WEEKLY EMAIL: NOVEMBER 24, 2010
FEATURED THIS WEEK : MARIA POPOVA
For two days, in Detroit, a roomful of experts in civic engagement, activism, public policy, journalism, government, volunteerism, technology and other facets of citizenship set out to define and dissect "robust public life" — what does its contemporary conception look like? How can it be measured?
The recent announcement
that Sony would cease manufacturing the Walkman in Japan raised eyebrows. Who knew they were still making them? It also reminded us that the history of mobile sound playing and recording has had a powerful influence on the way we experience and even make music. So says an astute commentator — Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones.
Since 2003, WORKac's research and teaching have focused on questions about ecology and urbanism. They first explored these issues in three dimensions with their winning entry for the MoMA/PS1 Young Architects Program in 2008: PF1, or “Public Farm 1,” a reinvention of the summer pavilion as a working farm made of cardboard tubes. In October, the first phase of the studio's Edible Schoolyard New York City opened at P.S. 216 in Gravesend, Brooklyn.
CHANGE OBSERVER: PROJECT ARCHIVE
Report on Kiva, the pioneering microfinance site, which won a 2009 INDEX award for humanitarian design.
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