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.
Anna Kealey reveals the ways in which packaging design creates a landscape of fictitious imagery, disconnected from realities of food production today.
Using first-person interviews with graphic designers and project managers in South Sudan, Anne Quito recounts the challenges and opportunities of creating a national corporate identity suite, and explores the politics, aesthetics, and pragmatics of representation at a national scale.
Sandra Nuut considers innovative instances of fashion curation and demonstrates the ways in which new critical approaches might provide inspiration and exemplars for museums seeking to escape commercial constraints.
Katya Mezhibovskaya visits the apartments of young New Yorkers to find cultural meaning in their possessions and domestic arrangements.
Julia van den Hout explores examples of contemporary experimentation with material and structure, and the creation of elaborate forms that are ornate, yet retain their essential function.
Derrick Mead analyzes themes in critical design such as designing for repair, designing for failure, and designing for “cradle-to-cradle” type life cycles.
Barbara Eldredge questions why guns are missing from museum design collections.
Ann Weiser explores the disconnect between the reality and idealized fantasy of Main Street, from the financially privileged communities of old New England towns and New Urbanist Greenfield developments, to the crumbling sidewalks of Main Streets ravaged by the methamphetamine epidemic.
Anna Kealey dissects the visual and verbal cues on food packaging–from the seemingly obvious to the far more abstract–and illustrates how they are used to create myths about food.
Michele Washington illustrates the ways in which the Afro has been used as a significant graphic element in the black vernacular narrative.
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.
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.
Author Jun’ichirō Tanizaki expounds on the importance of darkness in Japanese interiors in adding texture, depth, and subtle beauty to the life within.