PLACES : BRIAN ULRICH
A decade ago, in response to the post 9/11 equation of "shopping with patriotism" — which seemed to him incredible — photographer Brian Ulrich began his ongoing project of exploring the sites of contemporary consumer culture. Here he focuses on so-called "dark stores" — big boxes and whole malls that have gone under, collateral damage of the crash.
OBSERVATORY : CHERYL YAU
The Eames Office loft, scattered with molded plywood prototypes and rolls of craft paper. Click
. The model of the Kwikset House furnished with two Eames storage units, upholstered chairs and dark orange carpet. Click
. A table full of English muffins, strawberries, hardboiled eggs and a glass carafe of coffee set in front of a fiberglass shell chair. Click
OBSERVERS ROOM : ALEXANDRA LANGE
How good could come of a biennial on the theme Useless.
CHANGE OBSERVER : JULIA COOKE
Havana is renowned for its faded elegance. It’s a stately wreck of a city stuck in the past, but Claudia Castillo and Orlando Inclán have a different future in mind.
OBSERVERS ROOM : JOHN THACKARA
A splendid new book from Monacelli Press marks the coming of age of urban agriculture — at least for the design world. Carrot City: Creating Places for Urban Agriculture
is a timely reflection on design and urban food systems, and on the ways that agricultural issues are once again shaping urban spaces and buildings.
PLACES : ALEXANDRA LANGE & MARK LAMSTER
In the latest installment of Lunch with the Critics, Alexandra Lange and Mark Lamster travel to Lower Manhattan to view the exhibition Supertall!
at the Skyscraper Museum. After touring the show, they walked north to the Winter Garden in Battery Park City, where they composed this dialogue in the shadow of New York City's rising entry into the supertall field, One World Trade Center.
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, Alex Bogusky and John Bielenberg discuss branding in the age of global warming, impact entrepreneurs and their new project, “Common,” aimed at changing the corporate world.
OBSERVERS ROOM : ROB WALKER
The tools of the time make the slightly absurd practice of re-photographing extensively documented icons and monuments. And that's inspired some pleasing work.