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WEEKLY EMAIL: DECEMBER 22, 2011


Demythologizing Design: Another View of "Design with the Other 90%: CITIES"

FEATURED THIS WEEK : DAVID STAIRS

Demythologizing Design: Another View of "Design with the Other 90%: CITIES"

The show itself isn't bad as such things go, and better attended than Mark Lamster suggested. It's a compilation, and suffers the decontextualized slings and arrows of such an approach.
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PLACES : KATE BERNHEIMER, ANDREW BERNHEIMER & GUY NORDENSON AND ASSOCIATES

The House on Chicken Feet, Part 3

Our holiday week of architectural fairy tales concludes here, with Guy Nordenson and Associates re-envisioning — and re-engineering — the tower in "Rapunzel." This will be Places' last post of 2011 as well. Happy New Year!
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OBSERVERS ROOM : ALEXANDRA LANGE

Girard the Magnificent

Alexander Girard was interested in important areas many architects eschew: texture, shape, tiny accessories, while simultaneously being a master of layered, gridded orthogonal space. This diversity, which seemed strange at the time, now seems like a virtue, and makes the publication of the first monograph on Girard all the more timely. And what a monograph it is!
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PLACES : KATE BERNHEIMER, ANDREW BERNHEIMER & LEVEN BETTS WITH BRET QUAGLIARA

The House on Chicken Feet, Part 2

Continuing our winter holiday week of architectural fairy tales, on the theme of magical houses, we present the second installment, in which New York architects David Leven and Stella Betts reimagine "Jack and the Beanstalk."
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OBSERVERS ROOM : JOHN THACKARA

From Milk to Superfoods: Supping with the Devil?

Two new publications this week have left me sick to the stomach. I just don't think it's defensible any more to turn a blind eye to the social and ecological crimes Big Food is committing, in other parts of the world, so that you and I can eat what we damn well feel like.
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PLACES : KATE BERNHEIMER & ANDREW BERNHEIMER

The House on Chicken Feet, Part 1

In the spirit of the winter holidays, we are pleased to present, over the course of the week, three "architectural fairy tales," reimagined by New York firms. Collected by writer Kate Bernheimer and architect Andrew Bernheimer, all of the tales explore, in words and images, the "promise of a magical home." The first installment, on the hut of the Russian witch Baba Yaga, is by Andrew Bernheimer.
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OBSERVERS ROOM : MARK LAMSTER

Remembering Gene Summers, 1928–2011

At one point during the construction of the Seagram Building, one of the project architects felt his authority was being undermined and threatened to walk off the job. Mies, who was averse to confrontation and not keen on personal management, took the man to dinner and when the matter came up, offered a little advice: "Nobody gives you authority, you just take it."
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OBSERVATORY : JOHN FOSTER

Accidental Mysteries, 12.18.11

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

Martin Venezky

In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Martin Venezky discusses his job as a coupon designer and his journey to becoming one of the design innovators of our time, changing the direction of his career at the age of 33, using unorthodox materials and Cranbrook.
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OBSERVERS ROOM : RICK POYNOR

Saul Leiter and the Typographic Fragment

Saul Leiter’s early color photographs must surely rank as one of the great photographic rediscoveries of the last decade. These are pictures that have you instantly reaching for words like epiphanic, rhapsodic and elegiac to describe their poetic intimations and delicate painterly effects. What kind of preternaturally hyper-trained eye does it take to find and resolve in a picture, in an instant, compositions of such visual complexity and internal harmony?
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AUDIO: DESIGN MATTERS ARCHIVE

Andrew Zolli

Andrew Zolli, founder of Z + Partners, a foresight think-tank, discusses the future of mass culture.
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Ripple Effect Update

Update on the Ripple Effect initiative launched by IDEO, Gates Foundation and Acumen Fund to distribute fresh water in the developing world. Originally published July 30, 2009.


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Superneighborhood 27: A Brief History of Change

From hot tubs to bodegas: a Houston subdivision built for the '60s singles lifestyle has found new energy as a multi-ethnic neighborhood.
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