I’ve been getting a lot of questions about presentations and how to make them better. 7 words said many ways. Proper Prior Planning (or Persistent Planning and Preparation) Prevents Piss Poor Performance. Image by kevin dooley @ flickr. Said another way, PRACTICE!
Las Vegas is patterns. Gambling, prostitution, wealth, poverty, alcoholism, smoking, drug abuse, love, hate, passion, jealousy, and the list goes on. Right or wrong, good and bad, life is about patterns. A pattern from a Vegas hotel wall. Image by mediafury @ flickr.
Casa da Musica in Porto, Portugal by Rem Koolhaas. There is a lot of great modern work (and magnificent traditional work) in that city. Oporto (or Porto) is the second largest city in Portugal. I lived there in a small apt. on the Douro River. If you ever have a chance to visit, wonderful people and beautiful architecture. Image by LeonL @ flickr.
Louis Kahn designed the Salk Institute in La Jolla, CA. Jonas Salk created the vaccine for Polio. In 1952 before introduction the disease was reported 58,000 times and had killed 3,145 & maimed 21,269 - in that year alone. Kahn’s architecture somehow captures pain and hope. Tim Brown does great pics of architecture @ flickr.
Kimbell Art Museum in Fort Worth, TX by Louis Kahn. A couple things to remember about this piece of architecture. 1. It makes dramatic space with simple form. 2. It amplifies the light, not just lets it in. 3. Inside and outside are blurred. 4. It’s intimate but open. 5. The contrast of natural and man-made is dramatic and subtle at the same time. Image by ApplePirate @ flickr.
The Tribune tower in Chicago by architect Raymond Hood. The design was the winning entry of a competition held in 1922. It’s unusual because of the flying buttresses found at the top - typically found in church architecture. Image by adactio @ flickr.
What’s so interesting about this Prada store in Tokyo by Herzog and de Meuron is that it’s got a pattern - just like the products Prada sells. That’s what architects do. They get inspired by something relevant, get ideas and turn the intangible real. Image by diametrik @ flickr.
Vitra Design Museum by Frank Gehry. Located at the Vitra campus in Weil am Rhein, Germany. Vitra is a furniture company. The campus also has architecture by a few other famous architects. Check it out! Image by Markus Keuter @ flickr.
Hello, my current design project is set in Belgrade, revolving around themes of war, memorials, monuments, memory, with extensive political and social layers, as we are dealing with a bombed military building in a diplomatic area. Can you please advise some books I could read, architects or buildings I could examine to help me develop a philosophy towards such project? Right now I'm mainly studying Lebbeus Woods. Any advice is greatly appreciated! Thanks and thank you for your awesome work!
The writing of Jean Boudrillard French Philosopher and The architecture of Albert Speer.
Norman Foster design the Reichstag Dome in Berlin. The Reichstag was originally built to house the parliament of the German Empire. This dome has meaning. It’s reflectivity embodies the unification of Germany. Image by atomicjeep @ flickr.