Rachel Wingfield Keynote at Research Through Design 2013
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I’m at the very excellent Research Through Design conference up in Newcastle. Unlike many of the events I go to, this one is very focussed on the things that people design. All the speakers have had to submit an object, which they are then talking about during the sessions during the day. There have been

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On the cleanliness of coal
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Nice spot from the Coen Brothers on clean coal. Coen Brothers, Dispelling the Myth of “Clean” Coal – PSFK.com

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Light pollution
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Wow, this is some beautiful light pollution. BLDGBLOG: Sky TV

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Close button
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Lovely example of real world user interface use, this time to vent against unsightly street advertising.  “Through their blog, the leaders of the movement (which started in France) give instructions on how to order the little red “X” boxes, designed to look just like the click-out boxes in the corner of pop-up windows. Participants are

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How to replace the Alaskan Way viaduct?
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Something appeals to me about Frank Chopp’s slightly insane idea to replace the Alaskan Way viaduct in Seattle. He’s proposing that the thing is basically just boxed in, and a park is built on top of it. Shops would be put beneath it (a possible issue with Homeland Security) and the strip of land along

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Emissions
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I’m glad to see the UK so small on this map of countries whose emissions have increased over the last 20 years… …and Europe so large on this map of countries whose emissions have decreased over the last 20 years (although it would be nice if the UK were a little larger in this one)

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Replacing bags
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Although Lowepro just released these “95% Recycled Material” camera bags, remember, the most green thing you can do is keep using your existing one and don’t go replacing it until the bottom comes out of it. Not that I can talk. I’m a bag obsessive.   While we’re on the subject of all things green

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The value of metering
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Really enjoyed this Kevin Kelly article about the value of keeping data about use (or as he put it – “metering” use). I’ve been thinking about this more in the context of energy consumption, particularly through devices like the Wattson, but it’s interesting to think about the broader consequences of tracking use, and its value.

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Plug-in vs. petrol powered
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Finally, an answer to the question of whether it’s greener to have a plug-in, electric car or a petrol-powered one.   “Several studies have been done on the probable effects of extended-range EVs and other plug-in vehicles and they have all found that they decrease emission of greenhouse gasses significantly. The NRDC’s study found that

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WorldChanging: Greenhouse Gases: Where Do They Come From?
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Like all things green, I’m sure this one is highly controversial. Nevertheless, this is a great, thought provoking map showing how human activity plays into global warming.

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