Browser Tab Amnesty #5

A selection of links from browser tabs that I’ve kept open, with intent to read more about or do something with.

Kamikatsu Zero Waste Center by Hiroshi Nakamura is built using waste materials
I made a shed like this once. That is, from waste materials that I found and scavenged. I just love the practice of reusing materials to make something well designed and considered. The words up-cycling and even recycling hold too much legacy to cheap and naff things I think. Projects like this (and my shed!) are about unapologetically good design ideas, made from creative and innovative materials. We need to make new materials seem lazy and obvious.


There are two classes of problems caused by new technology. Class 1 problems are due to it not working perfectly. Class 2 problems are due to it working perfectly
I’ve thought this kind of thought for a long time. The articulation of this theme in my mind though is more about problems with simple things, like a door needing a little metal key to be opened vs. An electronic door needing no metal key, but needing electricity, back up battery power, multiple digital keys (such as RFID cards or digital devices that also need batteries), or wireless connections to allow them to be unlocked remotely via apps etc. Is option two actually improved?


Ikea UK to buy back unwanted furniture in recycling push
This is old news, and not even a new idea when it came from IKEA, but I love that this behaviour is gaining pace. I’ve a daydream project of restoring old chairs really beautifully, bringing them back from the dead, and then selling them as unique objects that I / the company would always offer to buy back for a nominal fee. The goal would be, as the first link above, to make unapologetically beautiful and considered objects, without using new materials. And then also to prevent any further waste also. A sort of little circular-economy company from the ground up.


A Supercut of Supercuts: Aesthetics, Histories, Databases
This is such an impressive video essay and so incredibly watchable, considering it’s over 2 hours long. I think I did it in just two sittings, and really want to watch it again.


What neuroscience says about the modern architecture approach. TLDR: Neurodiversity wins againh
There’s no such thing as normal. Only good comes from diversity. Vive la différence.


The Checklist Manifesto
It’s a book and an effective movement, but this podcast was the first I head about it a long time ago and my mind goes back to it a lot. One of those really really obvious feeling ideas that just so simple, it’s hard to know what it’s not easier to just do always and all the time.


The Right to disconnect
A wonderful idea. However far it gets in real life and law, I often have to remind myself of the concept more generally. That idea that we’re in control of how we connect and plug into the world. That we can disconnect when we like. And that we should more often. And with that, I think I will.