Friday also needs some
Lebbeus Woods

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// The scar is a deeper level of reconstruction that fuses the new and the old, reconciling, coalescing them, without compromising either one in the name of some contextual form of unity. The scar is a mark of pride and of honor, both for what has been lost and what has been gained. It cannot be erased, except by the most cosmetic means. It cannot be elevated beyond what it is, a mutant tissue, the precursor of unpredictable regenerations. To accept the scar is to accept existence. Healing is not an illusory, cosmetic process, but something that—by articulating differences—both deeply divides and joins together. // ― Lebbeus Woods

Parts & Whole

Seems like collage is showing up frequently this fall—here are a few sightings. From The Avant Garde Diaries the video below on Mark Wagner. From Design Observer an interview by Rick Poynor with David Banash on his new book: Collage Culture: Readymades, Meaning, and the Age of Consumption. From Eye Magazine and its current issue, Rick Poynor writitng on Eduardo Paolozzi. And a strange (maybe) yet wonderful thing seems to be up with the current issue of Eye. It looks, feels, and reads like Baseline magazine. All good things.

BLDG BLOG, more—

If you have not already found BLDG BLOG, check it out. It is a very fine design blog on architecture, urban planning, and details worthy of a close look.  A few of you in GD4090 will find this of interest among many of the other articles on BLDG BLOG. The author, Geoff Manaugh, is now focusing on expanding Gizmodo’s coverage. He also authored Landscape Futures: Instruments, Devices and Architectural Inventions. It was published earlier this year and was designed by Everything Type Company/ETC. And yes, that fluorescent pink is just that bright in the printing.


Flight thru Instruments

A few years ago this wonderful book issued by the US Navy (1945) and designed by Harley Earl showed up on several information design blogs. It was difficult to find for a while and its price increased considerably. Not so anymore—I just found a nice, reasonable copy.


Cercle et Carré (Circle and Square)
at Georgia Museum of Art

01 There is a great show on abstraction at the GMA next door. Please drop by and see it! The catalog for the show was designed by Roy Brooks, Fold Four Design and is well worth a look too.

// This exhibition is the first major one devoted to the art and activities of Cercle et Carré (Circle and Square), the artistic group cofounded in 1929 by Pierre Daura (1896–1976), Joaquín Torres-García (1874–1949) and Michel Seuphor (1901–1999). Organized primarily around the works displayed in the group’s 1930 exhibition in Paris or featured in one of the three issues of the 1930 Cercle et Carré periodical, “Cercle et Carré and the International Spirit of Abstract Art” presents a dynamic assembly of abstract works of art not seen as a group and seldom discussed in relation to one another for more than 80 years. Complementing the primary-source materials in the Georgia Museum of Art’s Pierre Daura Center’s archives, this exhibition makes an important contribution to understanding international abstract art in the period between the wars. —GMA //


ALL media

//so the cool thing about putting video on an overhead projector is that the camera can’t interpret the image properly and it makes things look like they’re breaking apart- see the part with my hand and the brush? pretty perfect.// —Andrea



Next: Notation, Duration, Sketch with Frame.

stay frosty
don’t dis the process
(and something about plastic)

Narrative Environments

All environments hold a story—some are more explicit than others, some more active, dynamic, educational and desirable. Keep the baubles of the past—that static decoration that filled the food court and a role long gone. Sculpture, architecture, landscape, information and interaction design have grown together and synthesized to bring something more. I spoke with some of you about the new library at NC State by Snøhetta and we viewed images of their Norwegian Wild Reindeer Center pavilion. Here are a few more references—enjoy.

Several years ago I took a group of students to see several exhibit spaces by Land Design and then we visited with them at their offices in Kew. The UK has a wonderful tradition of presenting what they collect and they have been collecting for a while. They also take great care in presentation and the design of their museums, libraries, archives, gardens, and historical sites (see Small Design’s work for the Cabinet War Rooms).

Along with its sister publications Elephant and Mark, Frame magazine reports on educational and exhibit spaces from time to time. It is a decadent slab of wood pulp and ink, but I look. I showed some of you the work of Traast + Gruson from the Netherlands—they are of interest particularly for graphic designers. More to come…

And more of this too—great work on Wednesday!



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