a curious mind

conscious acts

"I continue on my own way, conscious of the responsibility I take upon myself whenever I add a new presence to an already overcrowded physical world."

-- Anna Castelli Ferrieri

(architect and product designer for her italian furniture company, Kartell)


"Mark my words: AI is far more dangerous than nukes, by far, so why do we have no regulatory oversight? this is insane." - elon musk


musk is advocating for AI Safety review and quidelines before all else goes wild. there's no holding back AI superintelligence once unleashed. oh, bill gates agrees with musk, too.



  drawing - cia mooney

drawing - cia mooney

If Americans decide to end the use of coal, seems only fair we commit to retraining folks mining in Colorado and Utah, along the Powder River Basin of Wyoming and Montana, throughout Appalachia, and those still working the country's earliest coal basins along the Illinois River*.

There's no easy answer to retraining any workforce, especially when the tech future, as distinctly different from mining, so clearly dominates our point of view. the nation's strategic Education plans do not show how workforce disruption will be addressed. the Polish sociologist, Zygmunt Bauman, believes we are in a "liquid modernity" where some of us will make the leap to the new era and some of us will not.

can we meet the challenge and become more mindful of the planetary, employment, and artificial intelligence future that is both blessing and curse? 

To counterbalance any further deterioration of human senses -- meaning the geo-political sense, the human dignity sense and the environmental sensibility -- we start from a new scratch pad where education is decoupled from the past.

How can we do better facing disruption?

I don't have the answers, but see that the paradign shift in education and human learning as a state of "infinite beta"

  drawing - cia mooney

drawing - cia mooney

in drawing the tomb for coal, i imagined it placed at the mouth of the last coal shaft to be mined, thinking the miners and the nation deserve a formal place of remembrance. 


1/ https://www.chicagoreader.com/chicago/future-coal-mining-energy-illinois/Content?oid=22523058





What solutions to flood control and flood barriers already exist today? I went looking for answers.

The world of emergency preparedness is caught between yesterday and today. An internet search delivers up the Army Corps of Engineers studying 4 foot round tubes made from geo-textiles that would wrap around structures, ribbon along rivers and defend eroding beaches. Another found the Chinese deploying gabions, huge wire cages filled with stone. Then there are modular barrier walls and membrane systems used in Europe. I looked up sandbags and found that I could get 8 bags if I lived in the flood zone in my area. Hmmm...8 bags. That's about enough to fill one doorway.

What struck me was the breadth of solutions and the lack of implementation of any or at the very least, visibility to their deployment in america. We continually rely on the strong backs of the National Guard and the humble sandbag. Stating the obvious -- we know water levels will rise. We know the coastal regions and watershed systems will fill as snowcaps and fresh water glaciers crack, then slide into salty seas.

Have we thought this through and what are the options?

Tambo is the name for a project that I'm working on to discover more about flood control and flood prevention. Would be cool to connect to folks who know this world.

write me -- hello@ciamooney.com




"things that are equal to the same thing are equal to each other."  - euclid

white+black chair model - cia mooney

natura fresca

  chesnut photo - cia mooney

chesnut photo - cia mooney

the organic and evocative beauty of nature.

expressive shoes

  wangechi mutu shoes, santa fe cca museum

wangechi mutu shoes, santa fe cca museum

the kenyan artist, wangechi mutu, uses mud stick, old shoes, and gold leaf to create a forest of footwear.

where robots roam

  sphero luggage photo - cia mooney

sphero luggage photo - cia mooney

before too long, this little guy won't be your luggage as robot look-alike, but a real, responsive and social character. it is easy to imagine the multitude of robots that will inhabit our future, some winning hearts and others raising doubt about human endeavor and existential threats as 'the singularity' nears.

peace symbol

peace parts.jpg

i keep revisiting the peace sign, here 3D printed striving for a yarn-like quality achievable through making flaws in the digital drawing. 

infinite beta

infinite beta.jpg

'infinite beta' is a state of mind -- agile, curious, always learning and essential to the training of the creative tribe. it's my view of education, too.

nature's forms

nature never ceases to amaze.

  pine cone photo by cia mooney

pine cone photo by cia mooney

  lilypad photo by cia mooney

lilypad photo by cia mooney

favorite tool

starett square

the starett combo square. it's heavy and stout, strong enough to last many lifetimes.

the 6th extinction.

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Somewhere along the way, we lost our way.

i read today of the increased speed with which species are dying. as a nation, we have told the world that we want to renegotiate the Paris climate accord. if time is of the essence, where is the urgency to act?

what future have we left the next generation? 

the blackest black

vantablack is the blackest black on earth. consisting of tiny carbon nanotubes adhered to a substrate, the tubes capture more than 96% of light. the effect on three-dimensional surfaces obliterates the visual changes in form. the material has been developed for use in outer space where thermal cycling, high shock and vacuum are present.


vantablack samples are available to commercial and educational customers and may be ordered from the lab in england. a new spray version of the material allows applications to be applied like paint, but controlled conditions are required. samples are currently costing about 600 Euro.

missing zaha

of the many stellar women in the world, zaha hadid was a creative standout for me. her bravery and strength of vision were evidence of a once-in-a-lifetime talent. she stood self-assured in a profession dominated by men. with bold and noble persian eyes wide open, she throttled architecture where it had not gone before to realize the crisp shards of her seminal "peak" project in hong kong to the undulating curves and speed-filled volumes of stadiums, office towers and museums.

zaha hadid imagined a new architecture. she strode a wave born from the architectural association, the radical london school. around the world, experiments were percolating by gehry, tschumi and koolhas (the latter, her professor at the aa). zaha plotted her own course. she had the mathematician's view of digital age design and the artist's spirit where gravity no longer existed and fluid architecture floated curves with rigorous abandon.

i miss zaha. i wish that i had known her in life. she was an amazing architect and an amazing woman.

future watch.

  DesignWeek/PDX, Cia Mooney

DesignWeek/PDX, Cia Mooney

the world is shifting. not just baby seismic rumblings from the salton sea, but big thunderous tsunami warnings from the tech future of now. you see, we can't wait anymore for breathing room to ascend the heights by slow learning. today, you/me/we have to hook the rocket. VR (virtual reality) is great for gaming, but you're isolated in a specific bubble. AR (augmented reality) takes it up a notch, but xR/mr (mixed reality) is the new frontier. here, the environment that you experience in real time (your life) is fully mapped by the machine enabling designers or the user to build therein or there upon. architects use it to walk through virtual constructions and imagined spaces.  

so, get a google cardboard VR set that uses your cell phone as the screen. it's very low cost and you can pick the apps to watch. the apps are not very high fideliity, but you can go into museums that you may never get a chance to visit and skydive in a wing suit through cragged peaks and treetops. try this world out.

if designers fear obsolescence, we should. if we choose to participate in new technologies and tools, like TILT BRUSH and HOLOLENS, we can and should. the tech industry is pulling human experiences into the virtual domains of tomorrow. if you go without resistance, fine. we have to trust the creative sensibilities of artists, designers, architects and purveyors of techno-culture to help us crack the tech future in which humankind and the planet can thrive. less violence. less threats of war. less pressure on the planet and other species, let alone our own.

dreamers and creative thinkers will interpret new spaces for human interactions. the built world will be sensorially-responsive made of light, color, sound and haptic responses.

it's moving fast. 

hang on.