January 9th, 2015
Reblogged from Jen Dragon
January 9th, 2015
This kind of carefully crafted rhetoric started, after forty years of independence, the project of culturally distinguishing the United States from its enervated former colonizers.
December 29th, 2014
This is the new architectural aspiration of the digital age: listen to customers, serve them well and let them rebuild your reputation.
Excellent piece on parallels between the architectural history of American banking and their relationship to (and alienation from) their reason for being, their customers. Where did American banks go wrong?
December 28th, 2014
I look at art - whether it’s art, music, film, architecture - as a way to look for inspiration. To make a thing about other things.
December 18th, 2014
…you start to become an observer, you start to distance yourself. You’re constantly on the alert. That faculty gets trained in you over the years, observing people, how they react to one another. Which, in a way, makes you weirdly distant.
November 18th, 2014
Technology, which allows us to augment and extend our native capabilities, tends to evolve haphazardly, and the future that is imagined for it—good or bad—is almost always historical, which is to say, naive.
November 17th, 2014

Clever visualization, astute analysis: “Enchanted Objects: Organizing the Internet of Things by human desires.” Found via: TEDxBeaconSt

November 15th, 2014
Most people would probably rank a vaccine for Ebola as more worthy of funding than an anthropological study of disease perception. But a big part of why Ebola is such a problem now is that health workers failed to appreciate the psychology of epidemics and how fear spreads disease. They went in too hard, too fast, and caused panic, leading infected people to hide from quarantine officers or to flee to other regions, thus spreading the disease further and faster.
November 11th, 2014

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Kurt Vonnegut explains how to write with style. (via)

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Reblogged from The Paris Review
October 25th, 2014
On postdisciplinary design: “Once you start breaking from the idea of disciplines, there are no places left where you say “I’m not going to do this, because I don’t know how to do it.
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