Point of View - Point of View August 2008

 

All That Shimmers

The facade of Raleigh’s new convention center is an eye-catching addition to the city’s skyline.

What’s So Funny About Wind Power?

Why did New York media make a joke about the mayor’s intention to pursue wind power for the nation’s biggest city? It’s because most people would rather laugh about an unproven idea than cry about the lack of secure ways out of a climate crisis. It’s pretty straight science to put a green roof on a building in New York,…

Zaha Strikes Again

First there were her strappy plastic shoes for the Brazilian company Melissa, unveiled last month. Now Zaha Hadid has designed a door handle for the Italian manufacturer Valli & Valli. When Dezeen posted a sneak peek of the design after its Milan preview, a commenter noted the handle’s resemblance to the “wrath of Zeus.” (The press release calls the design…

Vive La (Craft) Revolution?

My co-worker must have been reading my mind after I mentioned that I would be attending a Friday-night panel titled, “The Politics of Craft and Design,” part of the American Craft Show at Fort Mason in San Francisco. “What politics?” she asked, speaking aloud the very thought that had piqued my interest in the topic. The panel, moderated by American…

Slow Furniture

Jean-Marie Massaud’s Holy Day Lounge for Viccarbe is now being manufactured in North Carolina. This Labor Day weekend, San Francisco will host the first annual Slow Food Nation, a massive coming-out party for the American branch of the international Slow Food movement, which promotes a sustainable food system (and such delicacies as Bosnian Sack Cheese). Last Monday, I visited the…

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