Design Development

Unfortunately, the Delaware Welcome Center was a project I was not able to see through construction.  I was grateful at the opportunity to work with my previous firm (Cubellis Ecoplan) on the programming, schematic design and design development, while I was with them.  Because the boss was away for the summer we were able to pull off some pretty amazing things with this project utilizing interns from across the firm in various states.  We used a 3-D environment to conceptualize the project and utilized web-ex to sell the concept to the client throughout the design process.  It was fun being the project manager on a project that brought people together from all over the east coast, both from the design team as well as the client team.

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Lessons For Architects And Designers – You Are (Unique) Nature’s Greatest Miracle

You Are (Unique) Nature’s Greatest Miracle

“I am nature’s greatest miracle.

I will concentrate my energy on the challenge of the moment and my actions will help me forget all else. The problems of my home will be left in my home. I will think naught of my family when I am in the market place for this will cloud my thoughts. So too will the problems of the market place be left in the market place and I will think naught of my profession when I am in my home for this will dampen my love. There is no room [in my career] for my family, nor is there room in my home for [my career]. Each I will divorce from the other and thus will I remain wedded to both. Separate must they remain or my career will die. This is the paradox of the ages.”

(Author: Og Mandino, Book: “The Greatest Salesman in the World“)

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The Paradox of Design: How to Balance Innovation and the Comfort of the Familiar

Innovation Vs. the Familiar

As a designer there is always a strong urge to want to innovate and create something brand new.  However, as much as most people think they want to be different they also want to cling to the familiar, i.e., favorite brands, clothes, cars, sneakers, etc.  Even foods, coined comfort foods, are based on the familiar.  The familiar has the power to help one reminisce and conjure up past images, one of happy feelings and desires, joy, anticipation, and bliss.  Maybe that’s why 85% or more of our houses look identical.

So how can we as designers balance the “old” or the familiar with the “new” and the innovative?

It is important to design creatively while providing the sensation of “memory.”  This is not a new concept. Here is a quote discussing such dispositions from an article entitled, Science Studies How Architecture Affects the Brain:

“Architectural experience is recorded in what Antonio Damasio calls “dispositions” — records in our brain of a combination of sensory inputs, memories, emotions and any related muscle memories. Just below the surface of consciousness these dispositions wait for the next experience with which they can be paired. For example, each time we enter the office in which we work we are recalling a dispositional record of our last visit — including any emotional experiences we may have had. When we leave our office at the end of the day, our brain creates a new dispositional record that updates the one we came with that morning.” (Recording Device 1) (Recording Device 2)

Design with this in mind – the space should allow the occupants to capture the past and allow them the ability to record future memories.

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Giuseppe Longo Exposé

I recently had the pleasure of interviewing one of my Twitter/Facebook friends, Giuseppe Longo of  fashion + class & jet lag.  The following is the pre-launch interview.

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1) When did you get interested in fashion, culture, and lifestyle?

I don’t think there ever was a period in time when interest suddenly sparked for fashion, culture, and lifestyle. I feel that I’m continuing with what I grew up; parts of my life since childhood. Dad played Johann Strauss + Beethoven in the car, Mom has always had an impeccable eye for fashion & design. We traveled as a family. I just absorbed and learned from the best.

2) How has social media changed your life?

Interesting enough, it has changed my life. I started fashion + class & jet lag as a Twitter account and it just keeps growing. And I’m soon launching my novel online, which that too, touches on social media. I’ve met some very interesting people as well as made new friends. I’ve also traveled and done some exciting collaborations. Social media is a powerful tool. I get news much faster than traditional media- at the refreshing of a web page.

3) Who are your heroes, who do you emulate?Simply stated, the world is my muse. Like a chameleon, I am who I am because of everything and everyone I surround myself with. I try my best to mirror the world.4) Name a historical figure you would like to meet.

Sofia Loren, preferably to have coffee + a conversation. She’s a symbol of class and elegance.

5) What are 3 basic things everyone should know about fashion?

1| Skinny jeans are not for everyone
2| Tennis shoes and sweats are an eyesore and for sports, not everyday use
3| Confidence is the most important part of your wardrobe

6) How does art inform fashion and vice-versa.

It depends. This question can go in so many directions… Taking it as if art as a whole influences fashion, I believe yes. Perhaps a pattern on a wrought-iron gate will make a great print on a tie or a certain red from one of Botticelli’s paintings could transfer well onto a coat. Also, architecture from a building could transform and give a pair of heels character to really set it apart. So to that extent, art does inform fashion.

And looking at fashion and if it informs art, it is possible. A great example would be the late Alexander McQueen. His designs were artistic brilliance; he enthralled, engaged, and entertained the mind.

7) What are your 3 favorite cities for fashion?

We hope to catch up with Giuseppe Longo of  fashion + class & jet lag soon after he launches his new online novel.

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Party Like it’s 1999

New Year’s Eve is a great time to reflect on days gone by.  I just found this great photo of my dear friend and I on our trip to Vegas back in 1999.  We took some time from our crazy antics to visit the Hoover Dam (before the new overpass), Lake Mead & Grand Canyon in Arizona.