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  1. The Architecture of Unhappiness
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    The Architecture of Unhappiness

    I saw the wonderful Cannes Grand Prix-winning gangster film Gomorrah directed by Matteo Garrone yesterday, and was struck at the level of decay and desecation presented. The film was set largely in...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    03.04.09

  2. Three Starchitects for the Price of One at the Leeum
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    Three Starchitects for the Price of One at the Leeum

    The rather poorly named Leeum Samsung Museum of Art (an unfortunate collision of “Lee”, surname of the Samsung family who founded the place, and the last half of “museum”)...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    11.04.08

  3. Seoul Design Olympiad 2008 Recap
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    Seoul Design Olympiad 2008 Recap

    October 30th marked the closing of Seoul, South Korea’s nearly three-week-long Seoul Design Olympiad 2008 at the Jamsil Sports Complex, site of the 1988 Seoul Summer Olympics. The first...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    11.05.08

  4. Eutopia! I’ve Found it!
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    Eutopia! I’ve Found it!

    While the rest of my Design Miami/Art Basel cohorts were traipsing around in a sea of expensive gear, white pants, and more stilettos than you can shake a Jean Prouvé side chair at, I...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    12.14.08

  5. A Proper Primer on Modernism
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    A Proper Primer on Modernism

    The historicization of modern architecture is quick to lionize Mies, Gropius, Wright and others, but too often treats them as though they existed in a vacuum, a far-sighted brotherhood whose sole...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    01.28.09

  6. Hirshhorn, Ontario: The Modern City That Never Was
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    Hirshhorn, Ontario: The Modern City That Never Was

    An exhibit up at the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington DC chronicles the museum's initial conception, and the Canadian, Philip Johnson-designed city in which it was meant to live.

    written by: Aaron Britt
    02.05.09

  7. Interview with Jürgen Mayer H.: Part II
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    Interview with Jürgen Mayer H.: Part II

    Last week I sat down over an Anchor Steam with Jurgen Mayer H. of the Berlin-based architecture firm J. Mayer H. at the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art's cafe. In the first part of my...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    02.12.09

  8. Updike on Modern Skyscrapers
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    Updike on Modern Skyscrapers

    John Updike, the expert critic and novelist, only occasionally took up architecture and design as the sole subject of his prodigious powers of description. Though in sketching the rural barns of...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    02.14.09

  9. Platform 21's Repair Manifesto
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    Platform 21's Repair Manifesto

    Designers talk a lot about extending product lifecycles, but most often in terms of creating new objects with exceptional longevity. Extending the lifecycle of existing objects is a different...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    03.03.09

  10. Founding Farmers
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    Founding Farmers

    While in Washington DC we popped into Founding Farmers, the District’s only LEED Gold certified restaurant and bar. A farm-to-table style establishment, Founding Farmers would be just one of...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    03.26.09

  11. Christopher Puzio at Dwell on Design
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    Christopher Puzio at Dwell on Design

    We editors have started to put together the panels and programming for Dwell on Design 09 in Los Angeles, and I'm very excited to report that San Diego-based artist, gallerist, educator, builder...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    03.27.09

  12. Eight Questions for Graham Pullin
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    Eight Questions for Graham Pullin

    Graham Pullin is an interaction designer who teaches at the University of Dundee in Scotland. His new book is Design Meets Disability, out next month from MIT Press. I had a chance to ask Pullin a...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    08.30.09

  13. The Mosque
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    The Mosque

    The Mosque. Political, Architectural and Social Transformations, compiled and edited by Dutchmen Ergün Erkoçu (an architect) and Cihan Bugdaci (a real estate developer) and out this...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    04.22.09

  14. Off to Switzerland
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    Off to Switzerland

    I'm headed off to Switzerland on Saturday to take part in the Presence Switzerland Design and Innovation tour. I've never been before, but the itinerary is chockablock with the tiny nation's...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    04.23.09

  15. Tonight: Objectified in America
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    Tonight: Objectified in America

    I finally saw Gary Hustwit’s very fine film Objectified this week and could not be more excited to moderate the latest Dwell Conversation, Objectified in America: Design, Consumerism and...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    04.24.09

  16. Touring Switzerland: Day 1
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    Touring Switzerland: Day 1

    I got into Zurich around 9:00 AM on Sunday, rather wiped out from my flight from San Francisco via Newark. Fading, but anxious to get out and see the town, I called up Zurich-based architect Felix...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    04.28.09

  17. Touring Switzerland: Day 2
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    Touring Switzerland: Day 2

    The sunny weather we enjoyed yesterday has evaporated, and once-sunny Zurich is rainy and gray. After checking out of Hotel Greulich we started our busy program by heading over to Pro Helvetia, a...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    04.28.09

  18. Touring Switzerland: Day 3
    Travel Reports

    Touring Switzerland: Day 3

    Things commenced this morning under the gray skies again, though this time, instead of nattering about Zurich, we were off to the rural byways of Langenthal, a quaint little town reputed for its...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    04.29.09

  19. Touring Switzerland: Day 4
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    Touring Switzerland: Day 4

    The morning weather in Madiswil at the Hotel Baeren was gloomy at best. Rain fell sideways as our driver Herr Muster helped us load up the van. We’d been told that sunnier skies awaited us in...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    04.30.09

  20. Touring Switzerland: Final Day
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    Touring Switzerland: Final Day

    Waking up, despite the early hour, was a joy in sunny Lausanne. Finally, after days of rain, I could look onto spectacular Lake Geneva as I hurried through my breakfast. We were up and out in the...

    written by: Aaron Britt
    05.05.09

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