Street Sighting: Architectural Packaging Materials

Does anyone remember staying up all night trying to make these out of chipboard/resin/wax/plaster??

3/25/10 - Peter Miscovich @ Teknion

This morning Peter Miscovich gave a presentation at the Teknion showroom titled “Workplace + Technology: How will technology enhance workplace performance?” Key discussion points included mobility, the adoption of digital formats, and knowledge networks. The presentation referenced many of the “buzz” technologies we hear about in the news, but are never really forced to think about until they are right in front of us, on our phone, etc. Peter cited several technologies only recently available (mobile internet, microblogging) that are already having truly transformational impacts on the way we work, and the potential for those currently in development (cloud computing, social software suites) to really redefine work and life as we presently know it.

Mobile technology suggests that the workplace as we know it now will shrink, but maybe more interesting to imagine is how the spaces and places that we consider non-work will change and grow to compensate. Thirty-thousand-square-foot Starbucks, occupying a former post office building, with recycled systems furniture, on-site technology support, customer behavior policies, and – “Oh yeah, they stopped brewing coffee like five years ago”?

And what of the traditional workplace? A conference center, except with only one large conference room, an elaborate reception counter, soothing lighting, discreet branding concealed in architectural finishes, maybe some branded merchandise here and there, evocative music, and some really fancy coffee?

Is it possible?

Gallery Opening: Henri Cartier-Bresson at the MoMA

photo credit: Tony the Misfit's Flickr photostream

On Thursday, April 8th I had the pleasure of attending an opening party for the Henri Cartier-Bresson exhibit at the MoMA with one of my fellow MDers (Courtney Kemper). Cartier-Bresson was an influential photographer, who started his career in the early 1930s by capturing life as it was happening. The curator organized the show in groups of time periods of work in the US, as well as geographically documenting Cartier-Bresson’s travels in Europe and Asia. He was a photojournalist as well as an artist, and the National Geographic magazine and various newspaper articles featuring his photography were on display below the original prints. He captured some amazing celebrations and demonstrations, as well as candid shots of daily life around the globe.

For me, some of the most interesting shots displayed Cartier-Bresson’s ability to capture emotion with his shots; despair, happiness, surprise, indifference. It felt like you were looking at life in the 30’s, 40’s or 50’s through his eyes. To top it all off, the night was beautiful and cocktails were served out in the courtyard where we mingled with other patrons and sculptures. It was a great way to spend an evening.

2010 AIA New York Chapter College of Fellows

Anthony P. Schirripa, FAIA, IIDA at the podium.

In early March, the AIA New York Chapter hosted a reception for members elevated to the College of Fellows in 2010. Among the fourteen new Fellows – and the 134 nationwide – was Mancini•Duffy’s Chairman and CEO Tony Schirripa, 2010 President of AIA NY and a major force in helping establish the Center for Architecture back in 2003. Fellows on hand shared with a packed hall career highlights – such as the Queens Botanical Garden Visitor Center (Joan Krevlin, FAIA, LEED AP) and the stunning renovation of the Eldridge Street Synagogue (Walter Sedovic, FAIA, LEED AP) – that left many of us in the crowd feeling awed and inspired. For a full list of the New York Chapter member Fellows, go to the March 9th edition of eOculus.