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    What Is Good Design?

    What Is Good Design?
    I've learned (the hard way) not to do it, but if random strangers - like taxi drivers, or whoever's sitting on the next airplane seat - ask what I do and I'm rash enough to confess to being a design critic, they invariably follow up with: "So what is good design?" The stock answer is that good design is generally a ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +4
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    Defend or Display? Exhibiting Art Sans Damage

    Defend or Display? Exhibiting Art Sans Damage
    The problem of how to display art while minimizing damage to the work is one that is confronted by museums and collectors alike. The impulse share art with others is a common one that plays out on various scales across the world. From the largest museum to the smallest personal collection, people want to showcase those things they find to be ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Glowing Wallpaper Could Be a Better Way to Light Your Home

    Glowing Wallpaper Could Be a Better Way to Light Your Home
    Thin is in, especially regarding digital displays like television and laptop screens. Now new graphene-based electrode technology has been developed which promises to provide affordable glowing displays which can be applied as wallpaper or applied to ceilings to provide a green, energy-saving alternative to light bulbs, according to ScienceDaily.com. Today's ultra-thin lighting technology is mostly based on organic light diodes called ...
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    Design: A New Engine for Society

    Design: A New Engine for Society
    Our world is now riddled with what C. West Churchman referred to as “wicked problems”: issues like climate change, healthcare, and education that are difficult to address because of their complex interdependencies and changing requirements. [widget:9_steps_guide_design_benifits] Our day-to-day lives are also full of small problems and basic tasks that are becoming increasingly difficult to manage due to frequency and volume. For ...
    Published over 7 years ago | Rate This
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    Build the House in the Hill

    Build the House in the Hill
    Like so many great design schemes, Christian Müller's idea for Villa Vals walked the line between intuitive and loony. You want to build a house on a dramatic hill, but aren't allowed to obstruct the landscape. Therefore you build the house in the hill. So went the Dutch architect's devilishly deconstructed thinking as he weighed plans for a home in Vals, ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +6
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    Pritzker Architecture Prize Goes to Japanese Duo

    Pritzker Architecture Prize Goes to Japanese Duo
    Japanese architects Kazuyo Sejima and Ryue Nishizawa have been awarded their profession's most prestigious award for their bright, airy structures that blend into the surroundings. The Tokyo-based architects will share this year's US$100,000 Pritzker Architecture Prize, which has been given by the Hyatt Foundation in Chicago since 1979 for "significant contributions to humanity and the built environment through the art of ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rate This
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    A List of the World's Most Influential Designers—Who's Missing?

    A List of the World's Most Influential Designers—Who's Missing?
    Business Week has named the 27 most influential designers in the world. There are some GOOD favorites on there that I was surprised and happy to see, like Amy Smith from MIT's D Lab and Valerie Casey (pictured). And then there were some super-famous ones that I was not surprised (and not terribly excited) to see, like Philippe Starck. I wonder ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Obsessive-Compulsive Design Disorder

    Obsessive-Compulsive Design Disorder
    Austin, TX - For two days in February my time was filled with inspiring talks about design, technology, and so-named “cool shit” at the FITC conference in Amsterdam. Since I returned to Austin, however, I have been looking to find a common thread that tied the talks together into some sort of larger idea. After thinking through a number of possibilities ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +3
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    Upper Crust at The Whitney Biennial

    Upper Crust at The Whitney Biennial
    New York, NY — Along with sculpture, videos, and paintings, visitors to the Whitney Biennial will notice some new mediums introduced to this year’s iteration — namely, chicken schnitzel, cured salmon, and applewood–smoked turkey. All of these grace the menu at Sandwiched, a highly stylized pop-up café that is Los Angeles architect and artist Jeffrey Inaba's contribution to the show. Operated ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Chaises Longues Conquered, Ron Arad Designs a Museum

    Chaises Longues Conquered, Ron Arad Designs a Museum
    Holon, Israel— The world of Ron Arad is defined by the whimsical names of his iconoclastic designs: the Bookworm Shelves, the Misfits Seating, the Reinventing The Wheel storage system, the Not Made By Hand/Not Made In China lights. But Arad’s latest brainchild goes by the more straightforward moniker Design Museum Holon, and it both marks his first architectural project — his ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: -2
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    Peter Zumthor, the Mythical Architect Speaks

    Peter Zumthor, the Mythical Architect Speaks
    New York, NY—Prior to the deluge of articles on Peter Zumthor that appeared after he won the Pritzker Prize in April 2009, relatively little had been published on the 66-year-old Swiss architect’s work outside the architecture trade press. Certainly within higher professional circles, his projects achieved almost mythic status; his best-known work, the Thermal Baths at Vals (1996), has become an ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Is the Israel Museum Better than Bilbao?

