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WEEKLY EMAIL: APRIL 21, 2011


The Poverty of Starchitecture

FEATURED THIS WEEK : MICHAEL MURPHY

The Poverty of Starchitecture


On March 25th, Zaha Hadid Architects laid off more than 90 employees because of “unforeseen events in North Africa.” The reason was the democratic uprising in the Middle East, and specifically Libya, where Hadid’s new conference center outside of Tripoli had been “put on hold” while the beleaguered dictatorship’s post-meltdown kleptocracy returned its financial priorities to maintaining its grip on power.
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JOHN THACKARA

Off-Grid Water

Up to 1,500 litres of water are needed to grow enough biofuels to move one car 10 kilometers. Two thousand liters are needed a day to feed each one of us. It takes 140 liters of water to grow enough beans for a single cup of coffee.
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BY JULIE LASKY

If at First You Don't Succeed, Pat Yourself on the Back

For decades, the relationship between designer and client has been viewed as one of tense yet productive opposition. The client sets forth a brief and a budget; the designer pushes against these constraints with a torrent of ideas. When the dust clears, in the best scenarios, a beautiful synthesis is born. Then design thinking came along...
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As the new decade gets underway, sustainability occupies more of our collective consciousness, settling into its role as the defining issue of our times. Living Principles is a new framework that focuses on the sustainable efforts of our design communities.
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UPCOMING CONFERENCE: APRIL 28, 2011

GEL (Good Experience Live)

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