins which updates the collective understanding of new needs and wants

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MAKESHIFT // CATALOGUE // THE GAP

MAKESHIFT // CATALOGUE // THE GAP | Adaptive Design Capacity | Scoop.it
Design is a discipline with its head in the library and its hands in the cookie jar. When we talk about Design on TV, in books, or in film, we treat it as an art or a science, whose principles are platonic and founded in ergonomics, culture or knowledge. We give design much the same credit as we give to 'History', 'Sculpture' or 'Music' (or other 'subjects' you can learn in school and exhibit in galleries). But at the same time, we all know that design is a business.

 

When we think about design, we're normally thinking about designers, and when we're thinking about designers we're normally thinking about professional designers: people who design for money. The reality is probably even more stark than that: everything that we conventionally call design is actually design that can be paid for (and increasingly - design that pays).

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Manifesting Change 21C: Indy Johar, 00:/

We are in the midst of a radical shift in our society and economy. The scale is equivalent to the changes of the 1870s and 1920s and their birthing of the mass industrial and managerial ages, which demanded such dramatic re-configurations of the city.

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China’s Exports Perch on an Uncertain Truck System

China’s Exports Perch on an Uncertain Truck System | Adaptive Design Capacity | Scoop.it
A disorganized and inefficient trucking system is creating a bottleneck for China’s export economy, and the problem could get worse.
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