Incubating New Ideas

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Two New York City initiatives are creating spaces that foster collaboration and design discourse. The American Design Club was founded to support the work of emerging designers. By creating a platform for sharing ideas, resources, and inspiration, the club offers designers across the nation a virtual space for connection and cross-pollination. Meanwhile, The New Museum has announced their plans for a creative incubator that hopes to challenge traditional notions of the art museum and will house more than 60 start-up companies and entrepreneurs. To secure a place at 231 Bowery, prospective participants will have to be selected by committee. One of the first to announce their occupancy is Columbia University’s Graduate School of Architecture, Planning, and Preservation’s research lab Studio-X.

(Image via Art In America)

Bookshelf: What We’re Reading

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There’s a lot happening these days at Wert&Co.–reflected in six books we would like to share with you. We’ve been preparing for a few talks and seeking to understand ourselves and our work more deeply, finding inspiration from the self discovery of childhood to the wisdom (hopefully) gained over the years. This month we also mourned the loss of John Berger who’s seminal Ways of Seeing provided us not just with a tool to view art in a revolutionary way, but a tool to understand critically the images that surround us. Finally with data ruling the day, in both politics and our work, we’ve found ourselves recently in a deep dive on both the mechanics, design and ethics of this fascinating subject.

 

Oh yes, the planet is sublime!

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I have a crazy,
crazy love of things.
I like pliers,
and scissors.
I love
cups,
rings,
and bowls –
not to speak, of course,
of hats.
I love
all things,
not just
the grandest,
also
the
infinite-
ly
small–
thimbles,
spurs,
plates,
and flower vases.
Oh yes,
the planet
is sublime!

Odes to Common Things by Pablo Neruda
(photo by Daniel Wert)

 

 

Celebrating & Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

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A day for reflection & dreaming & coming together in peace.

 

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