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WEEKLY EMAIL: NOVEMBER 19, 2009


The Bauhaus at MoMA

FEATURED THIS WEEK : ERIC J. HERBOTH

The Bauhaus at MoMA

Having known the word in my youth — first as the moniker of the big-haired 1980s proto-goth punk band from the UK, then as a shorthand term for certain modernist architecture — I was thoroughly shocked the first time I encountered images of the Bauhaus School complex, taken during the 30-year period of East German decay following World War II.
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PLACES : CENTER FOR LAND USE INTERPRETATION

Urban Crude

Every year 28 million barrels of petroleum are extracted from the 41 fields located within Los Angeles — making L.A. the most urban oil-producing site in the nation. Created by the Center for Land Use Interpretation, and now on exhibit at its gallery in Culver City, Urban Crude¬†photo-documents this metropolitan petroscape — paying special attention to the myriad efforts to camouflage the fact that some 5,000 wells remain active in the second most populous city in the U.S.
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PLACES : MIMI ZEIGER

Our Design Decade

Design USA, marking ten years of the National Design Awards program, opened last month at the Cooper-Hewitt. Mimi Zeiger describes an exhibition that balances a celebration of innovative (and often pricey) artifacts with recognition of our recessionary times.
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OBSERVATORY : ARS LIBRI LTD

Paul Schuitema Collection

We are pleased to present a slideshow of an extensive collection of the graphic design of the Dutch designer Paul Schuitema (1897-1973), noted for his innovative use of photomontage and color.
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CHANGE OBSERVER : ALEC APPELBAUM

FLAP Bag

A shoulder bag conceived to help nomadic people in urbanizing places, by providing them with an integrated solar-powered light and the potential to charge electronic devices, shows how iteration can prepare a bold design for the market.
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OBSERVATORY : STEVEN HELLER

Why Does John Baeder Paint Diners?

John Baeder paints diners. His goal for the past three decades has been to record on canvas and paper just about every diner, roadside eatery, and virtually every possible monument of American consumer culture.
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PLACES : JONATHAN MASSEY

Five Ways to Change the World

"So you want to change the world? Start by changing the built environment." Here architect and educator Jonathan Massey offers a guide, "idiosyncratic and partial," to activism through architecture. Massey¬†describes how the cumulative effects of comparatively ordinary activities — voting, shopping, building a house, organizing a community, throwing a party — can make our lives better — more just, responsible, connected and convivial.
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OBSERVATORY : ERIC BAKER

Today, 11.14.09

Here are Today's images.
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Audio: Design Matters Archive

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Laurie Rosenwald

Laurie Rosenwald is a graphic designer, artist, illustrator, writer, television actress and author.
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CHANGE OBSERVER: PROJECT ARCHIVE

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Freeplay Fetal Heart Rate Monitor

Report on the Freeplay fetal heart rate monitor, which won the 2009 INDEX award in the Body category.
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PLACES ARCHIVE: SUMMER 1983

An Interview with James Turrell

A 1983 interview with James Turrell, then beginning his transformation of the Roden Crater. The monumental work is scheduled to open to the public in 2012.
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