Design

Skyscrapers: A Cure For Loneliness & Overconsumption? Judith Dupré on the World’s Most Extraordinary Buildings

Lewis Wickes Hine, A construction worker at the Empire State Building, 1931. (Photo courtesy the New York Public Library Digital Gallery)   Books Worth Reading Skyscrapers: A History of the World’s Most Extraordinary Buildings By Judith Dupré. Black Dog & Leventhal Publishers, 176 pages   (Photo © Black [...]

Writer Howard Mansfield on Clutter, Home Improvement & the Most Hated House on the Block

Lisa Dahl, Suburban Export, household cardboard, 1.5 x 2 x 2 inches (each), installation variable, 2011-12. View the finished installation Suburban Export here. (In-Progress photo of installation by Lisa Dahl courtesy the artist)     "Everyone, rich or poor, deserves a shelter for the soul." -Samuel Mockbee   The [...]

James Turrell’s Ambitious Light Installation Leaves Wright’s Guggenheim in the Dark

James TurrellAten Reign, 2013Daylight and LED light, dimensions variable© James TurrellPhoto: David Heald © Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York   "My art deals with light itself," says 70-year-old artist James Turrell. "It's not the bearer of the revelation---it is the revelation." While frequently lumped together with minimalist artists Robert Irwin [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:49:48+00:00 09.05.13|Design, Events, Images, Spaces|4 Comments

Architect Says: Less Is More. Less Is a Bore.

  Tadao Ando, Church of the Light, 1989. Osaka, Japan.   Philadelphia is a city awash with memorable architecture, so it's fitting that I stumbled across The Architect Says: Quotes, Quips, and Words of Wisdom at the Philadelphia Museum of Art's store, which offers a well-curated assortment of books inside of [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:50:06+00:00 06.05.13|Books Worth Reading, Design, Images, Process|Comments Off on Architect Says: Less Is More. Less Is a Bore.

Why Design Matters: Imagining the Future of the Rockaway Waterfront

  The wreckage of Rockaway Boardwalk after Sandy (Image via CNN.com)   A few months ago I shared Eve Mosher's piece, High Water Line, a public art project in Manhattan and Brooklyn that brought the topic of climate change directly to the city’s residents. Mosher's inventive project showed what [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:51:32+00:00 02.28.13|Design, Images, Spaces|Comments Off on Why Design Matters: Imagining the Future of the Rockaway Waterfront

Rockefeller Center’s Secret Roof Gardens

Inhabitat has just published a short piece on Rockefeller Center's hidden rooftop gardens. The Center has been maintaining these gardens for the past 75 years, but public access to the gardens is a rare event. According to Inhabitat, the building's developer John R. Todd and architect Raymond Hood originally envisioned a [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:55:43+00:00 08.21.11|Design, Greatest Hits, Images, Spaces|Comments Off on Rockefeller Center’s Secret Roof Gardens

Drainspotting: 61 Amazing Manhole Covers from Japan

  One of my favorite book discoveries this summer is Drainspotting by Remo Camerota. The book celebrates an array of fascinating manhole cover designs from Japan. According to Camerota, nearly 95% of the 1,780 municipalities in Japan have their very own customized manhole covers. The country has elevated this humble, practical object to its [...]

Designer Milton Glaser on Creativity and the Fear of Failure

You may not know graphic designer Milton Glaser by name, but you undoubtedly know his work. He is best known for the “I ♥ NY” logo, his "Bob Dylan" poster, the "DC bullet" logo used by DC Comics from 1977 to 2005, and the "Brooklyn Brewery" logo. He also founded New York Magazine with Clay Felker in 1968 and was [...]

Movie Barcodes

The use of color in cinema has been on my mind in recent days because of a site called Movie Barcode, which offers a new way of experiencing a film. Movie Barcode compresses every frame of a movie into a single image. While these images may be interesting in [...]

By | 2016-11-11T21:56:12+00:00 03.28.11|Design, Greatest Hits, Images|Comments Off on Movie Barcodes