Modal Groove

Richard Saul Wurman, whose brain his wife once described as a “cellular Cuisinart,” has spent a career making things clearer for people to understand—geography, processes, medicine, data points, and information. As founder of the wildly popular TED Conference, he rewrote the rules for enticing brainy people to speak just as clearly to an unspecialized, if curious, audience. With the WWW.WWW Conference (Sept. 18–20), he’ll attempt to rewrite the rules, again: no presentations, no agenda, no public tickets—just 66 name brands performing so-called “intellectual jazz” for a live stream and tablet app.
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Future Anterior

The 1962 Century 21 Exposition, better known as the Seattle World’s Fair, presciently laid out a global agenda of bits, bytes, and scientific advancement. It was a safe bet: We’d be on the moon within the decade, digital storage usurped paper files, and the structural grace of Minoru Yamasaki’s Science Pavilion or the John Graham/Victor Steinbrueck/Paul Thiry Space Needle has been referenced many times over. This year, the Seattle Center Foundation marks the 50th anniversary of the fair with a series of events that celebrate Seattle and the future that came to be.
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Medical Inquiries
“Public health” and “wellness” are terms that have helped refine the nebulous term “sustainability” in recent years. It’s a good thing, too, at a time when anxiety about our planet’s future continues to mount. How do the practices of architecture, planning, and landscape architecture create solutions, and what are the issues behind the hype? The Canadian Centre for Architecture (CCA) explores these questions and others in the exhibition “Imperfect Health: The Medicalization of Architecture,” which runs through April 15.
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Washington, D.C.
Number Crunch

The National Architectural Accrediting Board (NAAB) has begun preparing the 2013 Accreditation Review Conference (ARC13) to study accredited architectural education. Assisted by McKinley Advisors, NAAB convened nine focus groups and surveyed architects, educators, interns, and students last year. When “NAAB Conditions for Accreditation” is released in 2014, it will draw together traditional and nontraditional professionals, as well as educators and students.
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