James Irvine

talks about bossy clients, waiting for the royalties, and the “virtues” of Sarah Palin.

Brooklyn Bridge Park Opens

With yesterday’s long-delayed opening of Pier 1, the 85-acre Brooklyn Bridge Park is now approximately seven percent complete! OK, so there’s still a long way to go until New York’s third great urban landscape is whole–but, if this first section is any indication, it will be worth the wait. Pier 1 includes waterfront promenades, large lawns, a playground, and the…

Winter Competitions Roundup

With snow blanketing the Northeast, and Presidents Day just around the corner, many of us can expect to have a little extra time on our hands this weekend. Maybe too much extra time—after all, you can only spend so many hours wrapped in your Snuggie sipping hot cocoa before cabin fever sets in. Which is why we wanted to take…

Tea Party

In the magazine this month, Paul Makovsky writes about the Utah teapot–the world’s first complex 3-D model, which, in the years since its design in 1975, has often been used as an inside joke among digital animators. The teapot has made its way into Pixar’s Toy Story, an episode of The Simpsons (above), and a video by the Norwegian synth-pop…

Logo-rrhea

‘Tis the season for new graphic identities, apparently. Already this month, three institutions–the Art Directors Club, Chrysler, and the New York Public Library– have unveiled updated logos. Here’s a quick look at the changes. . → . Art Directors Club Trollbäck + Company’s new design spells out the 89-year-old organization’s name inside a bold pink rectangle–a  major departure from Paula…

Parking Outside the Box

The parking garage is the Rodney Dangerfield of building types, the troubled snag in the urban fabric, the Gordian Knot of design. But for all the ugly-red-haired-stepchild car parks of the world and the many generic, bunker-like auto warehouses, there are also stunning examples of man-and-machine triumph that incorporate both function and aesthetics. And they are about to be celebrated…

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Inside a Sears Home

The Sears Modern Home celebrates its 100th anniversary this year and it raises some questions about the modern prefab movement.

Hair-Raising Thoughts on Thermal Regulation

Charles Lee is using nature to inspire his designs even as he marches into digital territory. The 2008 Next Generation runner up will be presenting his paper “ The Thermal Organism and Architecture” at the Association for Computer-Aided Design in Architecture’s (ADACIA) conference, Silicon + Skin: Biological Processes and Computation (October 16–19). Lee is focused on the notion that buildings…