The Design for Business 21st Century-wise~

Corporations want to be innovative, but avoid risk. Designers create risk because that’s what innovation involves. But the ultimate goal? Mix reliability and validity with design thinking to achieve great long term consistency in innovation. Roger Martin’s presentation for Ziba Design in Portland, OR.

Cool Summers?

Here in Portland we’ve had a pretty cool summer. Cool in all ways! Besides the chilly evenings and great sleeping weather, there have been some terrific events going on. But first I want to share this photo collection posted by Brian Libby on the blog ‘Portland Architecture’… http://chatterbox.typepad.com/portlandarchitecture/2010/03/8xpdx-photographs-of-portland-architecture-at-aia-center-for-architecture.html The AIA Center for Architecture has sponsered […]

New Books Focus on a Place in the Sun~the article I wrote on passive solar design way back in the 1980’s!

The principles of passive solar energy are so simple: like the little girl in the comics who sits in a pool of sunlight, carrying on a conversation with the sunbeam. Passive solar energy is like that; a continuing discourse with nature.
We all know it’s warmer to walk on the sunny side of the street on a crisp spring morning, just as in the hot summer we seek the breezeway or the cellar. Without much thought, we adjust our daily movement to natural rhythms. We are our own passive solar energy systems.

The Big Empty Room*

THE BIG EMPTY ROOM.  There’s a space here in the Portland area that I just crave.  It’s the exhibit room at the Oregon College of Art and Craft, lovingly called OCAC. Up on Barne’s Road in SW Portland…from downtown PDX  you just go West on Burnside till it turns into Barne’s. It also features the […]

What to do with hot and sunny?

Sitting comfortably in my living room, the living room with the wonderful 14′ ceilings….the blinds closed and windows shut tight to keep the heat out and the ‘coolth’ in, this blog begins.  It is early July and after two days of 100 degree heat, I shelter either indoors or in the Willamette River with my […]