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WEEKLY EMAIL: APRIL 25, 2013


The Bush Library

FEATURED THIS WEEK : MARK LAMSTER

The Bush Library

My first review as architecture critic of the Dallas Morning News ran this past weekend, an examination of the George W. Bush Presidential Center. The complex houses three functions — a library, a museum, and a policy institute. The design is by Bob Stern, with landscaping and an attached park by Michael Van Valkenburgh.
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PLACES : PLACES EDITORS

Richard Shepard, 1945 – 2013

Richard Shepard, a longstanding friend and supporter of Places, died on April 18 after a brief illness. Over the years Richard held several important roles on Places, serving as publisher of the print journal and as treasurer of the board of directors during our first years as an online journal.
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OBSERVATORY : ALEXANDRA LANGE

Beyond Gorgeous

Earlier this month I had the pleasure of checking another famous modern house off my lifetime list: the J. Irwin and Xenia Miller House in Columbus, Indiana. Having studied the house for different projects over the past seven years, it did not surprise me in person. The colors and folksiness of Girard's work should never distract from his dazzling architecture, which makes everything look like a jewel, and organizes layers of material into coherence.
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NEWS FROM DESIGN OBSERVER GROUP SPONSORS

Taking place in the French capital of Champagne province, the SVA Products of Design summer immersive workshop is a delicious foray into the growing field of food design. Emphasizing a maker-driven, cooking-centric approach, the program will reveal new perspectives unto the ways that we engage and identify with our food.
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PLACES : JERRY HERRON

Motor City Breakdown

"Is the spectacular — and spectacularly represented — failure of Detroit indicative of some larger design fault in the very nature of America and American ideas, or is it simply a local one-off, an exception without deeper meaning?" It is this unresolved question which has kept Detroit in the news — and which has made it the subject of so many books, articles, films and exhibitions. Jerry Herron reviews the Motor City in recent media.
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OBSERVATORY : JOHN FOSTER

The Deep Roots of Modernism

The Modernist Movement was sparked by a desire by artists, architects and craftsmen to break free of the perceived bonds of “looking backwards” for cultural influences. Art historians have pointed to the British Arts & Crafts Movement, which began around 1880, as the beginning of this forward-looking push for fresh and unexplored creative thinking. It lasted well into the mid-twentieth century.
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OBSERVER MEDIA : DEBBIE MILLMAN

Emily Oberman

In this episode of Design Matters, Debbie Millman talks to designer Emily Oberman about the three acts of her career: working with Tibor Kalman at M&Co, starting Number Seventeen studio with Bonnie Seigler, and what it was like becoming a partner at Pentagram.
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Abbott Miller

Abbott Miller, partner at Pentagram and art director of 2wice magazine.
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D-Build

A streamlined approach to dismantling and recycling buildings.
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PLACES ARCHIVE: WINTER 1983

An Interview with James Turrell

A 1983 interview with James Turrell, then beginning his transformation of the Roden Crater. The monumental work is scheduled to open to the public in 2012.
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