    Is the Israel Museum Better than Bilbao?
    Once a cheerless industrial town known for swathes of blocky apartment buildings, Holon, Israel, seems an unlikely destination for cutting-edge design. But over the past few years, with the opening of the National Israeli Cartoon Museum and the Mediatheque, a youth theater, the city of 200,000 has made efforts to transform itself into a cultural center — now soon to be ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rate This
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    MoMA Spends $14.5 Million on Air

    MoMA Spends $14.5 Million on Air
    NEW YORK—Even for the richly endowed Museum of Modern Art, $14.5 million is a lot of money. However, in order facilitate the building of a tower on an adjacent property by the Hines development company, that is the amount it will pay the University Club in order to acquire the air rights for the space, blogger Lindsay Pollock reports. In addition, ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +1
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    Design Power for the People

    Design Power for the People
    Emily Pilloton heads a non-profit group of volunteer designers that all give their time to help change the world. Her focus is to create and facilitate design that will begin to truly solve the world's problems, and make a difference for the better. In the article, she's highlighted a bamboo bike, a tanker ship with a sail, and a cap that ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Design Power for the People

    Fluid-filled flexible membranes enable these glasses to cheaply and efficiently correct vision for up to 90 percent of cases. Developed by British Physicist Joshua Silver, the glasses have been tested in Ghana and should be widely distributed under the Millennium Villages Project. Courtesy Project H Design [widget:school_finder_intro] [widget:2677] Emily Pilloton gets sick of emailing, though that hasn’t stopped the design-focused nonprofit ...
    Published almost 8 years ago | Rated: +3
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    A Tale of Two Biennales

    A Tale of Two Biennales
    SHENZHEN/HONG KONG—The story of China’s rapid urbanization has long held the public’s imagination in its grip, and rightfully so: With so much history to preserve or demolish, a booming economy, and a top-down approach to city planning that has encouraged architects from around the world to realize some of their most outlandish and outstanding designs there, the rebuilding of China’s cities ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rate This
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    Design Miami: Small Is Good

    Design Miami: Small Is Good
    Miami, FL—Even the constant background noise of jets flying over the Design District didn’t spoil the buoyant atmosphere in Design Miami's sleek temporary tent structure last week. This petite venue, housing just 14 international design galleries in its fifth year (down from 23 last year), was tiny compared to the newly expanded, behemoth Art Basel Miami Beach fair, but it packs ...
    Published about 8 years ago | Rate This
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    A Welcome Change to the White House Interiors

    A Welcome Change to the White House Interiors
    A Welcome Change to the White House Interiors President-Elect Barack Obama promises to bring change to America but will Michelle Obama bring change to the White House interiors? The responsibility of decorating and maintaining the historic 132 room White House has always fallen under the domain of the First Lady and is filled with potential pitfalls that are easily attacked by ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +3
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    The Boys from Brazil

    The Boys from Brazil
    The Campana brothers have turned down-cycling into design art. Any informed design appraisal invariably touches on materials. During much of the 20th century, innovative designs were consistently linked to breakthroughs in material engineering or fabrication. Think of how molded plywood and fiberglass unleashed the Eameses’ imagination or how injection molding allowed Verner Panton to create the first single-form, single-material chair. That ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +2
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    Fire Destroys Art Collection Worth Millions!

    Fire Destroys Art Collection Worth Millions!
    Can you imagine fire consuming your artwork? It is every artist's worst nightmare. What about a fire consuming an art collection that is unparalleled anywhere? That's what happened to Peggy Cooper Cafritz’s home and collection worth millions. Whose work was destroyed? The fire took a long time to put out. Find out why. Read the shocking story and "see the lost ...
    Published over 8 years ago | Rated: +1

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