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WEEKLY EMAIL: JULY 09, 2010


New Visions of Home

FEATURED THIS WEEK : ELIZABETH EVITTS DICKINSON

New Visions of Home

Here, a sample of inventive approaches to living as we age. Few of these design projects suggest "senior living"; in fact, many combine thoughtful programming with sophisticated aesthetics, and all have a human-centered approach.
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MIKE SINCLAIR

Midway at the Oasis

Midway, Neshoba County Fair, Philadelphia, Mississippi, 1990.
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VERA SACCHETTI

"But Teacher! That's Not Design!"

Portuguese communication designer Barbara Alves arrived in Mozambique in 2009 to work with the Theater of the Oppressed Maputo, a branch of a community activist group she had been involved with in Lisbon. She went on to lead workshops at ENAV, Mozambique's National School of Visual Arts. Alves spoke to Change Observer about Mozambique's transforming design culture.
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WILLIAM UNDERHILL

Boatanic

Picture a tourist boat in the canals of Amsterdam. Huge panels of glass form the roof and walls of the single cabin, allowing passengers a clear view of the passing cityscape. But what struck designer Damian O'Sullivan on a stroll through the city wasn't the boats' functional elegance: it was their potential as a floating greenhouse.
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MEENA KADRI

India's Epic Head Count

Between 2010 and 2011, India's census will count and categorize the country's diverse population of 1 billion people. Two and a half million census collectors will be assisted in this effort by a newly designed form.
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Rising Currents

Report on "Rising Currents," an exhibition of New York City design solutions to the flooding predicted by climate change experts, which will be on view at the Museum of Modern Art, March 24–August 9, 2010.
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UPCOMING CONFERENCE: JULY 22, 2010

Green Entrepreneur Summit NYC

The Green Entrepreneur Summit on Scaling Up Without Selling Out is an interactive, engaging half-day seminar to help attendees learn successful tools and strategies for rapidly accelerating triple bottom line businesses. We'll review a comprehensive approach to reach comfortable profitability while taking care of stakeholders and the planet.

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John Mullins & Randy Komisar

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Hartmut Esslinger

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