01. Cooper-Hewitt National Design Awards winners announced (above)

“The Smithsonian’s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum will celebrate outstanding achievement in design this fall with its 11th annual National Design Awards program. Yesterday, Cooper-Hewitt Director Bill Moggridge announced the winners and finalists of the 2010 National Design Awards, which recognize excellence across a variety of disciplines. The Award recipients will be honored at a gala dinner Thursday, Oct. 14, at Cipriani 42nd Street in New York. First Lady Michelle Obama serves as the Honorary Patron for this year’s National Design Awards.” (Arch Daily).

02. The Life And Career Of Manute Bol

“‘SportsCenter’ remembers former NBA player and humanitarian Manute Bol, who died Saturday at the age of 47.” (ESPN).

03. Red Light, Green Light : The Invention of the Traffic Signal

“The traffic signal was first invented in 1912 — by a Detroit policeman named Lester Wire — as a two-color, red-and-green light with a buzzer to warn pedestrians ahead of the impending transition. In 1920, this basic design was modified (by another policeman named William Potts) to include the tri-colored red, amber, and green lights widely used today. This simple, three-color icon has endured for nearly a century with relatively little change, save for the incorporation of modern technologies such as automatic timers, diode lights and motion sensors. The core of the three-color traffic remains true to the initial vision of two smart American policemen.” (Design Observer).

04. Schuetzenfest Von Milwaukee

“The “fest” has been a hallmark of Milwaukee culture since German and Germanic people arrived in the city in the mid-1800s. While bierfests (beer), saengerfests (singing), theatrical festivals and religious festivals still abound today, one once-popular festival has since fallen into obscurity – the shooting festival, or schuetzenfest.” (Milwaukee Public Museum).

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