My Top 5 to Read, Watch, and Listen


Alright, so I said I wasn’t going to be back until June 10th but I felt so disconnected. I’ve been indulging in reading articles, watching videos, and listening to podcasts for packing breaks. So in lieu of original content, I’m sharing my five favorites from around the web this week. Happy weekend reading, watching, and listening!

  1. Everyone Deserves Good Design – read or watch John Cary’s address to University of New Mexico School of Architecture & Planning graduates. My favorite part is Look for something that needs doing and do it. Ask friends to join you. Deeply engage the people whose lives you want to improve; truly see and listen to them.
  2. Why LEED Doesn’t Work in Rural Africa and What Will – If you’re interested in doing rural, sustainable building, read Charles Newman’s honest account of green building in Africa. He offers some pointers on alternative methods that look at the local rather than global perspective.
  3. Less is More, Imperfect is Perfect, and Done is Done – This post from Sarah Kathleen Peck could not have come at a better time. I needed this one to remind me to continue writing, no matter how good, bad, or tiring, while I’m in the doldrums of packing and on the verge of starting a new chapter in London. I hope this inspires you to take a step towards something that you’ve been wanting to do but need a good kick to do.
  4. Backwards – Seth Godin’s talk at The New School during Parsons Festival 2013. You gotta watch the whole thing (18 mins), but for a quick snapshot, my favorite takeaway is “If you want to make change, make it for those who deserve it.”
  5. Secret Staircases – Episode #75 in Roman Mars’ 99% Invisible podcast brings to light an everyday circulation element that often goes unnoticed, especially in hilly towns such as San Francisco and Los Angeles. I really enjoy his storytelling about design that we often overlook. Once you listen to one, you may not stop!

Image source: Katie Crepeau, author

Icon sources: Anas Ramadan, Alec Dhuse, The Noun Project

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