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WEEKLY EMAIL: APRIL 04, 2013


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FEATURED THIS WEEK : FRANCESCA GRANATA

"Women's Work": An Interview with Judith Thurman

Judith Thurman started writing about fashion for The New Yorker as an extension of her interest in femininity and women’s subjects — or what she calls “women’s work.” She sees fashion’s and fashion criticism’s relation to femininity as the reason behind its dismissal as a serious pursuit — a reception that her beautifully crafted and rigorously researched articles stand to rectify. This extensive interview explores these topics and the subject of design criticism as it relates to fashion.
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OBSERVATORY : ALEXANDRA LANGE

Portlandia + Timelessness

Designer Frank Chimero posted a rant on his blog about "timeless" design. In a nutshell: what we call timeless today is a rough approximation of mainstream work in 1962, the work we see from that era looks good because time and taste have already separated the wheat from the chaff, and what's so great about "timeless" design anyway? Downtown Portland turns out to be an excellent place to explore the definition of timeless in architecture in 1947, 1970, 1982.
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OBSERVATORY : ROB WALKER

Bill for a Bowl

You can fill a bowl with cereal, dog food, spray-painted pinecones, little soaps you’ve taken from hotel rooms over a period of years, or offal. In all these cases, there’s an upper limit to how much the bowl can contain. You can also fill a bowl with, for lack of a better word, dollar value. This is harder to measure; it is negotiable.

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PLACES : ELLEN DUNHAM-JONES

The Irrational Exuberance of Rem Koolhaas

For decades Rem Koolhaas has been not only a leading global architect but also a restless provocateur. Ellen Dunham-Jones explores his protean career, from the early fantastical projects to the big books and bigger buildings of recent years. It's a career that has come to embody, she argues, "the inevitable contradictions in trying to marry art and capitalism, radicalism and pragmatism, icon-making and city-making."
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OBSERVATORY : MARK LAMSTER

How to Design an Iconic NY Fast Food Joint

The best hot dog in New York? That's a no-brainer: Papaya King. Even Julia Child said so. "Tastier than filet mignon," is the mantra at its iconic Eighty-sixth Street storefront, a neon-decked, mustard-yellow institution since the 1930s. In a few short weeks, this signature New York establishment will be coming downtown for the first time, to a storefront on St. Mark's Place. Great news, but how do you design an outpost of a legendary fast-food joint without losing its character?
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OBSERVATORY : JOHN FOSTER

Drawn to Currency

From Andy Warhol to Howard Finster to Shepard Fairey and numerous artists in between, the beauty of past and present currency has attracted a considerable number of artists to interpret it. Today I introduce an artist well known in numismatic circles but relatively unknown to the rest of us. Tim Prusmack (1962 - 2004) was very active ten to twenty years ago in currency and coin shows, where he exhibited and sold his complicated, hand-drawn in ink currency. His fans called him the “Mozart of Money Art,” many of whom enjoyed purchasing one of his accurate renditions of currency.
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OBSERVER MEDIA : DEBBIE MILLMAN

Cliff Sloan

On this episode of Design Matters with Debbie Millman, Debbie sits down with marketing guru Cliff Sloan. One of his first jobs was the Michael Jacson Pepsi campaign, and he went on to work with many fortune 500 companies. He eventually sold his firm and co-founded Phil & Co., a marketing firm that brings together those that want to do good and those that want to give back.
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Emily Oberman

Emily Oberman, senior designer at M&Co, now partner of Number Seventeen, a New York design firm.
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Acumen Sexy Sanitation Challenge

Acumen Fund announces winners of its "Sexy Sanitation" challenge.
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Village Vices: The Contradiction of New Urbanism and Sustainability

A critique of New Urbanism focusing not on its traditionalism but on the unsustainability of its planning models.
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