The Museum of British Colonialism is a joint uk/kenyan initiative founded to creatively communicate a more truthful account of British colonialism.
Mark Miodownik examines why electronic gadgets and household goods don’t last and are hard to repair and what’s being done to fix the problem.
Dare to Repair! A new law could help. From the summer manufacturers must make spare parts and instructions available for a range of electronic appliances. It's a law that aims to cut down on waste by making goods last longer
Repair Acts is an international and multidisciplinary network of people working on topics relating to repair, care and maintenance cultures.
There is an urgent need in the cities in the UK, especially in the north, for a new set of economic policies to kickstart local recovery.
The Treasury has no such plan. The cities themselves often believe they must wait patiently until the government, or the economic cycle, bails them out.
But a new economic agenda is emerging, borrowed often from the most successful cities in Europe and North and South America, which can effectively allow cities to take back control of their economic destiny. This is the outline of this agenda. It will vary between the places that put it into effect – that is the point – but the basic ideas are recognisable, and can be summed up in ten linked propositions:
The Maker Mile (www.makermile.cc) was mapped by Machines Room a FabLab just down the canal on Vyner Street; a cobbled cul de sac filled with wharfs and warehouses home to taxi mechanics, sign printers, and London’s oldest umbrella maker. Instigated by Clear Village and with support from Human Cities, Maker Mile launched during London Design Festival 2015 with Open Mile. For one night 12 spaces opened their workshops and the public could get involved with hands on making and behind the scenes tours of workspaces. Over 600 people collected a map, made locally at East London Print Makers, followed the trail on a rainy Monday night and experienced the thriving community, that many, including those already working there, hadn’t realised was on their doorstep.