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A new Arts and Crafts movement would create jobs, build basic skills, and add value to the our constructions.

I want to design a solar powered furnace, patent it, and then place that patent in the public domain so that the whole planet can benefit from the technology without fear of any legal repercussions. These solar furnaces and kilns would be relatively easy to build, non-polluting, inexpensive, and ideally would be utilized to kick start a new arts and crafts movement.

I would suggest that if architects, designers and city planners would call for more traditional design elements that this would create a need for people to make those kinds of things.

We marvel at older architecture and things which were made in earlier times. In our modern world our lives are filled with things mass produced which lack the organic touch of any artisan, save the engineer who designed it.

If we were to use more modern materials and techniques with the old world philosophy of creating not just a specific outcome but also a work of art, we could put many thousands of people back to work on such projects and build things that the world has never seen.

I would like to see the mountains of scrap recyclable glass being melted into small tiles with solar kilns and assembled into large luminous structures. Castles of glass, beautiful things.

I don't know that many of these endeavors could be done with significant profit margins, but could probably be achieved somewhere near breaking even. But the real value add is that people would be engaged in the creation of these things, they acquire experience and skills in the process, and our world is made a more beautiful place.

That is my idea, and that is what I would like to build.

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    Sep 28 2012: I think lawyers will dislike you :)
  • Sep 28 2012: I think that there will always be demand for fine crafted things. The problem is that there is no implementation because costs tend to be prohibitive for most people. Instead of putting up a hand made wrought iron fence, they use a cyclone fence instead. These kinds of decisions reduce the value of architecture, neighborhoods and whole cities.

    I think that it would be possible to create work opportunities for people during these tough times, and at the same time construct things of tremendous beauty.
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      Sep 28 2012: The problem is that what makes your proposal feasible is for enough people to be willing and financially able to buy these typically much more expensive handcrafted products. Loving such work is not enough to drive the proposal.

      I have read within the last few weeks that very affluent people have moved their consumption patterns increasingly toward spending on experiences rather than things- travel, adventures, and so forth.
  • Sep 28 2012: Makes sense to me-maybe the problem is a lack of leisure.
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    Sep 28 2012: Is there not now demand for artisan-crafted, traditional elements by those who can afford to pay for them?

    I am not suggesting that traditional elements are to everyone's taste, but solidly made, artisan crafted work, particularly custom work, appeals often, I would think, to those who can afford its higher price.