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WEEKLY EMAIL: DECEMBER 19, 2013


Alex Center

FEATURED THIS WEEK : DEBBIE MILLMAN

Alex Center

On this episode of Design Matters, Debbie Millman talks to Alex Center, lead designer for vitaminwater & Powerade at CocaCola about communicating with design, the brands he manages and where his love for brands comes from.
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CHANGE OBSERVER : LIZ GERBER

The Trifecta of Feedback

Social media has made it possible for everyone to share his or her ideas with large groups of people at anytime anywhere in the world. Yet, we often forget how to receive feedback on those ideas. As social innovators, we need to remember how to get feedback so that the quality of our ideas can improve more quickly, our solutions can be refined, and simple, and address concerns of diverse stakeholders.
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OBSERVATORY : BONNIE SIEGLER

Dear Bonnie: Interested in India, Window Dressing in Wisconsin

This week Dear Bonnie — our truth-telling advice column from Bonnie Siegler — tackles online vs. offline design studios, client retention and the future of retail window dressing.
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THE GIFT OF WORKING HAPPY

'Tis the season to run from the stores to the parties, to deck the halls, to re-connect with old friends and avoid awkward relatives. And yet, like all other seasons, we still need to get our work done. So Design Observer and Poppin have teamed up to help one lucky reader through the season of doing-it-all with a very special sackful of gifts. Entries close at midnight.
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PLACES : BERNHEIMER ARCHITECTURE WITH KATE BERNHEIMER

Fairy Tale Architecture: The Juniper Tree

Our holiday week of architectural fairy tales concludes here, with a reimagining of the Grimm Brothers’ “The Juniper Tree” by Bernheimer Architecture. This will be Places' last post of 2013 as well. Happy New Year!
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OBSERVATORY : ADAM HARRISON LEVY

Designer's Cookbook: Louise Fili

In 1967, when Louise Fili was sixteen, she saw a billboard that changed her life. “I was immediately smitten” she recalls, “the woman was clearly in a swoon, and so was I. In retrospect, I realize that this was the pivotal moment when I fell in love all at once with Italy, type and food.”
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PLACES : STUDIO SUMO WITH KATE BERNHEIMER & ANDREW BERNHEIMER

Fairy Tale Architecture: Why the Sun and Moon Live in the Sky

Continuing our winter holiday week of architectural fairy tales, on the theme of magical spaces, we present studio SUMO’s vision for the Nigerian folk tale “Why the Sun and Moon Live in the Sky.”
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CHANGE OBSERVER : JOHN THACKARA

Ecuador, Open Knowledge, and 'Buen Vivir': Interview With Michel Bauwens

After adopted the rights of nature in its constitution, Ecuador’s government asked Michael Bauwens to lead a social knowledge economy project. “The global economy treats nature and material resources as if they were infinite, and knowledge as if it was scarce. We have to swap those two around.” John Thackara sat down with Bauwens to discuss the project as well as commons owned infrastructure, open source cars, peer producing communities, and more.
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PLACES : RICE+LIPKA WITH KATE BERNHEIMER & ANDREW BERNHEIMER

Fairy Tale Architecture: The Library of Babel

In the spirit of the winter holidays, we are pleased to present, over the course of the week, three fairy tales reimagined by architects at New York firms. Collected by writer Kate Bernheimer and architect Andrew Bernheimer, these tales continue a series that began on Places two winters ago. This season’s first installment, on the Jorge Luis Borges story “The Library of Babel,” is by Rice+Lipka.
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OBSERVATORY : JOHN FOSTER

Garry Winogrand Retrospective At National Gallery

One of John Foster's favorite street photographers, Garry Winogrand (1928 - 1984) will receive his first retrospective in 25 years at The National Gallery of Art, Washington. The exhibition brings together some 190 of the artist’s most iconic images — many never before exhibited or reproduced. When he died suddenly at age 56, Winogrand left behind thousands of rolls of exposed but undeveloped film and unedited contact sheets.
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Audio: Design Matters Archive

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Kenneth FitzGerald

Kenneth FitzGerald, artist, witer, and educator at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA.
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Conflict Kitchen

Report on Conflict Kitchen, a project by artists affiliated with Carnegie Mellon to foster cross-cultural understanding through food.
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PLACES ARCHIVE: WINTER 2003

Portfolio: Timothy Hursley

Tim Hursley photographs the pro-bono buildings of the Rural Studio and the legal brothels of Nye County, Nevada.
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