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 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
A group of designers at the Royal College of Art in London work with the DePuy company to develop completely new surgical instruments. We see how they practice strategic design, discovering along the... More > way that:
Innovations carry risk, but so too does the status quo
Expert users are sometimes blinded to the necessity of innovation by virtue of their highly developed coping skills
The design process helps surface discrete risks for better analysis and decision making
Mindset change is part and parcel to technical innovation