PLACES : TIM CULVAHOUSE
For years now the rebuilding of the Lower Ninth Ward after the post-Katrina floods has been a fraught and controversial process — undercut by political incompetence, environmental concerns and scarce funding. Started by movie star/architecture buff Brad Pitt in 2007, the Make It Right Foundation has been the most visible catalyst for repopulating the neighborhood. Architect and author Tim Culvahouse, who is writing a book on New Orleans, assesses the progress of the program, and how well its various house models, designed by a dozen or so prominent architects, fit the strong and distinctive culture of the city.
CHANGE OBSERVER : JOHN WATERS
For too long now the ethos of graphic design — the fundamental sentiment that guides the practice of design and the activities of designers — has been understood as a link between suppliers and consumers. It's time to change that view.
OBSERVATORY : ADAM HARRISON LEVY
Elwood Shaler has been stacking wood for 75 years. His wood piles are the envy of the valley in which he lives. They are unlike the squat pragmatic designs you often see when driving the back roads of New England. They are monumental.
CHANGE OBSERVER : KAOMI GOETZ
Look around you. Let your eyes rest on the first object you see. Do you know how it was made, and where? The answer is most likely no. And up until a few years ago, it might even have been followed with a “Who cares?” or “Who cares as-long-as-it’s-cheap?”
PLACES : INTERBORO PARTNERS
Fashion design has become big business and mass entertainment — witness the recent semi-annual extravaganza of Fashion Week and hit shows like Project Runway
. But fashion design is also local industry, skilled craft, design practice, urban texture. One of its epicenters is the Garment District in Manhattan. As part of a project commissioned by the Design Trust for Public Space, the Brooklyn-based Interboro Partners spent months studying the district, trying to figure out what makes it work. We are pleased to present the interactive section that the firm has created as an extension of this project, which takes us into the world behind the brick facades and the wholesalers' shop windows, and explores what's going on in the garment district.
OBSERVER MEDIA : DEBBIE MILLMAN
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Stephen Doyle reviews his career and
discusses working for Tibor Kalman, renting his soul to the devil, fear of failure, magazines, metaphors, working with his hands and much more.