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Field Notes

BY NORA AMES
@ VOL 30 ON JUN 03, 2014

Nora Ames talks about connectivity, left and right brains and how a conversation on this led to a pioneering program for young architects and students called FieldNotes.

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Brown M&Ms

BY MARE SWALLOW
@ VOL 30 ON JUN 03, 2014

Executive Director of the Chicago Writers Conference Mare Swallow does a lot of hiring. She tells us of the sophisticated techniques she utilises to weed out “f**k-ups” prior to the interview process, and how you too ought to be wary of the brown m&ms.

"Presentation of the Day" on November 5, 2014.

Van Halen photo courtesy of Music Enthusiast Magazine

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Primitive Hut

BY JOHN JUNG
@ VOL 30 ON JUN 03, 2014

John Jung has discovered a primitive hut on Chicago's Northerly Island.  Where did it come from, who lives there and what do they do there? John answers these questions.  Kind of.  Sort of.

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Gadget Obsessions

BY SANJIB SAHOO
@ VOL 30 ON JUN 03, 2014

Sanjib Sahoo tells the story of how a self proclaimed "guy from a small town in India" gets to do something pretty amazing and changes the way Wall Street does business.

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Providing Safe Water

BY SHILPA ALVA
@ VOL 30 ON JUN 03, 2014

1 in 9 of us do not have access to safe water. 9,800 of us die each day as a result of water-borne diseases; most of these victims are children less than 5 years old. Shilpa Alva talks about educational and awareness programs that reach thousands of people in our community their global impact.

 "Presentation of the Day" on October 22, 2014.

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Making His Parents Proud

BY SAM MECHLING
@ VOL 30 ON JUN 03, 2014

Sam Mechling's parents had such high hopes for him on his second birthday. Here's how it turns out for them.  The rest of us might want to figure out how to get on Sam's Christmas card list.

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Designing for FLOTUS

BY MARIA PINTO
@ VOL 30 ON JUN 03, 2014

Maria Pinto talks about crowd funding to invogorate her business model (which includes designing for the First Lady, Michelle Obama).

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What is a MOOC?

BY MICHAL CLEMENTS
@ VOL 29 ON MAR 04, 2014

Michal Clements jumps off bridges and does deep dives into Emily Dickinson. It's all in the name of leaping into the world of MOOCs.

This presentation was part of an evening partnership with the Penn Club of Chicago. Michal served as the 2014 President of the Club.

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Arts and Crafts of the State Fair

BY PHILIP BERGER
IN CHICAGO

From butter sculpting of local beauty princesses, impressionist quilting, to the home made cakes from scratch. 

Philip Berger discusses of the arts and crafts that he discovered at the Minnesota State fair. Learning that there is no clear definition of art and craft, along with the celebration of locally grown agriculture. 

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The Poor Brewers

BY MARILEE RUTHERFORD
@ VOL 30 ON JUN 03, 2014

Marilee & Karl Rutherford like beer.  Following a couple of years experimentation with home brewing, it becomes clear that they are quite good at it.  Here, mid story, they tell the tale of making the transition from beer as hobby to beer as livelihood.  It has a happy ending.

"Presentation of the Day" on September 9, 2014.

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Collecting Autographs

BY PETER EXLEY
@ AIA 2014 CONVENTION ON JUN 26, 2014

Parents are nostalgic for stuff they did as kids and wish that today's children shared the same passions.  Of course, kids today are on to cooler things.  As a child, Peter Exley collected autographs from entertainers, athletes and other celebrities.  In adulthood, he's a little more focused, and nudges famous architects to sign books, napkins and drawings.  He observes that kids today don't have autograph books anymore.

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Design For Recycling

BY DEBORAH KANG
@ VOL 2 ON SEP 25, 2007

Young architect Deborah Kang won a competition organized by the City of Chicago and AIA Chicago to design an eco-aware trash recepticle that was installed in Millennium Park.  Her team's design garnered interest from design and sustainability organizations around the world - and was featured at Lollapalooza!

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