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The Charismatic Megafauna of Design

FEATURED THIS WEEK : ALEXANDRA LANGE

The Charismatic Megafauna of Design

Charismatic megafauna are large animal species with widespread popular appeal that environmental activists use to achieve conservation goals well beyond just those species. Don't we have charismatic megafauna in design? And how can we leverage another homage to the Eames chair into research on lesser known figures?
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PLACES : NAOMI STEAD

A New Belle-Lettrism and the Future of Criticism

How will the accelerating transition from print to digital publishing affect the practice of architecture criticism? Naomi Stead surveys the scene and is optimistic about the possibilities. "Despite predictions of the death of criticism, it seems to me that a radical rethinking of critical practice might be prompted by the potentials of writing for online media — and that this rethinking might result in a new belle-lettrism.
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OBSERVATORY : FELICE C. FRANKEL AND ANGELA H. DEPACE

Visual Strategies

Visual Strategies , a new book by Felice C. Frankel and Angela H. DePace (Yale University Press 2012) demonstrates the power of good design in communicating scientific findings through a series of before and after images that analyze the communication challenges and offers specific solutions.
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Enter the Sappi Ideas that Matter competition - an annual, innovative grant program that provides monetary support to produce the creative ideas of designers working for social good. Sappi established the Ideas that Matter grant program to recognize and support designers who donate their time and talent to create communications materials for a wide range of charitable activities.
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PLACES : IAN BALDWIN

Rolling to a Stop

Blacktop lots, congested streets, CO2 pollution — for a century now the city has been struggling to accommodate the automobile and its nonnegotiable needs for space and speed. Ian Baldwin reviews the recent literature on parking and automobility, including ReThinking a Lot and Reinventing the Automobile, and argues that most of our current strategies work better for cars than cities.
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OBSERVATORY : MARK LAMSTER

Permanent Way: An Interview with Brian Sholis

The camera and the railway, born of the same era, have since their earliest days encouraged us to take ownership of the physical spaces of our nation, and with varied consequences. This relationship, between the railroad, the landcape, and the mediating lens of the camera, is the subject of "Permanent Way," a new exhibition at Apexart in Tribeca, that places contemporary American railway photography in the context of historical images and documents from the nineteenth century.
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OBSERVATORY : RICK POYNOR

Updating the Maps of Graphic Design History

The appearance of Occasional Papers Graphic Design: History in the Writing, edited by Belgian designer Sara De Bondt and French design historian Catherine de Smet, is a heartening sign that the project of graphic design history is being taken up by new hands as it must be if it’s going to develop. The field needs to inspire an inquisitive new generation of map-makers to enter this still only patchily charted terrain.
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OBSERVATORY : ADAM HARRISON LEVY

A Father's Things

Contributing writer Adam Harrison Levy remembers his father and reflects on being a father himself: a Design Observer short film.
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OBSERVATORY : ROB WALKER

The Built Villain

Scrutinize the dispute between a museum and a condo development in Dallas, and it takes on monster-movie tones. In a sense, the Museum Tower is a monster — like Frankenstein’s, constructed with no ill intent, but transformed by its design flaws into a civic menace. It's a parable of familiar worries around space and control.
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Report on Conflict Kitchen, a project by artists affiliated with Carnegie Mellon to foster cross-cultural understanding through food.
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Growing Water is a bold proposal by a team of Chicago urban designers for how cities can ensure the availability of an increasingly scarce resource.
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