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2A.M. GUMBO: Age 23
2A.M. GUMBO: Age 23
AUTHOR: Jason Lin
PUBLISHER: Boose Studio
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Jason Lin
DESIGN FIRM: Boose Studio


44 Low-resolution Houses
44 Low-resolution Houses
AUTHOR: Michael Meredith
PUBLISHER: Princeton
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Michael Meredith, Alex Lin
ART DIRECTOR: Alex Lin
BOOK DESIGNER: Alex Lin
DESIGN FIRM: Studio Lin
OTHER CREDITS: Photography by Michael Vahrenwald


A Love Supreme
A Love Supreme
AUTHOR: Adalber Salas
PUBLISHER: Ediciones Letra Muerta
ART DIRECTOR: Faride Mereb
BOOK DESIGNER: Faride Mereb


An Unfinished Encyclopedia of Scale Figures without Architecture
An Unfinished Encyclopedia of Scale Figures without Architecture
AUTHOR: Michael Meredith, Hilary Sample & MOS
PUBLISHER: MIT
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Michael Meredith, Hilary Sample, Alex Lin
BOOK DESIGNER: Alex Lin, Paul Ruppert
DESIGN FIRM: Studio Lin


Álvaro Siza Viera: A Pool in the Sea
Álvaro Siza Viera: A Pool in the Sea
AUTHOR: Kenneth Frampton
PUBLISHER: Actar
BOOK DESIGNER: Edwin van Gelder and Michael Müller
DESIGN FIRM: Mainstudio
OTHER CREDITS: Editorial committee: Wiel Arets, Vedran Mimica, Lluís Ortega, Proofreading: Paul Hammond, Text supervision: Moisés Puente, Lithography: Hilko Visser


Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home
Belonging: A German Reckons with History and Home
AUTHOR: Nora Krug (author, illustrator) / Liese Mayer (editor) / Kathryn Belden (editor)
PUBLISHER: Scribner
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: n/a
ART DIRECTOR: n/a
BOOK DESIGNER: n/a
DESIGN FIRM: n/a


Between. Monograph dedicated to the art of Kamil Kuskowski
Between. Monograph dedicated to the art of Kamil Kuskowski
AUTHOR: dr Łukasz Musielak, prof. dr hab. Kamil Kuskowski
PUBLISHER: Wydawnictwo Artystyczno-Naukowe Wydziału Malarstwa i Nowych Mediów Akademii Sztuki w Szczecinie
ART DIRECTOR: Ryszard Bienert
BOOK DESIGNER: Ryszard Bienert


Black Book
Black Book
AUTHOR: Hyung-Min Yoon
PUBLISHER: Information Office
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Hyung-Min Yoon
BOOK DESIGNER: Derek Barnett


Born Free and Equal:The Story of Loyal___________-Americans
Born Free and Equal:The Story of Loyal___________-Americans
AUTHOR: Joseph Maida; Ansel Adams
PUBLISHER: CONVOKE
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Isaac Haas
BOOK DESIGNER: Isaac Haas
DESIGN FIRM: Studio Hi, New York


Cabin Fever
Cabin Fever
AUTHOR: Bruce Grenville; Jennifer M. Volland; Stephanie Rebick (editors)
PUBLISHER: Information Office
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Derek Barnett
DESIGN FIRM: Information Office


Concrete Language
Concrete Language
AUTHOR: Ron Terada
PUBLISHER: Reider Group
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Ron Terada; Derek Barnett
BOOK DESIGNER: Derek Barnett
DESIGN FIRM: Information Office


David Goldblatt: Photographs 1948-2018
David Goldblatt: Photographs 1948-2018
AUTHOR: Rachel Kent
PUBLISHER: Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Alex Torcutti
ART DIRECTOR: Alex Torcutti
BOOK DESIGNER: Alex Torcutti
DESIGN FIRM: Museum of Contemporary Art Australia


Davide Balliano – Building Body
Davide Balliano – Building Body
AUTHOR: Chrissie Iles / Luigi Fassi
PUBLISHER: CURA.BOOKS
BOOK DESIGNER: Jeff Albert
DESIGN FIRM: WHYWHATIF
OTHER CREDITS: All artworks by Davide Balliano; Translations by Flavio Erra, Ginevra Quadrio Curzio, Stephen Piccolo


