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A Design Group with a Social Agenda

I’d never heard of this group before.  The board is comprised of all sorts of interesting people, and their agenda has evolved and changed over the years.  It now focuses on environmental issues.  Check it out and see what you think.  Is this an alternative to utopian design thinking?

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Advertisements for NY Garden City in “Country Life” Magazine

On Google Books, some issues of the magazine “Country Life” have been digitized. These magazines were produced for the very elite, and I discovered, tucked away in the pages of 1916-17 issues, advertisements for the New York “Village of Garden City”! Considering the targeted audience of “Country Life” magazine, it is interesting to think about who they really intended to live in these cities then.

http://books.google.com/books?id=wadMAAAAYAAJ&pg=RA1-PA18&dq=country+life+magazine&hl=en&sa=X&ei=UQpvUp_LMIH82wXbuYBY&ved=0CFsQ6AEwBw#v=snippet&q=%22garden%20city%22&f=false

These are 2 examples of City Beautiful issues happening just earlier this month. In La Palma, CA, a small, affluent neighborhood where billboards are not allowed, they are in the process of getting 2 giant digital billboards because of the revenue they see it bringing in for the city. Interesting abandonment of their ideals for money. And in West Hollywood, CA, a neighborhood is complaining about the new modern, boxy style of houses that are popping up along their streets and the way it hurts their image.

http://www.ocregister.com/articles/city-524132-palma-program.html

No billboards allowed in La Palma, CA

No billboards allowed in La Palma, CA

http://www.wehoville.com/2013/09/30/weho-west-neighbors-feeling-box-ed-influx-new-homes/

Modern Style Box Houses in West Hollywood, CA

Modern Style Box Houses in West Hollywood, CA

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Another Take on Groth’s Idea of Non-People

The Bowery was, for many years, New York’s skid row, home to drifters, alcoholics, the mentally ill, and the down and out single man. This New York Times story details a medical study that took advantage of them on the order of Henrietta Lacks.  In this case they weren’t invisible, but they were treated as less than people.