THERE’S MORE THAN ONE WAY TO SKIN A BUILDING

There’s more than one way to skin a building. For instance, how about with salt? San Francisco based firm, Faulders Studio has developed a sculptural tower proposal for the city of Dubai called GEOtube. The building was designed specifically for the unique environment of Dubai which is located close to Persian Gulf and has the world’s highest salinity … Continue reading

CIVIC SYMBOLS FOR THE PUBLIC DOMAIN

Over the last couple of months, several cities across the United States participated in a series of collaborative design workshops with the aim of generating icons and symbols that visually convey concepts frequently needed in civic design that would communicate universally recognized concepts to the city inhabitants. Called Iconathons, the workshops were created through a … Continue reading

WHERE COFFEE SHOP MEETS CUBICLE

Coworking is a growing trend we’ve seen steadily increase over the last couple of years. Really, it’s changing the way many people do business, particularly now, with many scratching to make a living in a badly damaged economy. The basic idea behind coworking is collaboration, openness, community, accessibility, and sustainability in the workplace. Coworking spaces … Continue reading

THE ART OF REMEMBRANCE

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

LOOKING GOOD

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

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