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WEEKLY EMAIL: AUGUST 11, 2011


An Interview with Laurence King

FEATURED THIS WEEK : MARK LAMSTER

An Interview with Laurence King

Laurence King is one of the true gentlemen of design publishing, self-deprecating and charming in the classic British manner. An agreement with Chronicle books means that King’s books are now being distributed in the United States under his own banner. With that in mind, I thought it might be useful for readers everywhere to get to know him a little bit better, to hear his thoughts about the state and future of design publishing, and what makes a design book (and book proposal) successful.
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OBSERVATORY : DIANA O'HEHIR

Home

Somewhere there's a street of empty houses,
Roof after roof, the doors bleached white by memory

Which I, like the force of night, travel over,
Making stairs out of words, sounds too low to hear.
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OBSERVERS ROOM : ALEXANDRA LANGE

Reading in Public

Come to the High Line next Thursday to read (and observe) what makes public space work.
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OBSERVERS ROOM : JOHN THACKARA

From Powerpoint to Permaculture, From Me to We

When I arrived at Angsbacka, the site in Sweden of last weekend's first Future Perfect festival, an alarming array of leaflets was on offer in the foyer:  “Shamanic De-Armouring,” “How To UpGreat Your Life” or “Reach The Temple of your Inner Beauty,” “The Journey to Bliss,” “A Cellular Dance of Oneness.”

My first reaction was: Beam me the hell back up, Scotty. My second reaction was: to give the place a chance.


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OBSERVERS ROOM : RICK POYNOR

From the Archive: Raging Bull

In an essay for Design Observer, posted in 2005, my colleague Michael Bierut asked a provocative question: “What is the relationship of bullshit and design?” The vigorous dialogue that ensued revealed a surprising tolerance among some designers for the phenomenon. Whichever way you look at it, though, a too-ready acceptance of the idea of bullshit spells problems for design.
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PLACES : URBAN WAITE

No One Heard a Thing the Night the Chicken Died

In the spirit of August and the tradition of summer reading, Places will feature short stories throughout the month in which landscapes are central to mood and meaning. Urban Waite kicks off the series with a childhood adventure set on a family farm inside the urban boundary of Long Beach, California. When a golf course replaces the neighbors’ orange field, strange things come out of the grove and ominous signs appear in the sky.
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CHANGE OBSERVER : BARBARA FLANAGAN

Sleeping with the Fishes

The Brando. That’s the exclusive resort, opening next year, that will finally realize Marlon Brando’s vision of building an “ecological utopia" on Tetiaroa, the Tahitian atoll he once owned.

Or, so the developers say.

An intriguing new book has arrived just in time to turn those glamorous claims into disturbing nonsense. Ecological? Brando’s vision? Absurdly unlikely on both scores.
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OBSERVERS ROOM : ROB WALKER

Ruscha Vs. Street View

Car as medium, rotating motorized camera, a series of contiguous horizontal images of buildings and the street on which they are situated: Considering Ed Ruscha's book Every Building On The Sunset Strip, vs. Google Street View's ongoing project, Every Building On The Entire Planet.
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OBSERVATORY : JOHN FOSTER

Accidental Mysteries, 08.07.11

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 : RICKY JAY

Celebrations of Curious Characters: Twins

Ricky Jay is an actor, a historian, a magician and a collector. He is also a superb storyteller with a keen eye for the most gruesomely enchanting detail, and he delights in tales of the most delicious oddity. 

Design Observer is pleased to share a selection of recorded broadcasts — all read and authored by Ricky Jay — brought to you along with the visual catalyst that inspired its tale. This is the second of four installments.
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OBSERVERS ROOM : ALEXANDRA LANGE

Welcome Back, Overbite

An eccentric Greenwich Village neighbor gets a reprieve.
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Conflict Kitchen

Report on Conflict Kitchen, a project by artists affiliated with Carnegie Mellon to foster cross-cultural understanding through food.
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