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Brasília: dare to speculate, dare to implement

By Isabella Brandalise and Cameron Hanson on October 28, 2014

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What if an uncanny city popped up in the middle of nowhere? What if the city plan was so radical that a country’s entire political structure was shifted? Such is the case for Brasília, the capital of Brazil. What started as two lines on a paper manifested into a concrete masterpiece. Brasília is an example […]

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Hand Over Your Tools

By on December 19, 2013

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When Bruce Nussbaum wrote about humanitarian design as the new design imperialism, like others in the class, I began to question if we as designers living in privileged situations should act at all? I had a conversation with a classmate who had witnessed the failures of a particular humanitarian design project while living in an […]

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Re: Reusables

By on December 18, 2013

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A personal mission to live without producing any trash has rendered me something of a reusable container connoisseur. Shrinking landfills and thickening plastic gyre soups in the oceans signify a crisis. Increased acknowledgment of this worsening condition has led to a push to sever our love affair with disposables and rekindle our relationship with washable […]

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Saint Francis vs San Francisco: Will Technology Save Our [Cities'] Souls?

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The thirteenth century Catholic preacher, Francis of Assisi, may have never been more popular. His namesake, Pope Francis, is leading a charm offensive that has breathed new life into a bruised Vatican. After decades of larger-than-life, theological heads, the Church has a straight-talking, no-frills Pope who appears to be in touch with the reality beyond […]

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Introversion

By on December 17, 2013

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My name is Gertrud, and I am an introvert. There, I admitted it. Phew. I was a quiet child, preferred reading and drawing over playing with the other kids. I would watch the other children outside playing, and actually be content. But I experienced an inner dissonance of a cognitive sort. I was supposed to […]

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Mars One Project

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Mars One Project Rendering *Read: Home Sweet Home* The Mars One Project is a privately funded mission to establish a permanent human settlement on Mars. The team, founded by Bas Lansdorp with a background in Mechanical Engineering and Arno Wielders, a physicist who previously worked with NASA on the Ozone Monitoring Instrument (OMI) project. Other […]

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All Design is Education of a Sort

By on December 13, 2013

“All men are designers. All that we do, almost all the time, is design, for design is basic to all human activity.” Victor Papanek argued. So, is design an instinct? Design seems like a discipline without threshold, or a kind of inherent feeling in the mind.  I encountered a worry when I glad to see […]

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TransD change minds

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As the semester is coming to an end, I’ve began to question the amount and quality of knowledge I actually absorbed from the great deal of information that was presented to us throughout these four months. I questioned my success, or the lack of, in drawing connections and making critical analysis of a single or […]

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Internet revolution

By on December 12, 2013

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The goal is to have no stops, no delays, no backflows, no inventories, no expediting, no bottlenecks, no buffer stocks, and no waste in small and large scale of business. The idea of no waste is called muda in Natural Capitalism by Paul Hawkin.   Having to meet all these goals seems not quite possible, though I thought […]

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Sex, Apps, and Gamification

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As a gay man living in New York City, I’ve struggled with online dating, especially hook-up apps and websites. I’m not alone in this. I’ve seen friends debate their merits, give them up and join them again, bemoan the loss of community in bars and clubs, lose partners to infidelity through them, and feed our […]

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Going back

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A couple of year ago I had the experience of spending a year in India, which I often describe as a love hate relationship. Till today I’m not able to figure out a way to start sharing the story of what represent some of the most amazing and challenging moments of my personal development. I […]

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It’s Not Easy Buying Green

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  Exactly one year ago (no kidding, to this exact day), I backed a Kickstarter campaign. It was my first time participating in a crowdfunding project. Kickstarter and other crowdfunding sites are certainly old news at this point and many of my family members and peers have backed countless campaigns by now, but for me, […]

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Biomonitoring — a path to emergence?

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I have just received my Polar H7 heart rate monitor (Yes, I did in fact buy it from Amazon one late evening). I strap it on and connect it wirelessly to my phone. There is instant feedback—Da dunk. Da dunk. Da dunk. I can’t help feeling like I’m in the Matrix. Within seconds it starts […]

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The Choice – A retrospective analysis of wicked problems

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  We are living in an increasingly complex world. Humanity’s destructive footprint on the planet earth is getting larger everyday. The artifice – designed and created by the humans – has gone way beyond enabling people to live better; it has now taken over the life itself by its infinite webs of connections and connectedness. […]

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Let’s Get Reflective

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Some people like talking, some like coding. Me? I like thinking about the way people think. I am an observer, a perceiver, a reader of people and situations alike. I can’t help it; it comes naturally and I like doing it. It comes as no surprise then that my undergraduate focus was in psychology. Coming […]

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Playing the Part of Expert and Ignoramus

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Globalization has designers consistently finding themselves participating within paradigms that they are not accustomed to. Globalization strengthens and extends relationships, both professionally and personally, across the world, thus increasing the chance that he/she will be working within cultures, languages, and subject matter literally foreign to them.  For instance, as a Peace Corps volunteer, I worked […]

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Design as Patterns

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In the Marimekko College Workshop, “Design by Hand”, illustrator and graphic designer Aino-Maija Metsola, fashion designer Mika Piirainen and ceramics and product designer Sami Ruotsalainen separately present how they use patterns in their design work. There are beautiful patterns on notebook, clothing, plates, cups, bags and so on, which all seem nice and easy to […]

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Design Thinking & Policy Making

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When we talk about design we often understand it as products, graphics, services and systems. But design is also an applied way of thinking, a mindset really. We see this as different approaches, skills and tools all used to create meaning of our perceptions and precognitions of our contexts – a necessity for anyone who […]

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Pop Culturally Pro Social

By on December 11, 2013

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Popular culture is a very funny thing. It is not like some all-power authority figure tells the masses that Justin Bieber is no longer dreamy, or that Jennifer Lawrence is America’s new snarky sweetheart. It just kind of happens—unless you believe that Beyoncé, Ryan Gosling, and Neil Patrick Harris are secretly puppet mastering the American […]

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Who can save Detroit?

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  One thing I’ve learned since living in New York City is that space. is. luxury.  Period.  There are many examples where we’ve seen people transform a little derelict plot into a beautiful community garden.  Or how artists have transformed ramshackle warehouse spaces in Dumbo into luxurious apartments.  Every unused or neglected space I pass […]

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