Unconscious Design

Dutch artist and innovator Daan Roosegaarde and his team have done some interesting projects around visualizing urban and environmental challenges so they are easier to grasp.
I just read this interview with him in Designboom and what he’s saying really resonated with me.

So many global challenges we are facing are for me a sign of bad design. We design our world unconsciously — with our CO2 emission and waste — so let us design our way out of it.
— Daan Roosegaarde

Since my stay at the monastery in Thailand practicing mindfulness, I’m now more and more aware of how much we do without really thinking about cause and effect. When we build products, services and cities without thinking about the long-term effect, worst-case it could be harming, but it’s also a lost opportunity to create something that is consciously designed for a positive effect on people and the environment. We can’t let ourselves be passive or paralyzed because the problem seems too big to solve. We have to take control and mindfully design the future we want, one small project at a time.

Why do we accept pollution?
— Daan Roosegaarde

… Which leads me to the next article I wanted to share from my newsfeed.

It’s an NPR article about a Swedish owned design lab in Portland called BillerudKorsnäs who’s focusing on developing alternative packaging materials to plastic. Read the article here.
I love to read about people who actually come up with alternatives!