CHANGE OBSERVER : MARIA POPOVA
A key point of failure in today's global design landscape lies precisely in the jargon — we need to invent new ways of writing, talking and thinking about concepts of "humanitarian design."
CHANGE OBSERVER : ERNEST BECK
The latest on a system for conveying medicine to inaccessible desert regions.
CHANGE OBSERVER : PHOTO BY PIETER HUGO
Pieter Hugo, Untitled, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana 2010.
OBSERVATORY : STEVEN HELLER
As a teen I claimed I was a ham. I lied.
PLACES : WILLIAM L. FOX
"What if our forbears had professionalized architecture around spatial intelligence rather than the technologies of shelter?" asks Leon van Schaik in his latest book. "Might society find it easier to recognize what is unique about what our kind of thinking can offer?" Writer William L. Fox, director of the Center for Art + Environment at the Nevada Museum of Art, reviews Spatial Intelligence
, which argues for an enlarged approach to practice, and, as Fox says, "an acknowledgement that buildings have the ability to make people happy."
CHANGE OBSERVER : WILLIAM UNDERHILL
In just a few months, a team of local youngsters using simple handheld GPS technology, produced an online open-source digital map of one of Africa's largest slums.
OBSERVATORY : MICHAEL BIERUT
Jerry Della Femina's 1970 memoir, From Those Wonderful Folks Who Gave You Pearl Harbor: Front Line Dispatches from the Advertising War
, has been invoked as a "key text" for the AMC series Mad Men. After forty years, it's being rereleased in time for the start of the show's fourth season. How did a wisecracking kid from Gravesend, Brooklyn, come to define an era of American business that has a hold on the public imagination like ever before?
OBSERVATORY : ERIC BAKER
Each morning, before starting work, I spend 30 minutes looking for images that are beautiful, funny, absurd and inspiring. Here's TODAY.
OBSERVATORY : WILLIAM H. HELFAND
For many years, pharmaceutical companies directed their efforts solely to professionals, calling themselves "ethical" for doing so. A chief medium for reaching physicians was the privately-circulated journal, which thrived on a mailing list comprised of potential prescribers. None typified this more than Ridendo
, a magazine distributed to French physicians from the 1930s into the 70s, with more than 440 issues published over the course of its 44-year reign.
CHANGE OBSERVER: PROJECT ARCHIVE
While environmentalists debate the ethics and effectiveness of carbon offsets, designers work to make them appealing.
PLACES ARCHIVE: WINTER 2007
Gordon Matta-Clark infiltrated the worlds of art and architecture, revealing deep complacencies in each.