PLACES : CENTER FOR LAND USE INTERPRETATION
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.
PLACES : MIMI ZEIGER
, 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.
OBSERVATORY : ARS LIBRI LTD
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.
CHANGE OBSERVER : ALEC APPELBAUM
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.
OBSERVATORY : STEVEN HELLER
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.
PLACES : JONATHAN MASSEY
"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.
OBSERVATORY : ERIC BAKER
Here are Today's images.
CHANGE OBSERVER: PROJECT ARCHIVE
Report on the Freeplay fetal heart rate monitor, which won the 2009 INDEX award in the Body category.
PLACES ARCHIVE: SUMMER 1983
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.