Point of View - Point of View December 2011

 

Design-Build Students Transform Juvenile Detention Center

Design educators and practitioners routinely assert, with remarkable assurance, that design thinking strategies can deliver the “game-changing” ideas needed to address the critical problems of our times. Frequently, it seems, we fall in love with the promise(s) of these ideas…

Q&A: Herve Descottes

For our Leading Luminaries story, Barbara Eldredge and Derrick Mead interviewed eight of our top lighting designers. To create the article that appeared in our December issue, we pulled together all of their interviews and edited them into a group…

Warp Speed

A native of Kyoto, Japan, Hitoshi Ujiie grew up in a kimono design and manufacturing family, learning all aspects of the trade. He studied at a textile college in Japan and under Glen Kaufman, textile fiber artist, at the University…

In Defense of the Incandescent

Jennifer Tipton's lighting design for "Spectral Scriabin" at the Lincoln Center in November 2011. Photo: Ruby Washington/The New York Times If you talk to lighting designers about new technology—as we did recently—it’s hard not to conclude that the incandescent bulb…

Curious About...Dignity

It first hit me in Fuxing Park last spring. I was being interviewed by a journalist from Beijing. She was keen for us to get out of the office to walk and talk, to have ‘culturally immersive’ experiences together, to…

In the Public Interest

Design is relational. It is not just about objects. It’s also about being a catalyst to change human relationships and activities. Last year, at our annual Structures for Inclusion Conference , Sergio Palleroni said that 90% of the impact of…

Best Kept Secrets

Philadelphia’s best kept secrets are hiding in plain sight. In the 19th century, the city became embedded with quirky repositories of everything from dolls to dodos. City neighborhoods expanded, engulfing these manic collections as if flies in amber awaiting future…

Better Art for Better Living

Jonny Robles It was just another bright day in uptown Miami Beach, when the first art movers loaded in paintings to the 1950’s Morris Lapidus golden “Temple of Curves,” The Deauville Resort, for the Nada art show in preparation for…

Q&A: Emily Pilloton

In 2009, Project H founder/executive director Emily Pilloton and her partner Matthew Miller relocated from the West Coast to rural North Carolina to begin Studio H, an innovative design/build curriculum for high school students. Recognizing the need for a fresh…

Places that Work: Welcoming Canine Companions

Recently while visiting The Shops at the North Bridge mall in Chicago, I came across a kind gesture: an amenity for people’s canine companions. This pet comfort station provides water and treats and clean-up bags for the responsible parties traveling…

Gimme Shelter

It is to be expected that an event that combines top art and design galleries and the wealthy crowd that attends it, would have a high index of partying, schmoozing, late nights, debauchery, and chronic overstimulation that result in a…

You are "here"

“Paint Torch” Sculptor: Claes Oldenburg, Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art, Philadelphia.  Photo: Joseph G. Brin “Hephaestus and the Garden of the gods, Snow”.  2010 Photo: Scott Hocking "I've always been interested in the periphery.” Julien Robson, British born Curator of…

Field Notes

Recently, a prominent AEC-industry software company executive (who will remain unnamed) used a peculiar metaphor during a meeting with designers at our office.  While discussing the role of simulation in the design process – including the pros and cons of…