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WEEKLY EMAIL: JANUARY 21, 2010


Prepared for Haiti

FEATURED THIS WEEK : TONY WHITFIELD

Prepared for Haiti

As a designer, I know there are tools we use daily that could be deployed in response to situations like this. I am also wise enough to recognize the conceit in thinking that I would have the right skills and resources to address these issues effectively. Responding to disaster was not what I imagined or embraced as my life's work, and this is not the time to entertain dabblers.
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ERNEST BECK

State of Shelter

As aid and relief supplies reach Haiti to help earthquake victims, attention is focusing on immediate needs such as food, water, medical care and temporary shelter. Shelter plays a critical role in emergency relief as a way not only to protect victims from weather conditions but also to provide a semblance of family and community life amid horrific conditions and collapsed infrastructure.
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THE EDITORS

Aspen Design Summit: Update 01.15.10

Dateline Aspen. An on-going report on progress on the six projects developed at the Aspen Design Summit in November 2009.
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JANE MARGOLIES

Rising Currents

Five teams of architects, landscape designers, urban planners and artists propose how sites along New York Harbor might prepare for rising sea levels and catastrophic storms.
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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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UPCOMING CONFERENCE: FEBRUARY 09, 2010

TED Long Beach

A gathering place for the country's leading entrepreneurs and social change agents, TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) runs a conference in Long Beach, California, each February and a summer conference abroad (e.g., Oxford, England). TEDIndia launches in November 2009. The website offers networking opportunities as well as a chance to view videotaped presentations, which have been translated into scores of languages. Also supports a fellowship program.

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