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WEEKLY EMAIL: SEPTEMBER 09, 2011


Iceland: Eaten Alive, or Growing to Live?

FEATURED THIS WEEK : JOHN THACKARA

Iceland: Eaten Alive, or Growing to Live?

"Who needs oil when you have rain?" The ad for Landsvirkjun, Iceland's national energy company, dominates this month's Icelandair magazine. The message is not disguised: Iceland is blessed with massive amounts of clean energy. The true picture on the ground, sad to say, is murkier.
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THE EDITORS

Yves Béhar Wins Second INDEX Award

In the world of philanthropic prizes for social design, lightning does strike twice. Yves Béhar, founder of the San Francisco design company Fuseproject, has won the prestigious INDEX award in the “Body” category for a program launched in Mexico to test and correct children’s vision.

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PHIL PATTON

The Green Dashboard

Many features of a car reveal personality as much as performance. The instrument panel used to tell many tales — of water temperature and oil pressure, amps and volts, revolutions per minute and pounds per square inch.

Now, energy-efficient technology under the hood is augmenting the instrument panel’s design.
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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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Chulha Stove

Report on the Chulha stove designed by Philips to reduce indoor air pollution in developing countries.


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