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Timber: the New Concrete

Alex de Rijke

Car vs house design
People need housing and they want cars in roughly equal amounts. Car design rests on the assumption that exponential increases in fossil-fuelled carbon production, pollution, spatial and social alienation and traffic danger are unfortunate but acceptable by-products. Cars are super-modern designs because people want the latest products; it is a century old belief system based on endless improvement. The demand for private transport is large enough to drive relentless research and development, which in turn produces ever cheaper, faster, and more sophisticated cars. Like smart phones, cars epitomise the desirability of modern design and the potential for perfection in prefabrication. Every successive model demonstrates development in new materials, better performance and supposed environmental responsibility. Any innovation in car design and...

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