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Rob Walker
Infrastructure Field Trips
05.19.14

The Macro City conference in the Bay Area includes "field trips" to examine "overlooked networks of infrastructure that surrounds us," firsthand.

John Thackara
Ecuador, Open Knowledge, and ‘Buen Vivir’: Interview With Michel Bauwens
Alexandra Lange, and Mark Lamster
Lunch with the Critics: Fourth-Annual Year-End Awards
12.06.13

Our intrepid critics, Alexandra Lange and Mark Lamster, celebrate (and castigate) the best and worst architecture and design of 2013.

Rick Poynor
Belgian Solutions: The True State of Things?
10.30.13

The foul-ups or “Belgian solutions” in a new book of street photographs are simply the way things are.

John Thackara
Trust Is Not An Algorithm
06.07.13

By some accounts the world’s information is doubling every two years. This impressive if unprovable fact has got many people wondering: what to do with it?

Observed
Parking Meter History
03.12.13

The history of the parking meter — originally designed to have a positive affect on traffic flow and shopping.

Philip Nobel
Oops: Understanding Failure
03.12.13

A review of To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure, by Henry Petroski.

Observed
A Campaign to Save The Post Office
02.14.13

Tucker Nichols is campaigning to save the Post Office.

Observed
Forgotten Tube Stations
01.08.13

A graphic tribute to the forgotten stations of the London Underground.

Observed
Celebrate World Toilet Day
11.19.12

2.6 billion people don't have access to a toilet. For them poop can be poison.

Alexandra Lange
Knolling Your Polling Place
11.13.12

Knolling your polling place: for the next election, a little spatial organization would go a long way.

Rob Walker
The Infrastructure of the Cloud
John Thackara
Design In The Light of Dark Energy
Alexandra Lange
Lessons from the High Line
Alexandra Lange
What Makes Architecture Useful?
10.04.11

At Experimenta Design 2011, the buildings of Lisbon make the best argument for the ongoing usefulness of good design.

Alexandra Lange
An Atlas of Possibility
Alexandra Lange
Jane Jacobs Is Still Watching
05.11.10

Despite my dislike of Jane Jacobs's beef with architects and planners, so many points seem strangely prescient.

Roger Martin
Design Thinking Comes to the U.S. Army
05.03.10

Design is almost overnight the centerpiece of military doctrine and the U.S. Army has gotten design thinking quite right. The struggle to get design thinking ensconced in Army doctrine, though, is no easy feat.

Alexandra Lange
Welcome to Fort Brooklyn
03.01.10

Let us sincerely hope that the Atlantic Terminal Entrance in Brooklyn, a gateway to the LIRR and the hub’s many subways, marks the end of empty transport monumentality.

Ernest Beck
GlobalTap
01.28.10

Report on prototype for GlobalTap water refilling stations.

Rachel Berger
A Makeover for the BART Map
01.08.10

Unlike the notorious 1972 Massimo Vignelli redesign of the New York City subway map, the new BART map didn't make much of a splash in graphic design circles.

Aspen Editors
Aspen Design Summit Report: Sustainable Food and Childhood Obesity
11.24.09

At the Aspen Design Summit November 11–14, 2009, sponsored by AIGA and Winterhouse Institute, the Sustainable Food Project focused on accelerating the shift from a global, abstract food system to a regional, real food system via a robust portfolio of activities — including a grand challenge and a series of youth-engagement programs.

Jonathan Schultz
Better Place
09.22.09

Report on Better Place, winner of the 2009 INDEX Award in the Community category.


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