Morning walk, Granö, 1 August 2020

22. Revisiting the Slowdown, and the end of the Great Acceleration

Danny Dorling’s book ‘Slowdown’ on how the engine driving the Great Acceleration is being dismantled; Japan, Greece, and the Nordics as ‘developing nations’; Fukuyama on the tea ceremony versus Japanification

Dan Hill
Dan Hill
Sep 23, 2020 · 20 min read
Slowdown, by Danny Dorling (2020)
Some of Dorling’s many Slowdown graphs — more here at Dorling’s excellent site supporting the book. To understand these relatively unusual graphs, I redrew one—concern Tokyo’s population dynamics—and explained them here.

Japanification

Popular Japanese manga ‘My Brother’s Husband’
Tokyo, July 2019
Clockwise from top-left: ‘Bijin Preparing Tea Ceremony’, Gekko Ogata 1859–1920; Sen no Rikyu, the foremost influence on Japanese tea culture; ‘Camellia and Tea Ceremony Utensils’, Shumman Kubo 1757–1820; ‘Bijin and Tea — Zensei Azuma Fukei’, Sencho fl. ca. 1830s-40s
Tokyo, July 2019
Athens street. Photo via Bloomberg CityLab article on polikatoikia apartment blocks; clear the cars from these streets and let those orange trees breathe
Image sent by Rory Hyde

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Designer, urbanist, etc. Director of Strategic Design at Vinnova, Swedish govt’s innovation agency. Visiting prof UCL Bartlett IIPP + Design Academy Eindhoven

Slowdown Papers

The Slowdown Papers are a series of observations, reflections and loose extrapolations, based on the early impact of the Coronavirus COVID–19 pandemic, particularly on the way we make decisions about cities, systems, infrastructures, cultures, and technologies.

Dan Hill

Written by

Dan Hill

Designer, urbanist, etc. Director of Strategic Design at Vinnova, Swedish govt’s innovation agency. Visiting prof UCL Bartlett IIPP + Design Academy Eindhoven

Slowdown Papers

The Slowdown Papers are a series of observations, reflections and loose extrapolations, based on the early impact of the Coronavirus COVID–19 pandemic, particularly on the way we make decisions about cities, systems, infrastructures, cultures, and technologies.

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