ECHOS
ECHOS
AUTHOR: Mara Marcu
PUBLISHER: Actar Publishers
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Mara Marcu
ART DIRECTOR: Mara Marcu
BOOK DESIGNER: Mara Marcu (University of Cincinnati DAAP SAID)
DESIGN FIRM: Mara Marcu with Actar
OTHER CREDITS: Editor: Mara Marcu // Student Editors: Kyle Winston, Alan Alaniz, Chas Wiederhold, Christina Tefend, Jamie Kruer, John Meyer, Anjana Sivakumar, Erin Klein, Daham Marapane, Michael Sullivan, Brady Ginn, Seher Hashmi, Gael Perichon, Farshad Khalighinejad, Kristin Moreno, and Garcia Ghislaine // Editorial Board: Edward Mitchell, Udo Greinacher, Elizabeth Riorden, Edson Cabalfin // Graphic Design: Mara Marcu with Student Editors // Copy Editor: Gabriela Sarhos


Eva Castiel – Estrangeira (Foreign)
Eva Castiel – Estrangeira (Foreign)
AUTHOR: Eva Castiel
PUBLISHER: WMF Martins Fontes
ART DIRECTOR: Gabriela Castro, Gustavo Marchetti, Paulo André Chagas
DESIGN FIRM: Bloco Gráfico
OTHER CREDITS: Graphic Production: Lilia Góes


Fredrik Værslev as I Imagine Him
Fredrik Værslev as I Imagine Him
AUTHOR: Fredrik Værslev
PUBLISHER: JRP|Ringier with Astrup Fearnley Museet
ART DIRECTOR: Zak Kyes
BOOK DESIGNER: Julie Kim, Teo Furtado
DESIGN FIRM: Zak Group


Frida Escobedo Serpentine Pavilion 2018
Frida Escobedo Serpentine Pavilion 2018
AUTHOR: Rebecca Lewin and Joseph Constable
PUBLISHER: Serpentine Galleries and Koenig Books
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Maricris Herrera
ART DIRECTOR: Maricris Herrera
BOOK DESIGNER: Emilio Pérez
DESIGN FIRM: Estudio Herrera


Giedion and America: Repositioning the History of Modern Architecture
Giedion and America: Repositioning the History of Modern Architecture
AUTHOR: Reto Geiser
PUBLISHER: gta Verlag/ETH Zurich
BOOK DESIGNER: Maike Hamacher, Valentin Hindermann, Madeleine Stahel; with Christa Lanz
DESIGN FIRM: Büro 146


Go! My Adventure Journal
Go! My Adventure Journal
AUTHOR: Wee Society
PUBLISHER: Clarkson Potter
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Jill Robertson, Rob Alexander
BOOK DESIGNER: Rob Alexander
DESIGN FIRM: Office
OTHER CREDITS: Lindley Boegehold, Clarkson Potter, Editor // Writer: Jill Robertson (Office)


Grlz + Veils: Cheryl Donegan
Grlz + Veils: Cheryl Donegan
AUTHOR: Bill Arning, Anja Aronowsky Cronberg, Daniel Baumann, Robert Buck, Johanna Drucker, Wade Guyton, Rem Koolhaas, Heidi Zuckerman; Ed. Sarah Stephenson
PUBLISHER: Aspen Art Press, CAM Houston, Kunsthalle Zürich
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: David Wise
BOOK DESIGNER: David Wise
DESIGN FIRM: Aspen Art Museum


Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal …
Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal …
AUTHOR: Lesley A. Martin
PUBLISHER: Copublished by Aperture Foundation and Portland Art Museum
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Bobby C. Martin Jr.
BOOK DESIGNER: Bobby C. Martin Jr.; Michael McCaughley
DESIGN FIRM: The Original Champions of Design
OTHER CREDITS: Samantha Marlow, Associate Editor; Susan Ciccotti, Senior Text Editor; Sally Knapp, Copy Editor; Lauren Harper, Madison Reid, Marisa Sottos, Work Scholars.


