The Eiffelovercast is a regular digest of matters engineering, creativity and practical philosophy. Each episode I either interview somone to learn what I can about the themes of this podcast, or I visit an event or a destination and report what I find.
The allotment tapes - seven variations on climate and creativity
This episode is about seven themes all related in some way to climate and creativity that keep coming to mind when I'm doing the watering, which is rather a lot at the moment:
What can we learn from the Apollo missions? Harnessing the subconscious as a creative tool The wisdom of the allotment The end of sustainability Asking difficult questions Not seeking permission to sound the alarm Digital models of deckchairs on the Titanic
Hazel Hill Wood - Dawn chorus sonic lockdown therapy
30 minutes of uninterrupted dawn chorus Hazel Hill Wood, recorded at the end of March. Hazel Hill is woodland nature reserve and education centre helping frontline staff develop resilience and wellbeing through connection with nature. While people are prevented from visiting the woods during lockdown, the team are working on ways to bring the wood to them during lockdown. Listening suggestions:
Early in the morning Over breakfast In the background while you work To clear your mind at the end of work Late at night as you drift off to sleep
#17 - Tabitha Pope - Participatory Architecture
Tabitha Pope is an architect and lecturer, with a specialism temporary structures and participatory archiecture and a passion for work that sits at the boundary of art and architecture. In this episode, produced in support of International Women’s Day, my colleague Lucy Barber interview Tabatha about:
What is participatory design and what benefits does it offer us in the climate emergency. Challenging power in order to make architecture a more inclusive space for all under-represented groups, not just women. How her practice of carpentry allows her to intervene in the design process in a different way. Establishing a nature connection to help designers and citizens alike tackle the biodiversity crisis. Stepping into a space of vulnerability in design in order to do things differently. Creating spaces for joy and encounter to tackle loneliness and build resilience in communities. ...And lots more. Enjoy!
Bengt Cousins-Jenvey - How to save a million tonnes of carbon
Bengt is a consultant and 're-designer', working in sustainability and circular design in the built environment. This year we are working together to create training in response to the climate emergency. In this interview I ask Bengt about his big question: what single thing can you do to save a million tonnes of carbon. Exploring this question we get into:
High-level strategies for accounting for carbon that help avoid getting stuck in the detail. Using culture-change models to guide organisations as they respond to declaring a climate emergency. Thinking frameworks that help consultants engage with the businesses they are supporting. Circular design and the GLA's London plan
Creativity, climate and clowning - Alexie Sommer interviews Oliver Broadbent
In this episode we flip the format: Alexie Sommer, Independent Design and Communication Director and collaborator on many of my projects interviews me about why I set up Eiffel Over and Constructivist Ltd, and what our plans are for 2020. We get into:
Techniques for teaching creativity Our programme of training support people tackling the climate emergency And what engineers might learn from clowns.
Sophie Thomas - Circular Design
Sophie is an unusual mix of campaigner, practising designer and Chartered Waste Manager. She’s been working in the fields of sustainable design, behaviour change and material process for nearly 20 years. I invited Sophie on to the show to talk about waste and circular design. In our conversation we get into:
The engineering of linear and circular products, material selection, recycling houses and oil rigs. The creative strategies for circular designers, and in particular the idea that waste is a design flaw. And the practical philosophy of someone who has spent so long think about waste.
Interesting people, interesting ideas ...
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