Can design change the world?

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Project H Design
Emily Pilloton: Founder of Project H Design

Emily Pilloton from Project H argues that used correctly, design process can let appropriate solutions emerge from within in this TED Talk. Having design in your toolkit brings a fresh perspective.

But what does that actually mean? It is much easier to just throw these terms around than give them meaning. Pilloton refers to ‘design as learning’, and working locally to create a catalyst for a more connected global community.

In my own reflections this week of what I am trying to achieve through the 10 City Bridge Run I have found this helpful and challenging. I am carrying a small injury from overtraining, I have already delayed the start six times across the last two months, I am not convinced that I have fully developed the idea or conversation that this initiative is about. Should I just start in the hope that a solution magically emerges?

If I consider these ‘false-starts’ as prototypes and game-play to understand new perspectives, and every conversation as an opportunity to build partnerships and concepts that might work how might that strengthen this as a project?

Pilloton argues that design is process of constant education, where we need to reinvent ourselves, to re-educate ourselves around the things that matter. “Working outside of our comfort zones more” for me might mean to let go of a schedule and perceived control to imagine a new future co-created for a better learning landscape.

Just buzz words? I think Pilloton is right when she speaks about the power of the small story.

A step in the right direction.


Architecture is a story

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Daniel Libeskind

Daniel Libeskind uses 17 words to argue that architecture is a story; a story against improbability in this inspiring TED Talk.

This is a great construct for design and innovative thought. Some of the key themes which relate to the 10 City Bridge Run:

  • You have to believe in the future to be a successful architecture.
  • Design is visceral, not intellectual.
  • Power comes from good design and through it leverage to transformation.
  • It is about creating a space that has never been.

Watch the talk here:

Here are his 17 words. Listen to his description- well worth finding 19 minutes for this:

  1. Optimism
  2. Expression
  3. Radical
  4. Emotional
  5. Inexplicable
  6. Hand
  7. Complex
  8. Political
  9. Real
  10. Unexpected
  11. Raw
  12. Pointed
  13. Memorable
  14. Communicative
  15. Risky
  16. Space
  17. Democratic