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A blog on the Design Intelligence magazine website waxes optimistic about the future in spite of the current state of the economy, based on the state of the young generation preparing to enter the workplace. 

In a recent issue of Inc. Magazine, best-selling author and management guru Jim Collins was interviewed about thriving in light of the current economic “crazy times.” As someone who has made it his life’s work to study organizations, Collins exhibits a remarkable – and reassuring – energy about the future. When asked about the source of this optimism, he said,

“A lot of it has to do with the young generation. A general at West Point told me, ‘This is the most inspired and inspiring generation to come through West Point since 1945.’ I see the same thing with the young people who come to work for me. They have a sense of responsibility and service and a lack of cynicism that is remarkable and wonderful. It’s an ethos, and it’s collective…

Original blogpost is HERE.


Can starting a career or making a career comeback, for that matter, make sense during the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression? Sounds risky, right?

No. Our contrarian view at Design­Intelligence and among the executive board of the Design Futures Council is that success lies ahead for design professionals who can adapt to the new context and process new opportunities. This includes embracing the emerging professional service models. Evidence abounds that there is a fresh and exciting new profession on the horizon

Full article is HERE

In this handout photo provided by photographer Gregory Holm, ...
(From YAHOO news) “In this handout photo provided by photographer Gregory Holm, architect Matthew Radune is seen holding a mockup of the Ice House Detroit project in downtown Detroit on Tuesday, Sept. 15, 2009. Radune and Holm plan to freeze one of the city’s thousands of abandoned homes to draw attention to the foreclosure crisis that’s battered the Detroit area.”

ICE       At least they are doing something artistic in Detroit – although the artist is now a resident of  NYC.

Figures released by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) show that the number of architects claiming unemployment benefit has increased faster than any other profession

According to the ONS statistics, published in the Guardian today (20 March), the number of architects claiming benefit between February 2008 and February 2009 rose by 760 per cent, from 150 to 1,290.

The second biggest increase was among architectural technologists and town-planning technicians. Other jobs related to the construction industry such as surveyors, engineers and scaffolders all feature prominently in those professions that have seen the biggest increases.


Maybe this is a good thing ?????

dubai towers - dubai

dubai towers - dubai

dancing towers  dubai

dancing towers dubai

Globally, work has been halted on 142, or 11 percent, of 1,324 skyscraper projects, including 29 of 301 U.S. projects, according to Emporis GmbH, a German company that tracks development. Work is stalled on the five tallest buildings on five continents, including the Spire — Emporis refers to these landmark buildings as “Babel” projects.

proposed 150 story chicago spire by Santiago Calatrava

proposed 150 story chicago spire by Santiago Calatrava

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This is a scene that is likely to repeat itself around the world.

Hundreds of thousands of French workers have begun protests across the country during a nationwide strike.

Schools are closed and public transport is being disrupted, with demonstrations organised in about 200 towns.

Unions are opposing President Nicolas Sarkozy’s economic policies. Unemployment has reached two million and is expected to rise further.


commuters in Paris



As they used to say in the 70’s  “Have a Nice Day!”  

A pundit from Russia explains how his country managed a collapse in the 1990s that some say could be similar to what the U.S. will be experiencing.   He notes that women manage the collapse better than men,  that people who are already poor have an advantage  (maybe  … not sure about that).  

Russians were able to muddle through the collapse by finding ways to manage 1) food, 2) shelter, 3) transportation, and 4) security.

Russian agriculture had long been ruined by collectivization, so people had developed personal kitchen gardens, accessible by public transit.


A Time Bank is a system for bartering goods and services.   People provide a service and are paid in “time dollars.”  They can trade these time dollars with other members of the Time Bank.   It is self-consciously a “social change movement.”   Perhaps if the traditional economy becomes unstable,  this type of alternative economic model will become much more popular.