Friday, March 26, 2010

Architecture at the World Expo 2010

The United Kingdom's Pavilion, titled the Seed Cathedral, may be the most memorable if it comes out as the designer, Thomas Heatherwick, of London based Heatherwick Studio planned.

The Crystal Palace, which housed the first World Expo in 1851 in London, stunned visitors with its advanced, creative design, featuring 13,000 exhibits inside its glass and iron frame. For the more than six million people who visited the site during the Expo, the Crystal Palace portrayed the United Kingdom as a cutting-edge nation and British organizers are hoping that this year’s Seed Cathedral at Expo 2010 in Shanghai will do the same.

Pavilion Concepts Described

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Digital Story Telling: How the Census Works

The census is described as the largest scientific undertaking by the federal government, outside of a military operation.

So how does the U.S.Census Bureau fulfill its constitutional mandate, to count each person in the country and associate them to an address? Very carefully one could say, using multiple strategies to identify individuals who might be between homes, persons not at their primary home (college students, or those incarcerated, in the military etc. but the key operation is the questionnaire mailout whereby questionnaires are mailed to homes and mailed back in.

2010 Census Website

NYTimes Article: The Importance of being Counted

(See the process explain in the video below)

Monday, March 22, 2010

Architecture: Frank Gerhy's Latest

The most distinctive architect of his generation has envisioned a structure to house the Cleveland Clinic for Brain Health in Las Vegas, Nevada.

NYTimes Profile on Frank Gerhy

Gerhy's design for the 34rd President's Dwight D. Eisenhower memorial was been selected by Eisenhower Memorial Commission.

Memorial Selection

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Design History: Alexander Girard

An influential textile designer who's tenure at the furniture manufacture Herman Miller set a high water mark for the language of modern textile designs.

Alexander Girard Biography

Houseware Products by Casabella

I recently came across some well made house hold products by Cassbella. I have found the roll mop and outdoor broom comfortable, durable well made and attractive.

Casabella's Website

NYTimes Review of Mops

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Design History: The Bauhaus a Short Video

The early bastion early modernist thought, the Bauhaus, whose influence would far exceeded its existance as a school is profiled in a short video.

Time Magazine Video

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Information Design: Applied to Government Data

The most progressive use of information design, the structuring of data using the principles of visual communication, in government can be found on the web page for the Recovery Act.

The goal of information design is to clearly represent data in such a way that it is easily understood by the viewer.

The guru of this field of design is Edward Tufte, who was recently to the independent panel that advises the Recovery Accountability and Transparency Board.

Audio:What is Information Design

Recovery Act Website


Article: Profile on Edward Tufte