PLACES : LAURA TEPPER
For more than a century we've been designing roads — from local routes to transcontinental expressways — with little consideration about how they might alter — and harm — ecological systems and wildife habitats. But in the last decade, as Laura Tepper writes, "the emerging field of road ecology has galvanized scholars and designers eager to investigate the complex interactions between roads and the natural environment."
OBSERVERS ROOM : RICK POYNOR
I’m delighted to announce that Uncanny: Surrealism and Graphic Design
, an exhibition I curated last year, will open at the Kunsthal in Rotterdam on Saturday. In the past year, I have been on a mission to encourage a reassessment of the influence of Surrealism on graphic design and image-making. These extraordinary designs, produced from the 1930s to the present, have received an enthusiastic response from young designers and image-makers who are often seeing these pieces for the first time.
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OBSERVATORY : DAVID FREUND
Circa 1930s Japanese matchbox labels are my only foreign collection. My attraction is mostly to the labels' irresistible design, as well as the occasional U.S. note: David Freund shares his collection of Japanese Matchboxes.
OBSERVERS ROOM : MARK LAMSTER
In New York, we have a pretty terrible record when it comes to major urban building projects. Over the last century, the only one that might rightly be hailed as a universal success is Rockefeller Center. Our most prominent architectural collaborations — the UN, Lincoln Center, JFK — have been compromised affairs. Because they are ours, because they have become a part of our urban fabric and our daily lives, we have come to love them (or at least parts of them), in their flawed glory.
PLACES : QUILIAN RIANO
In 2000 Chris Reed founded StossLU, or Stoss Landscape Urbanism. Since then the Boston-based office has emerged as one of the leading advocates for expanding the scope of landscape architectural projects and practices. Here architect Quilian Riano talks with Reed about his recent work and about the rise of landscape urbanism from an academic movement in the 1990s to an influential professional and pedagogical framework.
OBSERVERS ROOM : ALEXANDRA LANGE
profiles Bill Moggridge. I'm still not hearing how he plans to fix the museum.
CHANGE OBSERVER : THE EDITORS
A new website, with a clear framing of principles, marks the organization's first decade.
CHANGE OBSERVER : JULIE LASKY
IDEO.org unveils its first class of fellows.
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.
OBSERVER MEDIA : DEBBIE MILLMAN
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, the architect Michael Arad, discusses the World Trade Center Memorial.