Where science meets design
Chosen by Paola Antonelli, senior curator, MOMA, New York
I am carefully watching the work of designers and architects who are collaborating with scientists to envision better ways to build and to conceive objects that are truly useful and sustainable. Three great examples are Neri Oxman, on the faculty of the MIT Media Lab, and Daisy Ginsberg and Revital Cohen, who recently graduated from the Royal College of Art in London. Their work is endlessly inspiring, hopeful, and constructive.
Open source everything
Chosen by Joel Gethin Lewis, interaction
designer and artist
I am excited about the possibilities of applying the principles of open source software to other areas of business, culture and society. We need to be standing on each other’s shoulders rather than each other’s toes. The advent of high quality three-dimensional printers in the home and workplace will blur the edges between manufacturer, designer and consumer. Open Source Governance will usher in the creation of a multitude of states, allowing people much closer contact with the state that controls their everyday life. The application of open source principles to patent law and copyright will allow researchers worldwide to be far more effective, and true artistic expression to occur. Finally, education is already beginning to be revolutionised with the worldwide sharing of materials via the web – see MIT’s OpenCourseWare project.