Project: Why here? Why me? Why now?

The people.

Janet from Elephant & Castle These are the thoughts, frustrations, complaints, opinions and points of Janet: too much development is happening at one time kicking out the locals and the small businesses. removing the existing businesses by raising the rents to push them out really they don’t want to have the existing businesses in their new posh The colleges are allowing for it not looking out for the students got a pay check from the developers to turn the current campus into luxury apartment want to attract rich students with a new fancier area The LCC space should… More

What if it all collapses?

What if London became a solitary nation? Become octilavo vegetarian to better support the city. Egg farms in parks and on roofs. Dairy cows in parks. Local fishing. Rooftop farms for vegetation. Bee keeping in building, on roofs and in parks. What if, a black market for meat developed? Only the super rich could afford the black market meat. What if, disease due to diet went away? Lower diabetes, heart disease and obesity. What would happen to chain restaurants? With no source to buy meat, the chains would most likely close,… More

The Growroom

The Growroom IKEA brings the plans you need to get a vertical grow-op in your neighbourhood…except you’ll need a professional fabricator to cut all of your plywood and possibly and engineering degree to assemble it all. Despite this, it is a good step in the direction of urban gardening. More

Speculation beginning from the Centre

The original Elephant & Castle Centre was built post WWII on bombed-out property and was the first ever “American” indoor shopping mall in Europe. This caused uncertainty amongst people of the time because it was something completely new and unseen. it had no windows the entrances to stores faced the inside vs. the streets no one had any idea what was happening inside of the centre from the outside what would this impact be on the neighbourhood stylistically it was a sore thumb in terms of architecture In a way, this was a stochastic social science experiment—interjecting an unknown event… More

Beyond Radical Design

Notes on Beyond Radical Design Dunne & Raby Speculative design has the ability to change our values and beliefs. Not about thinking of the solution to a specific problem, but changing the mindset that originally causes the problem Changing our attitudes to not be dependent on whatever is currently existing as the problem Capitalism has become a monster that swallowed up the socio/economic ways of thought during the 20th century big corporations have bought out the opinions of the governing masses (shutting out the voices for change) creates a society of individuals v. community driven (person comes before family)  … More

Speculative.

What if…design was more than just a sexy product that is easy to use? What if…design was about ideas that can solve issues? What if…design was about solutions to current world issues? What if…design was about how to live a one planet lifestyle? How to have more love and less hate? How to end hunger and war? WHAT IF?!? That is exactly what Speculative Design is capable of. In Speculative Everything by Dunne & Raby they propose a whole new realm of design where instead of thinking about the immediate design problems and solutions to create a tangible user experience… More