CHANGE OBSERVER : JONATHAN SCHULTZ
An academic team arrives on Manhattan's Lower East Side with a loaded ideal to promote: sustainability through design.
PLACES : TIMOTHY BEATLEY
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!
OBSERVATORY : WILLIAM DRENTTEL AND 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.
OBSERVER MEDIA : ORION MAGAZINE
Landscape architect Jon Piasecki, talks about nature, the woods, and a recent multi-year stone works project in New York State — Stone River
OBSERVATORY : ERIC BAKER
Here are Today's images.
CHANGE OBSERVER : THE EDITORS
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.
CHANGE OBSERVER: PROJECT ARCHIVE
While environmentalists debate the ethics and effectiveness of carbon offsets, designers work to make them appealing.
PLACES ARCHIVE: FALL 2008
In creating a new U.S. embassy in Berlin, architectural design is just one of the challenges.