OBSERVATORY : MICHAEL ERARD
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.
OBSERVERS ROOM : RICK POYNOR
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 “
This is a speculative visual interpretation of that list of images.
CHANGE OBSERVER : JEAN W. ROSENTHAL
Summary of design process that resulted in an innovative technology-based approach to curtailing HIV/AIDS in South Africa.
OBSERVERS ROOM : MARK LAMSTER
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.
CHANGE OBSERVER : JANE MARGOLIES
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.
OBSERVERS ROOM : JOHN THACKARA
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.
PLACES : ALEX SCHAFRAN
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."
OBSERVATORY : JOHN FOSTER
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.
OBSERVERS ROOM : ALEXANDRA LANGE
A new monograph on Dieter Rams shows what it takes to make icons.