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Monday musings

These are some of the things we found interesting this week.

The game layer on top of the world This is a fascinating TED talk in which Seth Priebatsch outlines some of the potentials for predictably modifying behaviors in gaming overlays – "using only 7 game mechanics I can make anybody do anything."  

Most interesting is the declaration of the end of the "social decade" and the beginning of the "gaming decade." Regardless of the eventual truth of this, the implications for exploration in what we all do are very provocative.

5 anomalies of architecture The guys at Build LLC have a great blog, I think. Their outlook is diverse and touches all aspects of the design and build practice.  

Their attention to business models is also interesting, as in this survey of practice alternatives. They note that "these aren’t just different ways to design –they are revolutionary ways to rework the business of design, they are changing the nature of how we work."

Thirty conversations on design This is the 2010 edition of videos of conversations with designers started last year by Little & Company.  

They asked each designer two questions – “What single example of design inspires you most?” and “What problem should design solve next?”

Living with Mies There's a great urban housing prototype in Detroit designed by Mies van der Rohe. It has an unmistakable footprint of form and landscape, and it has always been a disappointment that it was not a model used more broadly across the city.  

The New York Times turned to it last week and included a fascinating portfolio of photos and statements of how different people have modified the units for themselves.

Future scenarios The Tofflers came into the news this week with some interesting updates on what the future might look like. 

"Business, government, and organizational structures need to be looked at and redone. We've built much of the world economy on an industrial model, and that model doesn't work in an information-centric society. That's probably the greatest challenge we still face--understanding the old rules don't apply for the future."

Global aging There seemed to be a rising attention to the aging of the world and the implications for the future and for demographics. This article in Foreign Policy raises some concerns about falling population by 2070.  

And this article in the Economist addresses the shift in entrepreneurship from America to Asia based on age demographics.