A Wonderful Day by Tower Bridge

On Thursday 17 June I wasted a day at the Design Museum and hobnobbed with Wayne Hemmingway and Charles Leadbeater!




Mr Hemingway designed Kioskiosk so I was able to name drop my niece who had been the tenant of one outside Boris’s house!



Mr Hemingway grew up in a home where the word design was never used.  But anyone can design, it is not a black art.  “I am a very poor drawer”, “design is about ideas”  If you know what you need you have a modicum of design.  Achieve with people who can help.  Design has become gentrified and clonified.

Designers look for legal loopholes.  Lots of work on livability.  “I am not qualified as a designer.” ”Designing frocks is frivoulous.”

Copenhagen is the most liveable and accessible city.  Woonerven.  Overlooking.

Outdoor gyms – wheelchair adapted swing.

Mercers are developing liveability criteria



Unicef study of child well being, Spirit Level. 28% of UK trust strangers, 68% of Sweden.

Biggest issue in design is recognising something is wrong.  Anti Social Behaviour is a British disease.

How do you get people to listen to you?  Building industry.

Move to small developments of 80 units, lots of shops, tenure blind.


Julia Cassim


Understands herself as yoyo – young old. Stigma of poor design.  Extra level of functionality, no compromise on style.  Wants to reposition disability – not a set of creative handcuffs.

By understanding the extreme you can innovate for the mainstream.  The transistor was developed because of attempts to make hearing aid batteries smaller.

Sustainability and inclusion are not at odds.  Move away from designing for the disabled.  Enable Disabled People to be creative partners, not users.

Chopstick mouse.  Karaoke for the deaf community. Inclusive Sarajevo – street ashtray.




“Sickness services”  “Joined up”, Lots of little innovations.  Not going to everyone.  Wellbeing ecosystem.


Alison Smith Pesky People



I need to do more here being a partially deaf git myself.  Like how the National Deaf Inclusion Conference restricted deaf access!

OLILI           Ordinary, Like it, Love it!


Joe Simpson


The car augments reality.  Inclusive design should be invisible.  Adapted homes are less valuable.  Disabled People twice as likely to be in social housing.  Lifemark NZ, Lifespan Norway.

No more hobbit homes in London – Boris.

Foundation for lifetime homes and neighbourhoods


Open source planning is a real opportunity.


Mark Chalmers Movement Design Bureau.


Why don’t we have jet packs, because we haven’t asked for them.  Not recognising the cost of failure.


Charles Leadbetter




“For, With, By and To

In the spring of 2010 I began work on a project called For, With, By and To, which argues there are only four main ways in which we organise most social activities or address social changes.

•    For solutions are delivered to us.

•    With solutions we devise cooperatively with other.

•    By solutions depend on self motivation and DIY.

•    To solutions depend on instruction, command and coercion, to get things done.

Crudely speaking the 20th century was shaped by the rise of more complex, powerful and sophisticated For and To solutions in virtually every walk of life, at the expense of With and By solutions, cooperation and self help.

This dependence on For and To solutions has come at great costs, not least the ability of those delivering to abuse their power. We need to redress this imbalance and develop more effective With and By solutions in virtually every area of life, from learning and health, to ageing and dying, to politics and the environment.”



Friends of the Earth defined sustainability in the context of four principles.  (Elkin 1991).




The effects of any human activity must consider the needs and aspirations of future generations, of your great grandchildren’s great grandchildren.



The planetary support systems and a minimum environmental ‘capital’ stock should be maintained.




The full and true environmental cost of any human activity should be taken into account.  The precautionary principle should be used.


It is very difficult to define sustainability constraints, although work is being undertaken on critical loads and habitats.  It is better to define development paths which will not breach possible constraints.





Futurity can be understood as inter-generational equity.  Intra-generational equity, between the first and third worlds, between women and men, between adults and children, the young and the old, the able and disabled people, the poor and the rich, is the third principle of sustainability.



The entire planet cannot achieve Western resource consumption levels and these pathways are not sustainable for the long term future.




Participation is a logical result of seriously addressing equity.  Everyone’s views matter. Government becomes responsible for ensuring participatory, cooperative action occurs.









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