Hayv Kahraman
Hayv Kahraman
AUTHOR: Edited by Rebecca McGrew
PUBLISHER: Pomona College Museum of Art
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Kimberly Varella
ART DIRECTOR: Kimberly Varella
BOOK DESIGNER: Kimberly Varella
DESIGN FIRM: Content Object


Henry N. Cobb: Words & Works 1948-2018
Henry N. Cobb: Words & Works 1948-2018
AUTHOR: Henry N. Cobb
PUBLISHER: The Monacelli Press
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Chris Grimley
BOOK DESIGNER: Chris Grimley, Shannon McLean, and Anna Driscoll
DESIGN FIRM: OverUnder
OTHER CREDITS: Edited by Emma Cobb, Mark Pasnik, and Alan Rapp


Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future
Hilma af Klint: Paintings for the Future
AUTHOR: Tracey Bashkoff with David Horowitz
PUBLISHER: Guggenheim Museum Publications
BOOK DESIGNER: Barbara Glauber, Heavy Meta
DESIGN FIRM: Barbara Glauber, Heavy Meta


How We See: Photobooks by Women
How We See: Photobooks by Women
AUTHOR: Russet Lederman, Olga Yatskevich, Michael Lang
PUBLISHER: 10x10 Photobooks
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Laura Coombs
ART DIRECTOR: Laura Coombs
BOOK DESIGNER: Laura Coombs
DESIGN FIRM: Laura Coombs


I Was Raised on the Internet
I Was Raised on the Internet
AUTHOR: Omar Kholeif
PUBLISHER: Delmonico Books | Prestel with the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago
BOOK DESIGNER: Dylan Fracareta


John Edmonds Higher
John Edmonds Higher
AUTHOR: Capricious
PUBLISHER: Capricious
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Alex Lin
ART DIRECTOR: Alex Lin, Jena Myung
BOOK DESIGNER: Alex Lin, Jena Myung
DESIGN FIRM: Studio Lin


John Mawurndjul: I am the old and the new
John Mawurndjul: I am the old and the new
AUTHOR: Natasha Bullock
PUBLISHER: Museum of Contemporary Art Australia
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Alex Torcutti
ART DIRECTOR: Alex Torcutti
BOOK DESIGNER: Alex Torcutti
DESIGN FIRM: Museum of Contemporary Art Australia


Juliana Stein – Não está claro até que a noite caia (It is not clear until the night falls)
Juliana Stein – Não está claro até que a noite caia (It is not clear until the night falls)
AUTHOR: Juliana Stein
PUBLISHER: WMF Martins Fontes
ART DIRECTOR: Gabriela Castro, Gustavo Marchetti, Paulo André Chagas
DESIGN FIRM: Bloco Gráfico
OTHER CREDITS: Graphic Production: Lilia Góes


Learning to Read with John Baldessari
Learning to Read with John Baldessari
AUTHOR: Kit Hammonds
PUBLISHER: Fundación Jumex Arte Contemporáneo and JRP Ringier
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Maricris Herrera
ART DIRECTOR: Maricris Herrera
BOOK DESIGNER: Santiago Martínez Alberú
DESIGN FIRM: Estudio Herrera


Marcia Hafif: A Place Apart
Marcia Hafif: A Place Apart
AUTHOR: Edited by Rebecca McGrew
PUBLISHER: Pomona College Museum of Art
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Kimberly Varella
ART DIRECTOR: Kimberly Varella
BOOK DESIGNER: Kimberly Varella
DESIGN FIRM: Content Object


New Farmers 2014/2018
New Farmers 2014/2018
AUTHOR: D. Bryon Darby, Tim Hossler, Paul V. Stock
PUBLISHER: P&T Committee
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Tim Hossler
DESIGN FIRM: Tim Hossler Design


Past/Forward: The LA Phil at 100
Past/Forward: The LA Phil at 100
AUTHOR: Julia Ward; Robin Rauzi; Derek Traub
PUBLISHER: Los Angeles Philharmonic Association
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Kimberly Varella
ART DIRECTOR: Kimberly Varella and Jessica Fleischmann (still room)
BOOK DESIGNER: Kimberly Varella and Jessica Fleischmann (still room)
DESIGN FIRM: Content Object
OTHER CREDITS: Visual Curator for Forward: Aandrea Stang; Interviews by Tim Page; Color Separations by Echelon Color, Santa Monica


Police: A Field Guide
Police: A Field Guide
AUTHOR: David Correia and Tyler Wall
PUBLISHER: Verso
ART DIRECTOR: Andy Pressman
BOOK DESIGNER: Matt Avery


Polish Dance Theatre 1973–2018
Polish Dance Theatre 1973–2018
AUTHOR: Iwona Pasińska, Joanna Targoń, Anna Koczorowska
PUBLISHER: Polish Dance Theatre
ART DIRECTOR: Ryszard Bienert
BOOK DESIGNER: Ryszard Bienert


