Meg Farmer reveals an unlikely reading source for thesis research by combing through the archives of Desert Magazine to learn how one woman designed her own homestead cabin and overcame her fear of rattlesnakes by skinning one.
Justin Zhuang reviews two recent publications that document how city residents are transforming their surroundings in unexpected ways.
Lauren Palmer gets lost in Northern California with the help of Google Maps, and finds her next travel companion to be a virtual one: Google Street View Hyperlapse.
Can design differentiate between inspiration and copying? Justin Zhuang travels to Mexico City for the exhibition “Copies: Creative Processes Transformation and Evolution” to make the distinction, and discovers the original iPod’s (2001) muse: the 1958 Braun T3 Transistor Radio.
Beatrice Galilee, “Activating Architecture”
Mariam Aldhahi explains how airlines are cutting down on in-flight entertainment in favor of personal devices with the aid of trend forecasters like the Future Laboratory.
Working Lunch: Jon Sueda, “Wide Open Spaces”
Justin Zhuang explores the origins of design, from Pierre Jeanneret’s mid-century chairs to Thomas Thwaites’ Toaster built from scratch.
Kiosk, “The Things We Never Stop Thinking About”
Jason Schubach, “Design Federal”
Alexandra Jacobs, “Trending: How Fashion Has Gone From Class to Mass (and Maybe Mess)”
SVA MA Design Research, Writing and Criticism Open House
Anab Jain, “Design for Anxious Times”
Glenn Adamson, “Making it in NYC”
Considering pursuing graduate study in design research? Passionate about storytelling in multiple media? Interested in the contexts and consequences of design?
You’ll want to join us on Tuesday, October 21 for and evening of insights and information about the new one-year SVA MA in Design Research. Program faculty, students, and alumni will talk about the ways they use critical research techniques in their work, and about the value of research in design practice, curation, education, and publishing.
“Both Rosenbaum’s affable, burly, tattooed persona and his sensual, maximalist vocabulary speak to a broad spectrum of Brazilians—from ladies who lunch and shop on Óscar Freire, São Paulo’s most expensive street, to the masses who watch him on TV. In eclectic, vibrant mash-ups of color, texture and materials, he takes the glamour of fashion to the masses and brings the inventiveness and complexity of Brazilian popular culture to the elite. Lowbrow regional folk art and craft elements are thrown together with highbrow design references in such disparate things as a six-reais vinyl table-cloth, a Vogue magazine editorial, or celebrity chef Alex Attala’s Dalva e Dito restaurant.”
“Judd’s home has become as stoic and sanitized as his work.”
“When a hermit crab that has grown too large for its current home locates a new one, it determines the structure’s suitability via a process called fondling. During this activity, the hermit crab will explore the shell’s surface and its internal volume-to-weight ratio by rolling the shell over and gently rocking it back and forth.”
“This was a very different kind of shopping for me, and I have to say I was enjoying it. It had a raw, life-or-death edge to it that I rarely experience, even at sales. What I was putting together, to borrow Le Corbusier’s phrase, was a machine for living. And not just living in some milk-fed suburban idyll, but living in a particularly rugged swatch of twenty-first century ecosystem on the brink of catastrophic collapse.” —David Womack
“At the first sight of MDRS, the dissonance between the white dot of the habitat on the red and brown field of the desert is profound. For a while I’m transfixed at the image of a capsule that seems to have fallen out of the sky.”
“Location, architectural style, and decoration make a language—one Wharton could read and write fluently.”
“The irony doesn’t escape me. I had sacrificed my own home to launch a magazine that was all about other people’s homes.”
“By pointing to things my respondents had deemed meaningful enough to dwell with, I was often able to make them reconsider the import and strangeness of their everyday domestic surroundings.”
Watch videos of recent lectures by Peter Bil’ak, founder of Works that Work, Ellen Lupton, curator at Cooper Hewitt Design Museum, Rick Poynor, British design critic, Robert Krulwich, co-host of WNYC’s “Radiolab”, Vishaan Chakrabarti, principal at SHoP Architects, John Warner, editor of McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Virginia Postrel, author and columnist, Kurt Andersen, author and host of WNYC’s “Studio 360″, and Vince Aletti, photography critic for The New Yorker.
