The 4see framework is an Arup initiative to investigate the structure and function of an economy in a resource-constrained world. The framework incorporates fiscal, social, and environmental elements in an integrated approach. Historical time-series data is used to characterise relationships between these elements, which are then used to create future scenarios of investment options that are both economically and physically feasible. A Sankey diagram, where the widths of lines are proportional to size of flow, is a powerful way to show a snapshot of data. This animation introduces the Sankey diagram of 4see data using preliminary data on the Taiwan economy in 2010 as an example in collaboration with the III (the Institute for Information Industries, Taiwan). For more information about the Sankey diagram, see our INSEAD working paper "The 4see Framework: Characterizing an Economy by its Socio-economic and Energy Activities" (insead.edu/facultyresearch/research/details_papers.cfm?id=32065).
Convergence describes the process of merging previously separate strands to form something new. We use the word to describe the increasingly-connected world of business, science and the internet, where new combinations reshape the rules of how we live, work and innovate.
In this video we introduce the Drivers of Change Convergence cards.
Usman Haque (@uah) is a London-based architect, artist and entrepreneur. He has created responsive environments, interactive installations, digital interface devices and dozens of mass-participation initiatives.
We are rapidly populating the world with instruments that help us comprehend our architectural, infrastructural and environmental surroundings. As their increasingly rich data flows integrate with lived experience, they are beginning to let communities reperceive and reshape themselves in exciting new ways.
This talk was delivered at the Sydney office of global design & engineering firm ARUP in March 2012, as part of the Foresight + Innovation Talk (FIT) series convened by Stuart Candy (@futuryst).
Dan Hill (@cityofsound) is a British-born designer based in Helsinki, where he is Strategic Design Lead at Sitra, the Finnish Innovation Fund. A leading figure internationally in strategic design, Hill has previously worked at ARUP, the BBC and Monocle magazine, and regularly writes for design press worldwide, as well as his acclaimed architecture and urbanism website City of Sound.
How might we use design strategically, building better cities – and societies – by redesigning our cultures of decision-making? This presentation offers several concepts for an emerging vocabulary of strategic design; ways of thinking and acting equal to the complex challenges of reinventing urban systems.
This talk was delivered at the Melbourne office of global design & engineering firm ARUP in March 2012, as part of the Foresight + Innovation Talk (FIT) series convened by Stuart Candy (@futuryst).