FEATURED THIS WEEK : CYNTHIA E. SMITH
The exhibition "Design with the Other 90%: CITIES," organized by the Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, has just opened at the United Nations in New York City. We are pleased to present curator Cynthia Smith's in-depth assessment, adapted from her catalogue essay, of the research that took her to Asia, Africa and Latin America. Exploring innovations in humanitarian design, she found many examples of hybrid solutions that work "to bridge the formal and informal city" and to make the planet's rapidly growing cities "more just and humane."
CENTER FOR CREATIVE PHOTOGRAPHY & MARK KLETT
In the late 1980s a group of American photographers created the collaborative project Water in the West. For a decade they focused on what project member Mark Klett describes as "the one natural element that for over a century has remained key to understanding Western geography: water." Here we present a slideshow of images from the project, which is now being archived at the Center for Creative Photography.
DAVID ADJAYE, JORGE OTERO-PAILOS, NIKOLAUS HIRSCH
What is the relationship of architecture to authorship? Is the architect an author of a building or provider of professional services? Can we develop more nuanced understandings of the idea of architectural authorship that acknowledge the complex and collaborative processes of making, inhabiting and preserving buildings? Architects David Adjaye, Nikolaus Hirsch and Jorge Otero-Pailos met recently to contemplate these issues; we're pleased to present the results.
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Students will design, prototype and test “intelligent” products and systems at interactive workstations. The public is invited to tour the new facilities at an open house on Friday, October 28.
In October 2002 British architect Jason Griffiths set out to explore American suburbia. He drove 22,382 miles and took 2,593 photographs, and along the gently looping roads he found mass-produced evidence of the durability of the arcadian dream.
UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO
The awards competition, organized this year by Zerofootprint and the Daniels Faculty at the University of Toronto, honors green building projects from around the world and showcases newly evolving re-skinning design technologies.
In Everything Sings
, geographer Denis Wood and his landscape architecture students mapped a neighborhood in Raleigh, North Carolina, finding poetry in the distribution of wind chimes and the mailman's delivery route. “What neighborhoods do is transform the common, ordinary stuff of the city — water and sewer, electricity, streets — into the real stuff of our lives,” Wood writes. “If this weren’t such an ordinary, everyday thing, you’d think it was magic.”
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PLACES ARCHIVE: WINTER 2007
Gordon Matta-Clark infiltrated the worlds of art and architecture, revealing deep complacencies in each.
University of Minnesota, College of Design
The University of Minnesota’s College of Design is preparing the next generation of problem solvers. Through a unique commitment to sustainability, creativity and advancing technologies, the college is improving the way we interact with our world by designing new systems, new environments, new products, and new ways of living and working. Located in one of the major design cities and in one of the largest research universities in the U.S., the College of Design is a leader in multidisciplinary research, creative production, teaching and public engagement. The college encompasses the full range of design disciplines, including architecture, landscape architecture, apparel design, graphic design, interior design, product design, retail merchandising and housing studies.