PRIMER
PRIMER
AUTHOR: Artist: Matthew Craven; Editor: Mark Iosifescu
PUBLISHER: Anthology Editions
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Keith Abrahamsson
ART DIRECTOR: Bryan Cipolla
BOOK DESIGNER: Nicholas Law
DESIGN FIRM: N/A
OTHER CREDITS: Foreword: Leslie Jones; Sales director: Casey Whalen; Publishing coordinator: Grace Srinivasiah


Pulp II: A Visual Bibliography of the Banished Book
Pulp II: A Visual Bibliography of the Banished Book
AUTHOR: Shubigi Rao
PUBLISHER: Studio Swell, Rock Paper Fire
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Benson Chong, Felix Sng
BOOK DESIGNER: Benson Chong, Felix Sng
DESIGN FIRM: SWELL
OTHER CREDITS: Creative Concept: Shubigi Rao, Editor: Leena Teneja Rao


Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings
Sally Mann: A Thousand Crossings
AUTHOR: Sarah Greenough et al.
PUBLISHER: National Gallery of Art, Washington
BOOK DESIGNER: Margaret Bauer
OTHER CREDITS: Image manager: Sara Sanders-Buell; Production assistant: Mariah Shay


São Paulo: A Graphic Biography
São Paulo: A Graphic Biography
AUTHOR: Felipe Correa
PUBLISHER: University of Texas Press
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Felipe Correa and Devin Dobrowolski
BOOK DESIGNER: Neil Donnelly and Ben Fehrman-Lee
DESIGN FIRM: Neil Donnelly Studio
OTHER CREDITS: Book photography by Kris Graves; pre-press and color separations by DZA.


Sixfold Symmetry: Pattern in Art and Science
Sixfold Symmetry: Pattern in Art and Science
AUTHOR: Rachel Seligman and Rachel Roe-Dale
PUBLISHER: Tang Teaching Museum at Skidmore College
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Barbara Glauber
BOOK DESIGNER: Barbara Glauber & Grace Han
DESIGN FIRM: Heavy Meta


Songs for Sabotage: 2018 New Museum Triennial
Songs for Sabotage: 2018 New Museum Triennial
AUTHOR: Gary Carrion-Murayari, Alex Gartenfeld
PUBLISHER: Phaidon
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Mỹ Linh Triệu Nguyễn
ART DIRECTOR: Mỹ Linh Triệu Nguyễn
BOOK DESIGNER: Mỹ Linh Triệu Nguyễn, Eric Lee
DESIGN FIRM: STUDIO LHOOQ
OTHER CREDITS: Curatorial Assistant: Francesca Altamura


Soul of the Nilgiris: A Journey Through the Mountains
Soul of the Nilgiris: A Journey Through the Mountains
AUTHOR: Ramya Reddy
PUBLISHER: Ramya and Rajesh Reddy
ART DIRECTOR: Ramya Reddy and Cleber Rafael de Campos
BOOK DESIGNER: Cleber Rafael de Campos // email: [email protected] /
DESIGN FIRM: Self-published
OTHER CREDITS: Printing and Prepress: PRAGATI OFFSET, HYDERABAD, India


Spaces of Disappearance: The Architecture of Extraordinary Rendition
Spaces of Disappearance: The Architecture of Extraordinary Rendition
AUTHOR: Jordan H. Carver
PUBLISHER: UR | Urban Research
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Isaac Gertman
DESIGN FIRM: The Independent Group
OTHER CREDITS: Copy Editor: Stephen Hoban; Proofreader: Caitlin Blanchfield


Speculations on Anonymous Material, nature after nature, Inhuman
Speculations on Anonymous Material, nature after nature, Inhuman
AUTHOR: Susanne Pfeffer
PUBLISHER: Koenig Books
ART DIRECTOR: Zak Kyes
BOOK DESIGNER: Julie Kim
DESIGN FIRM: Zak Group


Takashi Murakami: Lineage of Eccentrics: A Collaboration with Nobuo Tsuji and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
Takashi Murakami: Lineage of Eccentrics: A Collaboration with Nobuo Tsuji and the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
AUTHOR: Edited and with an introduction by Anne Nishimura Morse
PUBLISHER: MFA Publications, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston
BOOK DESIGNER: Takaya Goto, Lesley Chi, and Sho Momma, Goto Design, New York
DESIGN FIRM: Goto Design, New York
OTHER CREDITS: Edited by Anna Barnet; editorial assistance by Tomoko Nagakura; Translations by Martha McClintock, Ruth S. McCreery, Yuiko Kimura, Yuiko Hotta, and Yuko Sakata


The Senses: Design Beyond Vision
The Senses: Design Beyond Vision
AUTHOR: Ellen Lupton & Andrea Lipps
PUBLISHER: Princeton Architectural Press
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: David Genco
ART DIRECTOR: David Genco
BOOK DESIGNER: David Genco & Ellen Lupton
DESIGN FIRM: David Genco Inc.


