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WEEKLY EMAIL: JULY 01, 2010


New Visions of Home

FEATURED THIS WEEK : ELIZABETH EVITTS DICKINSON

New Visions of Home

Here, a sample of inventive approaches to living as we age. Few of these design projects suggest "senior living"; in fact, many combine thoughtful programming with sophisticated aesthetics, and all have a human-centered approach.
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OBSERVATORY : ERNEST BECK

Edward Koren in Retrospect

Many of the New Yorker cartoonist's scenes take place in what appear to be book-lined salons of the Upper West Side, complete with bearded intellectuals and hulking furry animals, or on the streets of the Big Apple, where a Bohemian-looking woman earnestly says to construction crew members, "What's it like, to work with your hands?"
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PLACES : NICHOLAS PEVZNER AND SANJUKTA SEN

Preparing Ground: An Interview with Anuradha Mathur + Dilip da Cunha

In more than a decade of interdisciplinary practice, Anuradha Mathur and Dilip da Cunha have focused on the cultural and ecological issues of contested landscapes, from the Mississippi to Mumbai. Here, in the second of a series of interviews with leading landscape architects, Sanjukta Sen and Nicholas Pevzner explore with Mathur and da Cunha the ideas and goals that motivate their particular kind of activist practice — a practice based less on client-driven commissions than on issue-centered public investigations. 
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OBSERVATORY : KENNETH KRUSHEL

Bukhara: A Traveler's Notes

Bukhara is one of the most ancient cities of the legendary Silk Road, situated on a hill where sacrifices were made by fire-worshippers in springtime. It is believed that the name of this holiest of Central Asian cities derives from the Sanskrit word "vihara," meaning "monastery." Initially a caravanserai, Bukhara has, at various times, been a center for commerce, artisans and religious study. Even today there remains in this faraway place the sense of something deeply ancient.
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CHANGE OBSERVER : MEENA KADRI

India's Epic Head Count

Between 2010 and 2011, India's census will count and categorize the country's diverse population of 1 billion people. Two and a half million census collectors will be assisted in this effort by a newly designed form.
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OBSERVATORY : ERIC BAKER

Today, 06.26.10

Here are Today's images.
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PLACES : ARCHITIZER

New Aging

How can architects anticipate and address the evolving needs of the aging? What new programs, formats and settings are most promising? Are there good alternatives to age-restricted communities such as "active leisure" and "assisted living"? Recently the Architizer network organized a competition to address these questions, to be followed in the fall with a conference at Penn. In the first of a series of portfolios that Architizer is curating for Places, we're pleased to present a selection of notable entries.
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Jessica Helfand & William Drenttel

Jessica Helfand and William Drenttel work in partnership at Winterhouse and are founders of Design Observer.
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Rising Currents

Report on "Rising Currents," an exhibition of New York City design solutions to the flooding predicted by climate change experts, which will be on view at the Museum of Modern Art, March 24–August 9, 2010.
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PLACES ARCHIVE: WINTER 2008

Little Rock's Emerging Nonprofit Corridor

The non-profit sector is a major player in promoting green urbanism. Here's what's happening in Little Rock.
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