Accessibility is cool, from long times ago

I am a big fan of Nordic design.

I love the materials they choose, the objects they make, and the accessibility. I agree that this is related to difficult conditions and weather conditions, hard and physically demanding lives. I also realized that this design values humans and resources. When I walked in Borlange - a small university town in Dalarna - more than 20 years ago, I realized that the built environment was ergonomic in many aspects, sidewalks, roads, boards, shops and university buildings focused on equal use. The lights, the very good interiors for all ages were focused on comfort and the good quality of life. Public transport was extremely efficient. Thanks to Dalarna University, this area was a playground for future projects such as the semi-automated traffic light for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport. Electric and alcohol - as a side product of the wood industry - powered cars were used, district heating was from household waste. When we arrived at the faculty they gave me a portable and folding cup, if I need a coffee or tea. The dean of the uni used the same, he had no secretariat but himself.

It was an interesting venue on how to design cities, buildings, objects in the mirror of the region.

I am wondering the future of this design. There is a contradiction in it. The very independent person can do almost everything with the help of info-communication systems and special robots, or is it better to ask for help from your fellow citizens or from family members?

Written on May 15, 2020