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February 20, 2009

The fates handed us tickets to last night’s Portland International Film Festival screening of Sugar, a film by Anna Boden and Ryan Fleck about the economic and emotional weight felt by aspiring Dominican baseball players. Recommended viewing. (Thanks Ricky!)

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Thinking Through Craft

February 19, 2009

Glenn Adamson is the head of research at the Victoria and Albert Museum and the author of Thinking Through Craft, a critical appraisal of the value, position and possibilities for modern craft production. He’ll be speaking this weekend at the University of Oregon. (Saturday 2/21, White Stag Block, 70 NW Couch St. 2:30pm)

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The New Geography

The March issue of The Atlantic features an interesting article by Richard Florida on the effects that the economic/housing collapse may have on the use of space in America. Among Florida’s proposals are a shift from home ownership to long-term renting and the development of suburbs into higher-density nodes within urban metro-zones. Here’s a quote:

If there is one constant in the history of capitalist development, it is the ever-more-intensive use of space. Today, we need to begin making smarter use of both our urban spaces and the suburban rings that surround them—packing in more people, more affordably, while at the same time improving their quality of life. That means liberal zoning and building codes within cities to allow more residential development, more mixed-use development in suburbs and cities alike, the in-filling of suburban cores near rail links, new investment in rail, and congestion pricing for travel on our roads. Not everyone wants to live in city centers, and the suburbs are not about to disappear. But we can do a much better job of connecting suburbs to cities and to each other, and allowing regions to grow bigger and denser without losing their velocity.

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After Felix

February 17, 2009

Ben Schumacher has posted a clever homage to Felix Gonzalez-Torres’ Perfect Lovers.

Ben Schumacher, Perfect Lovers(Narcissism) – After Gonzalez-Torres (2009)
a found .gif ticks in perfect synchronization with itself until the host of removes the file.

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Derrida on Love

February 14, 2009

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February 9, 2009

Sad to read that the TVCC tower was destroyed last night when a blitz of New Year fireworks in downtown Beijing set the building on fire. Luckily the building was not in operation yet and no injuries have been reported only one fatality has been reported. Friends of ours spent years developing this project only to see it ruined.

Photo: David Gray/Reuters

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Saving the Suburbs

February 6, 2009

Thought provoking post from Allison Arieff at the NY Times design blog on the future of failing suburbs.

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Aleatoric Design

February 4, 2009

I’m a fan of what Andrew Blauvelt calls “relational design.” Not such a fan of the term, however. I’d prefer aleatoric design. There’s a nice example of the sort of work that I think this term describes well in Marc Alcock’s portfolio.

Photos © Marc Alcock

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