FEATURED THIS WEEK : ADRIAN SHAUGHNESSY
The recent Kyoorius Designyatra Festival 2011 in Goa, India, was a rip-snorting success: a brilliant two days of presentations, discussion, networking, companionship, and, for this attendee at least, lashings of authentic Indian cuisine, and a chance to feel the hot blast of innovation that is modern India.
OBSERVERS ROOM : MARK LAMSTER
There are many architects, but few who create a true architecture of their own, a unique and original way of building driven by something more than expedience and formal experiment for its own sake. The Belgian architect Juliaan Lampens falls into this rare class, though he is all but an unknown to the world, as his practice has been almost entirely confined to a small area in Flanders around Ghent, where he was born in 1926. Maybe he'd be more famous if he was known as the architect who designed the chapel inspired by a crocodile's jaws.
OBSERVERS ROOM : RICK POYNOR
The violent photograph of war confronts us with a dilemma. We need to see it because it is right to be informed, we want to see it because we demand to see everything, and seeing it is easier than ever before because technology makes it so. But none of this tells us anything about what these images do to us.
PLACES : WILLIAM L. FOX & MARK KLETT
The old World War II military base at Wendover, Utah, where the U.S. Army Air Force trained for the bombing of Hiroshima in August 1945, is today a semi-ruin — and as such a testament to our collective unwillingness to ponder the world-historical event of the first act of nuclear warfare. Writer William Fox and photographer Mark Klett explore Wendover and its past, finding evidence everywhere of what Fox calls "the erosion of history."
CHANGE OBSERVER : JOHN THACKARA
The many designers present at the "Transform" conference were thrilled, and rightly, that the Mayo Clinic has established a Center for Innovation that has design thinking at its core. But there's a danger, amid the euphoria, that priorities will get skewed.
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 : ROB WALKER
, and "design" as entertainment: “We’re gonna make some products!” Um, cool?
OBSERVER MEDIA : DEBBIE MILLMAN
In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Jessica Hische discusses her attachment to the internet, the differences between being a letterer and a type designer and working for Louise Fili.
A totally unvarnished and uncoated look at what goes on behind the glossy world of print production.Off Register >>
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D-Crit: Design as subject matter.
Criticism as literary genre.Learn at SVA >>
CHANGE OBSERVER: PROJECT ARCHIVE
Report on Conflict Kitchen, a project by artists affiliated with Carnegie Mellon to foster cross-cultural understanding through food.
PLACES ARCHIVE: WINTER 1989
In 1989 Phoenix, Arizona, commissioned one of the first public art master plans. The city now has one of the strongest public art programs in the country.