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Observers Room: John Thackara

MONTHLY EMAIL NEWSLETTER: APRIL 2011


March was a febrile month. Fukushima was an existential threat posed by an energy utopia gone wrong; Joseph Giacomo's book 'Thermal' rendered our energy addiction visible; and the collapse of civilization became an experimental dance piece in New York. I visited Bilbao to talk about bioregions — only to encounter a disused nuclear plant that I said could be their next cultural icon. My talk at Norway's Design Day also begins in somber terms — but ends on a positive note. You can also follow me by visiting my blog, subscribing to my RSS feed, or following me on Twitter @johnthackara. (Or you can unsubscribe.)
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JOHN THACKARA

Utopia is Here

Ridley Scott's film Blade Runner, made in 1982, portrays a dystopian Los Angeles as it might be in 2019. In just eight years from now we are due to discover and find out whether or not the film was an accurate prediction.
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JOHN THACKARA

Collapse of Civilization Tango

Choreographer Valerie Green and Dance Entropy, a New York City-based experimental dance troupe, will shortly premier a new work, “Rise and Fall,” that's about collapsing civilizations, the raw ugliness of industrialization and gross consumption.
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JOHN THACKARA

From Bankster HQ to Start-up Central in Iceland

Made by two young Icelandic women, The Start-Up Kids is a documentary about young entrepreneurs who have founded web and media startups in the US and Europe.
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JOHN THACKARA

Can Thermal Perception Change Behavior?

A premise of Joseph Giacomin's new book Thermal is that global warming is hard to ignore when you view the world through thermal eyes.

Hard, but not impossible, to ignore. We humans are skilful evaders of uncomfortable truths.
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JOHN THACKARA

Images de Pensée

Darwin, Freud, Descartes, Goethe, Klee, Beuys, Marinetti, Nabokov, among others, left behind these “images of thought.” They have been found in notebooks, on the pages of manuscripts, in the margins of letters, on paper napkins.
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JOHN THACKARA: RECENT ESSAY


Does Bilbao Need Another Guggenheim?

Does Bilbao Need Another Guggenheim?

Ideas for remaking Basque country that go far beyond fancy architecture.
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