OBSERVER MEDIA : MARIANA AMATULLO
Mariana Amatullo co-founded Designmatters in 2001. As the head of the Department, she is responsible for the strategic leadership of a dynamic portfolio of global and national educational projects, research collaborations and publications at the intersection of art and design education and social innovation. With that background, you know when she speaks on honesty and design, that you should listen.
OBSERVATORY : MARK LAMSTER
Earlier this week, Houston voters declined to fund a bond initiative
to renovate the Astrodome, meaning the landmark bubble known as the Eight Wonder of the World is likely to be demolished. It's a bitter pill. The historical significance of the building as the first multipurpose domed stadium is considerable, and its various innovations are remarkable testaments to the outsized, can-do spirit that defined America generally and Texas in particular at midcentury. Here was a building that befitted a city and a nation shooting men into space.
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OBSERVER MEDIA : WENDY JU
Wendy Ju is a PhD graduate of the Center for Design Research at Stanford University, and the founder of Ambidextrous
Stanford University's Journal of Design. Her current research in the areas of physical interaction design and ubiquitous computing investigates how implicit interactions can enable novel and natural interfaces through the intentional management of attention and initiative. On this episode of Insights Per Minute she comments on fun.
OBSERVATORY : ROB WALKER
You know what gerrymandering is — and you know, in part, because of the incredibly effective visualation of the idea created two centruries ago. Turns out that Gerrymandering 2.0 is even more destructively "effective," and more electoral districts have become accordingly grotesque (aesthetically, and practically). Perhaps a new graphic-communication effort can help lead us out of this predicament?
PLACES : SHANNON MATTERN
What do corporate smart-city programs have in common with D.I.Y. science projects and civic hackathons? “Theirs is a city with an underlying logic,” writes Shannon Mattern, “made more efficient — or just, or sustainable, or livable — with a tweak to its algorithms or an expansion of its dataset.” Mattern argues that the new wave of urban data science (and solutionism) is trending toward an obsession with data-for-data’s-sake and an idolization of landscape research methods.
OBSERVATORY : JOHN FOSTER
Some of the rarest movie posters and lobby cards in the world are coming up for auction this November. One very exciting item coming up for bid is a poster of which only one
is known to exist. Lot #83287 is a rare British Mandate Palestine poster for the 1933 Universal flick The Mummy
. Horror movies proved to be a less than popular genre amongst those in British Mandate Palestine (pre-independence Israel). Therefore, only one print of this film was imported in November 1933 and distributed throughout the area. The print first screened at the Eden cinema in Tel Aviv, which is where this poster originates.
OBSERVATORY : DAISY FRIED
The book from which "Women's Poetry" is taken, Women's Poetry: Poems and Advice
, sounds like a self-help book, and maybe it is in the true sense. What can poetry offer to women, should poetry offer to women? The poem poses the questions, and, in avoiding the platitudes and pieties both of misogyny and of feminism, is itself a moving answer, a call to arms.
CHANGE OBSERVER: PROJECT ARCHIVE
Creative responses to the crisis in Japan.
PLACES ARCHIVE: WINTER 2003
Tim Hursley photographs the pro-bono buildings of the Rural Studio and the legal brothels of Nye County, Nevada.