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WEEKLY EMAIL: MARCH 03, 2011


D-Build

FEATURED THIS WEEK : MARIA POPOVA

D-Build

An alternative to traditional demolition, which can be costly and dangerous, and traditional deconstruction, which is time-consuming, D-Build uses a hybrid process. A building is cut into pieces of manageable size and processed on the ground by an efficient, local crew. The site then serves as a hub for users to exchange materials salvaged from deconstructed buildings and sell industrial design products made with these materials.
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JULIE LASKY

Alex Steffen: Worldchanging II

Change Observer: How has the world changed in the five years since you published the first edition of Worldchanging?

Alex Steffen: The biggest change is that sustainability and the awareness of the need for sustainability are mainstream in ways they’re weren’t five years ago. Then, outside of specialized conversations, it was hard to find many ideas about sustainable design or green buildings. In the intervening years, we have not only seen a lot of really dire news that convinced many mainstream, credible people that these were important issues that deserved attention, but also social and cultural movements that have really taken off: the food movement, the trend towards walkable neighborhoods. Green building has rapidly moved from a hot topic to the way things are done.
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JULIE LASKY

Rock Girl Benches

There’s nothing undemocratic about sexual violence in South Africa, where rape is a crime that crosses class, race, and gender. “It is estimated that a woman born in South Africa has a greater chance of being raped than learning how to read,” states Rape Survivor Journey, a website that provides victim resources and statistics.
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MEENA KADRI

Yoza

Delivered in installments by phone, and later collected on a website, Yoza stories are directed to African youth who are book-poor yet mobile-rich.
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JOHN THACKARA

Africa: Where Events Are King

John Thackara: What's the most irritating preconception we in the North have about Africa?

Mugendi M’Rithaa:  It would be the assumption that problems that occur in one place in Africa are typical of life for the rest of the continent. Pascal Eze coined the acronym PIDIC to describe such stereotypes: it stands for poverty, political instability, disease, illiteracy, and corruption. A group of us started Design With Africa as a counterweight to PIDIC attitudes. We want to facilitate a more informed and progressive dialogue. Africa is a far more dynamic and optimistic place than it is given credit for!
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JULIE LASKY

DesigNYC, Round 2

The people who gathered at the New York Art Directors Club on a Thursday morning in January were nothing like a wedding party — and yet they appeared to be obsessed with marriage.
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Cards of Change

Unemployed workers retrofit their former business cards to send hopeful messages.
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UPCOMING CONFERENCE: MARCH 05, 2011

Social Enterprise Conference

Students of Harvard's Business School and Kennedy School of Government jointly run this conference, whose goal is to "educate leaders who make a difference in the world" and to "prepare leaders for service to democratic societies."

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