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WEEKLY EMAIL: DECEMBER 04, 2009


Happy HolidaysHoliday Gifts from Design Observer

TODAY holiday cards curated by Eric Baker and produced by Mohawk Fine Papers. Eight images. Two colors, red and green. Sixteen cards and envelopes. $20.00. All available through Felt&Wire.

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FEATURED THIS WEEK : GAVIN BROWNING

it is what it is

Founded 15 years ago, the New York-based 2x4 is one of the most influential and and prolific design firms around (their portfolio includes the graphic design of a few issues of Places, from the mid-'90s). Now they've published it is what it is (or ... Are we done yet?) — a thousand-page portrait of the interdisciplinary studio. Gavin Browning, coordinator/curator of Columbia University's Studio X in downtown Manhattan, reviews this latest contribution to the genre of the monumental monograph.
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CHANGE OBSERVER : MARC ALT

Aspen Design Summit: 30 Photos

A selection of photographs from the Aspen Design Summit November 11-14 in Aspen Meadows, Colorado taken by Marc Alt.
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CHANGE OBSERVER : MICHAEL CANNELL

Aspen Design Summit: Fast Company Reports

These reports on the Aspen Design Summit, reprinted on Change Observer courtesy of the author and Fast Company, characterize the event as a "TED Conference with homework" and one rural poverty project as "design imposed from on high."
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OBSERVATORY : FELICE C. FRANKEL, GEORGE M. WHITESIDES

No Small Matter: Science on the Nanoscale

We glance, and turn away without noticing. We don't ever really see, and then we forget what we have seen.
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CHANGE OBSERVER : MARIANA AMATULLO

Aspen Design Summit: Designmatters Report

This report on the Aspen Design Summit, reprinted on Change Observer courtesy of the author and Designmatters Blog at Art Center College of Design, explores what it means to participate in a conversation about the designer's role in the future.
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CHANGE OBSERVER : BY DONA ANN MCADAMS

Milking It

Only a few generations ago, cows, horses, oxen, pigs, sheep and goats formed part of Americans' everyday cosmology. Even in our cities we lived among ungulates.
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CHANGE OBSERVER : THE EDITORS

Aspen Design Summit Report: UNICEF Menstruation Challenge

At the Aspen Design Summit November 11–14, 2009, sponsored by AIGA and Winterhouse Institute, the UNICEF Menstruation Challenge Project proposed an "eco-system" whereby sanitary pads became a linchpin for local economic growth, for educational programs about health and hygiene and for research into materials that could be adapted to other countries.
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OBSERVATORY : STEVEN HELLER

Ramparts: Agent of Change

Few American magazines are agents of change. Most are chroniclers of their time and place — lightning rods, not lightning. Ramparts magazine has been dead for almost two decades, but to look back at it, it stands out as one to remember.
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CHANGE OBSERVER : THE EDITORS

Aspen Design Summit Report: UNICEF and Early Childhood Development

At the Aspen Design Summit November 11–14, 2009, sponsored by AIGA and Winterhouse Institute, the UNICEF Early Childhood Development Project proposed a new approach to emergency kits that would be more precisely tuned to young children's intellectual and emotional needs, as well as outlined a basis for the next AIGA/INDEX: Aspen Design Challenge.
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PLACES : NICOLE HUBER & RALPH STERN

Urbanizing the Mojave

Las Vegas is one of the great boomtowns of the American West. Nicole Huber and Ralph Stern explore the cultural and environmental consequences of the city's rapid expansion into the Mojave Desert, tracing a complex and troubling history of resource extraction, recreational tourism, military testing, housing speculation and water management. Lately, of course, the boom has gone bust, and regional authorities are struggling with the worst drought on record. Is history finally catching up with the self-styled entertainment capital of the world? 
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OBSERVATORY : ERIC BAKER

Today: Holiday Cards 2009

Here are Today's images. This week, we are previewing a special collection of holiday images, curated by the Eric Baker, which are simultaneously available as holiday cards, produced by Mohawk Fine Papers. Eight images. Two colors, red and green. Sixteen cards and envelopes. $20.00. All available through Felt&Wire.
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CHANGE OBSERVER : THE EDITORS

Aspen Design Summit Report: Mayo Clinic and Rural Health Care Delivery

At the Aspen Design Summit November 11–14, 2009, sponsored by AIGA and Winterhouse Institute, the Mayo Clinic Rural Healthcare Delivery Project developed a network concept — a community association — that changed the focus from the consumption of healthcare to the collective production of well-being.
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CHANGE OBSERVER : THE EDITORS

Aspen Design Summit: Background

As background to the Aspen Design Summit November 11-14, 2009, each participant was given a briefing book that included the following background, history, program and schedule.
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CHANGE OBSERVER : DOUG POWELL

Aspen Design Summit: Core77 Report

This report on the Aspen Design Summit, reprinted on Change Observer courtesy of the author and Core77, explores the most demanding objective of the Summit: could Aspen teams develop feasible and fundable programs of scale and impact that could be implemented within 24 months?
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CHANGE OBSERVER : THE EDITORS

Aspen Design Summit: Participants

The Aspen Design Summit, November 11-14, 2009, sponsored by AIGA and Winterhouse Institute, involved 64 participants — designers, experts, researchers, educators, and representatives of NGOs, foundations and businesses. This the complete attendee list of participants.
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CHANGE OBSERVER : THE EDITORS

Aspen Design Summit Report: Sustainable Food and Childhood Obesity

At the Aspen Design Summit November 11–14, 2009, sponsored by AIGA and Winterhouse Institute, the Sustainable Food Project focused on accelerating the shift from a global, abstract food system to a regional, real food system via a robust portfolio of activities — including a grand challenge and a series of youth-engagement programs.
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CHANGE OBSERVER : THE EDITORS

Aspen Design Summit Report: CDC and Healthy Aging

At the Aspen Design Summit November 11–14, 2009, sponsored by AIGA and Winterhouse Institute, the CDC Healthy Aging Project began with the initial premise to enhance the ability of public health entities to determine whether adults 50 and over have received recommended preventive health services. The Project developed a "5 over 50" concept and brand name, and a new goal: to double the current number of people who are "up to date" with these preventive measures.
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CHANGE OBSERVER : THE EDITORS

Aspen Design Summit Report: Hale County Rural Poverty Project

At the Aspen Design Summit November 11–14, 2009, sponsored by AIGA and Winterhouse Institute, the Hale County Rural Poverty Project conceived of a socio-economic model of resource allocation through an online platform for accelerated regional development in the Black Belt counties of rural Alabama.
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Kenneth FitzGerald, artist, witer, and educator at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.
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Emergence

Emergence, a new massively multiplayer online game (MMOG) fosters diplomatic skills.
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On the Water: The New York - New Jersey Upper Bay

As the planet warms, rising seas will endanger coastal communities around the world. Engineer Guy Nordenson proposes a bold plan to protect New York City.
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