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WEEKLY EMAIL: JANUARY 06, 2011


Charging Double

FEATURED THIS WEEK : PHIL PATTON

Charging Double

The year 2010 may be remembered as a watershed for the electric car: that’s when the Nissan Leaf and Chevrolet Volt were introduced in the U.S. But another 2010 innovation may turn out to be more important in the long run: two electric car chargers have arrived representing radically different design approaches to a whole new category of product.
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PHOTO BY JASON ORTON

Built Not to Last

Prefab Estate, Catford, South East London, July 1999. ©Jason Orton
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JULIE LASKY

MSC Greenhouse Project

The glass-walled environmental science laboratory, which opened last month, was a three-year project of a trio of mothers, none of whom had a science background or experience tussling with the bureaucracy of city agencies.
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THE EDITORS

Happy New Year from Change Observer


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ALEXANDER HEFFNER

Taking the A-Train

A college student teaches journalism to high school students in Brooklyn, using civic engagement to achieve education goals. It all happens on New York City subways.

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MARIA POPOVA

Rise of the Micro-Medici

Why does crowdfunding work where crowdsourcing fails? Because ideas are cheap and subjective, and money is expensive and objective.
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Roudha Center

Report on Roudha Center, a proposal for a one-stop hub for Qatari women to learn the nuts and bolts of launching a business
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UPCOMING CONFERENCE: JANUARY 22, 2011

Compostmodern

This interdisciplinary conference brings together designers, manufacturers and business leaders to address questions from a design point of view about what makes a socially and ecologically responsible society.

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