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WEEKLY EMAIL: FEBRUARY 09, 2012


On My Shelf: A Classic by Berger and Mohr

FEATURED THIS WEEK : RICK POYNOR

On My Shelf: A Classic by Berger and Mohr

For a book that can justly be called a masterpiece, John Berger and Jean Mohr’s A Fortunate Man, published in 1967, is not nearly as well known as it should be. A brilliantly imaginative and empathic fusion of words and photographs, it is a study of a doctor’s life in a small rural community that addresses fundamental questions about the doctor-patient relationship and what it means to assume and bear such responsibilities as a healer.
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PLACES : MARC ANGéLIL, JøRG HIMMELREICH, HUBERTUS ADAM & J. CHRISTOPH BüRKLE

An Interview with Jacques Herzog

In 1978 Jacques Herzog and Pierre de Meuron founded their office in Basel. Since then the partnership, which now employs more than 350, has designed a series of landmark projects, from the Tate Modern in London to the National Stadium — the bird's nest — for the Beijing Olympics. Recently Jacques Herzog talked with historians Hubertus Adam and J. Christoph Bürkle about the challenges of maintaining a creatively vital practice and confronting the new challenges of urbanization.
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OBSERVATORY : MICHELLE HAUSER

Pop Photographica: An Interview with Daile Kaplan

Daile Kaplan’s comprehensive collection has one unifying trait: a photographic element that was not intended for viewing on the wall. As her collection evolved, Kaplan discovered that what she was surrounding herself with was indeed an overlooked photographic genre. In the late 1980s, Kaplan named the genre “pop photographica.”
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OBSERVERS ROOM : MARK LAMSTER

An (Overdue) Memorial for New York

One cannot compare tradgedies, but it's hard not to notice that here in New York we've spent billions of dollars and the last decade coming to terms with the nightmare of 9/11, while there has been, until now, no drive for a memorial to the more than 100,000 victims of the AIDS epidemic.
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PLACES : KEITH EGGENER

Louis Curtiss and the Politics of Architectural Reputation

Louis Curtiss practiced architecture in Kansas City around the turn of the 20th century, producing, says Keith Eggener, a series of innovative buildings "comparable in their creative eclecticism" to those of contemporaries like Bernard Maybeck and Bertram Goodhue. Yet unlike those celebrated architects, Curtiss remains relatively obscure, his works neglected. And the reasons, Eggener argues, have less to do with artistic merit than with various extrinsic factors that have long controlled the politics of professional reputation.
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OBSERVERS ROOM : ROB WALKER

Beautified Words

What we’re dealing with here is the question of form vs. content. Do the exact same words of love have different meaning, or impact if they’re scrawled, typed, laser-printed in a handsome font, or artfully hand-executed by a genuine artist of calligraphy?
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OBSERVATORY : JOHN FOSTER

Accidental Mysteries, 02.05.12

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. This week John focuses on "The White Project", a collection of photos by Jane and Francois Robert.
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OBSERVERS ROOM : ALEXANDRA LANGE

Want to Buy A Valentine?

You can buy a valentine handmade by someone else. You can send your beloved a vintage card using an app. But where's the romance in that? That part of the card you made where you messed up, and you couldn't start over, that has love in it too.
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OBSERVER MEDIA : DEBBIE MILLMAN

Erik Spiekermann

In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Erik Spiekermann discusses why numbers are harder to design than letters, finding his print shop burned to the ground and why he's trying to get out of work.
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On the Water: The New York/New Jersey Harbor

As the planet warms, rising seas will endanger coastal communities around the world. Engineer Guy Nordenson proposes a bold plan to protect New York City.
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