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WEEKLY EMAIL: NOVEMBER 24, 2009


Stefan Sagmeister

FEATURED THIS WEEK : DEBBIE MILLMAN

Stefan Sagmeister

In this podcast interview with Debbie Millman, Stefan Sagmeister discusses his year away from his New York-based design practice, his personal time in Bali, as well as discussing his new, in-progress documentary film, Happiness.
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CHANGE OBSERVER : JONATHAN SCHULTZ

DESIS

An academic team arrives on Manhattan's Lower East Side with a loaded ideal to promote: sustainability through design.
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PLACES : TIMOTHY BEATLEY

The 100-Mile Thanksgiving

What will be the ecological footprint of your Thanksgiving dinner? How far will your turkey travel to the table? Timothy Beatley describes the growing emphasis on regional food systems in urban planning education, and describes a new tradition at the University of Virginia: the 100-Mile Thanksgiving, for which students prepare the annual feast, trying to use food grown, raised or produced within 100 miles of the Charlottesville campus. Here at Places, we are setting out for the annual holiday. We'll be back next week. Happy Thanksgiving!
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OBSERVATORY : WILLIAM DRENTTEL AND JON PIASECKI

The Stonework of Jon Piasecki

The Stone River project of Jon Piasecki casts stone construction as one of the most enduring traces of human activity. "Stone is hard and heavy. Any effort to quarry, cut and stack it is one that requires a powerful incentive, extensive planning and specialized skill. This work has often been done in the service of empire to advertise power. The masons of a particular culture shape and arrange stone and in so doing express cultural attitudes toward the land." A special report on this amazing craftsman and landscape architect, including a slideshow and a video.
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OBSERVER MEDIA : ORION MAGAZINE

Stone River: The Passion of Jon Piasecki

Landscape architect Jon Piasecki, talks about nature, the woods, and a recent multi-year stone works project in New York State — Stone River
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OBSERVATORY : ERIC BAKER

Today, 11.21.09

Here are Today's images.
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CHANGE OBSERVER : THE EDITORS

Aspen Design Summit: Initial Report

Hosted by AIGA and Winterhouse Institute, with support from the Rockefeller Foundation, the 2009 Aspen Design Summit invited 64 designers, educators, researchers and representatives from NGOs, foundations and businesses to collaborate in addressing large social problems.
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Christoph Niemann

Christoph Niemann, New York based illustrator and humorist.
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CHANGE OBSERVER: PROJECT ARCHIVE

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Climate Change Chocolate

While environmentalists debate the ethics and effectiveness of carbon offsets, designers work to make them appealing.
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PLACES ARCHIVE: FALL 2008

The New U.S. Embassy in Berlin

In creating a new U.S. embassy in Berlin, architectural design is just one of the challenges.
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