Booster questions 2008.
At every Designboost annual key event we ask the participating Boosters to pose a question. We do this because we believe it's important to as the right questions (we all know there are a lot of bad answers out there…).
Jeffrey Inaba - architect
"Are there times when it is justifiable to propose to build more in order to conserve, to create a larger area of development for the sake of the environment?"
Bob Jacobson - sustainable innovation
"Will the City of the future be a location in space, a moment in time, or a meme associated with the location in the moment?"
Lisa White - horticulturalist
"From a design point of view, how can we create a contemporary hybrid of nature and culture for the city?"
Jennifer Leonard - designer writer
"Can a city be sustained by the personal stories of the people who inhabit it?"
Shari Swan - consumer insight
"Sustainability will only be meaningful in the urban context if it aligns and infiltrates the consumer's personal and intimate bubble which is no more than 50 FEET FROM ME"
Maria Cecilia Loschiavo - environmental design and philosophy
"How can design contribute to preventing the spiral of urban poverty, deprivation and human suffering in contemporary cities?"
Satyendra Pakhale - designer
"How can we return to the idea of humanizing our cities without segregating ‘work’ from ‘play’ and ‘entertainment’ from ‘life’?"
Sante Poromaa -zen buddhist teacher
"When building, are we building for the development of greed or for generosity?"
Jonas Pinzke - sustainable creative director
"Could cities, as a pose to rural living, ever be truly sustainable? If so, are we truly willing to take the consequences?"
Ted Persson - creative director
"How does memes emerge and spread in a city? Is there a common format?"
Antoni Vives - economist, politician and writer
"Can we talk about sustainable cities and communities not talking about sustainable identities?"
"Are identities assets to be preserved in our cities? How, when, why do we find, miss them?"
"Do we all understand the same when talking about cities, sustainability, identity? Are we sure...?"
"Is landscape a part of our identity? If so, are we allowed to change it?"
John Manoochehri - sustainability designer
"If the city is not merely a temple for ephemeral consumerism, a monument to imperial dreams and architectonic follies, a storm-drain for cars and natural resources - what is it for? And who says?"
Christine Hedström - boundary-crossing guide
"How does the city stimulate your senses and allow you to work with your mind?"
Peter Majanen - futurist
"Is sustainability the 'new modernism'"?
Kristina Dryza - design strategist
"How can cities emotionally amplify life"
Matthias Weber - trend researcher
"What can we do to help diversity and sustainability catch up with the growth of our cities?"
Katarina Graffman - anthropologist
Sustainability is about long term timescales, and not short term time, is there time for sustainability?
Guido Verijke - IKEA
The word sustainability contains the important word ABILITY. Is it not so that it's quiet easy to
create sustainable solutions, but that the real challenge is to have the ABILITY to let them last over time?
Patrick Schenck - trend researcher
"How can we stop getting hung up on details and start looking at the big picture?"
Gonçalo Prudencio - designer
"Sustainability, albeit a few common denominators, seems to be an issue addressed differently depending on the globe region one approaches it - it is directly related to local resources availability; technical and social development, culture, etc. Should sustainable strategies be defined globally, or is this an issue to be addressed locally?"
Noé Marcial González Camperi - industrial designer
1. "Is it possible to build a sustainable city in places of the third world with a low budget?"
2. "Is it necessary to drop the level of consumption of new products, for a more sustainable city?"
Hanna Ljungström - designer
“To become a sustainable city the challenge is to change attitudes and to create desire. Can a bus ever be as hip as an iPhone?”
Åsa Guilamo - Swedish government Environmental Advisory Council
"Sustainable cities in Sweden and elsewhere; how to make the experimental examples of today into the ordinary norm of tomorrow?"
"Long live the city- and so does the countryside?"
Claes Foxerus - planner
"Why do we build cities for vehicles and not for humans, if we want sustainability?"
Anna Markelin - portfolio manager/Iittala
"A sustainable solution for transportation, housing or energy should always be within reach - but how to make this solution self-evident, how to make the sustainable alternative the preferred one for a broader audience?"
Peter Moritz - Malmö University
"Can a city be green without vegetation?"
Anders Runerheim - architect
"Good quality in planning, design and materials will make the city sustainable...or? (Quality never goes out of style...?"
Iréne Stewart Claesson - design strategy
"The city is an exciting stage for green energy actors - can you imagine the city skyline of tomorrow?"
Joakim Kaminsky - architect
"What if Malmö has an ecological footprint of its own size?
Jens Pamp - brand strategy
"Are Sustainable cities those with a rich cultural life?"
Marie Markman - artist and landscape architect
"Temporary artworks and long-termed landscape projects should contribute to the sustainable city; can we plan for both present and for future generations, and still provide space for the unexpected and fantastic?"
Oliver Ike -interiors and architecture photography
1. "Is it possible for a city council to foster sustainibility by making people more aware of their energy consumption (perfect example is Neuchatel that has become the Curitiba of Switzerland)?"
2. "Should citizen be financially rewarded if they apply sustainability to their private homes?"
Jody Turner - trend and future empowerment
“Can we redesign and remix cities as permeable places that allow a diversity of sentient life to coexist and cohabitate?”
Per Södberg - architect
"Are we to scared to suggest utopia - and how do we define it to ourselves and our children?"
