above > the rookery building’s central light court and lobby, remodeled in 1905 by frank lloyd wright. photo by raymond boyd/michael ochs archives collection/getty images
u.s. tax code overhaul would bulldoze incentive for restoring time-honored architectural gems. the overhaul of the tax code unveiled thursday by house republican leaders would hit hard at one of chicago’s great cultural assets. [rk] chicago tribune
why are hearing aids so expensive? experts don’t know exactly why hearing aids are still so costly, except that companies continue to invest in improvements, and fees usually cover the services of a highly trained audiologist. [rk] via nytimes hearing aids getting smaller as well as creative – hearing bling
above> 3-d printed midsole: the futurecraft 4d runner
the partnership between adidas and 3-d-printing startup carbon inc could usher in a new era of bespoke shoes. [wsj]
bonne douleur! flooding in paris has never occurred to me, not even in april. the louvre and musée d’orsay closed friday to move ground level artwork. the river is supposed to peak friday. those watching roland garros know that friday was filled with matches. weather forecast: a 40% chance of rain saturday and 80% sunday thru tuesday.
leonardo da vinci’s “mona lisa,” is on an upper floor.
[ macarthur foundation official release ] a new competition launched today will award a $100 million grant to a single proposal designed to help solve a critical problem affecting people, places, or the planet. the foundation’s competition, called 100&change, is open to organizations working in any field of endeavor anywhere. applicants must identify both the problem they are trying to solve, as well as their proposed solution. competitive proposals will be meaningful, verifiable, durable, and feasible.
“solving society’s most pressing problems isn’t easy, but we believe it can be done,” said macarthur president julia stasch. “potential solutions may go unnoticed or under resourced and are waiting to be brought to scale. every three years, we plan to award $100 million to help make one of these solutions a reality. through 100&change, we want to inspire, encourage, and support other people’s ideas, here in our hometown chicago, across the nation and around the world, about how to address major challenges and enable real progress toward a solution.”
the selection process for 100&change is rigorous, fair, and transparent. each valid proposal will be reviewed by a panel of expert judges from a variety of fields, and evaluated according to a strict set of criteria designed to favor proposals that maximize measurable impact in their chosen areas. information about the judges and their evaluation methodology will be shared publicly via the competition website. participants will receive feedback on their proposals from the judges.
“we believe that 100&change can have a ripple effect beyond what a single $100 million grant enables,” said cecilia conrad, macarthur’s managing director leading the competition.
“setting audacious goals is inspiring. clear evidence of impact can encourage other funders to invest in solvable problems more broadly, and applicants who do not receive the $100 million grant will still receive valuable feedback on and attention to their ideas.”
100&change will consider applications from across the united states and around the world. nonprofit and for-profit organizations can apply, subject to eligibility rules. the competition will not accept applications from individuals or government agencies.
to participate, applicants must first register on the website by september 2, 2016. then they must complete a substantive online application, detailing the problem, solution, and budget, along with posting a video pitch. proposals will be accepted through october 3, 2016. semi-finalists will be announced in december. each semi-finalist will receive assistance from an expert team to identify and address questions about technical and organizational capacity required to implement each proposed solution, including specific plans to monitor, evaluate, and learn during implementation. each semi-finalist will also be asked to show significant, authentic engagement with affected communities. macarthur’s board of directors will select finalists in the summer of 2017. finalists will present their solutions during a live event in the fall of 2017, after which the board will make the final decision about the $100 million grant recipient.
[ macarthur foundation ]
[ rick owens
] Spring/Summer 2016 Paris Fashion Week show…
While it was initially distracting to see models carrying their colleagues upside down in body harnesses at the Rick Owens show this afternoon, there was – as we all knew there would be – a symbolic reason for it. Ever the contemporary showman, Owens challenges convention with his shows to highlight the fundamental message that he wishes to convey, and today it was “nourishment, sisterhood and motherhood, and regeneration”.
Sartorially these idea of birth, of women being fertile givers of life, found its way past the cradling harnesses into rich silk gazars and organzas draped around the body into creations that were “as close to floral as I’ll probably ever get,” said Owens, as well as asymmetric and sculpted proportions that, like human nature, were imperfect and raw.
It was a departure for Owens, by his own admission, and one that proved to his critics that he is no one-trick pony. Calmly sat front row in a shadowed corner of the Palais de Tokyo show space watching his crowd file in, it appeared that Rick Owens was experiencing a regeneration of his own today. ~ scarlett conlon – vogue
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let’s not lose sight of the footwear presentation | attendees seen wearing delightfully distinctive new owens shoes
Just heard on the radio: The Federal Transportation Safety Authority has asked members of the public to submit ideas to make airport check-in lines run more rapidly and smoothly. Process is also design. AND friends, there’s also a $15,000 prize [ details ]
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