4 July 2006

Slow design, slow lab and slow blog

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Slow Design is a UK-based “cultural space to stimulate debate around the concept of ‘slow design’. It is conceived as an ongoing dialogue, an open-ended project”. Slow Design “links with existing design clusters that perceive ‘design’ and ‘slowness’ as a positive influence towards more sustainable ways of living”, and is the creation of Alastair Fuad-Luke, chairman of tempo, the sustainable design network.

slowLab is Slow Design’s American counterpart. A not-for-profit organization based in New York City and with activities worldwide, it defines itself as a “laboratory for the advancement of slow design thinking and practice, envisioning environmental sustainability, social harmony and individual well-being as processes and products of good design”. slowLab is also in charge of the (not so frequently updated) slowBlog.

(I may want to remind readers that the now global Slow Food movement which was at the origin of all these initiatives, was founded twenty years ago in a small town south of Torino. It has since spun off such interesting phenomena as the Slow Cities, Slow Book (Italian site) and SloWeb initiatives. It is also in charge of the Salone del Gusto, the world’s largest quality food and wine fair, the University of Gastronomic Sciences, the world’s first academy of ‘eno-gastronomy’, the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity, an independent non-profit entity with the mission to organise and fund projects that defend our world’s heritage of agricultural biodiversity and gastronomic traditions, and Terra Madre, World Meeting of Food Communities, a forum for all those who seek to grow, raise, catch, create, distribute and promote food in ways that respect the environment, defend human dignity and protect the health of consumers.)

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