June 30, 2008, 7:27 pm
Filed under: Design

Following up on Arup’s new book about a new model of design practice–one less focused on creating iconic, heroic buildings–here is an article by Mimi Zeiger in Azure on collaboration. It focuses less on the oft-touted superband / synergy aspects of collaboration, but rather on the problems and potentials that arise from conflict among collaborators.

Arup to lead the revolution?
June 30, 2008, 6:23 pm
Filed under: Design, Green

Will it be the engineers who rescue us from the architectural icon?

Arup is publishing Unified Design, a manifesto that proposes a new model of design practic that sustains both the ecosystem and culture–tradition, religion, and what they call “the intangible components of humanity.”

Buy from William Stout books.

Parashell Umbrella
June 30, 2008, 5:32 pm
Filed under: Design

From Pingparashell umbrella Magazine:

Parashell umbrellas and parasols by Canadia-born, Tokyo-based John Di Cesare of Di Cesare Designs Inc. have the shapes and forms of sea shells — or garden vegetables! It all began when he moved to Japan and taught himself how to make a proper umbrella out of abandoned ones — and came up with further nature-inspired shapes.

Architectural Billing Index
June 30, 2008, 5:08 pm
Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags:

This isn’t news to anyone working in the field but architectural billing is going down.

A tunnel under Berlin
June 28, 2008, 8:16 pm
Filed under: Landscape, Politics, Urban Design | Tags:

From the CIA:

Fifty years ago, the CIA embarked on a project to intercept Soviet and East German messages transmitted via underground cable. Intelligence was collected to determine the best place to hit the target, and then concrete planning for a new collection site was begun.

Kinda nuts.

Years ago when visiting South Korea, I went on a tour of the DMZ (yes, they give tours). Part of the site is a showcase to a tunnel the North Koreans had dug into South Korea. Who knew, the CIA tried similar tactics in Germany.

Obama again
June 27, 2008, 6:51 pm
Filed under: Politics | Tags:

You know, it’s amazing (but not at all surprising) that the liberal blogosphere is getting annoyed at Obama now.

Post-partisan means centrist. Of course he was going to take centrist, compromised positions. Throughout the Democratic primary season, he consistently took positions to the right of Clinton. And he’ll likely do better in the general election for it.

World Wide Love
June 27, 2008, 12:26 pm
Filed under: Design, graphic design

From a Tokyo subway station.


List-o-mania continues: Best American Cities for Design
June 26, 2008, 7:53 pm
Filed under: Green | Tags:

RMJM Hillier just released a list of the 10 best American cities for design.

The results:

  1. Chicago
  2. New York
  3. Boston
  4. Los Angeles
  5. Portland
  6. San Francisco
  7. Seattle
  8. Denver
  9. Philadelphia
  10. Washington, DC

Crissy Field
June 26, 2008, 6:27 pm
Filed under: Landscape | Tags:

Who doesn’t wander into a public park and wish they were a landscape architect?

Crissy Field in the Presidio makes me think that. Large berms /landforms rise up, shileding visitors from the elements and creating a range of playing fields. Not bad for Hargreaves Associates.

June 26, 2008, 11:28 am
Filed under: Politics
Yet more evidence that those strategists on tv really shouldn’t be given a microphone.

From one of my favorite bloggers, a member of the left-wing blogosphere:

If I were the benevolent dictator, I would make it capital offense for members of the punditocracy to opine ignorantly about the tastes and habits of “regular people,” who apparently have comfort zones no larger than their footprints, and who are unwilling to vote for anyone who doesn’t live their lives exactly like they (are imagined to) do. Unless that person is a obscenely rich Republican, of course.