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WEEKLY EMAIL: APRIL 28, 2011


Hard Times for Hard Copy

FEATURED THIS WEEK : ERNEST BECK

Hard Times for Hard Copy

New York designers Catherine Casalino and Christopher Sergio don’t usually think of themselves as rebels, but when they learned that AIGA, the professional design association, was about to “quietly scuttle,” as they put it, a book cover and design competition cherished by the design community, they decided to rally the troops and fight back.
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CHANGE OBSERVER : MARIA POPOVA

Educating for a Future Within Our Sight

According to Rita J. King, co-creator of the IMAGINATION project, "Current educational models prepare students for a fading industrial era, but making substantive changes is difficult. It’s hard to know where to begin and how. This project focuses on shifts educators can instantly make at no cost."
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OBSERVERS ROOM : JOHN THACKARA

From Eds & Meds to Farms and Watersheds

The skyline of Pittsburgh, once America's Steel City, is now dominated by towers belonging to two local giants of “Eds & Meds” — education, and healthcare. But these behemoths are not the only game in town. Even a small meadow contains a lot of plants.
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PLACES : TIMOTHY MENNEL

Jane Jacobs, Andy Warhol, and the Kind of Problem a Community Is

In the 1960s Jane Jacobs and Andy Warhol exemplified very different styles of finding community in New York City: Jacobs's Village and Warhol's Factory were worlds apart. Jacobs's world, depicted in her landmark The Death and Life of Great American Cities, has provided an enduring ideal of communitarian solidarity and profoundly influenced half a century of city planning. But Tim Mennel argues that it is Warhol's world that was the more inclusive, more open to complexity and unruliness, and ultimately more influential on the city we actually inhabit.
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CHANGE OBSERVER : ERNEST BECK

Benefit Corporations

A new type of corporate designation recognizes enterprises that meet strict triple-bottom-line standards and provides consumers and investors with a verifiable seal of approval.
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OBSERVERS ROOM : ALEXANDRA LANGE

The Only Thing There's Just Too Little Of

A new exhibition, titled BROODWORK, collects artifacts whose common ground is parenthood.
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PLACES : THOMAS J. CAMPANELLA

Jane Jacobs and the Death and Life of American Planning

This year marks the 50th anniversary of the publication of Jane Jacobs's The Death and Life of Great American Cities. Planning professor Thomas Campanella assesses one of the tenacious effects of Jacobs's landmark book: the rise of community-based planning and the marginalization of the profession. Half a century after Jacobs challenged large-scale urban renewal and big-picture master planning, the field has become, says Campanella, "a caretaker profession — reactive rather than proactive, corrective instead of preemptive, rule bound and hamstrung and anything but visionary."
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OBSERVERS ROOM : JOHN THACKARA

Rotterdam: Where Time is no Longer Money

Twelve-year-old children in Rotterdam have never known a time when their city was not being rebuilt around them. And because they know no better, or at least no different, they are not much daunted by the huge scale of the projects underway.
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CHANGE OBSERVER : PHIL PATTON

Sustainable Gold

“Gold: Substance, Symbol and Significance,” a conference held April 8–9 at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York, combined jewelry designers, investment counselors, mineralogists and fashion executives in its approach to the precious element.
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OBSERVATORY : JOHN FOSTER

Accidental Mysteries, 04.24.11

Accidental Mysteries, a weekly cabinet of visual curiosities curated by John Foster, highlights images of design, art, architecture and ephemera brought to light by the magic of the digital age.
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OBSERVER MEDIA : DEBBIE MILLMAN

Jennifer Morla

Artist and designer Jennifer Morla's clients have included Apple, The New York Times and Levis. In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Morla talks about why she set up shop in San Francisco instead of in her home town of New York, her collaboration with Andy Warhol, and the qualities of effective design.
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PLACES : ALEXANDRA LANGE

The Anti-Monograph

A few weeks ago Mark Lamster explored the future of the architectural monograph. Here Alexandra Lange takes up the topic, arguing that the new monograph by Studio Gang is a very contemporary effort to negotiate the temptations and contradictions of the genre: to feed the star machinery and yet resist it at the same time.
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Benefit Corporations

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