Brickstarter is a prototype for a 21st century social service, described in this book. It proposes a new model for how we make shared decisions about shared spaces. Brickstarter tests the exciting... More > potential of crowdfunding and crowdsourcing against the practical realities of debating, governing, investing in, and ultimately delivering the built environment.
This service doesn’t exist yet, though we purposefully talk about it as if it does. Brickstarter was executed as a prototype and a provocation intended to bring attention to both the exciting potential and the difficulties of working at the intersection of technology and urban environments. This book gives you the tools to take it forward. Will Brickstarter be built by you?< Less
This book explores the HDL Studio Model, a unique way of bringing together the right people, a carefully framed problem, a supportive place, and an open-ended process to craft an integrated vision... More > and sketch the pathway towards strategic improvement. It's particularly geared towards problems that have no single owner.
The book includes an introduction to Strategic Design, a "how-to" manual for organizing Studios, and three practical examples of what an HDL Studio looks like in action. Geoff Mulgan, CEO of NESTA, has written the foreword and Mikko Kosonen, President of Sitra, contributed the afterword.
This is not the book to convince you that the world is changing and our systems are currently under stress. The purpose here is to begin codifying the practises of stewardship, as exhibited by... More > innovators who are consciously rethinking institutions to better meet the challenges of today.
Stewardship is the art of aligning decisions with impact when many minds are involved in making a plan, and many hands in enacting it. This notion comes to life through the stories of six projects on three continents.
A multi-disciplinary team led by the architects of Elemental design a radical new typology of social housing that is able to grow over time, both in size and in value. We see how they practice... More > strategic design, discovering along the way that:
A realistic look at the status quo can inspire new design solutions that address higher-order challenges
Participatory processes should be carefully designed not to make promises that are too big to keep
Savvy engagement with the media is useful to generate political capital necessary to launch an unconventional design