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On synthesis, simplification, compartmentalization, comfort

Saturday, May 1st, 2010

Theodor Adorno strongly influenced my approach when I worked on post-World War II German art (specifically, West German abstract art). I was quite surprised recently to be reminded of him while reading Roger Martin’s business book, The Opposable Mind. I mean, Adorno and business? Really? On p.102-3 of my book, Reconstructing the Subject; Modernist Painting […]

Wishing local government had an opposable mind

Monday, April 19th, 2010

Reading Roger Martin’s The Opposable Mind makes me wonder when local governments will bid conventional thinking good-bye and awaken instead to the possibilities of integrative thinking.

Bamberton, Public Participation, Design Thinking

Saturday, February 20th, 2010

“Competing Values: Land Use and Public Consultation” (2/20 forum in conjunction with “Bamberton: Contested Landscape,” an exhibition at Open Space in Victoria BC) illustrates the need for design thinking to help bridge gaps between validity (outcomes favored by the community) and reliability (assurances required by developers and quantitatively-oriented planners and engineers).

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