• WeWork, the venture capital fueled coworking space company, has been seeking expansion into other aspects of life over the past few years, ranging from dorm-like corporate apartments to gyms. Now they're turning their attention to childhood education, and the first design concepts from Bjarke Ingels Group (BIG) have been released. The style is aggressively bland: a beige-soaked bastardization of a Montessori school that's more oriented towards adult tastes than creating a rich learning environment for young minds. This is that most pompous type of design, imposing a rigid notion of 'good taste' that is almost puritanical in its self-imposed discipline of nothingness. While it's totally in line with the affluent lifestyle brand WeWork seems to strive for, it is at odds with the beautifully messy chaos of being a kid and experiencing the world for the first time. 
  • Considering the past and present of 'modest' clothing for women, sometimes a representation of personal freedom, sometimes an artifact of intense social pressures.




Bias and Brains: 


More next week.