24: Design and Korea 7: The Whistling Stick Figure

The hiker on the web

Slovenia is a mountainous country and Slovenians are deeply wedded to their mountains. Every town and village has its own hiking hill. The tallest mountain of the land is our national site of pilgrimage. That mountain is named Three-headed (Triglav), just like the pagan Slavic trinity that gazes into the three worlds: the skies, the … more >>>

20 Design and Korea 6: The Artificial Town

A remix of Faulk's aerial photo of Seoul from the late 19th century and a contemporary view of Seoul.

I count three kinds of human settlement. There is the camp. A temporary bulwark against the elements. All it takes is a firepit and people huddled around it. Assembled and reassembled as the community moves. Hunter-gatherers on the move, pastoralists and their goats and their sheep, German tourists in their FKK camps on the Adriatic. … more >>>

11 Design and Korea 2: Scissors

Design and Scissors

“Where are your scissors?” “In the stationery drawer, why?” “I need to cut the meat.” “Huh?!?” In creative and design and lateral thinking workshops one of the oldest tricks in the book is the brick. Master comes into room. Master places brick on table. Bits of fired clay crumble onto table. That will leave ochre … more >>>

9 Design and Korea 1: I Know Nothing

The forest not the trees.

Two years ago I had no first-hand experience of South Korea. My expectations were those of a moderately well-read and well-traveled European. High-income country based on GDP per capita. Densely populated. Very plugged-in, overworked populace. High-tech. Eat live octopi. That is to say, I knew nothing. The first time I visited, I was dumbstruck. I … more >>>