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"Work faster, get time for life." I just got back from a short trip to India where this insane slogan adorned a poster at a bus stop. It pretty much sums up a febrile mood in Delhi where it was announced during my stay that India's economy will grow by nine percent next year. Among the happy consequences of this great success: a sulphur dioxide-spewing coal-fired power station is being built ten kilometers upwind from the idyllic farm of my host in Vidodara. He's a senior industrialist — and even he can't stop it. On the positive side, India is already importing coal all the way from Australia so perhaps peak coal will ensure the plant never gets lit. [This document replaces the Doors of Perception Report that accompanied my blog at doorsofperception.com. Follow me by visiting my blog, subscribing to my RSS feed, or follow me on Twitter @johnthackara. (Or you can unsubscribe.)]
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JOHN THACKARA

Work Faster, India!

“Work faster, get time for life.” I just got back from a short trip to India where this insane slogan adorned a poster at a bus stop. It pretty much sums up a febrile mood in Delhi where it was announced during my stay that India's economy will grow by nine percent next year.
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JOHN THACKARA

What Kind of Design Institutes for India?

A decision by the Indian government set up four new National Institutes of Design (NIDs) in the country has sparked a lively debate about the kinds of design they should teach.
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JOHN THACKARA

Bangkok Cable Ways

One of the reasons we underestimate the sheer physical mass of our power and information networks is that they're hidden from view. But not in Bangkok.
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UK Design Policy Becomes Multi-Scalar

An interesting rebound effect of public spending cuts in the UK is that the UK Design Council and CABE (Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment) are to merge. The move brings UK policy for design, architecture and public space together in a single organization.
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Ultra Modern

I dislike the word “Glocal,” I also dislike the word “Creative,” now a new word has come along to bug me: “Sustainism.”
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If It's Not the Destination and It's Not the Journey...

A study by Transportation Alternatives found that up to 45 percent of traffic in an area of Brooklyn was caused by cars circling the streets looking for parking. And in 2006, UCLA professor of urban planning Donald Shoup calculated that, within a year, vehicles searching for parking in a small business district in LA consumed 47,000 gallons of gas and produced 730 tons of carbon dioxide.
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