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Detroit Design Festival Tries to Move Beyond Drawing Creatives

Monday, September 19, 2011

The push to re-imagine Detroit as a national Mecca for creative entrepreneurs takes another leap  forward, starting September 21, with the new Detroit Design Festival, eight days and nights of crowd-sourcing ideas, talents and urban solutions.. The city has been making global headlines of late for its ability to draw young artists from all over the country and from every genre on the promise of cheap real estate and rich creative opportunity. This festival marks the first major showcase of creative Detroit and the potential local and relocating artists have to transform one of America’s anchor rust belt cities.

 

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99% Invisible

99% Invisible-36- Super Bon Bonn

Friday, September 16, 2011

Cities are pretty robust organisms, they tend to survive even when put under tremendous stress and strain. Local industries rise and fall, people immigrate and emigrate, but most of these changes happen over decades.

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The Leonard Lopate Show

All About Fonts

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Simon Garfield talks about the history of fonts, from font "pirating" dating back nearly as far as Gutenberg to the creation of Comic Sans and Ikea’s font-change controversy. Just My Type: A Book About Fonts shows how something as simple as font choice can speak volumes about our cultural climate and personal tastes.

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Features

Re-Imagining NYC at the Urban Design Week Festival

Monday, September 12, 2011

Could ziplines crossing the East River or a new concept for the MTA be in New York City's future? The Institute of Urban Design's first-ever Urban Design Week Festival says, "Perhaps."

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Studio 360

Artists Respond to 9/11: Studio 360's List

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Countless artists in the past decade, from novelists to comic book illustrators to documentary theater directors, have grappled with the events of 9/11 and the War on Terror. What follows is a curated list of crucial works, by no means complete or definitive, that help us make sense of what happened a decade ago. (With thanks to Studio 360's listeners.)

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Studio 360

The New National 9/11 Memorial

Friday, September 09, 2011

Ten years ago, Lower Manhattan was the epicenter of the most shocking, upsetting day in many Americans' lifetimes. But today Ground Zero is bustling with construction workers, cranes, and other building equipment. The site is still a work in progress, except for the new national memorial ...

Video: Kurt Andersen Visits the 9/11 Memorial with Designer Michael Arad

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Decade 9/11 Conversation: Milton Glaser and Paul Goldberger

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Paul Goldberger, design professor at The New School, the architecture critic for the New Yorker, and author of Up from Zero: Politics, Architecture, and the Rebuilding of New York and Why Architecture Matters, and Milton Glaser, celebrated designer who most famously designed the "I ♥ NY" logo, discuss New York City's image and brand pre and post 9/11.

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Studio 360

Less and More: Dieter Rams at the San Francisco MoMA

Friday, September 02, 2011

Look around you, specifically at the objects that are surrounding you right now.  How would you describe the products you use for your everyday life?  Unobtrusive?  Innovative?  Honest?  These are the kind of questions that make up the legendary industrial designer Deitar Rams' 10 Guiding Principles of Good Design. ...

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99% Invisible

99% Invisible-35- Elegy for WTC

Thursday, September 01, 2011

I want to be careful not to overstate what it means for a building to die. A building’s worth is an infinitesimal fraction of the worth a person’s life. Even two buildings don’t even move the needle in comparison to real human loss.

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99% Invisible

99% Invisible-34- The Speed of Light for Building Pyramids

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Last year, Steve Burrows CBE (Principle at the engineering consulting firm Arup) spent several weeks in Egypt studying the pyramids through the eyes of a modern day structural engineer. The result, which was presented in a documentary for the Discovery...

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Studio 360

Talkative Technology: When Gadgets Go to the Gallery

Monday, August 08, 2011

Gadgets aren’t just for nerds anymore.  In the age of social media, they've become an extension of who we are. Talk to Me, a new design exhibition focusing on the communication between people and objects at New York's Museum of Modern Art, brings all things techy into the gallery space. ...

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99% Invisible

99% Invisible-33- A Cheer for Samuel Plimsoll

Thursday, August 04, 2011

If you look at the outer hull of commercial ships, you might find a painted circle bisected with a long horizontal line. This marking is called the load line, or as I prefer, the Plimsoll line. This simple graphic design has saved thousands of lives.

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Studio 360

Design For the Real World: Super Mario Bros

Friday, July 29, 2011

When Nintendo released Donkey Kong in 1981, it was one of the only arcade games in which you did more than just blast space invaders. It contained an entire world, with a damsel in distress and an unlikely hero: a little Italian plumber named Mario. ...

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Studio 360

Absurd Architecture in Your Neighborhood

Friday, July 29, 2011

Which of these things is not like the others? Last week on the show, Kurt Andersen went head to head with the conservative culture critic John Silber, who railed against the “absurd” work of architects Frank Gehry and Daniel Libeskind for their flashy ...

Slideshow: The Experience Music Project

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99% Invisible

99% Invisible-32- Design for Airports

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

When I spoke with Allison Arieff about the design of airports, she said to me, if all airports simply played Brian Eno’s album Ambient 1: Music for Airports over the speakers, every airport would be better.

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Studio 360

Architecture of the Absurd

Friday, July 22, 2011

Last week, the New York Times called the new CCTV Headquarters in Beijing the “greatest work of architecture built in this century.” Designed by Rem Koolhaas, the building looks like a giant Mobius strip, with its glassy, twisting arch. Kurt...

Slideshow: Architecture of the Absurd

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99% Invisible

99% Invisible-31- Feltron Annual Report

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Nicholas Felton is an information designer. Since 2005, he has tabulated thousands upon thousands of tiny measurements in his life and designed stunning graphs and maps and created concise infographics that detail that year’s activities.

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Features

Africa Fashion Week Kicks off on Monday

Sunday, July 10, 2011

The second annual Africa Fashion Week begins on Monday, July 11, with more than sixty African designers from all over the world coming to New York City to show their work. A show by Liberia-born designer Korto Momolu, a finalist of Project Runway Season 5, will be the first down the runway.

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Transportation Nation

A Sneak Peak At D.C. Metro's New Train Cars

Friday, July 08, 2011

(Washington D.C. - WAMU) In a few years, Metro is getting rid of a quarter of its old rail cars, the ones that crumpled like telescopes in the 2009 Red Line train crash and were deemed unsafe by federal investigators. And in their place will be a fleet of all new train cars.

Officials say their goal is to develop something sturdy and safe, but also something comfortable and inviting

"The design has a physical aspect, as well as a psychological aspect," says Masamichi Udagawa, an industrial designer Metro brought on to help design the aesthetics of the new cars.

He says the interiors will be a dark blue color, rather than the traditional orange and brown Metro riders are used to.

Udagawa says the reason for the change is that brown isn’t a very popular color.

"People really didn't like seeing the brown again," he laughs. "The color is a very subjective thing. It's very, very context-sensitive. So in the context of the D.C. system, people are a bit tired and maybe bored with brown."

The Kawasaki Company, based out of Japan, is building the train cars and could have them ready by 2013. But Metro says they might be delayed because of the recent earthquake and tsunami.

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Studio 360

Pioneers of Industrial Design Get Stamps of Approval

Thursday, July 07, 2011

You know you've made it when your face is on a postage stamp.  Twelve giants of industrial design have just been given that honor with a new set of stamps released by the United States Postal Service last week. But instead of their profiles gracing the corner of your next electric bill, their enduring work is spotlighted.

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