FEATURED THIS WEEK : MEENA KADRI
Four months ago, a group of artists associated with Carnegie Mellon University launched an experiment to spark conversations about countries at odds with the United States. In Pittsburgh’s East Liberty neighborhood, they set up Conflict Kitchen, a take-out restaurant promoting culinary and cultural diversity. Opened with offerings of Iranian food, the venue has now become an Afghani restaurant with a new name, a fresh menu and an updated facade. The national focus will change twice more, at four-month intervals, before the project comes to an end.
WILLIAM DRENTTEL, JULIE LASKY
Convened to form the basis for a collaborative network, thirteen educators from a variety of design and business programs discussed the challenges and objectives of social-change initiatives within their schools and universities. This is the final report from the symposium held in Falls Village, Connecticut, October 17–19, 2010.
Oslo Airport's mean-looking bullet train reaches the city center in 19 minutes. At 210 kph (130 mph), it is not the world's fastest — some of China'a new trains will soon reach nearly twice that speed — but Norway's is surely the most macho to look at.
A budgetary initiative that began last year in Indonesia does not stray from the U.S. Census Bureau’s methods or aims. Yet its unique, design-led approach has engaged citizens at all levels of society, yielding a clear-eyed assessment of actionable budgetary items for 2011 as well as a graphics-rich profile of a society.
PHOTO BY TASLIMA AKHTER
Garment worker Najma Akhter, 23, shares a room with her children, parents and siblings — 11 family members in all. Dhaka, Bangladesh, August 2009.
CHANGE OBSERVER: PROJECT ARCHIVE
While environmentalists debate the ethics and effectiveness of carbon offsets, designers work to make them appealing.