quote 22:16:26 [Apple] holds itself above the fray. It seems to believe that such discussions of meanings and consequences do not matter, because it is in the design business, and so its primary relationship is with the user, not with the society. This may be what some parochial designers thought about themselves until the 1970s—but today the advent of design that is critical, value-sensitive, and participatory has exposed the great moral void of the rigid functionalist paradigm. But Apple, alas, remains stuck in the most conservative, outdated, and bizarre interpretation of the Bauhaus, which was, ironically, a movement that flaunted its commitment to social reform and utopian socialism.
Evgeny Morozov for the New Republic: Steve Jobs’s pursuit of perfection—and the consequences (via timoarnall)
- Fletcher: And this color, red, it doesn’t make much sense to me.
- Low: What would be better?
- Fletcher: Blue makes more sense… Space is blue.
- Low: No Dr. Fletcher, Space is black!
quote 04:12:00 Why did the experiment fail? The only sections of the upper-level circulation system in use today are those created in the comprehensive development areas of London Wall and the Barbican, where tracts of bomb-damaged land were publicly redeveloped on a large scale and pedestrians could be forced aloft by the obliteration of the conventional street pattern. Elsewhere, the City tried to build its walkway system through negotiations with private landowners. Developers incorporated them grudgingly, designing them, for the most part, to minimum standards of size and finish. Crude, unwelcoming design and dark staircases discouraged pedestrian traffic. The upper level failed to attract services, shops, and front entrances. A remarkable amount of walkway was built, but once conservation took hold, the sections could never be connected. Without through routes pedestrians kept to ground level, reinforcing the failure of the experiment.