May 27, 2012 § Leave a comment
I don’t know how familiar anyone is about the company Nervous System. I discovered them a while ago, and I love it. I’m not entirely sure why I haven’t purchased it yet.
Now I see that they are doing more than just the bracelets and rings, and have forayed into home. Lighting and dishes. It’s so fun.
LOOK AT THESE CUPS.
Or these lamps:
I love these. So much. h/t Design Milk.
May 5, 2012 § Leave a comment
Impact is a difficult concept.
My job is to measure it, which I find slightly difficult to do, mostly because impact is so nebulous. Sure, you can put numbers to it, but I find the more important piece of impact is not a number, it’s an action or a change of perspective, and that is ridiculously hard to put to a figure.
Adam Yauch died today. There will be much written about him, and there should be. But a lot written about him will be facts. The most eloquent eulogies will be non-verbal, through the lives of those who were forever altered by his mere existence and his fight not just for the right to party, but to ensure that everyone partied with him.
And those are significant examples of impact. Yet, many of us cannot articulate our depth of sorrow beyond “Oh, no. No no no. Goddamit. Seriously. Goddamit.” That was a tweet by Patton Oswalt, and frankly I couldn’t have said it better myself.
I can’t put into words how Adam Yauch affected me. He, and the Beastie Boys, were integral to my life in a number of ways. Memories keep flooding…and I hope they flood forever. He was a beautiful person who made a huge impact. Our world is so much better for having him in it, even though it was for too short of time.
May 3, 2012 § Leave a comment
I am a big proponent for sustainable architecture. I have been for my entire life, but I never had the capability of articulating why it was so important.
Then I worked for a sustainable architecture firm, and I learned that there are actually studies upon studies out there relating to the overall health and well being of a person based on their happiness in a space. Sustainability is not just “green” or “energy efficient” or “environmental”. Sustainability is also aesthetics and comfort. You are more likely to save a building that you like to see. You are more likely to enjoy being in a building you like to see.
The built environment is a huge part of who we are, and encompasses a significant portion of our lives. Houses, work, school. Even the commute from one location to another takes you past built places. But we pay so little attention to them, and balk at budgets meant to build a safe, comfortable place that will be around for years to come.
I mention this because recently the AIA’s Committee on the Environment’s Top Ten Green Projects were published. I watch this list closely each year, and marvel. This year, I’ve seen a few pieces about it, but I chose this one to publish here because of one simple quote for the Kensington High School for the Creative and Performing Arts in Philadelphia (architect SMP Architects in collaboration with SRK Architects):
“The design team was challenged to create a small high school that would help students from low-income families succeed. They focused on keeping the floor plan inviting and transparent to give students views of green roofs and artwork, and choosing a site near public transportation so it would be easily accessible. Since the building’s completion in 2010, student truancy dropped from 35 percent to 0 percent, test scores quadrupled, and the graduation rate increased from 29 percent to 69 percent.”
Built environments do matter, and can benefit us.
Here’s the school: