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WEEKLY EMAIL: SEPTEMBER 22, 2011


Remembering Richard Hamilton as Design Critic

FEATURED THIS WEEK : ALICE TWEMLOW

Remembering Richard Hamilton as Design Critic

Richard Hamilton, the British artist and founding father of Pop, died last Monday at the age of 89. He leaves a rich and well-discussed legacy of art. However his articles on industrial design and its mediation are also significant, not only as positioning texts for his own art practice, but also for their contribution to a design discourse which was taking shape in that period.
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PLACES : LAURA TEPPER

Road Ecology: Wildlife Crossings and Highway Design

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."
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OBSERVERS ROOM : RICK POYNOR

Jan Svankmajer and the Graphic Uncanny

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

David Freund's Collection of Japanese Matchboxes

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.
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OBSERVERS ROOM : MARK LAMSTER

Up from Zero

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.
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PLACES : QUILIAN RIANO

Landscape Optimism: An Interview with Chris Reed

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.
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OBSERVERS ROOM : ALEXANDRA LANGE

What the Cooper-Hewitt Needs: More Design, Less Talk

Fast Company profiles Bill Moggridge. I'm still not hearing how he plans to fix the museum.
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CHANGE OBSERVER : THE EDITORS

10 Things Acumen Fund Has Learned About Tackling Global Poverty

A new website, with a clear framing of principles, marks the organization's first decade.
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CHANGE OBSERVER : JULIE LASKY

IDEO Innovators in Residence

IDEO.org unveils its first class of fellows.
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OBSERVATORY : JOHN FOSTER

Accidental Mysteries, 09.18.11

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 : DEBBIE MILLMAN

Michael Arad

In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, the architect Michael Arad, discusses the World Trade Center Memorial.
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Carin Goldberg

Carin Goldberg was a staff designer at CBS before establishing her own firm, Carin Goldberg Design.
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Report on ULTRA, a sustainable fashion company founded in Kuala Lumpur.
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An Interview with James Turrell

A 1983 interview with James Turrell, then beginning his transformation of the Roden Crater. The monumental work is scheduled to open to the public in 2012.
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