In the quest for developing sustainable and liveable cities of the future, the urban planners, designers and architects should take a step back. According to Joi Ito, the Director of MIT Media Lab, the key to innovation is to empower and enable nature, rather than trying to control it. ...
When building cities long-term considerations for their livability are rarely a major concern. But that is maybe about to change as Toshiko Mori works to introduce an innovation and quality- driven approach to city planning.
With the Design for Smart Growth event Jens Martin Skibsted wished to establish Design Policy as an important field for policy makers. Looking back at the outcome he would characterize it as a success, but there is still a lot to be done.
Design has the ability to make the abstract tangible and create desirable activities. When that ability is used to promote sustainability and improve the state of the world great things happen and we all get a chance to become ethical hackers.
To address the complex problems of our global society we need creative and innovative solutions and design could play an important role in crafting these. But the first step is for policy makers to see the potential and invite design into the processes.
Are brands the new religion? In an increasing secular Western society brands can very well function as a substitute for religion. A study from The University of Tel Aviv shows that brand-loyalty is related to religiosity and that the two serve as substitutes for one another.
Design Policy can prove very valuable when addressing social and economic problems. But right now only few know what Design Policy actually is. Jens Martin Skibsted wants to change that so we sat down with him to learn a bit more about the potentials.
Lebanon, a country seemingly free of the conflicts surrounding it, has been greatly affected by the ongoing Syrian civil war. The uncertain environment means that consumers cut down on spending which take a toll on the local businesses.
Following our article on the dilemma of the potential Muslim alcohol market Grasp's Lebanese correspondent Chirine Chmeis has talked to some locals to get their perspective on the subject.
Like most other countries, a lot of the Muslim countries in the Middle East depend on tourism. To many western tourists, holiday is closely connected to alcohol, and this is where the eagerness for tourism clashes with the religious beliefs of the locals.
Social entrepreneurs behind Sokotext grow business humbly but dream audaciously, looking to afford slum dwellers access to a third meal per day.
Co-founders at social enterprise Poshnam discuss potential to redefine slum food distribution, replacing produce waste and lost livelihood with improved nutrition and economic empowerment.