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WEEKLY EMAIL: NOVEMBER 12, 2009


Dawn of the Dead Mall

FEATURED THIS WEEK : MARK DERY

Dawn of the Dead Mall

In April of this year, one of the country's biggest mall operators — General Growth Properties, owner and/or manager of over 200 properties in 44 states — filed for bankruptcy, mortally wounded by the exodus of retail tenants. Good riddance to bad rubbish, some say. But wait, my Inner Marxist wonders: isn't that the voice of bobo privilege talking?
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WILLIAM DRENTTEL

Aspen Design Summit

AIGA and Winterhouse Institute are joining forces to stage the Aspen Design Summit in November 2009 and galvanize design communities to engage in projects that promote social change. The goal is to foster collaboration and collective action among the participants to utilize the power of design to help solve large social problems.
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BY ALEXIS ROCKMAN

Hot Times in the Old Town

Artist Alexis Rockman's rendering of Manhattan's Upper East Side under catastrophic climate conditions.
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WILLIAM DRENTTEL

Sustainability Posters

Two years ago, a leading paper company charged us with commissioning six designers to create posters based on the word Sustainability. The outcome was designs by Marian Bantjes, Bruce McCall, Christoph Niemann, Michael C. Place, Paula Scher and Winterhouse.
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JONATHAN SCHULTZ

Kick4Life

Recognizing the difficulty of top-down HIV/AIDS education in Africa, one NGO is taking a grassroots approach to teaching young people about the importance of regular testing. Its grass just happens to be rooted on a soccer pitch.
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FRED RITCHIN

Exposure Time

Too often, photography is a tool of deception, but future technology could change all that.
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Peepoobag

Peepoobag

Report on Peepoobag, a new self-sanitizing, single-use, biodegradable container for human waste.
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UPCOMING CONFERENCE: FEBRUARY 09, 2010

TED

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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