One Man’s Trash is Another Man’s Treasure

Trasure = Waste

Flight of the Condors

Pay a visit to any of South America's cities and you will quickly be struck by the contrasts. In Buenos Aires you will see piles of rubbish at the feet of glass towers. In Rio de Janeiro, large favelas face towards multimillion dollar penthouse apartments. In Sao Paulo, Brazil's economic powerhouse, the super wealthy travel by helicopter, spending their working days in the sky while the unemployed struggle to survive on the streets.

During our stay in Sao Paulo we were inspired to try and understand what these contrasts mean for the people that live there. Specifically, we wanted to meet Sao Paulo's waste pickers, who make a living collecting rubbish and picking out the valuable material for sale.

We first learned about waste pickers, as they are called, through a documentary based in India. We were confronted by the health issues that people working in land fills or collecting…

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Penmanship and Personality: An Ode to the Handwritten Note

Penmanship and Personality

the world in words

Remember all that talk earlier this year about US Treasury Secretary Jack Lew’s signature? It’s hard to call it a signature at all, it looks more like an unfurled slinky. People called the signature “manufactured”—“silly” even.

Who cares, right? In a way, we all do because Lew’s signature will soon appear on US currency (although the Treasury Department is coy as to exactly when that’ll happen).

But when it does, will the value of the dollar be affected by the value we may place on the handwriting of the Treasury Secretary?

Does handwriting have value? Not Wendy Cope’s, at least if you ask her. Cope is a British poet. She crafts profound things out of words—exactly the kind of person you’d expect to find pleasure in putting pen to paper.

“I don’t actually like having to hand-write anything that’s for public consumption,” she says. “I’m not very proud of my…

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The Death Of Blogs? Or Of Magazines?

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The Dish


As part of his “eulogy for the blog”, Marc Tracy touches upon the evolution of the Dish – which he praises as “a soap opera pegged to the news cycle”:

[T]oday, Google Reader is dying, Media Decoder is dead, and Andrew Sullivan’s The Daily Dish is alive in new form. This year, Sullivan decided that he was a big enough brand, commanding enough attention and traffic, to strike out on his own. At the beginning of the last decade, the institutions didn’t need him. Today, he feels his best chance for survival is by becoming one of the institutions, complete with a staff and a variety of content. What wasn’t going to work was continuing to have, merely, a blog.

We will still have blogs, of course, if only because the word is flexible enough to encompass a very wide range of publishing platforms: Basically, anything that contains a scrollable stream…

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This is Korea (Remix)

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Dada Elephant Celebes ( Jin Kim )

Dada Elephant Celebes ( Jin Kim )

The Elephant Celebes (or Celebes) is a 1921 painting by the German Dadaist and surrealist Max Ernst. It is among the most famous of Ernst’s early surrealist works and “undoubtedly the first masterpiece of Surrealist painting in the De Chirico tradition.” It combines the vivid, dreamlike atmosphere of Surrealism with the collage aspects of Dada.

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Remix Reflection (Jin Kim)

After watching some videos about remix, I think that remix is like inspiration for designers.I sometimes get inspired by books, magazines, and images from landscape architects. To me, remixing is not copying or cheating, but it is blending someone’s idea with my idea to come up a better solution for future design. For instance, some cartoons from Walt Desney were remade by other films and stories. As a designer, remixing or getting inspiration from other people’s work is really helpful for me to strengthen my design

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Photo Essay (Jin Kim)

The photo essay is about the environmental perspective of Fargo.

You may need a prezi account to view this photo essay.

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