Friday, March 26, 2010

New Web Site

Why so few blog posts these days you ask? Well, I've been busy working on a new Web site and it will be ready to share soon...

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Tonight! Design Revolution in Baltimore

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6:30 p.m.

Falvey Hall, Brown Center, 1301 W. Mount Royal Ave.


Debating how the issues of social justice and advocacy will impact the way artists conceive and execute their visual environment, a panel of top designers and editors looks at the future of design practice. Panelists include Emily Pilloton, founder, and Matthew Miller, project manager, of Project H Design, a non-profit dedicated to bringing product design to those who need it most; John Bielenberg, founder of Project M, an immersion program created to inspire young graphic designers, writers, photographers and other creative people to do work that can make a difference; and Julie Lasky, editor of Design Observer’s Change Observer section, which covers socially aware design. I will moderate the discussion.

This panel is a part of the Design Revolution Road Show, an initiative of Project H Design that is traveling across the United States with an exhibition of humanitarian products that empower people and improve life. The exhibition trailer will be open for viewing before and after the panel discussion. The lecture is co-sponsored by D:center Baltimore and Urbanite magazine.

Before the event, at 5:30 pm, Ellen Lupton and Inna Alesina will host a party launching their new book, Exploring Materials. Details below.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

International Healthcare

Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi, designed by U.S. firm by HDR architects, will be an anchor project for Sowwah Island, the new central business district of Abu Dhabi when it opens in 2012.

For my latest article in Architect magazine, I take a look at the typology of international healthcare and the burst of new buildings going up in the Middle East. Take a look...

In the 1970s, when the king of Saudi Arabia needed a heart operation, he did what Middle East royals had been doing for decades: He traveled to the United States. After his successful procedure at the Cleveland Clinic, more wealthy patients from the region followed, culminating in thousands receiving care at the hospital. But starting in 2012, these patients will no longer have to pull out a passport to get Western medical treatment. The Cleveland Clinic joins other major U.S. institutions, such as Johns Hopkins and the Mayo Clinic, in bringing its brand of medicine to the Middle East. When it opens in 2012, Cleveland Clinic Abu Dhabi will be a multi-specialty hospital on a par, its owners hope, with the world’s top medical institutions.