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John Thackara
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Publications


Wouldn't It be Great If... Designs of The Time Manual, London, Design Council, 2007
 
In the Bubble: Designing in a Complex World. Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 2005

The New Geographies of Learning. Amsterdam: University of Professional Education (HvA), 2003

Winners! How Europe's Most Successful Companies Use Design To Innovate. London: Ashgate, 1999

Lost In Space: A Traveler's Tale, Haarlem: De Grafische Haarlem, 1994

DoPRom (Doors of Perception CDRom; co-editor), Amsterdam: Mediamatic,  1994

Design After Modernism (Japanese edition, revised). Tokyo: Kajima, 1992

T-Zone (co-edited with Riiche Miyake) Brussels: Europalia (in association with Architectural Association) 1991

Image and Object: Nouveau Design de Londres (ed). Paris: Centre Pompidou, 1990

Design After Modernism: Beyond the Object (ed), London: Thames and Hudson, 1988

Leading Edge (ed) Tokyo: Axis 1990

New British Design. Co-edited with Stuart Jane. London: Thames and Hudson, 1987



Chapters contributed to


Eva Jiricna. London: Architectural Association, 1988

Daniel Weil. London: Architectural Association, 1988

Narrative Architecture Today. London : NATO Publications | Air Gallery, 1990

Urban Design Strategy For 2000, Tokyo: Tokyu / Kajima, 1990

Metropolis, ed Janet Abrams. London: Institute for Contemporary Arts, 1991

Formes des Metropoles, ed F Burkhardt. Paris, Centre Pompidou, 1992

Tokyo Design Visions, Toyo Ito, ed. London: Victoria & Albert Museum, 1992

Business by Design, John Kao ed. New York, Allworth, 1995

Edge of the Millenium, Susan Yelavitch ed. New York, Cooper Union, 1995

Eternally Yours. Ed van Hinte ed. Rotterdam: 010, 1997

Workspheres. Paola Antonelli, ed. New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1998

The Style Engine. Giannino Malossi ed. New York: Chronicle,  1998

From Dada To Data. Amsterdam: Virtual Platform, 1998

Airport, Jeremy Miller and Michiel Schwarz eds. London: Photographers Gallery, 1998

Presence: Elders Online, Amsterdam: Netherlands Design Institute, 1999

New Media Culture In Europe, C Brickwood ed. Amsterdam: de Balie, 1999

If/Then, Janet Abrams ed. New York: DAP,  1999

Tresspassers, C Bakker and Ed van Hinte, eds. Rotterdam: 010, 1999

New Media New Narratives, Anne Burdick ed.  New York: American Center for Design, 2000

The Design Challenge Of Pervasive Computing (Proceedings of CHI2000). New York, ACM: 2000

New Media: From Practice To Policy, Amsterdam: De Balie | Council Of Europe, 1999

Contole geven of nemen: een politieke agenda voor de informatie-samenleving. Krijn van Beek et al, eds. Infodrome / Otto Cramwinckel Uitgever, Amsterdam. 2001

Beyond Media: Architecture and Video. Marco Brizzi and Paola Giaconia, eds. Editrice Compositori, Firenze. 2002

Creativity and the City. Amsterdam: Westergasfabriek, 2003

How To Be A Hub (Proceedings of Cumulus St Petersburg). Helsinki, UIAH, 2004

The Killer App Is Green. In Proceedings of NIC2001. New York: ACM, 2001

Next (Venice Architecture Biennale). D Sudjic, ed. Venice, 2003

Kaos Pilots A-Z. Uffe Elbek, ed. Aarhus: KaosPilots, 2004

Spark! Design And Local Knowledge. (Co-edited with Jan Verwijnen). Helsinki, UIAH|European Commission, 2004

Creativity and the City. Edited by Simon Franke and Evert Verhagen. NAi Publishers (Rotterdam) 2005

Uncommon Ground: Creative Encounters Across Sectors and Discplines. eds Cathy Brickwood, Bronac Ferran. BS Publishers. Amsterdam 2006

Experimenta February 2007 (page 155). Interview with John  Thackara.
KaosPilots A-Z  Edited by Uffe Elbeck

Flexibility: Design in a Fast-Changing Society, ed Guta Moura Guedes
Geodesign, Torino 2008

(Re-) searching a digital bauhaus. Eds Thomas Binder, Jonas Löwgren and Lone Malmborg. Malmo, November 2008

Designers
, Visionaries and Other Stories, J Chapman, ed, London, Earthscan, 2007
John Thackara 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….


Newsletter


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.
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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


Recent Essay


When Tech In Care Is Evil

When Tech In Care Is Evil

I spent the last two weeks in-and-around a care home in England that looks after people with dementia and terminal illness, and their families – including, this time, mine.


Recent Book



In the Bubble: Desiging in a Complex World
John Thackara
The MIT Press, 2005
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Design Observer Essays


05.13.14

Food As A Commons

People go hungry not because of a shortage of production, but because the food available is too expensive, or they lack the land to grow it on. In California, the prototype of a combined social, political and technical solution has been launched which promises to unlock the food system crisis.

05.07.14

Presence and Encounter — How We Meet Is As Important As Why

I’m not suggesting that we abandon social media — just that we cultivate a hybrid approach so whenever someone says “online” someone else says, “and what about offline?”. Or when we find ourselves inside, someone else says: “and when do we go outside?”

04.02.14

Keep Your Stuff Alive

What would fashion be like if it was more than a an act of consumption with no meaning beyond the point of sale? What kind of system would improve the quality of our fashion experience without increasing the quantity we consume?

03.25.14

Cloud Commuting

A two-year project in Belgium proposes new relationships between people, goods, energy, equipment, spaces, and value. Its design objective: a networked mobility ecosystem.

03.18.14

A ‘Wild Mirror’ For Desk-Bound Workers

A new scheme in England connects office workers with living systems by means of a ‘wild mirror’: each workspace is twinned with an equivalent area of ecosystem regeneration.

DESIGN OBSERVER ESSAY ARCHIVE

03.11.14: Summer Xskool in Sweden
03.03.14: Energy: Thriving On Five Percent?
02.14.14: Caloryville: The Two-Wheeled City
01.22.14: Conflict and Design
01.13.14: Shoe City vs Sole Rebels
01.06.14: A Whole New Cloth: Politics and the Fashion System
12.19.13: The Dementia Care Economy
12.17.13: Ecuador, Open Knowledge, and ‘Buen Vivir’: Interview With Michel Bauwens
12.12.13: Dementia: Care Before Cure
12.10.13: John Thackara on Avatar
11.28.13: Desert of the Real
10.25.13: Designing In A Complex World: Two Talks In Mexico City
09.13.13: Ways of Knowing
09.06.13: Speed? What Speed? Prisoners of Speed, by Ivan Illich
09.06.13: Speed? What Speed? The Belly-Dance Drummer, by Matthias Rieger
09.05.13: Speed? What Speed? The Falcon, by Sebastian Trapp
09.03.13: Flyways
08.26.13: Connecting With The Other
08.22.13: Between Sorrel And Supertanker





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