Wickie Meier - project leader
"How do we develop cities that are people - and relation focused?"
Andreas Lundberg - Property Developer, Key Account Manager/Skanska Öresund
"Does design add value to an investment?"
Ilkka Suppanen - designer
"Can we learn from marginalized illegal cities and town hoods something?"
Jonas Olsson - architect
"Are we ready to accept the implications of a sustainable city?"
Mats Theselius - designer
"Increasing conformity; a threat or necessity?"
Thomas Ermacora - sustainability designer
"If the city is a mirror of its inhabitants in terms of sustainability can we then talk about "Citizen design" as another way to look at urban design?"
Cay Bond - trend analyst
"Can this society of cool dudes change their attitudes and become sustainable?"
Mike Betts - design strategist
"What do we truly want out of life? What really matters to us - and how does the fabric of our cities help to realize our dreams? Can we replace 'built-in obsolescence' with 'built-in sustainability'?"
Charlotte Wiking - project leader
"Is the cities ability to adjust to humans changing inner needs and demands the key to their future development, growth and well being?"
Tuija Aalto-Setälä - PR manager/Iittala
1. "Nowadays many city centres are planned for working, shopping and entertaining. How can we develop cities that are made for living; for sharing and doing things together?"
2 "People don't easily change their habits. How can we make sustainable products, services, transportation and housing so attractive that people are willing to go for the better choice?"
Christel Vaenerberg - creative director/Iittala
"I just read that in the city the physical, mental and digital environments are planned separately from each other. By using research from neurological, cultural and ecological research the urban environment could be planned to lower the stress risk for each human being. Wouldn’t this be the real sustainable city?"
Kerstin Sylwan - sustainability designer
"How can we involve and engage everyone in making our cities sustainable?"
Wickie Meier - project leader
"How do we develop cities that are people - and relation focused?"
Magnus Wålsten - account manager
"When we talk about sustainable design, how have we defined what is sustainable enough?"
Carin Daal - business development/Region Skåne
"How can we make city-living more cool by making it more sustainable?"
Caroline Björkholm - trend analyst
"Consumption and sustainability - how do retailers trigger conscious consumption? Is it possible? Who's responsible?"
Johan Lindau - furniture producer
"Could we restore a healthy, respectful attitude for the cities, through a new architecturell city planning, where we divide the big city in to smaller cities with big green borders?"
Anders Emilson - Malmö University
"Who will be involved in the design of the sustainable city?"
Maria Vinka - designer/IKEA
"How can we keep sustainability as a hot sexy topic for the many?"
Robert Fekete - architect
1. "From industrial city to city of knowledge, culture, commerce, tourism, and...?"
2. "Shifting the identity of cities: a socially sustainable ambition?"
3. "Gentrification: integration or displacement - or simply a necessity, no matter what?"
4. "How can we learn from socio-spatial processes with various outcomes, e.g. Malmö, Manchester, Barcelona, Moscow...?"
Pernille Johansen - project leader
"How do we motivate the individual citizens to act in coherence with the overall goal of the sustainable city?"
Jenny Nordberg - industrial designer
"What’s the mystery with all new shopping centers? How is this planning possible considering all the knowledge we possess?"
Petra Lilja - industrial designer
"Is it possible to shape a city based on the involvement and responsibility of the inhabitants instead of the interests of profit mongers? How can the decision-makers of the city loosen up for the advantage of a more allowing city progress?"
Chandra Ahlsell and Anna Holmquist - designer
"How do we confront the global culture of design and encourage the last surviving products from local manufactures and small industries that have resisted the pull of the global nomadic design culture? Long live the city with local traditions,crafts and cultures."
Anders Ljungmark - Malmö University
"How can a city provide the tools for for the individual, psychosocially and physically/environmentally, so that the person will be able to facilitate a sustainable life..?"
Pi Åhnberg - manager brand development
"Does the sustainable city need a different composition - living inhabitants, hotels, homeless, vendors, museums and so on - than what we currently are used to?"
Tine Utzon-Frank - architect
"Why have we not understood that more compact cities are easier to make sustainable and also attractive to live in?"
Mads Kjøller Damkjær - industrial designer
”Do we want sustainability, then it is really up to us! Do we dare? Or do we dare not to?”
Ida Marie Nissen - creative director
“How can we integrate sustainability to make it more than a trend, more than just a branding tool?”
Mario Thadeu Leme de Barros - professor
"Long live the city but with what kind of standard of living? What is the meaning of urban standard of living in a degraded city?"
Ewa Kumlin - managing director/Svensk Form
1. "What does it take to create cities with a soul where the citizens feel belonging and involvement enough to care for it in a sustainable way?"
2. "What role does beauty and aesthetics play for the genuine care by the citizens for their city?"
Artur Moustafa - design entrepreneur
"How can you create the adaptable city? A cityscape that adapts to the geographical and demographical changes with regards for the environment and because the changes in the environment?"
Bo Reimer - professor
"The sustainable city needs professional cultural actors (artists, musicians, djs etc.). How do we design environments within which it is possible for such actors to remain professional?"
Richard Bengtsson, project leader/E.ON
"When do we start acting sustianable in the larger scale? What more do we have to know?"
Lena Rahoult - design management
"Will beauty and harmony be important factors in future cities?"