is a writer, speaker and design producer, and director of Doors of Perception
. In addition to this blog, he is the author of twelve books including In The Bubble: Designing In A Complex World
and Wouldn't It Be Great If….
From March 2002 to September 2010, John Thackara sent out a monthly email newsletter: Doors of Perception Report. The newsletter contained short, opinionated texts about social innovation and design.ARCHIVES >>
Does the world need a professional development program to support designers, architects and design professors making a fundamental transition to a new kind of design? To explore that question, Doors of Perception has launched an enquiry with the working title xskool
. An xskool encounter took place at West Lexham in the UK last weekend. It was a wonderful experience, but a question remains open: was last weekend's positive energy, attention, and mindfulness a happy fluke? Or could one reproduce the conditions that nurtured them? In which ways might xskool be an intentional part of 'the change we wish to see in the world'? A next discussion is in New York City on the morning [09-12h] of Wednesday 8 June. It's hosted by hosted by Cameron Tonkinwise at Parsons. If you would care to join us, email me at: john at doorsofperception dot com
Cycle Commerce As An Ecosystem
John Thackara reviews new products, services and ingredients needed to help a cycle commerce ecosystem flourish in India’s cities, towns and villages.
In the Bubble: Desiging in a Complex World
The MIT Press, 2005
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Design Observer Essays
Paranoid But Pretty
A review of Matthias Megyeri's new show at the German Architecture Center, and a review of the question the exhibition inspires: "Are we safer?"
A Roof, A Skill, A Market
The Nubian Vault Association has evolved a unique approach to housing in West Africa that creates three kinds of value within local economies: a roof, a skill and a market.
Big, Hairy, and Agile
The UK government’s digital services platform, gov.uk, has won the Design of the Year award.
The Ecozoic City
How humans are reintegrating their endeavours into a larger ecological consciousness.
Artefact as Campfire: Where People and Living Systems Meet
Overview of the August Doors of Perception workshop at the FuturePerfect Festival in Sweden.
DESIGN OBSERVER ESSAY ARCHIVE
Cycle Commerce: The Red Blood Cells of a Smart City
An Open Design School for India
Healing The Metabolic Rift
German Government Think-Tank Supports Fringe Change Agents
Venice: from Gated Lagoon to Bioregion
From Autobahn to Bioregion
How To Manage a Constellation
Top Down Nature
What Is, Or Is Not, a ‘Green Job’?
The Other Green Economy
Why Bill Gates Needs To Listen To More Gamelan Music
Love vs Power In Iceland
The Hidden Costs of Tiger Water
Why White Is Wicked
Who Is the Arne Jacobsen of Urban Food?
Istanbul: City of Seeds
'Beyond Good Intentions' – The Movie