The movie theater is just one of many spaces that are rich in meaning, despite their banal veneers. To reevaluate such everyday spaces, Chappell Ellison proposes a Web site in which users are invited to upload an audio narration of a space they visit on a regular basis.
Chappell Ellison examines the design semiotics of modern movie theaters
Fred Duarte looks at how the conceptualization and production of consumer goods in Brazil reflect a country in transition.
John Cantwell considers how car sharing could affect the way we use and design cars in the future.
Amelia Black delves into the communicative power of smell in design experience.
Hala Abdul Malak embarks on a journey to recontextualize the Kafiye today.
Sandra Nuut considers the many manifestations of fashion curation to be found beyond the museum’s walls.
“Megaprojects have provided especially lucrative investment opportunities. Characterized by the revamping of large swaths of land and the creation of new neighborhoods comprising some blend of residential, commercial, and perhaps cultural spaces, these projects represent a new chapter in the evolution of city building, and an interesting cross-pollination of the two fiercely opposing viewpoints of twentieth century city planning—those of Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses.”
Tiffany Lambert provides insights into the way participatory culture operates in relation to product design, and suggests key areas worth deeper, more nuanced consideration.
“The real value of the experience is actually what is not being pointed out by the sign. According to philosopher Vincent Descombes, ‘The character is at home when he is at ease in the rhetoric of the people with whom he shares life.’ The feeling of ‘home’ is accomplished by the colors, words, materials, objects, and distinctive design gestures that comprise the storefront. Its unique design captures the character of the neighborhood, which would feel alien if placed in a different part of the city.”
—Derek Edward Love
Cecilia Fagel takes a pedestrian approach to the design of nature in the city, studying the winding parkland fronting each doorstep, and inspecting nature in the public sidewalk.
Overcoming Obstruction: Identifying the Infrastructural Inequities that Perpetuate Segregation in Red Hook
Brigette Brown identifies a range of barriers—sometimes visible, sometimes invisible—that prohibit Red Hook residents’ movement within their Brooklyn neighborhood.
Matt Shaw demonstrates how the literal is being used in contemporary practice at many scales.
Bryn Smith examines the tensions that underscore persistent objections to displaying graphic design, and asks whether this shift signals the start of a larger discussion about representation in the field.
Humans By Design: How Design Reconsiders the Human Body as a Material, a Medium, and a Site for Critical Interventions
Caterina Francisca argues for a definition of—and more serious guidelines for—the role of a designer within scientific research that concerns living organisms.
Lynda Decker explores the extent to which regionalism might still influence design, and how the emergent surf design ideology may be in the process of re-mythologizing surfing for its new east-coast urban context.
Amanda Vallance offers a spirited speculation about the potential for an emerging ethos in Chinese high fashion design to address issues in the global high fashion industry.
Nawar N. Al-Kazemi focuses on the role of design education in re-energizing Khaleeji cultural identity, in a region where design is witnessing an influx of imported identities.
Anna Marie Smith explores the future of micro-living, a lifestyle impelled by spatial restraints and a preference towards a more reductive way of existing.
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.