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WEEKLY EMAIL: JULY 29, 2010


Lunch with the Critics: The New Lincoln Center

FEATURED THIS WEEK : ALEXANDRA LANGE AND MARK LAMSTER

Lunch with the Critics: The New Lincoln Center

Herewith we introduce a new feature on Design Observer, "Lunch with the Critics," in which Alexandra Lange and Mark Lamster will visit a noteworthy design project (a building, an exhibition, a what-have-you) and discuss its merits over a light meal.

The series begins with the major renovation work at Lincoln Center undertaken by Diller Scofidio + Renfro (DSR).
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CHANGE OBSERVER : MARIA POPOVA

The Language of Design Imperialism

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."
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CHANGE OBSERVER : ERNEST BECK

Camel Mobile Clinic Update

The latest on a system for conveying medicine to inaccessible desert regions.
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CHANGE OBSERVER : PHOTO BY PIETER HUGO

Permanent Error

Pieter Hugo, Untitled, Agbogbloshie Market, Accra, Ghana 2010.
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OBSERVATORY : STEVEN HELLER

Do You Copy? The Visuals of Ham Radio

As a teen I claimed I was a ham. I lied.
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PLACES : WILLIAM L. FOX

Spatial Intelligence: New Futures for Architecture

"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."
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CHANGE OBSERVER : WILLIAM UNDERHILL

Map Kibera

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.
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OBSERVATORY : MICHAEL BIERUT

Jerry Della Femina, Mad Men, and the Cult of Advertising Personality

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?
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OBSERVATORY : ERIC BAKER

Today, 07.23.10

Each morning, before starting work, I spend 30 minutes looking for images that are beautiful, funny, absurd and inspiring. Here's TODAY.
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OBSERVATORY : WILLIAM H. HELFAND

Ridendo

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.
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Carin Goldberg was a staff designer at CBS before establishing her own firm, Carin Goldberg Design.
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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 2007

The Lost Public Art of Gordon Matta-Clark

Gordon Matta-Clark infiltrated the worlds of art and architecture, revealing deep complacencies in each.
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