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| SUNDAY VIEWING | TED Talks: Design of useful things

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http://www.ted.com/playlists/80/design_of_useful_things

Playlist (11 talks): Design of useful things

Paola Antonelli – Treat design as art

Thomas Goetz – It’s time to redesign medical data

Gary Lauder – Take Turns

Yves Behar – Designing objects that tell stories

John Hodgman – Design, explained

Eben Bayer – Are mushrooms the new plastic?

Rory Sutherland – Sweat the small stuff

Niels Diffrient – Rethinking the way we sit down

Kevin Surace – Eco-friendly drywall

Jacek Utko – Can design save newspapers?

Marcin Jakubowski – Open-sourced blueprints for civilization

| SUNDAY READING | Process, a new role for the architect

TEDGlobal 2012 - June 25 - 29, 2012, Edinburgh, Scotland. Photo: Ryan LashProcess, a new role for the architect: Michael Hansmeyer at TEDGlobal 2012

As an architect, Michael Hansmeyer asks, “What is the origin of the forms we design?” And he asks: “What kind of forms would we design if we had no bias, if we had no preconception? What kind of forms would we design if we could free ourselves from our education?”

“How,” he says, “Would we go about creating something truly new?” His idea is to look to nature. Not to copy it, but to use the processes of nature to design something new.

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| Hero of the Week | Janet Echelman

“Janet Echelman found her true voice as an artist when her paints went missing — which forced her to look to an unorthodox new art material. Now she makes billowing, flowing, building-sized sculpture with a surprisingly geeky edge. A transporting 10 minutes of pure creativity.”

“American artist Janet Echelman reshapes urban airspace with monumental, fluidly moving sculpture that responds to environmental forces including wind, water, and sunlight.”