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WEEKLY EMAIL: AUGUST 05, 2010


Reasons Not to Be Pretty: Symposium on Design, Social Change and the "Museum"

FEATURED THIS WEEK : WILLIAM DRENTTEL

Reasons Not to Be Pretty: Symposium on Design, Social Change and the "Museum"

In April, 2010, 22 designers, historians, curators, educators and journalists met at Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center on Lake Como, in Italy, to discuss the museum's role in the 21st century in relation to design for social change. Participants from cultural institutions in 11 countries engaged in a far-ranging and illuminating conversation. Here, a report on this symposium sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation and organized by Winterhouse Institute.
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PLACES : NORTH BROOKLYN PUBLIC ART COALITION

nbAUDIO 2011

An Open Call for Sound Artists 
Deadline: 8.30.2010


The North Brooklyn Public Art Coalition (NbPac) is pleased to announce an open call for Brooklyn–based artists to propose projects for an upcoming sound installation to be displayed for the greater North Brooklyn community in Spring 2011.

Artists are invited to submit proposals through August 30, 2010. The selected artist will be notified on September 15, 2010.

For more information, please visit: http://nbpac.wordpress.com/
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CHANGE OBSERVER : PHOTO BY GREG CONSTANTINE

Nubians Then and Now

Greg Constantine, Nubian Homes in Kibera, July 2010.
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PLACES : LUTHER THIE, KATHRINE WOREL

Frontiers: On the Edge in Merced and Malibu

This month — in the spirit of August — we'll be focusing on pictorial features. First up is "Frontiers." In the past year the photographers Luther Thie and Kathrine Worel have been documenting houses "on the forefront of our interaction with the economy and the environment." Their investigation took them to the San Joaquin Valley town of Merced, a few years ago one of the white-hot real-estate markets of California, today the site of half-built ghost-town subdivisions. And it took them to the Pacific coast enclave of Malibu, where the combined effects of global warming and environmental engineering are eroding the famous beaches, and the multimillion-dollar homes are vulnerable to being swept out to sea.
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CHANGE OBSERVER : ERNEST BECK

Bellagio Museum Symposium: Abstract

Reasons Not to Be Pretty: A Symposium on Design, Social Change and the "Museum" was held in April 2010 at Rockefeller Foundation's Bellagio Center in Italy. Here, a summary of the final report on this meeting, which was sponsored by the Rockefeller Foundation and organized by Winterhouse Institute.
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OBSERVATORY : ADRIAN SHAUGHNESSY

Publishing in the Age of the Internet

It is routine to hear tutors and studio heads bemoaning the amount of time students and designers spend gorging on the numberless websites and blogs devoted to the visual archaeology of graphic design. If you dig deep enough online, you can pretty much guarantee to find every significant piece of graphic design ever made. If it's not on Flickr, ffffound, Grain Edit, or one of a thousand other sites, it soon will be.
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CHANGE OBSERVER : HELEN WALTERS

Next: Innovation Tools & Trends Rockefeller Foundation's Push Toward Design and Innovation

This report following the Aspen Design Summit interviews Antony Bugg-Levine, managing director of the Rockefeller Foundation. "Success for us is not a few interesting projects done by Rockefeller and its grantees, but insights that will inform how the philanthropic sector takes advantage of these processes."
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CHANGE OBSERVER : HELEN WALTERS

Inside the Design Thinking Process

The Aspen Design Summit brought together 60 top executives to apply design thinking to large social problems. This report is reprinted on Change Observer courtesy of the author and Bloomberg Businessweek.
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CHANGE OBSERVER : JEN ROOS

Cup of Heroes

In the settlement called Khayelitsha, more than 1 million South Africans still struggle against apartheid-induced poverty. The townships are the true heartland of South African soccer. And although new soccer fields are slowly emerging, it seems discouraging that Khayelitsha Stadium is no different from what it was in 1992 — a dusty grass patchwork with skeletal bleachers.
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OBSERVATORY : MEENA KADRI

Two Rupees Worth

Signaling a strengthening economy, India's currency joins the likes of the euro, British pound, US dollar and Japanese yen in having a unique identity.
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OBSERVATORY : LIZA KIRWIN

Lists: To-dos, Illustrated Inventories and Collected Thoughts

The Archives of American Art counts hundreds of thousands of lists in its collections, including to-do lists, membership lists, lists of paintings sold, lists of books to read, lists of appointments made and met, lists of supplies to get and places to see, and lists of people who are "in." Such common lists are firsthand accounts of our cultural history.
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PLACES : ARCHITIZER

China Portfolio: From the Linked Hybrid to the Bug Dome

A science center, an arts center, the headquarters of a real estate conglomerate, a mega-development "city of science and techniques," and a temporary performance pavilion that doubles as an "unofficial social club" for poor workers — in their latest portfolio for Places, the editors of Architizer select a group of projects that suggests the range of new building programs in China.
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