The role of design and designers in society and the marketplace is changing. So editors Mariana Amatullo, Bryan Boyer, Liz Danzico and Andrew Shea recently co-edited LEAP Dialogues: Career Pathways in Social Innovation (Designmatters at ArtCenter College of Design), which addresses this transition through conversations, case studies, examples and more—becoming a veritable handbook for social impact design stories through a global lens.
For a person with a blazing brain, whose online calendar looks like a mighty brick wall, and
whose vision is directed several years into the future, Liz Danzico manages to stay intensely calm.
The job titles that describe each temporal brick aren’t on many career counselors’ lists—not
One morning last fall Judson Box woke up early to tend the horses at his farm near Leesburg, Fla. Before he could sit down to breakfast, however, his wife waved him over to the color TV that doubles as their home computer, thanks to an old WebTV setup. As Mr. Box leaned in closer to the grainy 17-inch screen, he started to make out the image of a fireman running through a tunnel.
Everyone has seen it happen. An otherwise accomplished person walks on stage at a conference, and subsequently one or more of the following occur: The microphone breaks, the speaker punctuates every sentence with “ummm,” he starts running out of time, whispers so quietly not even the front row can hear him, the technology breaks down, he fumbles at an impossible question, or forgets everything and stands on stage in terrifying silence. And everything falls to pieces.
When he wasn’t trading punches with Mies van der Rohe, collecting prizes, and redefining the urban landscape, uberarchitect Philip Johnson (1906-2005) was stockpiling Windex and living it up in the Glass House, his private residence in New Canaan, Connecticut.
Writing 24 years ago in Architectural Digest, Vincent Scully called Philip Johnson’s Glass House “the most sustained cultural salon that the US had ever seen.” Within the glass walls of that modernist marvel, people like Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, and Robert A. M. Stern battled wits over the endless martinis supplied by Johnson and his partner, David Whitney.