Design Currency – Sustainable Cities Panel
Some of my notes and my thinking in italics…
Cameron Sinclair (Architecture for Humanity)
- More of our species live in cities than outside; 19 cities will have 20M people in the 21st century.
- 4B people emerging middle class.
- When they have a few extra cents: education, health care and improve living standards.
- 1 in 7 live in formal slums/refugee camps; in 30 years that will be 1 in 3.
- “Design is the ultimate renewable resource”.
- Need to go to the decision makers (e.g. World Economic Forum).
- Have to educate the decision makers at the top as well as when they’re grown (love this dual pronged approach; need to get this humanistic thinking in leadership programs as well as C-suite sessions).
Peter Busby (architect)
- White paper with 10 ideas for Vancouver.
- By 2030 a tonne of carbon will cost six times what it does now.
- Vancouver is currently 6 tonnes CO2 per person/year.
- Looking at moving from sustainable buildings to whole systems (think at the community scale; district energy systems).
- Ways for buildings to feed off of the bad building beside it.
- Doing the new Van Dusen building.
Bruce Haden (architect)
- Vancouver is a little high on ourselves.
- Humanity has not demonstrated the DNA to solve social change challenges.
- Vancouver lost many aspects of the visceral necessary for the long term.
Suggestions sparked from colleagues in conversation after this panel:
Oscar Pena – Philips Design (Senior Creative Director for Lighting)
- Oversees design initiatives; what is technologically possible with what is humanly preferable.
- How design shapes us (project ambient experience – MRI and kids; 25% need to be sedated).
- Importance of the translator (translator is one who really listens) (and I’d add one who asks great questions and then listens).
- Translators connect people with objects, ideas with business.
- Great translators shape change, often with small steps.
- Non-linear approach to innovation (three horizons approach: create viable options, build emerging business, extend and defend core business).
- Light pole that harnesses solar energy by day. (This was very cool. Check out the screen picture.)
- 1.6B people unable to connect to regular electrical supply.
- Experience cycle/possible touchpoints (done with pictures; shows happy/sad face).
- Designers have these kinds of tools – can’t hide them!
- More about the thinking; less the doing (still understand the doing).
- How can measurements connect us to the resources we use? We’ve lost connect with our size and what we consume.