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WEEKLY EMAIL: NOVEMBER 19, 2009


FLAP Bag

FEATURED THIS WEEK : ALEC APPELBAUM

FLAP Bag

A shoulder bag conceived to help nomadic people in urbanizing places, by providing them with an integrated solar-powered light and the potential to charge electronic devices, shows how iteration can prepare a bold design for the market.
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MARK DERY

Dawn of the Dead Mall

In April of this year, one of the country's biggest mall operators — General Growth Properties, owner and/or manager of over 200 properties in 44 states — filed for bankruptcy, mortally wounded by the exodus of retail tenants. Good riddance to bad rubbish, some say. But wait, my Inner Marxist wonders: isn't that the voice of bobo privilege talking?
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BY ALEXIS ROCKMAN

Hot Times in the Old Town

Artist Alexis Rockman's rendering of Manhattan's Upper East Side under catastrophic climate conditions.
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CHANGE OBSERVER: PROJECT ARCHIVE

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Freeplay Fetal Heart Rate Monitor

Report on the Freeplay fetal heart rate monitor, which won the 2009 INDEX award in the Body category.
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UPCOMING CONFERENCE: FEBRUARY 09, 2010

TED

A gathering place for the country's leading entrepreneurs and social change agents, TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) runs a conference in Long Beach, California, each February and a summer conference abroad (e.g., Oxford, England). TEDIndia launches in November 2009. The website offers networking opportunities as well as a chance to view videotaped presentations, which have been translated into scores of languages. Also supports a fellowship program.

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Tim Brown

Design Revolution: 100 Products That Empower PeopleDesign Revolution: 100 Products That Empower People
Emily Pilloton

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