Friday, June 05, 2009


'Long Live the City'. With designer Satyendra Pakhale. Part of a series of MiniBoosts conducted during the Milan Design Week, April 2009.

"Knowledge company Designboost was interested to explore the personal viewpoint on sustainable cities from some of the worlds most acknowledged designers.

To find out Designboost went to Milan Design Week and made a MiniBoost. The MiniBoost resulted in thirteen unique interviews with personalities like Ronan and Erwan Bouroullec, Ilse Crawford, Tom Dixon, Kristina Dryza, Konstantin Grcic, Richard Hutten, James Irvine, Arik Levy, Ross Lovegrove, Katrin Olina, Tim Power, Satyendra Pakhale and Patricia Urquiola.

The questions asked looked at sustainable cities from a holistic point of view and touched among other subjects sustainability according to cultural life, emotional amplification and the personal stories of the inhabitants. The questions are written by different Boosters at the DesignBoost 2008 key event “Long Live the City” in Malmö, Sweden."

I discovered these 'MiniBoosts' via poppytalk and I find the premises extremely interesting and the subject of "sustainable cities from a holistic point of view" immensely important. The questions are very hit and miss though from "Can a bus ever be as hip as an iphone?" (miss) to "How can cities emotionally amplify life?" (very interesting indeed), but overall a positive initiative I think.

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