12/22/09

How to Design Climate Change

Design for the Next Century
Saul Griffith takes on the design challenge of our age

We know the problems. Climate change is real. Ice caps are melting. China and India are coming online, and their populations are going to want to drive cars, eat meat and buy flat panel TVs. To power those TVs, China is commissioning a coal-burning power plant every two weeks. Finite resources are being depleted at an ever-faster clip, and landfills are filling up with the cast-off crapadoodle of a consumption-crazed society. Meanwhile designers are walking around wearing T-shirts that say: “Design Will Save the World.”

And that drives Saul Griffith nuts, because saving the world will take more than wearing a cool T-shirt. He should know. Read more at: www.commarts.com

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