CHANGE OBSERVER : WILLIAM DRENTTEL
Kiran Bir Sethi was a star at the first Ted India last year, where she movingly told stories of how she champions children. But her "Design for Change School Contest," a recent initiative only mentioned near the end of this talk, swept India like wildfire in 2009, and will expand globally this coming school year.
PLACES : JAMES SANDERS
The past half century has witnessed a remarkable transformation in the cultural perception and daily life of New York City, from a zone for industry and commerce to a scenic setting for urban experience and play. Architect and author James Sanders analyzes the history of this change from its roots in the innovative administration of Mayor John Lindsay, who led the city in the late '60s and early '70s. Sanders's essay is part of a collection just published in conjunction with a major retrospective that opens this week at the Museum of the City of New York, America's Mayor: John V. Lindsay and the Reinvention of New York
OBSERVATORY : MICHELLE HAUSER
Booth Tarkington's novel The Magnificent Ambersons
(adapted for film by Orson Welles) glides us through the quixotic fashions of the turn of the century. As trolleys replaced the horse drawn carriage, only to be overtaken by the streetcar and the automobile, Tarkington observes that "the faster people were carried, the less time they had to spare."
CHANGE OBSERVER : THE EDITORS
For the past year, Change Observer has been publishing Project Reports as an editorial zone to write about distinct projects at the intersection of design and social innovation. This post summarizes the 38 Project Reports we have published to date.
PLACES : BILL GUY
For photographer Bill Guy downtown Chicago is a dark and moody landscape, especially at dusk, and in the winter, when the sun starts setting in the late afternoon. In a series of images taken in the past couple of years, he focuses on figures — people and also mannequins — that heighten the sense of anonymity and even unease that large and complex cities can arouse. The black-and-white photographs here, he says, seek to describe "urban landscape and
CHANGE OBSERVER: PROJECT ARCHIVE
Report on Peepoobag, a new self-sanitizing, single-use, biodegradable container for human waste.
PLACES ARCHIVE: WINTER 2009
Learning from New Orleans, or why we really need a new New Deal.