OBSERVATORY : ALEXANDRA LANGE
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.
OBSERVATORY : ROB WALKER
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
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."
OBSERVATORY : MARK LAMSTER
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?
OBSERVATORY : JOHN FOSTER
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.
OBSERVER MEDIA : DEBBIE MILLMAN
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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Acumen Fund announces winners of its "Sexy Sanitation" challenge.
PLACES ARCHIVE: WINTER 2001
A critique of New Urbanism focusing not on its traditionalism but on the unsustainability of its planning models.