If you judge a book by its cover, you might want to know what goes into its design. Jeffrey Brown speaks with Peter Mendelsund, author of “What We See When We Read” and “Cover,” about the process of communicating an author’s work to readers, as well as the importance of cover design in the age of e-readers. Continue reading
Pre-fab classroom buildings, or “portables,” are supposed to provide a temporary, affordable solution to overcrowded schools. But many are kept in use well beyond their intended expiration dates, accumulating additional costs and sometimes causing difficulties. Special correspondent Katie Campbell of KCTS Seattle reports on how one Washington state school district is tackling this challenge. Continue reading
This year’s recipient of architecture’s top award — the Pritzker Prize — has designed innovative structures for people suffering from hardship and disaster for more than 20 years. Japanese architect Shigeru Ban helps his profession focus more on serving those in need. Jeffrey Brown offers a closer look at Ban’s work. Continue reading
Fourteen months after revealing its sophisticated 787 jet, Boeing’s "Dreamliner" faces a comprehensive review by the Federal Aviation Administration. Incidents such as electrical generators failing mid-flight and its lithium batteries self-igniting have led the FAA to review the safety of the planes. Margaret Warner reports. Continue reading
The FAA announcement on the Dreamliner investigation largely focused on Boeing electrical circuit issues, and prompted in part when a landed plane’s battery caught fire. Margaret Warner talks to The Wall Street Journal’s Andy Pasztor about the FAA’s 787 review announcement and what’s at stake for Boeing. Continue reading
Jeffrey Brown speaks with Moshe Safdie, architect of the brand-new $326 million Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts in Kansas City, about the moral purpose of architecture and the need for a building to reflect the cultural essence of its location while remaining timeless. Continue reading
What if a jury selected a design for the new 9/11 memorial and then discovered that its architect was a Muslim? A new novel, “The Submission,” by Amy Waldman, explores that imagined scenario. Jeffrey Brown and the author discuss her debut novel. Continue reading
The collapse of the Twin Towers served as a stark and stunning reminder to architects and engineers of the value of using concrete to protect skyscrapers from the ravages of fire. Miles O’Brien reports on how the design of skyscrapers has changed since 9/11. This report was produced in collaboration with the PBS program “NOVA.” Continue reading
At the 2011 SXSW Interactive Festival, two presenters decided to reevaluate their work in interactive design by way of a metaphor that taps the festival’s 25-year-old roots: music.
Filmmaker and designer Robyn Girard hopes that her latest project will bring positive stories of what it’s like to be deaf to popular culture.