Edward Tufte Presidential Appointment

Edward Tufte has been appointed to “help track and explain $787 billion in recovery stimulus funds” as part of the Recovery Independent Advisory Panel.

I’m doing this because I like accountability and transparency, and I believe in public service. And it is the complete opposite of everything else I do. Maybe I’ll learn something. The practical consequence is that I will probably go to Washington several days each month, in addition to whatever homework and phone meetings are necessary.

Edward Tufte, March 7, 2010

Reinventing Grand Army Plaza

SPLAT is Pentagram’s proposal for the Reinventing Grand Army Plaza ideas competition, and has been selected as one of the top 30 proposals out of the 200 submitted.

Although Grand Army Plaza was once an elegant promenade, today it is hardly more than a busy traffic circle. As cars, trucks buses and taxis are facts of modern life (and eliminating them from the plaza would simply spread the traffic nightmare throughout the neighborhood) a design solution is needed that would establish an accessible and active space for people, while at the same time quietly allowing vehicular traffic to flow.

More pictures and info are available on the Pentagram blog.