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Thomas Jefferson, the great American President and architect, addressed the concept of intergenerational remote tyranny – the idea that one generation might pollute the earth and destroy the ability of future generations to celebrate its abundance. He penned a letter to his colleague James Madison in 1789 that stated the following:
As design teams’ seek creative ways to make their architectural solutions more sustainable, the building industry has responded with some very innovative products.
Following Ashley’s great post, I thought I would update you all with a new iPad app that supports Prezi viewing. For those of you who are not aware of Prezi, see my post from a year ago to get a glimpse of this alternative to PowerPoint. Prezi has had several updates over the past year that make it worth checking out again.
The NYC Department of Design and Construction (DDC), responsible for civic projects including libraries, firehouses and senior centers, is a leader and advocate for a healthier city by design. This year Active Design Guidelines book was designed by Pentagram, a famous design firm with an office in New York. If you visit the DDC website you can download the entire PDF for free.
A traditional approach to describing a person might use a biographical style as in the previous posts, but can words capture everything about us that makes us who we are? Can we explore other less traditional ways to paint a description? With this in mind, for the past year and a half I’ve tried mapping my exact geographical position, using GPS coordinates, every ten seconds, when I’m out and about and travelling around my city. Can this start to explain “who I am” by describing where I’ve been? Do I learn anything from looking at the results?!
This year at the Academy Awards there was one entry in the animated shorts film that has drawn a lot of attention. Make sure you check out the short film Logorama. EVERYTHING in this entire film is made out of existing logos, from the buildings to the main characters. There is a trailer available on the idsgn blog, and with some inventive searching you can find the entire film. You can also purchase it on iTunes.
Sometimes we get caught up in the daily drum beat of our profession. So when an outside of the box idea like www.vanitybarcodes.com shows up, it’s a nice little reminder to look for the ordinary and make it extraordinary.