As designers one aspect of the project that’s most important, sometimes as much as the design concept itself, is capturing the project in perpetuity once it’s completed. This is incredibly important for us as a comprehensive design firm particularly with the range of services we offer. As is often said, “A picture says a thousand … Continue reading


Photo Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center in New York City. Hard to believe it’s been ten years already. A lot has happened in those ten years, not all of it do I remember. I do know, however, that America is a different place because … Continue reading


As a follow up to last week’s post about good design being born from a strong point of view, this week’s story does just that. The Water Cube, otherwise known as the Beijing National Aquatics Center was selected in an international architectural competition to house the swimming events during the 2008 Summer Olympics. The building’s … Continue reading


As designers and architects we concern ourselves with how our work looks. Does it look important? Will everyone (at least the cool people) like the way it looks? Will other designers be envious of how it looks? Why is the physical manifestation of what we create so important? Who created this barometer of beauty?  I … Continue reading


Studies have been conducted on the effects of workplace environment on employee performance and productivity. Physical space matters and office design is vital to increasing productivity. It’s easier to be productive, creative and happy at work in a colorful, organic, and playful environment. The goal, and also the challenge, of any company today is to create a … Continue reading


Sometimes art does imitate life.  Check out the work by artist Jason de Caires Taylor. He creates life-size cement sculptures of people and submerges them into the waters of South America. As time passes the sculptures become part of the underwater landscape and slowly become artificial reefs ripe with marine life. His work brings up … Continue reading


Flat to form,  2-d to 3-d,  small to big. The blending of design disciplines is not new. The process is usually initiated in architecture, kicks around graphic design for a while and eventually finds its way into digital media. There are good examples (check out and there are bad (think of any billboard-wrapped building … Continue reading


Commonly an overused term, the word “brand” means many things to few people. In this instance, I am referring to brand as personality, trademark—something that instantly identifies a place or a thing by its own unique characteristics, both visually and emotionally. The word on its own is a well-suited descriptor. Strong cities also share these … Continue reading

Shelter me. An iconic public art project in the Gordon Square Arts District.

Not much comes to mind when you think of the term, “bus stop.” However, it seems that’s all about to change, at least it is in the Gordon Square Arts District, part of Cleveland’s West Side Detroit Shoreway neighborhood. As part of a $3 million-plus makeover of Detroit Avenue, architect Robert Maschke created edgy and forward-looking … Continue reading

Making Cities More Comfortable for People

Making cities more comfortable is the mission of Candy Chang and James A. Reeves, founders of  Civic Center in New Orleans. Together, they blend art, design, education, research, and urban planning to create spaces and tools to help people navigate their cities and improve their neighborhoods. Their belief is that public spaces should inspire conversation, … Continue reading