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WEEKLY EMAIL: MARCH 16, 2012


Stealth Iconography: Pinwheel of Death

FEATURED THIS WEEK : ROB WALKER

Stealth Iconography: Pinwheel of Death

The "pinwheel of death" familiar to Mac users isn't quite at the level of Twitter's Fail Whale as an icon of not-working. But presumably Apple would prefer that it weren't so widely known that it could serve as the basis for an Improv Everywhere comedy bit at TED.
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PLACES : JULIA CZERNIAK, JOE SISKO

UPSTATE: Design, Research, Real Estate

In the latest in our series on university design centers, we are pleased to profile UPSTATE, at the Syracuse University School of Architecture. With Syracuse as its base, the center focuses on rust belt cities struggling with disinvestment and decay. As director Julia Czerniak says, "We work to address both environmental and economic challenges, and to assert the potential for more activist practices — to show that designers can have disciplinary expertise and also function as advocates in the practical world of city politics and public budgets."
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OBSERVERS ROOM : JESSICA HELFAND

Audrey Real Helfand: Designer Manquée

Where design was concerned, my mother was indefatigable: a passionate classicist, a committed modernist, she had a mind that never quit and the aesthetic fervor to match it. This week marks a decade since her death, and it seems only fitting that I share a bit of her story. Herewith, a brief tribute to Audrey Real Helfand: designer manquée.
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FROM OUR SPONSORS

This spring Sappi is hosting a national road show, in collaboration with 826 National, to launch Special Effects, Volume 5 of The Standard. Issue 5 shows designers how the creative use of special effects can make a printed piece dimensional, tactile, intriguing and sometimes interactive. The next event is on March 28 in New York City.
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Two great MFA programs: The  Interaction Design program, which explores the role of design in shaping everyday life and the Graduate Program for the Designer as Entrepreneur. 
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PLACES : STAN ALLEN

The Future That Is Now

In a chapter from a new book on architecture education in North America, Princeton dean Stan Allen offers an overview of the past two decades — as he says, a volatile period during which "rapid technological and social changes presented complex challenges to practice and education." Allen focuses especially on the digital revolution, the theory/practice debates, and the increasing emphasis on global urbanism and the environment.
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OBSERVATORY : JOHN FOSTER

Accidental Mysteries, 03.11.12

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's focus is transformations.
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OBSERVERS ROOM : ALEXANDRA LANGE

City of Shoes: Is Urbanism Scalable?

Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh is looking to create happiness in downtown Las Vegas, betting that urbanism and walkability are the way forward for his company and the city it calls home. But are creating incubator spaces and curating retail analogous to selling shoes?
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OBSERVER MEDIA : DEBBIE MILLMAN

Maria Popova

In this audio interview with Debbie Millman, Maria Popova discusses growing up in Bulgaria, her grandmother following her google alerts, problems with public space in Los Angeles, the evolution of Brainpicker, curation and pattern recognition and inventing the curator's code.

Design Matters wil take a two week break and return on March 30th with John Flansburgh of They Might be Giants.
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Eric Kandel

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Don't Flush Me

Prototype for urban system to detect and prevent sewage overflows
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Portfolio: Uneasy Spaces

New York City photographer Elizabeth Felicella focuses on what she calls "landscape of security."
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