Building a world of
resilient communities.

Resilience Reflections with John Thackara

It’s taken me a long time to learn respect for the ways millions of people help each other to feed and shelter their families in resourceful ways.

It's Already Happening: A Message to COP 21

With fewer than three weeks to go until the start of COP21, the UN’s climate negotiations in Paris, a question arises: Will this gathering make the slightest difference?

Bioregions: Notes on a Design Agenda

In myriad projects around the world, a new economy is emerging whose core value is stewardship, not extraction.

Laboratory for Microclimates

Under what circumstances would we become mindful stewards of living systems, not just their expoiters?

Socially Smart Sanitation

What if sanitation is not just about the kit? If sanitation solutions cannot be mass-produced at will, like a box of software, what, then, is the alternative?

Food as a Commons

In California, the prototype of a combined social, political and technical solution has been launched which promises to unlock the food system crisis.

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

As we change the way we govern our communities, our cities, and our ecosystems, a variety of different actors and stakeholders – formal and informal, big and small – need to work together...

Keep your stuff alive

Every object has a dark side – and that’s especially true in fashion.

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.

Energy: Thriving On Five Percent?

The modern city has been shaped by the availability of cheap oil and resources, and plentiful credit.