Afternoon walk, Ljusterö 20 July 2020

41. The Slowdown is something to fight for, not to wait for.

Waiting it out will not deliver a just transition; Venice, Paris, Detroit and Melbourne as future cities; Slowdown cities can address social justice, health, and climate upstream and integrated

Dan Hill
Dan Hill
Sep 24, 2020 · 17 min read

The city’s use-value over exchange-value

“Playfully, stubbornly, ignoring boundaries, collaborating freely.”—Olivia Laing, on how to plant a garden

“In a fluid world, for social forms to emerge they require favourable conditions to be created, which then need to be taken care of. “Creating favorable conditions” and “taking care” are two activities that assume a fundamental role when we adopt this interpretive model, one that characterises human activity.”—Ezio Manzini, Politics of the Everyday: Designing in Dark Times (2019)

Stockholm suburbs, June 2020

Slowdown Papers

A series of reflections and loose extrapolations, based on the early impact of the Coronavirus

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. Prof. AHO Oslo, Visiting Prof. UCL Bartlett IIPP, Design Academy Eindhoven, RMIT

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.