CHANGE OBSERVER : PHIL PATTON
A highlight of last month's Greener Gadgets conference in New York was a cute, emerald-colored product designed by Yves Béhar of FuseProject that is aimed for citizens of the developing world who might never have dreamed of possessing such an object.
CHANGE OBSERVER : JASON ORTON
Unfortunately, planners and developers frequently see landscapes likes these as blank canvases that can be cleared or leveled flat.
OBSERVATORY : DIRK WACHOWIAK
German typographer Dirk Wachowiak recently caught up with the Czech-born Peter Bilak and Indian designer Satya Rajpurohit to discuss both their recent collaboration — the Hindi version of Bilak's Fedra.
PLACES : ALAN THOMAS
Earlier this week we featured Robert Taylor's review of Fumihiko Maki's Nurturing Dreams
and Shigeru Ban's latest monograph. Here we present a portfolio of photographs by Alan Thomas, of images of Japanese cities. These photographs, says Thomas, "take the measure of Japan's spaces where they are most easily overlooked: the vernacular architecture of its backstreets, the layered density of neighborhoods, the ephemeral effects of constant building and rebuilding."
OBSERVER MEDIA : DANIEL STEPHENS, BROOKE BREWER
This short film by GoodFocus Films captures participant perspectives (and the working atmosphere) at the Aspen Design Summit in November 2009. Chronicled on Change Observer (link to programs page), participants included leading designers, NGOs, experts and foundations working together on large projects in the area of education and healthcare.
PLACES : ROBERT TAYLOR
Architects Fumihiko Maki and Shigeru Ban have each recently published books. Maki's Nurturing Dreams
is an essay collection by a stellar member of the postwar generation that played a central role not only in rebuilding Japan but also in defining contemporary Japanese architecture. Ban's 1985–2007
is a mid-career monograph by an influential practitioner in the generation that followed. In his review, Boston-based architect Robert Taylor notes that the books represent different traditions of architectural bookmaking, and each, he says, merits our attention.
OBSERVATORY : ERIC BAKER
Here are Today's images.