Designboost: Getting Ready and "Sustainable" Context


[Ed. note: This is the second in a series of guest posts by David Carlson, co-founder of Designboost, an inaugural event that's focusing on sustainable design this year. Read the first post here and stay tuned for more!]
Designboost (which takes place 17-19 October in Malmö, Sweden -- that's right now!) is about sharing design knowledge. To put people together with different cultural background and skills and let them interact on an annual topic, which is "sustainable design" this year. All the participants actually participates, not only act as passive listeners in an audience.

One of the first things we did was asking everybody to write a one-liner on sustainable design. The single paragraph is an interesting format when you really have to balance the meaning and strength of every single word in it. I have picked a bunch that will work as represents for all of them. As you can see sustainable design is according to the "boosters" much more than only "green" and environmental issues. What do you think?Jennifer Leonard - "What will endure is what is uniquely human."

Satyendra Pakhale - "Every design ought to be Sustainable design, meaning something people refuse to trash."

Kristina Dryza - "The sustainability of cultural heritage amidst the backdrop of global change and modern life."

Brent Richards - "Sustainable design has past, present, and future; the rest of design is a figment of our desire for imagination."

MÃ¥rten Claesson - "It is our responsibility to be dedicated to improvement, innovation and perfection."

Stephen Burks - "The future of design lies in it's ability to make a positive contribution to the transformation of economies in the developing world."

Thomas Sandell - "Quality is always sustainable."

Kristina Börjesson - "We must have more holistic approach to sustainability to avoid sustaining the unsustainable."

Olof Kolte - "Can we do this indefinitely?"

John-Michael Ekeblad - "ReSimplified Life + ReEngineered Imagination = Sustainability."

Sanna Sevika Hansson - "Design with multi-layered meanings, spiritual as well as functional, will always taste better than the fickle diet of temporary design buzzwords served in this 'Fast Design Nation.'"

Kevin Low - "Sustainability is about working with context and having context work for you."

Peter Andersson - "Sustainable design is for me much about working with ideas that lasts, functionally of course, but above all - intellectually."

Kristina Sahlqvist - "Sustainable design is a democratic thought which means a sustainable society with equal opportunity and participation for all people."

Seth Carnes - "How long, how natural, how sincere?"

Stay tuned for more info on the boost meetings (our term for "workshops") and the rest of the conference -- which has been great so far -- coming soon. ::Designboost

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