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WEEKLY EMAIL: APRIL 09, 2010


India Report, April 1958

FEATURED THIS WEEK : CHARLES & RAY EAMES

India Report, April 1958

Fifty years ago the National lnstitute of Design was born in Ahmedabad India. Its backbone was a manifesto for design education developed and presented in April 1958 by Charles and Ray Eames.
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PLACES : MIMI ZEIGER

Two Feet High and Rising: On Optimism, Speculation and Oysters

The creative adaptation of New York Harbor in the face of rising sea levels: this is the kind of large urban-ecological design challenge we might confront as a result of global warming, and it is precisely the challenge taken up by Rising Currents: Projects for New York's Waterfront, now on exhibit at the Museum of Modern Art. Speculative in nature — and definitely not "shovel ready" — the proposals that make up the exhibition were created during a three-month design charrette at P.S.I Contemporary Art Center. As Mimi Zeiger explains in her review, this was an unusual, even risky, process for a museum exhibition. 
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OBSERVATORY : MICHAEL ERARD

The Dream Job Project

During times of massive cultural change, one of the casualties is what life of work one can aspire to achieve and create. Career paths, aspirations, and dream jobs once were stable things. Maybe they were bequeathed from mentors to students, from parents to children, only in some imagined golden age. But at least you could, in the span of your own career, set out on a path that would change little. 
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CHANGE OBSERVER : AMANDA HURLEY

Hold Your Sawhorses!

A furniture show and collection riffs on the similarity of the Portuguese words luxo (luxury) and lixo (rubbish).
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PLACES : DENISE HOFFMAN BRANDT

The View to America Street from Mrs. Fair's Front Door, July 21, 2009

Last week we featured geographer Richard Campanella's wide-ranging look at the environmental and social ecologies of New Orleans, before, during and after Hurricane Katrina. Here landscape architect Denise Hoffman Brandt zeroes in on one neighborhood — and one household — to reveal the ongoing and ultimately personal struggles to reclaim the damaged city. Residents are rebuilding their houses, but as Brandt shows, the city is not rebuilding their neighborhoods. 
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OBSERVATORY : ERIC BAKER

Today, 04.03.10

Here are Today's images.
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PLACES : RICHARD CAMPANELLA

Delta Urbanism and New Orleans: After

After Hurricane Katrina, the citizens of New Orleans engaged in passionate debate about how to rebuild the city — and more, about how to rebuild to prevent future catastrophe. As Richard Campanella writes, in the second of a two-part installment from his new book, "Everyone seemed to become a policy wonk, a disaster expert, an engineer, a geographer, and above all, an urban planner." At the heart of the debate was a hard question: Should the city rebuild as before, even in low-lying, flood-prone areas? World attention may have refocused on other disasters, yet a great American city remains vulnerable to calamity.
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Report on One World Futbol produced by Hope Is a Game-Changer.
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The State of City Planning Today

A veteran city planner and educator analyzes the anemia of U.S. planning, and detects signs of life in neighborhood activism.
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