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Fly 2. Life on the road/life in the sky. November 30, 2008

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“The design of work and the experience of mobility are merging. In today’s networked economy, many people spend their lives doing projects to earn a living; they do not necessarily have jobs. For project workers, life on the road has replaced the daily commute to an office. (..)

The world’s airlines now carry one sixth of the world’s population- more than one billion passengers- on scheduled flights. At the moment 300 000 people are in the air above the United States alone.

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Frankfurt’s airport, with a workforce in excess of 40 000, is the biggest single-site employer in Germany. London’s Heathrow employs 55 000 people directly- meteorologists, air traffic controllers, engineers, pilots, cabin crew, cleaners, police, security guards, firemen, baggage holders. Another 300 000 or more people are employed by myriad suppliers- all those van drivers and sandwich makers. Airports are also the world’s largest employers of dogs.

Costs on this scale are sustained because airports and railways termini have become large multinational business in their own right. Less than 50% of Heathrow’s earnings come from landing fees or servicing aircraft. Commercial activity on the ground is one of the main sources of airport revenue, and hence one of the main drivers of the airport design.”

(John Tackara)

Fly November 28, 2008

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“In Europe, where there are already 500 000 000 passengers fly a year, and there are already 28 000 flights each day during the peak season, fewer than 8% of the Europeans have ever been in an aircraft.” Can you believe this!?

“Modern mobility comes with a price, but the price tag is seldom visible, and we seldom pay it- or not directly. Its costs are hidden. Not only the transport is expensive n time and money to the user, but it involves such external and hidden coss as accidents, traffic congestion, air pollution, climate change, noise, and hidden infrastructure costs. (..)

There is no international agreement how to measure the matter and the energy burden imposed by aviation, but clever organization called CLiPP (Climate Protection Partnership), which sells “climate tickets”, reckons we should all pay roughly 6,5 euros per hour flown in order to found projects that foster the use of renewable energies or more efficient uses of energy. Aircraft manufacturers have promised to halve pollution from their aircraft by 2010- but the traffic as a whole will probably triple by then, meaning that the environmental impact of aviation will rise 50 percent. ”

Text from another “designers’ bible” I discovered about a year ago- “In the bubble” by John Tackara.

You can partly read the book online.

More to follow.