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WEEKLY EMAIL: JANUARY 14, 2010


Designing the Unthinkable

FEATURED THIS WEEK : MICHAEL BIERUT

Designing the Unthinkable

For more than fifty years, arguments against nuclear proliferation have been contentious and complicated. The Doomsday Clock translates all the arguments to a simple — a brutally simple — visual analogy. The Clock suggests imminent apocalypse by marrying the looming approach of midnight and the tense countdown of a ticking time bomb.
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PLACES : BETH WEINSTEIN

The City's End

For well over a century the fantastical destruction and rebirth of New York City has been the subject of books, cartoons, comics, paintings, movies, television shows and multimedia art. As architect Beth Weinstein says, in her review of Max Page's The City End, "Anxiety about the city's readiness to cope with attack long predates the events of September 11, 2001. From the 18th century to the present, preparedness, as concept and reality, has been an always ungraspable goal, given the city's escalating and diversifying population as well as the rise of increasingly unruly means of destruction, in the hands of real or imaginary enemies." Those enemies are still afoot — this Sunday's season premiere of 24 finds  Jack Bauer and his fellow counter-terrorists operating from their new base in NYC.
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OBSERVATORY : JULIE LASKY

I.D.'s Executioners

In their minds, the publishers did away with an antiquated pile of paper that taxed their resources and imaginations. But for those of us who produced and consumed I.D., an animate thing was prematurely struck down.
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PLACES : QUILIAN RIANO, DK OSSEO-ASARE

A City in Search of Good Fortune

Buenaventura is one of Colombia's most profitable seaports, and its most notorious city. Plagued by drug traffickers and paramilitary gangs, poverty and corruption, it was called the country's "deadliest city" in a New York Times report. This past summer architects Quilian Riano and Dk Osseo-Asare ignored the warnings of friends and family and traveled to the port on the Pacific. They've returned with a multidimensional narrative — analyses, interviews and images — of the struggling city, where the proposed solutions might be part of the problem. 
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OBSERVATORY : RACHEL BERGER

A Makeover for the BART Map

In mid-September, Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) released a redesigned map of its com-muter rail system. Unlike the notorious 1972 Massimo Vignelli redesign of the New York City subway map, the new BART map didn't make much of a splash in graphic design circles.
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OBSERVATORY : ERIC BAKER

Today, 01.09.10

Here are Today's images.
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Elliott Earls

Elliott Earls, designer, performance artist, and head of graphic design at Cranbrook Academy of Art.
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Kiva

Report on Kiva, the pioneering microfinance site, which won a 2009 INDEX award for humanitarian design.
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PLACES ARCHIVE: SUMMER 1983

In No Order Whatsoever

Just before his death in 1984, the influential urban planner Kevin Lynch compiled a list of topics he thought important for the future of cities. The list is as relevant as ever.
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