Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Cradle to Cradle- Design Reformation

Ballard -53 NW and NW 14th 
an example of Industrial "good design" Delusion.

I recently read the book Cradle to Cradle: Remaking the Way We Make Things (2002) by Michael Braungart and William McDonough and embrace the bulk of it. That it fails to reconcile the material outward quest with the interior need for emancipation- well, such is the norm. Straying into all that emo/heart stuff is tricky and playing it "rationally" safe makes for longer "careers."

The best of the C2C approach is it's ideas for regenerative design in products and systems. This is a form of biomimicry.

"It models human industry on nature's processes viewing materials as nutrients circulating in healthy, safe metabolisms. It suggests that industry must protect and enrich ecosystems and nature's biological metabolism while also maintaining a safe, productive technical metabolism for the high-quality use and circulation of organic and technical nutrients.[1] Put simply, it is a holistic economic, industrial and social framework that seeks to create systems that are not only efficient but also essentially waste free.[2] The model in its broadest sense is not limited to industrial design and manufacturing; it can be applied to many aspects of human civilization such as urban environments, buildings, economics and social systems."  Wikipedia, 2013

Well, using Nature as a design mentor is not just practical but a form of grace. To embrace the whole of life starts us on the path of unity.

This is a handy segue to promo, "The Ice Queen Melts," so I will!

Accepting the worlds systems as the valuable, necessary enabler of life goes a good piece beyond the current "it's all about Humans" thinking that we have been so enamored. Cradle to Cradle is a great step into the light of  the next Reformation.

It's a good read.

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