Life in Wanderlust


Park Groot Vijversburg by Ishigami and MAKS
February 21, 2012, 12:11 am
Filed under: Architecture, Art + Design

architectural drawing

Junya Ishigami + Associates and MAKS via Dezeen

This proposal for a visitor center in Park Groot Vijversburg in Tytsjerk, The Netherlands offers a delicate, yet bold approach to the space. Designed by Ishigami + Associates and MAKS, the curved lines emphasize the landscape and encourage paths for movement.

These renderings are a gorgeous display of Ishigami’s aesthetic and interests; his work has a certain delicacy and simplicity that can often be found in Japanese design. I think these drawings represent the idea better than photorealistic renderings, which can sometimes be too detailed and literal. By creating a pseudo-photograph, a designer leaves no space for a viewer to interpret an idea, atmosphere, or place. Just a thought to ponder.

Anyways, Ishigami may be most famous for the KAIT building, featuring hundreds of steel columns supporting a flat, planar ceiling. This field of columns has a special place in my heart, as I spent hours hand-drafting the columns and gluing millimeter thin pieces of museumboard onto foamcore. A very delicate procedure indeed.



BIG♥NYC
February 18, 2012, 10:43 pm
Filed under: Architecture, Art + Design, Community


via Inhabitat

A post dinner stroll with some friends visiting from Atlanta led us to this LED Heart sculpture in Times Square! Designed by BIG in collaboration with FLATCUT_ and Local Projects, this sculpture supposedly gets brighter as more people touch a nearby heart pad. The instructions were a bit vague, and the results were more subtle than expected. I had my hand on the heart with three strangers and didn’t see much of a change.

Either way, the sculpture was a pleasant surprise in Times Square, which I have avoided like a proper non-tourist. The sculpture is up until February 29th, so stop by if you get a chance.

*And Facebook a photo of the BIG heart to Think Energy, they’re donating $1/photo to Hope and Heroes Children’s Cancer Fund.



Social Media Week 2012 – Instagram
February 16, 2012, 12:58 am
Filed under: Community, Thoughts

Image

via Instagram NYC

February 13-17 is Social Media Week around the world. It’s an event designed to generate conversations about the future, possibilities, and impact of social media. I attended the Instagram NYC Community Party with no expectations and left indifferent to the event. I did arrive a little late, so I missed the speaker. Most of my time was spent waiting in line, where I was told I could possibly not get into the event for the night because it was overbooked. However, I stuck around and made it inside.

The venue was filled with twenty-somethings, the majority of which were in advertising and PR (of course), so I didn’t make any valuable connections. Although all you people were super nice! Anyways, my networking skills are a bit subpar but I felt the event could have prompted more conversation about Instagram in general or even in innovation in photosharing- that’s what networking is about right? I think it’s always valuable to generate discussion about how companies add value to society and people’s lives. I intend to check out a few more events and listen to a few speakers, so hopefully I’ll learn something!



Thought of You
February 14, 2012, 11:58 am
Filed under: Art + Design, Inspiration

Thought of You – Ryan Woodward



Park Here: Indoor Pop-Up Park
February 8, 2012, 6:28 pm
Filed under: Art + Design, Community

Park Here pop up event

via OpenHouse Gallery

Dec 5, 2011 – Feb 15, 2012

Pop-up galleries, shops and restaurants have permeated pop culture and society for the past few years, so it’s no surprise to discover a more permanent pop-up space in New York. OpenHouse Gallery at 201 Mulberry St. in Nolita is a “pop up concept lab.” I recently came across the Park Here: Indoor Pop-Up Park event and am eager to check out the venue before it closes. How can you go wrong with hammocks and free WiFi?



On views
February 8, 2012, 6:12 pm
Filed under: Inspiration, Thoughts

“For things to reveal themselves to us, we need to be ready to abandon our views about them.”

― Thich Nhat Hanh



‘February Fix’ Playlist
February 6, 2012, 10:13 pm
Filed under: Music

Somebody that I Used to Know, Walk Off the Earth (Gotye cover)
Off to the Races, Lana Del Rey
We Found Love, Boyce Avenue (Rihanna cover)
Unaccompanied Cello Suite No.1 in G Major, Yo-Yo Ma
Rivers and Roads, The Head and the Heart
Déjà Vu, Mike Posner
Let it Fall, Lykke Li
Higher, B.o.B
The Golden Age, The Asteroids Galaxy Tour
Passwords, Mon Khmer
Scott Mescudi vs. The World, Kid Cudi feat. Cee-Lo