Thomas Demand: The Complete Papers
Thomas Demand: The Complete Papers
AUTHOR: Christy Lange
PUBLISHER: MACK
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Naomi Mizusaki
BOOK DESIGNER: Naomi Mizusaki
DESIGN FIRM: Supermarket


Unboxing New York
Unboxing New York
AUTHOR: ODA
PUBLISHER: Actar
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Alex Lin, ODA
ART DIRECTOR: Alex Lin
BOOK DESIGNER: Alex Lin, Jena Myung
DESIGN FIRM: Studio Lin


Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the Justice System
Walls Turned Sideways: Artists Confront the Justice System
AUTHOR: Risa Puleo
PUBLISHER: [NAME] Publications
CREATIVE DIRECTOR: Aaron Sutherlen and Stacy Asher
ART DIRECTOR: Aaron Sutherlen and Stacy Asher
BOOK DESIGNER: Aaron Sutherlen and Stacy Asher
DESIGN FIRM: Aaron Sutherlen and Stacy Asher
OTHER CREDITS: Under the editorial direction of Natalia Zuluaga, Lucie Steinberg, and Gean Moreno; Co-Published by Contemporary Art Museum Houston





Observed


In tandem with this exhibition (on view through the end of January 2025),  a new, five-episode podcast—hosted by British design critic and author Alice Rawsthorn—traces the evolution of Gae Aulenti through the voices of friends, curators, and a range of international architects.

The Los Angeles Design Festival is looking for new board members.

The Obama Foundation is looking for a new VP of Communications.

An Idaho pub owner celebrates “Homosexual Awesomeness Month” because “Pride is too extreme.”

SCOTUS gets it right on tribal health care:  In Becerra v. San Carlos Apache Tribe, the justices ruled that the federal government will have to pay more for health care on the reservations, making it a ruling on sovereignty

Something’s going on at Baraboo High School, y’all. Wisconsin? Thoughts?

Anne H. Berry, whose work focuses on representation and diversity in design as well as ethnic and racial disparities in the field, has been selected to be the next Director of the School of Design in the College of Architecture, Design, and the Arts at UIC Chicago.

Read about the fifty people helping to shape Chicago. (Gensler's Andre Brumfield leads the charge!)

You need a Wall Street Journal digital subscription to view this in its entirety, but the story needs to be shared whether you read it or not: high-profile school shootings, and the fear they spread, are shaping how architects design the modern American school.

Anna Gerber and Anna Holsgrove's Hurry Up, We're Dreaming is a new quarterly magazine focused on the relationship between technology and an unlikely trio of influences: ancient wisdom, spiritual practices, and natural intelligence. Their first issue is expected later this summer.

Grace Jun's new book on adaptive, wearable design—Fashion, Disability, and Co-design—is,  in her own words, “a practical book on the intricacies of design with examples of the many ways people can collaboratively work together”. Jun will be speaking on May 31st at Rizzoli Bookstore at 6pm in New York City.  (She was our guest on The Design of Business | The Business of Design back in season two.)

At the Business Design Centre in London, New Designers—now in its 39th year—brings together a whopping 3,000 design graduates every year from over 100 universities. The first week (26–29 June) highlights fashion and costume, contemporary design crafts, textiles, ceramics, glass, jewelry, and precious metalwork. The second week (3–6 July 2024) showcases furniture, product design, industrial design, spatial design, graphic design, illustration,  animation, motion art, digital art, and game design.

In a shocking announcement this morning, The University of the Arts in Philadelphia announces it will cease operations effective on June 7, 2024.

In partnership with the IKEA Foundation, What Design Can Do supports creative climate solutions aimed at fostering a more circular society. The winning projects in their latest challenge—Redesign Everything–include approaches such as bio-cement reef structures that mimic oyster reefs, bead alternatives designed to eliminate microplastics, and the use of agro-industrial fruit waste to create sustainable biomaterials.

Can you taste design? Designer, researcher, and author of Why Fonts Matter Sarah Hyndman has been conducting “typosensory research” experiments into how our senses “sway our perception.” 

A Banksy museum… with no Banksys?

