Mistaken Arrest of Member of the Design Community

The detail are not yet fully clear but what is know is that Takeshi Miyakawa, a member of the furniture and design community has been arrested for his art installation. He placed LEDs in plastic I Heart NY bags and hung them in New York to coincide with design week and was charged with “placing a false bomb”. You can read the whole story in the Times here

From what I have read in the Times and knowing Takeshi personally I feel that an injustice has been done and that part of the role of those in the design community is to look out for each other. To that end we would like to gather as much information as possible about this on our message boards and discuss what we can do to help. Please help right this wrong
Latest update as of May 25
Takashi has been released “ROR” after many days in jail during which he was not interviewed about the activities which led to his arrest. At a hearing on wednesday the lawyer for the defence used this lact of interview to ask for his release. This is not the end of the matter, far from it, takashi is facing charges of six felonies and multiple misdemeanors. He was to be held until a hearing on the 21st of June. A month in jail for as a result of a simple understanding? Felony charges for promoting design week? It is not the purpose of this website to get too political, but rather to support designers in their work. We will keep you updated, and please use the boards, make phone calls to your representatives, and do what you can to fix this.

David Bergman: Sustainable Design- A Critical Guide

David Bergman of Fire & Water has informed us of the release of his latest book: Sustainable Design- A Critical Guide.

Available from Amazon.com and Barnes & Noble

SustainableDesign_release.pdf (1 page)-1.jpgThe fact that we live in a closed system with limited and dwindling resources is something many of us prefer, or choose, not to think about. But this concept of finite planet should be seen as an opportunity for designers to implement impactful, forward-thinking, and broad-reaching change. In this spirit of “eco- optimism,” Sustainable Design: A Critical Guide navigates the array of issues related to sustainability in clear and helpful terms.

Written for students and professionals, this books presents a concise and well-illustrated overview of the most important techniques available for reducing energy footprints, along with the professional context for their use. In addition to tackling the discipline’s ethical responsibility, each chapter takes on specific considerations such as rainwater harvesting, gray-water recycling, passive heating techniques, green roofs, wind energy, daylighting, indoor air quality, material evaluation, and green building certification programs. Founded in the three Rs of environmentalism—reduce, reuse, and recycle—Sustainable Design encompasses a critical fourth: rethink.


- Ecodesign: What and Why

- Site Issues

- Water Efficiency

- Energy Efficiency: Passive Techniques

- Energy Efficiency: Active Techniques

- Indoor Environmental Quality

- Materials

- Labels and Ratings: Measuring Ecodesign

- The Future of Sustainable Design

About the Author:

David Bergman is a LEED-accredited, New York City-based architect specializing in sustainable design. He teaches at Parsons The New School for Design.

For further information, please contact: Margaret Rogalski, margaret@papress.com, 212 995 9620 x 208