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Because It Isn’t Enough Just to Change the Person Who Lives In There; Let’s Redesign the White House!

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If Decision ’08 has already got you down, why not work out your angst by affecting political change on a very different level…architecturally. That’s right, register your very own presidential hopeful by redesigning the White House! White House Redux is a new competition announced by the Storefront for Art & Architecture and Control Group. And according to the Call for Ideas, this job might be a bit bigger than you think:

Few people realize the extent of the White House, since much of it is below ground or otherwise concealed by landscaping. The White House includes: Six stories and 55,000 square feet of floor space, 132 rooms and 35 bathrooms, 412 doors, 147 windows, twenty-eight fireplaces, eight staircases, three elevators, five full-time chefs, a tennis court, a bowling alley, a movie theater, a jogging track, a swimming pool, and a putting green. It receives about 5,000 visitors a day.

Entries will be judged by Beatriz Colomina, Stefano Boeri, Liz Diller, John Maeda, Geoff Manaugh, Mark Wigley, and Laetitia Wolff. The best ideas (that includes designs, descriptions, images, and videos–we want to see some videos!) will be featured in a month-long exhibition at the Storefront in July and will get a spread in Surface. Three winners will be flown to New York for a proper showering of awards, and will stay at–wait for it–The White House Hotel on the Bowery. Deadline is April 20–a date that may or may not have been chosen at random–all details here.

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Serious Play and Seeds of Change in SoCal This Spring

Is there really anything more lovely than Southern California in the spring? The mudslides are just ending, yet you’re still safely outside the height of the wildfire season. What better time to attend two design conferences in our neck of the woods? Coincidentally, we received updates for both these upcoming events one after another in our inbox today, as if our travel itinerary was being sent from above.

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First up, Seeds of Change, the lucky 13th year of the Y Conference, held by AIGA San Diego. This year has a greenish tint to it, and a twist by adding a moderator, Susan Szenasy. Paul Hawken headlines, other highlights are Derek Fagerstrom and Julia Cosgrove from ReadyMade, Janet Kübler from the Biomimicry Guild, Speak Up’s Jason Tselensis and AIGA sustainability chair Marc Alt. We’ve attended for the last two years, and our verdict remains the same: it’s very affordable for a big-time conference, but still small enough that you’ll find yourself drinking Champagne by the Hotel Solamar’s pool with the same person you’re supposed to get up and see speak at 9am. March 27-29.

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Just about a month later (why not stay at the Hotel Solamar pool until then?), the Art Center’s biennial conference has fun with Serious Play. John “Hocks” Hockenberry moderates Elizabeth Diller, David Macaulay, John Maeda, Paula Scher and more, organized by Chee Pearlman. This was the typical speaker/moderator conference but this year they’re adding hands-on studios, three-hour creative workshops. Although we found ourselves gasping at the price–$1350 before March 11–we have to say that two years ago, we were also gasping at the long and illustrious list of luminaries we encountered in the superfancy refreshment tent between sessions. May 7-9.

John Maeda’s Wife Bet Their Five Daughters He Wouldn’t Land RISD Gig

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It seems even the King of Simplicity feels vulnerable from time to time. New RISD president John Maeda reveals that during the selection process he was feeling less-than-confident in his ability to snag the gig. In this interview with Steven Heller, Maeda says that fate and even his family was rooting against him:

Really from the beginning, I thought I’d never have a chance at getting the job. Once it had materialized as a possibility I recall my wife, Kris, betting all my kids–five girls–that “Daddy can’t get this job.” Add to that I showed up 30 minutes late for the interview, as I was stuck in a meeting at MIT that I couldn’t leave. Somehow I got the “callback,” and after that point somehow remained during each phase of the process.

And how does he feel since he told them so? Well, that’s his favorite fortune cookie message above. Words to live by.

Update: We were just alerted that our headline could also read as if Kris Maeda bet–as in wagered–their offspring against John’s chances at RISD presidenthood. We assure you that the Maedas are not, nor they ever have been, involved in the vicious underworld of child-gambling.

John Maeda Named RISD President

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Maybe he was just really fed up with people criticizing the schnapps-fueled droid architectural style of its campus, but one thing’s clear, John Maeda will be leaving MIT’s leaky pastures for the Rhode Island School of Design, in his new role as president.

In this adorable video where he explains, quite eloquently, the importance of design and art, Maeda explains his choice, and why oh why, RISD is the place for him. More information in the press release.

Some Enchanted Yves-ning

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Apparently we’re not the only ones enamored with one Yves Behar, judging by the crowds who thronged the Luminaire showroom for his Artists for One Laptop Per Child benefit opening last night. We couldn’t get close to the Golden Boy, who was constantly surrounded by groupies, well-wishers and hot women. As consolation we tried to talk to John Maeda, but he evaded us before we could approach him. He is a nimble one, that Maeda. (And so young-looking! Must be all that simplicity). Suddenly, just when we’d given up hope that we’d ever get our own Behar moment, the crowds parted and there he was, curls and all.

Someone must have tipped him about our extremely professional infatuation because when we first met him he greeted us with a kiss (right cheek, and no we haven’t washed it yet). When we told him we were with UnBeige he brightened even more. “Of course!” he said. “You have been very supportive of all this.” (If only he knew how much more supportive we could be…) We asked for a photo, then, just as quickly as he’d come into our life, he was swept back into the crowd, and we were left glowing in the light of Olafur Eliasson‘s mirrored OLPC piece. Sigh.

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The Man and his friend, whose name we’d remember if we hadn’t started swooning.

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Our lovely hostesses Monica Khemsurov and Jill Singer from I.D.

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Eames Demetrios, who’s showing his Kymaerica project at AQUA.

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Like these laptop icons? You can get one inked on your arm over at the “As long as it lasts…” tattoo parlor.

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The laptops are tiny-tiny, like typing on a Treo or something. And of course the default homepage is Google.

The 2008 Art Center Conference Is Just Playin’, Y’all

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In related John Hockenberry news, the sequel to one of his more entertaining moderator gigs just announced itself. The 2008 Art Center Conference will be May 5-7 in Pasadena, CA, with another curiously-named theme: Serious Play. Registration opens November 1.

Early confirmed speakers include IDEO’s Tim Brown; ball-master Michael Moschen; Elizabeth Diller; Paula Scher and John Maeda. Once again the conference is curated by the lovely Chee Pearlman. And once again, we’ll be there, compiling the highlights, for you.