This title is a broad and a difficult question but it is one that creatives are forced to face every time they take on a new project. There is always excitement and fear when the canvas is blank and the fewer imposed constraints there are the more challenging it is. My colleague Donna Barry and I, both Design Directors in our respective Gensler offices, were invited to present and moderate a workshop that we entitled ‘Bring It’ at a recent regional firm conference.Continue Reading Bring It! How to bring your best design to every project every time?
Over the weekend I was glad to do my monthly architecture tour through Los Angeles and Orange County. On my tour I was in search of grey flames, hot emerging materials and textures that exist within a grayscale spectrum but are much more vibrant than mundane. I analyzed and criticized aluminum, zinc, metal, grey paint, grey concrete, etc, and found these images (below) as a result, enjoy!Continue Reading Grey Flames: Aluminum Photo Blog
“ What do Shaq’s party shoes and the Dodger’s Stadium have in common?… they both have similar square feet.”
As a fan of square foot ‘dress’ shoes, I believe the historic link between shoe fashion and multifamily architecture to be quite interesting. On the accompanying image there is an implicit link between the hidden keystone and selling the image of ‘great arch support’ that transforms a solid column into a horizontal billboard.Continue Reading Of Cents and Ratios
While I was a graduate student at UC Berkeley studying architecture, ideas were always buzzing around; at design charrettes, guest lectures and of course, at the dining table. International House, where I lived, was home to residents from eighty countries enrolled in various academic programs. Our insatiable thirst for learning extended to coffee hours and dinner, with enough food for thought to go around.Continue Reading Celebrating Uncharted: The Berkeley Festival of Ideas
City parks are more than pretty outdoor spaces — research shows they can also be critical to improving a community’s health. In fact, from the earliest days of their implementation, parks have been tools for boosting air quality, encouraging safe physical recreation, reducing disease and discouraging crime, according to the George Wright Forum.Continue Reading How City Park Design Contributes to Resident Health
July 16, 2014, 10:00 am, ULI Webinar on Tax-Exempt Infrastructure Financing
July 16, 2014, 1-3pm · Save Our Heritage Organisation – San Diego’s 245th Birthday at Whaley House
July 20, 2014, 10:30am · Bankers Hill Walking Tour
July 18, 2014, 9:00 am, Make Your Point Using Your Authentic Voice – A Workshop for Professional Women in Real Estate
July 23, 2014 6:00 pm, The Young Leaders Present: What Do Millennials Really Want?
July 24, 2014 7:00 am, Green Space and Connections: Will Coordinated Strategies Link San Diego’s Bays?
(Organizations tracked: ULI, AIA, SOHO, SDAF, C-3, FSDA, New School of Architecture, Woodbury School of Architecture)
One of America’s most notable characteristics is the architecture that dots its landscape. Like all aesthetically appealing designs, successful American architecture works with the environment around it in a harmonious fashion. This makes it easy to distinguish the truly great architecture from the well-intentioned executions that didn’t quite succeed. Here are some of the greatest American designs and what makes them noteworthy.Continue Reading America’s Greatest Designs
“I have always believed in architecture as a tool to enhance spaces and human environment”.Continue Reading A coffee with an Italian Architect: Cino Zucchi
Do you love Los Angeles and its architecture? Are you crazy about hand-made drawings, three-dimensional models, ambitious plans, and visually stunning graphics? Continue Reading Who Loves L.A. Architecture?