On October 20, Architecture Research Office will be presented with the 2011 National Design Award for Architecture Design. ARO, founded in 1993 by Stephen Cassell and Adam Yarinsky, is a New York–based firm with an exceptionally broad portfolio, ranging from creating new guidelines for design excellence in the federal government to renovating Donald Judd’s Spring Street studio.
Prisoners of Conscience: The Series
Nothing on the road is more prosaic than a vehicle designed for hauling loads. Unless, of course, the vehicle has been imagined by a leading industrial design firm working in partnership with an innovative American bicycle manufacturer.
As designers, we are definitely not economists and most of us don’t have Ph.Ds from Harvard or sophisticated algorithms for understanding conceptual impact. But as design matures into a serious field of study, it must develop a deeply critical point of view. Here's some suggested reading to foster that evolution in the area of global development.
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My Block NYC, a new video-mapping website, invites residents, tourists and videographers to upload clips they’ve taken on the streets of New York.
UPCOMING CONFERENCE: NOVEMBER 03, 2011
At the UP conference, designers, manufacturers, industry experts and sustainability pioneers will discuss the possibilities (and impossibilities) of redesigning unsold goods to bring them back into circulation.
Speakers will include Maurits Groen of Maurits Groen Milieu & Communicatie, Jean-Pierre
Bienfait, CEO Makro Nederland, Jan Jongert of 2012Architecten and Renny Ramakers, co-founder and director of Droog. The conference will conclude with a panel discussion moderated by journalist, author and strategic advisor Mark Blaisse (Pilgrims Consultants).
Questions that will be raised include: to what extent are companies willing to acknowledge that a product is not sellable, what are the intellectual property right issues associated with redesign of existing products, what are the financial implications of the model, how will redesigned products be perceived by the market and should the redesigned products be branded as UP or should they return anonymously into the production process.
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