Three Black men are suing American Airlines for racial discrimination, alleging all Black male passengers — none of whom were traveling together — were removed from their departing flight "because a white male flight attendant had complained about an unidentified passenger's body odor.” In 2017, the NAACP issued a travel advisory warning Black travelers that the airline had a “corporate culture of racial insensitivity and possible racial bias.” The advisory was lifted in 2018.

How do you know it’s racist if you didn’t watch it? This was largely the response from the three judges on the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel, who appeared unmoved by the accusation of a white former manager that his employer, Honeywell International, had fired him for refusing to attend a brief training session on unconscious bias. “It would be very different if your client had watched it and came in and said, ‘I found it discriminatory for the following reasons,’” Circuit Judge Amy St. Eve said to plaintiff Charles Vavra’s lawyer. Vavra sued Honeywell in 2021.

The not-so-quiet panic from climate scientists.

Donald Trump has been framing Chinese immigrants as mostly “military-age” men, here to stir trouble from within. “And it sounds like to me, are they trying to build a little army in our country? Is that what they’re trying to do?” he said in a campaign stop last month. But one immigrant who traveled through Ecuador to the U.S. border told the AP that it’s not true. “It is impossible that they would walk on foot for over one month” to organize an attack, he said. “We came here to make money.” Another, who hopes to make enough to bring his wife and children, said, “This trip is deadly. People die. The trip isn’t suitable for women — it’s not suitable for anyone.” 

“You need to kick that f***ing door down!” Vice President Kamala Harris was the guest of honor at an AAPI Heritage Month event this week and encouraged attendees to break through the barriers they still face. “We have to know that sometimes, people will open the door for you and leave it open, sometimes they won't. And then you need to kick that f***ing door down," as the audience cheered. "Excuse my language," she laughed.

This is why we can’t have nice things. An art installation project called the Dublin Portal experience, a 24/7 live cam and screen offering a real-time link between Dublin and New York City, is being ruined by “a small minority of people” doing “inappropriate things.”

More than 100 high-profile French art world figures have signed an open letter supporting the Palais de Tokyo in Paris after longtime patron Sandra Hegedüs withdrew her funding, saying, “I don’t want to be associated with the new, very political direction at the Palais de Tokyo...dictated by the defence of wokeism, anti-capitalism, pro-Palestine, etc.’” At issue was the show Past Disquiet, which focuses on four “museums in exile” and is constructed as a touring exhibit. From the response to Hegedüs: “These words and these methods, using a popular tribunal on social networks… are dangerous for the art world, for artists and for the freedom of institutions, as well as for our democracy.”

The pageant system is a toxic workplace, according to Miss USA Noelia Voigt and Miss Teen USA UmaSofia Srivastava, who announced their resignations last week. Srivastava said her "personal values no longer fully align with the direction of the organization," and Voigt cited mental health reasons in a statement, then later accused the Miss America Organization of providing "a toxic work environment ... that, at best, is poor management and, at worst, is bullying and harassment." Miss Colorado Arianna Lemus resigned in solidarity on Friday, writing that Voigt and Srivastava's "voices have been stifled by the constraints of a contract that undermines their rights and dignity.” 

Democracy, it’s a design thing! Last March, a federal judge ruled that New Jersey’s ballot — a confusing design known as the “county line” system — was likely unconstitutional and couldn’t be used in June’s primary. One county has unveiled their new ballot design, which looks awfully familiar. 

Heading to NY Design Week? Here’s the itinerary. (It’s May 16-23.)

Ann Pizzorusso, a geologist and Renaissance art historian, says she has finally solved one of the art world’s enduring mysteries: where in the world was the Mona Lisa when she was sitting for Leonardo da Vinci? It took her dual expertise to find the clues that were there all along. “Geologists don’t look at paintings, and art historians don’t look at geology,” she says. 

Three chatbots explain themselves

Here’s the first design proposal to replace Baltimore’s Francis Scott Key Bridge, which collapsed last March. It's from an all-star team: Carlo Ratti Associati — the architecture firm led by architect and MIT professor Carlo Ratti — WeBuild, an Italian construction group, and Michel Virlogeux, a French structural engineer known for his work with Foster + Partners designing the world’s tallest bridge.  Their version has a longer span, a raised clearance, and the aesthetic of an enduring landmark. “The team hopes to deliver a bridge that is more contemporary visually and is also safe and durable for decades to come.”

Design as an act of neighborly pettiness.



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