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WEEKLY EMAIL: OCTOBER 31, 2013


Welcome to the Asylum

FEATURED THIS WEEK : JOHN FOSTER

Welcome to the Asylum

As Halloween approaches each year, I like to go into the back caverns of the photo archive, a place I call the asylum — where I house the creepiest and oddest snapshots from my collection. I hear the soft, broken moans from these images call out to me in quiet whispers: "Take me!" one says. "No, me-e!" says another. All orphans, these little images of the creepy genre are not for everyone.
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PLACES : PLACES EDITORS

Samina Quraeshi, 1944 – 2013

Samina Quraeshi, an influential artist, designer, author and educator, who dedicated her career to encouraging greater awareness and understanding of her native Pakistan, and who was for many years a valued member of Places Journal's board of directors, died earlier this fall.
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OBSERVATORY : RICK POYNOR

Belgian Solutions: The True State of Things?

The “Belgian solutions” in a new book of street photographs aren’t atypical moments of dysfunction, occasional temporary hiccups, easily airbrushable lapses of knowhow and good taste in a world that is elsewhere running as frictionlessly as we might wish. These crudely stitched up ruptures and half-resolved breakdowns are simply the way things are, even in wealthy places, and will continue to be for any foreseeable future.
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The School of Visual Arts MFA Design Criticism program: Design writing, research, curation & criticism, through printed & online media, radio, video, exhibitions & events.
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PLACES : KEITH EGGENER

When Buildings Kill

"We’ve seen the movies, read the books, toured the spooky attractions," writes Keith Eggner. "This we know: haunted houses are dangerous places. They’re built on evil ground, or on sites where bad things happened, or above the graves of people who don’t want company. ... But that’s not what I want to talk about here. Sometimes buildings are born bad." Just in time for Halloween, Eggener takes us on a tour of evil architecture in books and movies.
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OBSERVER MEDIA : DEBBIE MILLMAN

Sheila Bridges

On this episode of Design Matters with Debbie Millman, Debbie talks to interior designer Sheila Bridges about being one of hte only prominent African Americans in her industry, losing her hair, having Bill Clinton as a client and her memoir The Bald Mermaid.
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CHANGE OBSERVER : JOHN THACKARA

Designing In A Complex World: Two Talks In Mexico City

This is my hand holding a copy of my book that has just been published in Spanish by my fabulous friends at Editorial Disegnio in Mexico City. To celebrate this happy event, I’m doing two talks in Mexico City.
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OBSERVATORY : CHRIS PULLMAN

Remembering Alvin Eisenman

Alvin Eisenman, a graphic designer who founded Yale’s graduate program in graphic design — the first of its kind in the United States — passed away on September 3, 2013. A memorial service will be held this weekend at the Yale University Art Gallery. Eisenman received the AIGA Medal in October, 1991. Chris Pullman, a student in Eisenman's class of 1966 — and a member of the faculty ever since — gave these remarks at the event.
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Audio: Design Matters Archive

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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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Chulha Stove

Report on the Chulha stove designed by Philips to reduce indoor air pollution in developing countries.


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PLACES ARCHIVE: WINTER 2008

The New U.S. Embassy in Berlin

In creating a new U.S. embassy in Berlin, architectural design is just one of the challenges.
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