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Above: ¡Vamos a la playa! From Smashing Magazine, “Celebration Of Vintage
and Retro Design.”


001 From Earth & Economy
“Reused Materials for Global Design and Construction Community”
We need something like this for graphic designers now, from the article:
PlanetReuse connects users from all over the world together to further sustainable and environmental responsibility. They connect anyone who has reused, reclaimed or excess construction material and equipment to sell with homeowners, construction professionals, designers and architects who are looking to conserve resources,
save money and integrate green building practices on any size construction
project or remodel.”

002 From The Economic Times (IN)
“India semiconductor design industry to grow 21.7 %”
Most interesting observation, and with more far reaching implications, the following: “The key factors that determine the growth of the design sector in India are:
the growing expertise and capabilities in complex end-to-end design…”

003 From the Planetizen
“Housing Bubble Goes Global”
From an International Herald Tribune article, “The collapse of the housing bubble in the United States is mutating into a global phenomenon, with real estate prices down from the Irish countryside and the Spanish coast to Baltic seaports and even
in parts of India.”

004 World Digital Library
Fascinating project to create a resource including all of the world’s great libraries.
A beta video shows the intitial collaboration of such great libraries as the Library of Congress, the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, the National Library of Brazil, the National Library and Archives of Egypt, the National Library of Russia, and the
Russian State Library.

005 From the Yale Daily News
“Librarian of Congress discusses globalization”
Apropo libraries, James Billington‘s talk, ‘…titled “Freedom as Strategy:
The Importance of an Ideal,” focused on the issues of globalization and intercultural understanding. An extremely interesting quote attributed to Billington:
“Cultural imperialism is the last stage of imperialism.”


006 From The Seattle Times
“McMafia… a riveting look at the globalization of organized crime.” An interesting review of the new book, McMafia: A Journey Through the Global Criminal Underworld, by Misha Glenny.

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