From 1996 to 2007, Kris De Decker was reporting on cutting-edge science and technology as a freelance journalist for newspapers and magazines in Belgium. In 2007, he moved to Spain and started Low-tech Magazine, a popular international blog that focuses on the potential of past and often forgotten knowledge and technologies when it comes to designing a sustainable society.
On the one hand, De Decker shows why high-tech solutions only make things worse. On the other hand, he researches and documents visionary low-tech solutions that arise when old technology is combined with new knowledge and materials, or when old concepts and traditional knowledge are applied to modern technology. He also looks for inspiration in the developing world, where resource constraints often lead to inventive solutions.
Since 2016, De Decker collaborates with the Demand Centre at Lancaster University (UK), which researches the social dynamics of our ever increasing demand for energy. In 2017, he started the Human Power Plant, an art project in collaboration with Melle Smets, which combines social and technological research to find out what sustainability actually means. Central to De Decker’s work is a broad historical context – a subject can only be understood if its complete history is taken into account.