Libeskind: An Architect Indeed

404px-daniel_libeskind1A verbose Daniel Libeskind spoke tonight at the Strand bookstore in New York to promote his new book Counterpoint.  The standing-room-only crowd was enamored of the charm, drive, and mostly canned wisdom that flooded the room in waves of anecdotes and rhetorical flourishes.  It was a good show, but odd that New Yorker critic Paul Goldberger didn’t attend as scheduled.  Libeskind bounced between many subjects and penetrating ideas, revealing the extraordinary agility of his mind, a penchant for music metaphors fired off in 16th notes, and a supernatural drive that is appropriate both to the profession and the city. Continue reading

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Veritas: Then and Now

harvard_logoThe meaning of truth has changed since John Ruskin’s time.  Veritas, the Latin word for truth is the slogan of Harvard University and appears on its seal.  In Ruskin’s time, this seal spelled out the word Veritas across the images of three books, two of which faced outward while the third faced away form the viewer.  This very conscious graphic choice suggested that a part of truth remained unknowable to reason. Continue reading

Yes We Can Design

accountability-thumb2Web-enabled transparency and feedback anticipate the future of Democracy

An alert and informed citizenry is an essential ingredient in any free and healthy nation.  But are we well informed?  Do we know enough about, say, how government spends our money?  Do we have sufficient public forums to learn about and discuss the actions of our leaders?  The design of new government websites shows that we are on our way to additional and more effective spaces for these activities.  These sites suggest that standards of government accountability are developing quickly and along with, albeit a bit behind advances in web design. 

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