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WEEKLY EMAIL: MAY 27, 2011


Project Mwana

FEATURED THIS WEEK : ERNEST BECK

Project Mwana

For mothers and newborns, early medical testing is critical to health, especially for detecting HIV/AIDS. But in some developing countries, sending and receiving a blood sample from an extremely remote location can take between two and five months. Project Mwana is changing that.
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OBSERVER MEDIA : MICHAEL BIERUT

Designing, Writing, Teaching: Not My Real Job

In this funny and entertaining video, Designing, Writing, Teaching: Not My Real Job, Michael Bierut outlines the little decisions that led him to the work that he is doing today.
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Cause/Affect Competition

Organized by AIGA San Francisco, Cause/Affect is a biannual international competition that honors design for social change
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OBSERVERS ROOM : RICK POYNOR

A Dream World Made by Machines

In 1967, the American novelist and poet Richard Brautigan published a poem titled “All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace.” This is also the perfectly chosen title of a three-part documentary by Adam Curtis — a true maverick of the airwaves — that started screening this week in the UK. This complex, demanding, uncompromising and visually audacious piece of television has generated a tremendous buzz.
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OBSERVERS ROOM : JOHN THACKARA

From Participatory Mapping to Coastal Livelihoods

I'm a huge fan of the Buckminster Fuller Challenge. The annual international design award grants $100,000 to support the development and implementation of a “bold, visionary, tangible initiative that is focused on a well-defined need of critical importance.”
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OBSERVATORY : JOANNE CHEW

China: Brooms, Mops and Chairs

I’ve always been fascinated by common, everyday objects. Such fascination is often fueled by the ordinariness of such objects — mops and brooms and chairs, for instance — in which the simplicity of their form and their basic, utilitarian nature exude a kind of raw, ethereal beauty.
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CHANGE OBSERVER : JULIE LASKY

Everything Must Go

Chappell Ellison is looking for people to adopt her possessions: “In an attempt to learn how to live with less, I'm giving away my things, one by one.”
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OBSERVERS ROOM : MARK LAMSTER

The Unsung Genius of Flemish Architecture

The old knock on Belgium is that it's the New Jersey of Europe, a moribund drive-through territory on the way to some more exciting destination. It's not particularly fair or accurate (nevermind what it says about Jersey), but like most jokes it holds a kernel of truth.
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PLACES : MICHAEL MALTZAN

No More Play

Los Angeles has long epitomized the restless, dynamic and unpredictable urbanism of postwar America. And today, argues architect Michael Maltzan, the city is again on the brink of transformation — of a new era propelled simultaneously by increasing density and by the geographical limits of further growth. Which raises, says Maltzan, a key question: "What is the new identity for a city whose entire life has been marked by its ability and desire to endlessly expand?"
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OBSERVATORY : JOHN FOSTER

Accidental Mysteries, 05.22.11

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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OBSERVERS ROOM : ALEXANDRA LANGE

Vicarious Thrifting, via Twitter

Sometimes Twitter isn't about words but pictures: dispatches from the thrift store.
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OBSERVERS ROOM : JULIE LASKY

Tribute to Tobi

For a gallery show in New York, nine designers riffed on the work of Tobias Wong.
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Es Tiempo

Report on Es Tiempo, a campaign designed to encourage Hispanic women in Southern California to seek annual screenings for cervical cancer.
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