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In Brief: Boston’s Street Seats, Muybridge Rules the Web, Design with a Conscience

Cornell seniors Katie McDonald and Kyle Schumann’s “Twofold” is among the semifinalists in Design Museum Boston¹s Street Seats International Design Challenge.

Design Museum Boston‘s Street Seats International Design Challenge, a competition launched last fall, will culminate with an exhibition of the 20 benches selected as semifinalists. Made out of environmentally-friendly materials, the benches were chosen by a jury out of more than 170 submissions by designers, professional teams, and artists representing 22 states and 23 countries. The grand prize winner and runner-up will be selected at an opening celebration on April 27, when the public will pick their favorite to receive the people’s choice award.

• Yesterday marked the 183rd anniversary of Eadweard Muybridge‘s birth. Alexis Madrigal of the Atlantic penned a birthday message to the grandfather of the animated GIF.

• Better living through cars? Consider the possibilities on Thursday, when our friends at Inhabitat host a live webcast of “Design with a Conscience,” a conference where leading California architects and automotive designers will be discussing the intersection of car and building design and how conscious design can spur innovation.

• Someone at the New York Post has been watching the Rachel Zoe Project, prompting the paper to crown Nicholas Kirkwood “the new Manolo.” The widely lauded yet humble Brit knows a good kicker. “I was in two hip-hop songs,” he told the Post. “It was awhile ago. It was a Rick Ross and a Foxy Brown song. Kirkwood apparently rhymes with ’hood!’ ”

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