Robinson Crusoe sets up his new home in a cave on a desert island and finds that by means of a chair and table, some shelves and hooks his situation looks a lot brighter.
“I’m from where beef is inevitable, summertime’s unforgettable boosters in abundance, buy a half-price sweater new.”
—Jay Z, “Where I’m From”
“For me, the bedroom was never a shelter for self-preservation. It was a room full of possibilities, where I wandered on a journey of self-discovery through the ritual of arrangements.”
A British native and an American transplant, Alice Twemlow looks to peripatetic whale-enthusiast Philip Hoare for advice on how to find one’s way home.
Watch videos of presentations by the graduating class of 2014, Nicholson Baker and more.
Faculty, students, and alums of the department recount their love affairs with Design Research (as well as performing holograms, flying green tree snakes and 51-hour journeys to South Sudan) while they share with us how they teach it, study it, and practice it in their daily work.
10 days, 21 participants, 500+ tweets, 9 design studios, 7 projects, and 1 collaborative publication. Check out the SVA Design Research & Writing Summer Intensive.
A platform implies both the tool as well as the message. Twitter, as a platform, is a space to shout, inquire, move, and capture our thoughts momentarily in a stream of narratives, conversations, observations, and critiques. Over two weeks, in and around New York City, the words arrived and departed, resulting in a shared stream […]
A primer on micro-apartments and compact living in New York City.
Meg Farmer finds human traces of Donald Judd all but erased in the renovation (and museumification) of his house at 101 Spring Street, New York.
Sleeping on a tatami mattress, which could be endlessly repositioned, allowed Justin Zhuang to turn his childhood bedroom into a space of possibilities.
The New York Times columnist Constance Rosenblum explores the distinctive habitats of New Yorkers.
Architecture critic Alexandra Lange extolls on Edith Wharton’s fluency as a decorator and architect of the domestic milieu
Katya Mezhibovskaya visits the apartments of young New Yorkers to find cultural meaning in their possessions and domestic arrangements.
After researching the roles of policy and design in the failures of public housing, Erin Routson compiled a hip-hop playlist/audio tour guide which reframes New York’s most notorious housing projects as sites of creative production.
Katya Mezhibovskaya considers the 2002 Stephen Daldry film, The Hours, as a study of interiors and interiorities.
Zachary Sachs conjures a (fateful) day in the life of his childhood home on Rockwood Street, Dallas.
Metropolis magazine associate editor Avinash Rajagopal on the most comforting shade of pastel blue known to mankind.
On a research trip to Brazil, Frederico Duarte discovers that Marcel Rosenblum, with his massively popular “Lar Doce Lar” (Home Sweet Home) TV show, a local “Extreme Makeover” in which he and host Luciano Huck go around the country redecorating—and often rebuilding—poor families’ homes, exerts a more real and powerful influence on Brazilian culture than such celebrated design exports as the Campana brothers.
Crew journalist Mike Neal arrives at his home for the next two weeks—the Mars Desert Research Station Habitat in the Utah desert—and confronts the architecture of desolation he finds there.
The smallest living space featured in the book Tiny Houses by Mimi Zeiger
Hallucinating, in death throes from cancer and kidney failure, an old man sees the walls around him begin to collapse, as he returns in his mind to his impoverished childhood in the backwoods of Maine.
R/GA Executive Creative Director David Womack weighs up survival versus comfort as he assembles a home-away-from-home in his backpack.
Urban design critic Karrie Jacobs sacrifices her New York home to launch a magazine in San Francisco that was all about other people’s homes, gets homesick, has an epiphany during a Spider-Man movie, and finally comes home.
Artist Elizabeth Demaray sets out to solve a severe housing shortage among the hermit crab population of North Eastern America.
Author Jun’ichirō Tanizaki expounds on the importance of darkness in Japanese interiors in adding texture, depth, and subtle beauty to the life within.