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WEEKLY EMAIL: AUGUST 25, 2011


90 Years of Chinese Communism: A Multimedia Celebration

FEATURED THIS WEEK : AN XIAO MINA

90 Years of Chinese Communism: A Multimedia Celebration

Traveling around China in July, I found the daily visual reminders of the CCP more subtle than I had imagined. Celebrations of the Party's 90th anniversary felt closer to an advertising campaign than to traditional propaganda.
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TOM VANDERBILT

Interface Time

MoMA's new exhibition "Talk to Me" purports to be about "the communication between people and things." If only it were that straightforward.
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BARBARA FLANAGAN

Sleeping with the Fishes

The Brando. That’s the exclusive resort, opening next year, that will finally realize Marlon Brando’s vision of building an “ecological utopia" on Tetiaroa, the Tahitian atoll he once owned.

Or, so the developers say.

An intriguing new book has arrived just in time to turn those glamorous claims into disturbing nonsense. Ecological? Brando’s vision? Absurdly unlikely on both scores.
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LAURA WEISS

What We Can Learn from Project Runway

I view Project Runway as the literal classroom that it is, mainly because each episode provides rich professional practice lessons for designers. Season number nine premieres this evening, and I cannot wait to see the latest batch of creative projects dreamed up by the producers and the corresponding interpersonal challenges they spawn.
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PHOTO BY JASON ORTON

London 2012

Northern Parklands, Olympic Park (2011)
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JOHN THACKARA

Ten Ways to Redesign Design Competitions

Design and sustainability challenges can stimulate fresh thinking on intractable problems. They can pose new questions, explore new solutions and start new conversations. They can bring positive energy to bear on situations that are otherwise bogged down in endless talk.

Can — but for the most part, don't.
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Project Mwana

A new effort to diagnosis and treat infant HIV/AIDS in remote African regions.
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Philanthropic and independent organization, founded in 2004, which emphasizes implementation of new ideas, especially in the spheres of healthcare, education and energy. BIF also maintains an Innovation Story Studio with digital material from its creative community.

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RECENT BOOKS RECEIVED

Design Driven Innovation: Changing the Rules of Competition by Radically Innovating What Things MeanDesign Driven Innovation: Changing the Rules of Competition by Radically Innovating What Things Mean
Roberto Verganti

Getting to Plan B: Breaking Through to a Better Business ModelGetting to Plan B: Breaking Through to a Better Business Model
John Mullins & Randy Komisar

A Fine Line: How Design Strategies Are Shaping the Future of BusinessA Fine Line: How Design Strategies Are Shaping the Future of Business
Hartmut Esslinger

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