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WEEKLY EMAIL: NOVEMBER 17, 2011


Better Service Through Consultmanship

FEATURED THIS WEEK : LAURA WEISS

Better Service Through Consultmanship

Any role that requires engagement with other human beings can benefit from sensitivity to good service — communicating clearly, keeping projects on schedule, providing appropriate feedback. And yet such capabilities are colloquially characterized in MBA programs as “soft skills.”
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JOHN CARY

Architecture's Internship Requirement Needs a Redesign

Over three decades old, the Intern Development Program is more an exercise in arithmetic than experience, with aspiring architects required to pay hundreds of dollars and record a staggering 5,600 hours across various tasks. They’re asked to do so in lieu of demonstrating creativity, competence or any other attribute one would associate with their profession.
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ELLE LUNA

Report from a Japanese Maid Café

My husband and I exited the train at Akihabara, Tokyo's electronic and anime paradise, where disheveled gamers play video games in 7-story arcades while tourists shop for the latest tech gadgets. Unexpectedly, a young girl dressed as a French maid approached.
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MARK LAMSTER

Majority Report

To walk into the General Assembly Building, even with the horrendous ad-hoc security tent that ruins its entry plaza, is an edifying, hopeful experience. That it is not always effective in achieving its ideals is, of course, an unfortunate reality. This seems an apt metaphor for “Design with the Other 90 Percent: Cities.”
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COURTNEY DRAKE & WILLIAM DRENTTEL

Design and the Social Sector: An Annotated Bibliography

This bibiography was initiatied by Courtney Drake, a graduate student at the Yale University School of Management, to survey the literature of social design — the spectrum from design process and thinking to the zones of social innovation. It is the beginning of a larger project by Winterhouse Institute, working with the participants of the Winterhouse Design and Social Change Symposia, to build a bibliography around the practice of social design.
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WILLIAM DRENTTEL AND JULIE LASKY

Winterhouse Second Symposium on Design Education and Social Change: Final Report

The final report from a symposium held in Connecticut, August 14-16, 2011, where 28 participants from a variety of design and education programs discussed the challenges and objectives of social change initiatives within their schools, universities, museums and programs.
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Ripped from the Headlines

Johnny Selman is a third of the way through his year-long project to graphically enliven the news.
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