How did 'fast' become the default pace of life?
food, media soundbytes, speedy information networks, rapid, global
flows of goods and services, an over-saturated commercial landscape...... Daily life has become a cacophony of
experiences that disable our senses, disconnect us from one another
and damage the environment.
deep experience of the world-- meaningful and revealing relationships
with the people, places and things we interact with-- requires many
speeds of engagement, and especially the Slow-er ones.
'Slow design '
is a holistic approach to creative thinking, process and outcomes.
envisions positive human and environmental impacts of designed products,
environments and systems, while constructively critiquing the processes
and technologies of which they are born. It celebrates local, close-mesh
networks of people and industry, it preserves and draws upon our
cultural diversity, and it relies on the open sharing of ideas and
information to arrive at innovative solutions to contemporary challenges.
Slowness doesn't refer to how long it takes to make
or do something. Rather, it describes an expanded
state of awareness, accountability for daily actions, and the potential for a richer spectrum of experience for individuals and communities.