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To Design is to Understand Uncertainty

To Design is to Understand Uncertainty | The Cultural Architect | Scoop.it

Design practitioners are well-aware of and indeed exploit uncertainty as a means to facilitate design thinking, innovation and creativity.

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Google opens code for building interactive experiences in physical spaces

Google opens code for building interactive experiences in physical spaces | The Cultural Architect | Scoop.it
The Java-based framework can be used to program responsive art installations.
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The Psychology Behind Why Creative People Cluster

The Psychology Behind Why Creative People Cluster | The Cultural Architect | Scoop.it
Research reveals why highly creative people who are open to new experience find themselves drawn to certain places.
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How ‘Ideation’ Is Growing Business in Memphis

How ‘Ideation’ Is Growing Business in Memphis | The Cultural Architect | Scoop.it
The Tennessee city’s Innovation Delivery Team launched a collaborative effort to generate and implement ideas to spark commerce in struggling neighborhoods.
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Greenhouse inspires change

Greenhouse inspires change | The Cultural Architect | Scoop.it

A lot of people feel that they’re discovering new ideas when they come here. That’s the real focus of the Greenhouse – to open up people’s minds to the possibilities of working in a more sustainable way. Not just here, but everywhere, and especially in the urban environment.

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Should we take 'planetary boundaries' seriously? | Sustainable Cities Collective

Should we take 'planetary boundaries' seriously? | Sustainable Cities Collective | The Cultural Architect | Scoop.it

Johan Rockström replies to criticism of planetary boundaries concept...

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Skanska and LMN Architects’ Seattle Stone34 Complex Will Be Edible!

Skanska and LMN Architects’ Seattle Stone34 Complex Will Be Edible! | The Cultural Architect | Scoop.it
Stone34, designed by LMN Architects, will join Seattle's Eco-district and feature edible landscaping.
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After Rio, we know. Governments have given up on the planet

After Rio, we know. Governments have given up on the planet | The Cultural Architect | Scoop.it
George Monbiot: The post-summit pledge was an admission of defeat against consumer capitalism.
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Accountants Will Save The Planet

Accountants Will Save The Planet | The Cultural Architect | Scoop.it

It may not sound glamorous, but better accounting practices might be just what it takes to get companies to start changing how their businesses affect the environment.

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The Creative Benefits Of Exploring The Uncomfortable

The Creative Benefits Of Exploring The Uncomfortable | The Cultural Architect | Scoop.it
At Grey New York, someone had the radical idea that to be creative, you need time to think creatively and not be at the mercy of relentless calendar invites. Our boss, Tor Myhren, agreed and instituted the Thursday Morning No-Meeting Zone from 9 a.m.
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"Move beyond aspirational statements" - Stockholm Resilience Centre

"Move beyond aspirational statements" - Stockholm Resilience Centre | The Cultural Architect | Scoop.it

Voices of the Future: concerns and questions from school children in Brazil, Sweden and the United Kingdom accompanied a declaration urging world leaders to move beyond aspirational statements and seize the moment to act now.

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George Monbiot – How “Sustainability” Became “Sustained Growth”

George Monbiot – How “Sustainability” Became “Sustained Growth” | The Cultural Architect | Scoop.it

The Rio Declaration rips up the basic principles of environmental action...There is nothing to work with here, no programme, no sense of urgency or call for concrete action beyond the inadequate measures already agreed in previous flaccid declarations.

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7 Things Sapping Your Creativity Right Now - DesignTAXI.com

7 Things Sapping Your Creativity Right Now - DesignTAXI.com | The Cultural Architect | Scoop.it
7 Things Sapping Your Creativity Right Now...
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Removing Streets Is The Only Way To Reclaim Open Space In Cities

Removing Streets Is The Only Way To Reclaim Open Space In Cities | The Cultural Architect | Scoop.it

Can London build on the momentum of its Olympic building to do something truly radical to its urban planning? Take a major road and replace it with a park.

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TED Talk: David Kelley on Building Creative Confidence

TED Talk: David Kelley on Building Creative Confidence | The Cultural Architect | Scoop.it

In this talk, Kelley shares stories from his life and design career to inspire others to build their creative confidence. Too often he finds people are opting out of creativity in their childhood and drawing a line between creatives and non-creatives that becomes deeply ingrained by adulthood. Kelley believes his mission is to “help as many people as possible regain the creative confidence they lost along the way.”

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Culture Is Key – Increased R&D Budget Won’t Help

Culture Is Key – Increased R&D Budget Won’t Help | The Cultural Architect | Scoop.it
The annual Global Innovation 1000 Study from Booz & Company shows that spending more on R&D won’t drive results. The most crucial factors are strategic alignment and a culture that supports innovation.
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Global Citizen Year: Creating A Path For Budding Social Entrepreneurs

Global Citizen Year: Creating A Path For Budding Social Entrepreneurs | The Cultural Architect | Scoop.it
When Global Citizen Year founder Abby Falik was 18, she wanted to enroll in the Peace Corps instead of going straight to college.
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How Radical Sustainability Can Save Your Business

How Radical Sustainability Can Save Your Business | The Cultural Architect | Scoop.it
Iconic social-purpose brand Toms disrupted the shoe and eyewear categories with a one-for-one business model that donates a pair of shoes (or glasses) to a person in need for every pair that’s purchased.
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The Power of the Particular

The Power of the Particular | The Cultural Architect | Scoop.it

Don’t try to be everyman. Don’t pretend you’re a member of every community you visit. Don’t try to be citizens of some artificial globalized community. Go deeper into your own tradition. Call more upon the geography of your own past. Be distinct and credible. People will come.

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Arup | Thoughts | Turn your projects upside down

Adopting a risk-based prioritisation strategy can deliver substantial benefits, as long as the approach is embedded in day-to-day ways of working – addressing the people, process, information and cultural changes required.

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Evolution and Our Inner Conflict

Evolution and Our Inner Conflict | The Cultural Architect | Scoop.it
The human species' vexing combination of "sin" and "virtue" may be better explained by the two extreme evolutionary forces that created us.
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Get into Buckminster Fuller

Get into Buckminster Fuller | The Cultural Architect | Scoop.it

"You have a choice dear reader: spend 4 seconds scanning this blogpost, or spend the full 58:10 minutes (*) watching the retro-futuristic interview with polymath & nextnature thinker avant la lettre Buckminister Fuller."

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8 Rules For Creating A Passionate Work Culture

8 Rules For Creating A Passionate Work Culture | The Cultural Architect | Scoop.it
Hire for passion and commitment first, experience second, and credentials third. You don’t want to be simply a stepping stone on an employee’s journey toward their own passion.
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Austin Kleon on Cultivating Creativity in the Digital Age

Austin Kleon on Cultivating Creativity in the Digital Age | The Cultural Architect | Scoop.it
The genealogy of ideas, why everything is a remix, or what T.S. Eliot can teach us about creativity.
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Return to capitalism 'red in tooth and claw' spells economic madness

Return to capitalism 'red in tooth and claw' spells economic madness | The Cultural Architect | Scoop.it
Robert Skidelsky: Because capitalism fuels an insatiable demand for consumption, the world will soon run up against the natural limits of growth...
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