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William Allman July 15, 2011 06:54 PM EDT Watch the video of President Obama and Ruby Bridges here . When Ruby Bridges visited the Oval Office on July 15, President Obama told her, "I think it's fair to say that if it wasn't for you guys, I wouldn't be here today." November 14, 2010 marked the 50th anniversary of six-year-old Ruby's history-changing walk to the William Franz Public School in New Orleans as part of court-ordered integration in 1960. Six years after the 1954 United States Supreme Court ruling in Brown v. Board of Education declared that state laws establishing separate public schools for black and white students were unconstitutional, this event represented a victory for the American Civil Rights Movement.
Many people seem to strive for minimalism as if it’s a difficult thing to acquire, it’s actually pretty simple, as Grant Snider demonstrates in this little comic.
A Parisian apartment left untouched for over 70 years was discovered in the quartier of Pigalle a few summers ago and I’ve been meaning to share the pictures with you. Time to unlock the vault … The owner of this apartment, Mrs. De Florian left Paris just before the rumblings of World War II broke out in Europe. She closed up her shutters and left for the South of France, never to return to the city again.
Last week we reported on a bold conceptual plan by Miami architect Chad Oppenheim and über-hip-hop mogul Pharrell Williams to convert Overtown into Ice Cream City, a whimsical neighborhood that would be home to the nation's largest indoor and outdoor skate park, a big box retailer, ateliers and specialty shops, and artist enclaves. I recently interviewed Oppenheim about Ice Cream City, including the involvement of affordable housing developer Carlisle Development Group; how far a long the plan is; and what's the strategy for protecting Overtown residents from gentrification. Read the brief Q&A after the jump. See also: - Pharrell Williams And Chad Oppenheim Want To Redevelop Overtown Into "Ice Cream City" Banana Republican: When and how did you and Pharrell come together on this idea?
Danish architects Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) will show a LEGO model of their LEGO Towers project for an upcoming exhibition at Storefront for Architecture and Design in New York. The 1:50 scale model uses 250,000 bricks and took five weeks to build. A time-lapse movie showing the construction of the model is on YouTube .
They hold books and help keep us organized. They are bookshelves, and without them, our homes would be filled with piles of reading materials! But what if bookshelves could be as fun as they are functional? Today we explore ways to use bookshelves to heighten our design possibilities.
“Plagiarism should be celebrated,” declares Chris Habib , author of Plagiarist and organizer of Printed Matter’s group exhibition HELP/LESS .
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Woodcut illustrations from Aldrovandi's 'History of Monsters' Capreolus Polyceros Monstrum triceps capite Vulpis, Draconis, & Aquilae Monstrum tetrachiron alatum capite humano aurito Orobonis Piscis effigies Camphurch effigies
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By Nora , on December 17, 2011 Shay Aaron is a brilliant artist from Israel who makes the most astonishing miniature food jewelry. These foodstuffs look so beautiful that we would desire to eat them. Actually, there’s a whole market out there for miniature food.