Author Archives: Alexis Wittman

About Alexis Wittman

Artist and Designer. Gallery in Charlevoix, Michigan, USA Architectural Engineer/Designer owner of Architectural Research + Design. AR+D provides research on facility design, architectural process, product design, owner's representation and project management. Design services available for large institutional design, as well as a specialty in green building techniques and services. Work includes both passive and active solar, straw-bale and rammed earth systems as well as evolving technologies. I am also a Christian Science Practitioner. Visit my blog at www.godislivingme.com You may follow this link for a Paypal donation. https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_donations&business=alexiswittmandesigns@gmail.com&lc=US&item_name=Alexis Wittman, C.S.&currency_code=USD&bn=PP-DonationsBF:btn_donateCC_LG.gif:NonHosted

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windblown.   I am blown away by this woman’s work…check it out.

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Enthusiasm = Energy, and endless resourcefulness ~

I recently attended the TEDx event in Traverse City. Say it fast:  tedxTC.  It was…ecstasy.  Great new ideas, great new people….  Here’s my ‘talk of the day’: Steve Ritz of the Green Bronx Machine Project, NYC, NY. Watch this video and … Continue reading

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Always new ideas to bubble up….Graphene*

…as creative beings, we will always invent and aspire our way out of problems. It’s just in our nature! Continue reading

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Turning a corner???

So I am musing on corners today– You turn a corner. You make a 90-degree turn. You head into the unknown, because you never exactly know what is around that corner after all! Continue reading

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Peace on Earth?

Raising three sons with a similar commitment to attachment style parenting, which means a lot of close physical touch through kangaroo carrying packs, extended breastfeeding, eye-contact, family beds, large extended circles of adults, close community bonding, homeschooling, unschooling…there is a lot to see in evidence. Continue reading

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Innovation at the dinner table?

This is a story of family and ideas…of a dad, Alan Kingstone,  who was researching how humans related to the eyes/faces of others….when his son suggested that by putting the eyes OFF the face, he could better judge if it … Continue reading

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Do you love Bucky as much as I love Bucky?

I attended my first American Institute of Architects (AIA) convention in 1976, the bicentennial year, set in Philadelphia.

The true highlight of the meeting was the opportunity to hear R. Buckminster Fuller speak.

His lecture was held in the historic Furness Building of the Philadelphia Fine Arts Academy (a work of art itself), full of patterning in the same way Bucky’s Geodesic Domes repeated a sense of order greater than itself.=== Continue reading

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2012 – The end of the world?

It occurs to me that this may be the year that the printed word ENDS for all intents and purposes. Centuries from now when killer solar storms have fried our electronic devises (which by then will be implanted in our skin), civilization will be lost…. and looking for a date to hold responsible, historians may log it as December 2012. The Mayans may have stopped writing calendars up to this date, and we may stop reading printed paper from this date very, very soon. Continue reading

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Getting stuck?

I came across this post by Katherine Sharpe of WIRED about a group of d-school students from Stanford that took their laser-cutters and 3-d printers on the road to visit elementary and middle schools. Initially their goals were to introduce … Continue reading

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Instructions? Or, winging-it….

There’s something renegade-like about choosing to forgo instructions, isn’t there? A secret pleasure that comes from winging it. (Admittedly, knowing the instructions are ‘there’ helps too.) Continue reading

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