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Makers and Places: from creation to consumption (and back again)

December 3rd, 2012 by marcus

This is the video of a recent talk i gave as part of TEDx Moreton Bay. It’s really a balloon floating exercise as part of a larger argument than i will be running a bit in the not too distant future: that we are witnessing something of a cyclical turn from places largely of consumption to places — at least partly — of creation. In the video i argue that this is actually a return to something of an historical norm — albeit driven by very different economic dynamics — as we witness the decline (but probably not the fall) of mass retail as the dominant logic by which design and create space.

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  • 1 RenewAustralia Dec 3, 2012 at 12:06 pm

    RT @unsungsongs: Makers and Places: from creation to consumption (and back again): This is the video of a recent talk i gave as pa… h …

  • 2 Ben_f0x Dec 3, 2012 at 12:10 pm

    RT @unsungsongs: Makers and Places: from creation to consumption (and back again): This is the video of a recent talk i gave as pa… h …

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  • 8 David Kidston Dec 11, 2012 at 12:03 pm

    Maybe a few Westfield shopping centres could be returned to the city that they inhabit rather then be the isolated void they are. Lets carve them up and reuse them.

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  • [...] local economic revitalisation strategies that Renew Australia promotes and pursue (see my Makers and Places argument here for a hint as to why). The real efficiencies to our organisation, the chance to spend more time with my family and even [...]

  • [...] So, why on earth am I fascinated by them then? Well, in the immortal words of Bob Roberts the times are changing back. ┬áSome of the very factors that once counted against them: the scale of their spaces, their relatively low foot-traffic (and hence low cost), and the fact that they require some effort to discover are actually features not bugs in the brave new world where mass markets are shattering into hundreds of niches. Indeed among the fastest growing segments of business and creativity is small, home based, mixed online and offline businesses and arcades are logical places for these rapidly growing businesses to grow into. I could probably go off into a segue about the changing dynamics of suburban and decentralised creativity but if you want to follow that logic through think i’ve got that┬áreasonably well covered elsewhere. [...]