PLACES : JULIA CZERNIAK, JOE SISKO
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."
OBSERVERS ROOM : JESSICA HELFAND
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.
PLACES : STAN ALLEN
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.
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. This week's focus is transformations.
OBSERVERS ROOM : ALEXANDRA LANGE
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?
OBSERVER MEDIA : DEBBIE MILLMAN
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.
D-Crit: Design as subject matter.
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CHANGE OBSERVER: PROJECT ARCHIVE
Prototype for urban system to detect and prevent sewage overflows
PLACES ARCHIVE: WINTER 2000
New York City photographer Elizabeth Felicella focuses on what she calls "landscape of security."