To view this email in your browser, click here.


The Design Observer Group
Design Observer

WEEKLY EMAIL: JULY 21, 2011


Chicago 2010 Poster Biennial

FEATURED THIS WEEK : ROBERT PETRICK

Chicago 2010 Poster Biennial

First you should understand that the posters in this show are more than good — they’re great. They’re so great, they immediately make me think of String Theory.
READ MORE



OBSERVATORY : MICHAEL ERARD

Notes on Getting the Daily Newspaper

We've moved into a new house and now have a table big enough for two people to read a newspaper at the same time. So we should use it. 

Plus a certain very large newspaper has just instituted a digital subscription. For the first time in nearly a decade, I'm getting a physical newspaper. Not just on Sundays. Every day.
READ MORE

OBSERVERS ROOM : RICK POYNOR

J.G. Ballard's Terminal Documents

In J.G. Ballard’s The Atrocity Exhibition (1970), a collection of experimental fictions, the central character, Travis, assembles a group of images described by Ballard in the text as terminal documents. This is a speculative visual interpretation of that list of images.
READ MORE

FROM OUR SPONSORS

Almost one billion people on the planet don't have safe and clean drinking water. Mohawk has partnered with charity: water to help bring clean water to developing nations. You can help contribute by visiting our Drop in the Bucket campaign.
Mohawk & charity: water >>
Drop in the Bucket >>
Mohawk Fine Papers >>

Learn to be a design critic through SVA's D-Crit program. Design as subject matter, criticism as a literary genre and  the range of tools with which to practice design criticism. 
Watch videos of presentations by the Class of 2011 >>
The D-Crit Program >>
SVA Website >>

CHANGE OBSERVER : JEAN W. ROSENTHAL

Project Masiluleke: Texting and Testing to Fight HIV/AIDS in South Africa

Summary of design process that resulted in an innovative technology-based approach to curtailing HIV/AIDS in South Africa.
READ MORE

OBSERVERS ROOM : MARK LAMSTER

Shigeru Ban in New York

In a few short years, Nineteenth Street between Tenth and Eleventh avenues has become a block-long showroom for contemporary architecture in New York. The western end has its starchitectural Scylla and Charybdis in Frank Gehry's IAC building and Jean Nouvel's mosaic-windowed condo tower, 100 Eleventh. At the east end is DS+R's reconfigured High-Line, and now in mid-block, between the Gehry and a crisp modern block by Anabelle Selldorf, is Shigeru Ban's recently completed Shutter House condo.
READ MORE

CHANGE OBSERVER : JANE MARGOLIES

My Block NYC

What if you could explore the Big Apple block by block — all 90,000 of them — through captivating videos filmed right on site? That’s the idea behind a new video-mapping website that invites residents, tourists and videographers to upload clips they’ve taken on the streets of New York to an interactive online map of the city — and lets the rest of us get in on the action.
READ MORE

OBSERVERS ROOM : JOHN THACKARA

Life is a Picnic in the Fertile City

If you're in Paris before July 24, a spectacular exhibition called The Fertile City: Towards An Urban Nature is well worth a visit. The show's OTT poster does not over-promise. The exhibition explores nature in the city from multiple perspectives.
READ MORE

PLACES : ALEX SCHAFRAN

Scenes from Surrendered Homes

Lately the California photographer Douglas Smith has been focusing on foreclosed homes in the San Joaquin Valley — one of the epicenters of the subprime crisis, a region hit hard by the Great Recession. Urban historian Alex Schafran looks closely Smith's photographs — at the images of bare rooms and empty backyards, of piles of abandoned toys, shoeboxes crammed with sports trophies, algae-clogged swimming pools. Smith's work, says Schafran, "attests to the influence of Dorothea Lange and Walker Evans, whose photographs documented the domestic toll of the Great Depression. His work, like theirs, straddles the line between art and photojournalism, beauty and realism."
READ MORE

OBSERVATORY : JOHN FOSTER

Accidental Mysteries, 07.17.11

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.
READ MORE

OBSERVERS ROOM : ALEXANDRA LANGE

Making Dieter Rams

A new monograph on Dieter Rams shows what it takes to make icons.
READ MORE



BECOME A FAN ON FACEBOOK | FOLLOW US ON TWITTER

Sappi
The latest and most trusted information regarding sustainability in our industry.
Ideas that Matter >>
AIGA
Don't miss the chance to pivot this fall.
Pivot: AIGA Design Conference 2011 >>


Mohawk
Almost one billion people don't have safe and clean drinking water
Mohawk & charity: water. Helping to bring clean water to developing nations >>
SVA
D-Crit: Design as subject matter.
Criticism as literary genre.
Learn at SVA >>

Audio: Design Matters Archive

AUDIO: DESIGN MATTERS ARCHIVE

Michael Hodgson

All music show with DJ and designer Michael Hodgson, co-founder of the design firm Ph.D.
Listen >>
More Design Matters Archive >>

CHANGE OBSERVER: PROJECT ARCHIVE

Project

Acumen Sexy Sanitation Challenge

Acumen Fund announces winners of its "Sexy Sanitation" challenge.
READ MORE

OBSERVATORY ARCHIVE

past post past post past post

PLACES ARCHIVE: WINTER 2001

Village Vices: The Contradiction of New Urbanism and Sustainability

A critique of New Urbanism focusing not on its traditionalism but on the unsustainability of its planning models.
READ MORE

Change Observer

RECENT BOOKS RECEIVED

The Book of IceThe Book of Ice
Paul D. Miller & Brian Greene

Starting Your Career as an ArtistStarting Your Career as an Artist
Angie Wojak & Stacy Miller

Alt.FractalsAlt.Fractals
Eric Baird

Privacy Policy | Contact Us
You are subscribed as | Unsubscribe
Copyright © 2011 Observer Omnimedia LLC. All rights reserved. Design Observer, P.O. Box 159, Falls Village, CT 06031, USA