Nº 266

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Text: Stephan Ott


The German government has decided to offer a 4,000-euro cash incentive for new car buyers who choose electric. This comes after its 2009 incentive scheme for car buyers scrapping an older vehicle and represents another major coup for the car lobby. After all, what might appear to be a policy conceived with the environment in mind is, in fact, chiefly a case of those involved acting in self-interest. Were buyers to be offered an e-bike or a railcard, for instance, instead of a subsidy, it might be easier to believe that this is about a fundamental change in direction rather than about a change of mind that generates positive PR. But then, the car scrappage scheme was not primarily about reducing CO2 emissions, the car sharing initiatives promoted by the industry and the political establishment are not about genuine sharing, and the new incentive is not about electric vehicles per se. It is about protecting vested interests, about ensuring consumers respectively voters don’t even begin to think about alternative ideas – such as how we might actually reduce CO2 emissions or what qualitative improvements genuine sharing strategies and non-car-centred (battery-based) transport policies might bring.

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Soft Skills

Text: Carolin Blöink
Translation: Bronwen Saunders

Foams are easily identifiable on the basis of certain characteristics. Their cellular structure means that even the slightest pressure causes them to shrink significantly in volume. Synthetic foam is a soft, low-density material, which in many respects resembles natural sponges and is to be found in countless objects of everyday use. Pot scrubbers are a classic example in this context. The designer duo Putput turned the spotlight on this everyday object back in 2012, when they created “Popsicles”, a series of images that capture the seemingly banal in the elevated style of classical object photography. Now, in 2016, foams have once again become a focus of attention for the design scene. 

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Higher Faster Further

Technik auf den Leib gerückt

Text: Sascha Dickel
Translation: Nicholas Grindell

It could all begin with our sense of sight. First, artificial eyes would expand your perception beyond what is humanly possible. You would network your sensory organs with those of other individuals, allowing you to see through their eyes, hear with their ears, touch with their hands. Some decades later, tiny robots would swarm through your body, making it more resistant, increasing its longevity. After a while, some of your body parts might no longer be organic – replaced by perfectly adapted prostheses that perform the desired function of your limbs and organs more reliably than their biological predecessors. Finally, you will have become the designer of your own body, reshaping it, modifying its parameters, expanding it, expanding yourself.

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Estúdio Barca

Setting Sail

Text: Norman Kietzmann
Translation: Nicholas Grindell

When the boat comes in. Estúdio Barca is a graphic design studio from São Paulo whose name is a declaration of intent: it wants to take its clients on a journey – a journey that leads off the beaten tracks.

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