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WEEKLY EMAIL: APRIL 09, 2010


Hold Your Sawhorses!

FEATURED THIS WEEK : AMANDA HURLEY

Hold Your Sawhorses!

A furniture show and collection riffs on the similarity of the Portuguese words luxo (luxury) and lixo (rubbish).
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AZBY BROWN

Bent by the Sun

During the Edo period, from the early 17th to the mid 19th centuries, Japan faced environmental problems similar to ours: large population, fuel scarcity, limited arable land, deforestation, a damaged watershed. Through well-thought-out policies that reinforced existing cultural values, and through technical and economic innovation, the nation brought itself back from the brink, and did it in beautiful ways. Being a designer, I hoped to find useful lessons there.
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JONATHAN SCHULTZ

One World Futbol

Great minds converge in the development of an indestructible soccer ball for underprivileged kids.
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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: MAY 10, 2010

Design Research Conference 2010

Sponsored by IIT's Institute of Design, this 9th DRC will be a conversation about the new frontiers of design research. It will host the world's most compelling stories about the human condition and unmet needs. It will be a stimulating place to learn the most innovative new research methods. It will address the challenges facing the industry head on. Finally, it will continue to explore how design research can help us address the grand challenge of bringing meaningful things into the world.

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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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