scarcity of resources
Fear of resource depletion is or will become the driving force behind a repair economy — to the extent that it does not already exist in most people’s lives. The use of raw materials just reshuffles them around the globe. In a few centuries, coltan mining will mean digging for ancient mobile phones in the rubble of former cities. Every openness emerges from physicality, and an average Google server plant consumes as much electricity as a city of 500,000. Who knows about ‘open mining’?
scarcity of resources contents in Open Design Now:
SHAREABLE Open Design for an Access Economy Neal Gorenflo Like any innovation, open design by itself is neither good nor bad. Its social value depends entirely on how it’s used. It can be used for the common good, or it … Continue reading
Open Re:Source Design visualizing COMPLETE material flows Soenke Zehle In an era of algorithmic cultures, designers willing to take on the challenges of sustainability must be prepared to deal with complex eco-politics. At the same time, any mapping of possible … Continue reading
The mediocracy of the middle classes dominates the current mass production design. In a world less controlled by branding and regulations, a new breed of designers can contribute to an altered, more honest economy. An interview with Dutch designer Joris Laarman, … Continue reading
John Thackara portrays openness in general as a matter of survival to overcome the legacy of an industrial economy obsessed with control, and open design in particular as a new way to make, use and look after things. He calls … Continue reading