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WEEKLY EMAIL: JULY 22, 2010


Teaching in a Time of Uncertainty

FEATURED THIS WEEK : CONSTANTIN BOYM

Teaching in a Time of Uncertainty

Perhaps the new decade will go down in history as marking the outset of Design Uncertainty. For the first time ever, designers are willing to question, openly and publicly, the nature of their profession and whether they are dong the right thing.
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PLACES : LAWRENCE VALE

Shanghai's Avenue Queue

Earlier this month MIT professor of urban design Lawrence Vale braved the crowds — and the queues — of the Shanghai Expo. This latest world's fair is a study in superlatives: the largest ever in area, cost and global participation, and apparently well on its way to being the largest ever in attendance. As such, says Vale,¬†"it succeeds in staking out yet another case for China's restored global pre-eminence."
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CHANGE OBSERVER : THE EDITORS

Neville Brody Wants You

This is a call for submissions for the inaugural Anti Design Festival, which will run from 18-26 September on and around Redchurch Street in Shoreditch, London. The ADF is Neville Brody's response to an invitation to contribute to the London Design Festival, and gathers contributions of art and design that challenge contemporary stereotypes. This is work that is seen as un-commercial, dangerous, and anti-establishment.
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CHANGE OBSERVER : VERA SACCHETTI

Virtue Rewarded: Design and Social Innovation Prizes

Every year, vast sums rain down benevolently on people working in design and social innovation. Here we describe nine awards programs that regularly bestow cash prizes of $100,000 or more.
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OBSERVATORY : CHRISTOPHER MOUNT

Wild at Heart: Tadanori Yokoo

Who in the world is Tadanori Yokoo? An art historian and longtime fan tries to pin down the elusive magic of Japan's greatest poster artist.
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CHANGE OBSERVER : ERNEST BECK

The World as Our Studio

Change Observer has begun reporting on the different ways design firms are tackling humanitarian projects. Here, we feature Worldstudio, which has been dedicated to socially responsible design since 1993.
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PLACES : CASSIM SHEPARD

Postopolis: Urban Portraiture

Last month an international group of prominent bloggers gathered in Mexico for Post√≥polis!DF — five lively days of talks and conversation about art, music, design, architecture, landscape and urbanism. One of the bloggers, Cassim Shepard, director of Urban Omnibus, describes his experience in the Mexican capital — the chance to participate in the "extemporaneous formation of a collective portrait of the creative energies defining a city at a particular moment."
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OBSERVATORY : MICHAEL ERARD

The Dream Job Project Part II

Last April, in a piece on these pages, I solicited comments from people about what they aspire to in the way of work, whether those aspirations were for a "dream job," the next stage in one's professional life, or a first stepping stone to something different.
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CHANGE OBSERVER : THE EDITORS

Humanitarian Design vs. Design Imperialism: Debate Summary

Bruce Nussbaum started a firestorm with the question "Is humanitarian design the new imperialism?" — and the conversation has spread through the blogosphere. Here, a digest of essays and related posts on this subject.
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Audio: Design Matters Archive

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Cheryl Swanson

Cheryl Swanson, founder of Toniq, applies her background in anthropology and psychology to branding.
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CHANGE OBSERVER: PROJECT ARCHIVE

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Climate Change Chocolate

While environmentalists debate the ethics and effectiveness of carbon offsets, designers work to make them appealing.
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PLACES ARCHIVE: WINTER 2000

Portfolio: Uneasy Spaces

New York City photographer Elizabeth Felicella focuses on what she calls "landscape of security."
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