In Like a Lion

It’s only the ninth of March and already we’re having trouble keeping up with all this month’s design news. If you’re like us (harried, easily distracted, constantly hungry, etc.), then read on for a quick, painless recap of the month’s biggest design news, so far.

President Obama Appoints Edward Tufte to the Recovery Independent Advisory Panel

In his new role, the information-design guru (and vocal PowerPoint critic) will help track and explain the $787 billion in federal stimulus funds. “I’m doing this because I like accountability and transparency, and I believe in public service,” Tufte wrote on his Web site. “And it is the complete opposite of everything else I do.”
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201016__24928_b_610x457_140pxMIT’s New Media Lab Building Opens

Fumohiko Maki’s design draws on Piet Mondrian, George Seurat, and Japanese paper lanterns for a 163,000-square-foot exercise in transparency.

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52585611_140pxR.I.P, Raimund Abraham, Bruce Graham, Alessandro Magris, and Frank Williams

Abraham (left) was known for his theory, his teaching, and his passion for the profession; Graham was the architect of Willis Tower and the John Hancock Center; Magris joined Superstudio in 1970 and continued to practice in Italy after its demise; Williams worked on 20 major New York buildings. They will all be missed.
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scheeren_140pxOle Scheeren Quits OMA

After 15 years working for Rem–serving along the way as the project leader on the firm’s CCTV tower, in Beijing, and its Prada stores in New York and Los Angeles–Scheeren is leaving to “pursue new opportunities,” according to a press release.
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ALeqM5izAPCEUUotHVjlZ1P-oiZM8mUWqg_140px102-Year-Old Architect Unveils New Project

We’re talking, of course, about Oscar Niemeyer, who just doesn’t quit. His latest is a new government complex in southeastern Brazil, the Tancredo Neves Administrative City.
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Ouroussoff_lead_140pxAlexandra Lange Takes Down Nicolai Ouroussoff

Surely you’ve read this by now, but just in case: Over on Design Observer, Lange mounted an impassioned argument against the New York Times architecture critic in “Why Nicolai Ouroussoff Is Not Good Enough.”
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