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WEEKLY EMAIL: OCTOBER 20, 2011


Media Design Matters

FEATURED THIS WEEK : JULIE LASKY

Media Design Matters

Beginning in May 2012, 10 graduate students from a range of disciplines will work with three core faculty in Art Center's graduate Media Design Program to apply communications strategies to concrete social problems. Fieldwork will be undertaken in partnership with external organizations, beginning with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF and UNICEF’s Tech Innovation Team.
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ALEXANDRA LANGE

Architecture Research Office

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.
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CHAZ MAVIYANE-DAVIES

Occupy America 2011

Prisoners of Conscience: The Series
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FROM OUR SPONSORS

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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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JULIE LASKY

Faraday Utility Bike

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.
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RAMSEY FORD

Expert Thinking About Global Aid

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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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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CHANGE OBSERVER: PROJECT ARCHIVE

Project

My Block NYC

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.
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UPCOMING CONFERENCE: NOVEMBER 03, 2011

UP Conference

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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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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