Afternoon walk, Ljusterö 20 July 2020

26. Defunding downstream, moving upstream, taking care, making repair

Defunding not only the police, but the hospital and social services too; cooks as health workers, police as care workers; a city of gardens promotes care and repair

Dan Hill
Dan Hill
Sep 23, 2020 · 29 min read

The architecture of this system

Upstream, Dan Heath (2020)
Remember “The designer’s share”. From Victor Papanek’s ‘Design for the Real World’ (1973). Of course, it may be that this small dark tip is crucial to unlocking some aspect of what Papanek draws as ‘The real problem’. Interconnectedness means that parts of this triangle are rarely mutually exclusive in reality. Still, it behooves designers to have a healthier respect for the very real limits of design, and for the possibility in other disciplines.

Broken windows got broke

Ed. For similar themes, see also my write-up of the Postopolis 2009 event we did featuring Michael Downing, Deputy-Chief of Counter-Terrorism for LAPD. That summary delves into these issues from the point-of-view of the LAPD itself, including the possibility of an urban design wing for the LAPD.  The discussion also happens to capture the militarisation of the police occurring at that point.

Prisons and police stations

Polis Station self-initiated research project, by Studio Gang

Farmers and cooks are health workers

Södertälje’s forward-thinking school food programme is recognised globally
Ed. This thought is derived from missions we are leading in Sweden around public food, such as school food in the first instance.
Victor Papanek’s ‘minimal design team’ (from Design for the Real World, 1971)
Ed. Months later, Bloomberg reports that few cities are genuinely cutting their police budgets at all, with most in fact rising. New York made a hefty cut, but "More than half of cities are boosting police spending or keeping it the same from the last fiscal year."
From ‘The Recession Is About to Slam Cities. Not Just the Blue-State Ones’, Emily Badger and Quoctrung Bui, New York Times, 17 August 2020
Ed. A subsequent paper, 31. Tilling the soil for slow growth, explores some the decision-making cultures required to sidestep these more intransigent paradigms.

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