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WEEKLY EMAIL: OCTOBER 06, 2011


Cuba Libre: Contemporary Architecture in Havana

FEATURED THIS WEEK : JULIA COOKE

Cuba Libre: Contemporary Architecture in Havana

Havana is renowned for its faded elegance. It’s a stately wreck of a city stuck in the past, but Claudia Castillo and Orlando Inclán have a different future in mind.
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JOHN THACKARA

5% Health: The Risk of Catabolic Collapse and Peak Fat in Modern Health Systems

The many designers present at the "Transform" conference were thrilled, and rightly, that the Mayo Clinic has established a Center for Innovation that has design thinking at its core. But there's a danger, amid the euphoria, that priorities will get skewed.
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THE EDITORS

10 Things Acumen Fund Has Learned About Tackling Global Poverty

A new website, with a clear framing of principles, marks the organization's first decade.
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FROM OUR SPONSORS

Learn to be a design critic through SVA's D-Crit program. Design as subject matter, criticism as a literary genre and the range of tools with which to practice design criticism.
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Felt & Wire Shop, a curated marketplace of designer papergoods, gifts and also an industry blog. Shop here for beautiful unique gifts, journals, note cards, posters and stationary. Bessie Anderson, recent college grad and major lead-head, at the Ladies of Letterpress conference in Asheville, N.C..
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JULIE LASKY

IDEO Innovators in Residence

IDEO.org unveils its first class of fellows.
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RACHEL SIGNER

Don't Flush Me

Leif Percifield, a graduate student at Parsons, who describes himself as a “Hacker, Interactive Developer, and Geek,” hopes to install a prototype of a sensor that will allow New York City sewers to “talk back” to residents.
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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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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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Don't miss the chance to pivot this fall.
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A totally unvarnished and uncoated look at what goes on behind the glossy world of print production.
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CHANGE OBSERVER: PROJECT ARCHIVE

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Camel Mobile Clinic

Art Center's Design Matters program prototypes a system for transporting medicine on camel back to remote communities in Kenya.
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UPCOMING CONFERENCE: OCTOBER 07, 2011

Stir Symposium

The Stir Symposium seeks to provide an opportunity to collaborate, think, and discover new ways to approach big global issues. Participants from many disciplines will bring their own expertise to the table, thereby allowing us all to start addressing problems and issues in ways we never would have thought of on our own. The Stir Symposium is about collaborating and thinking in new ways, no matter the discipline: business, architecture, engineering, design, agriculture, geography, and more. Inspired by Design, the goal, and outcome, of the weekend will be an exploration of methodologies around this process of working together. In organizing this symposium, we have focused the weekend on topics that demand such a multi‑faceted approach. Participants will work in new ways to address topics such as education (Learning), conservation and sustainability (Conserving), food production and agriculture (Eating), transportation (Moving), and community or city planning (Living). Envisioned by graduate students in the Department of Design at The Ohio State University, this inspiring weekend will offer forward thinking academics and professionals a chance to stir it up and foster discussions with other disciplines in order to experience new ways of collaborating. The issues of today's world cannot be addressed without this substantial collaboration and a new way of thinking.

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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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