AIA Advocates for the Construction Economy – Rebuild and renew!

Most people are so busy trying to save energy with their cars what they don’t realize is that buildings account for 40% of the energy use in this country. The American Institute of Architect’s [AIA] plan to lobby for a ‘Rebuild and Renew’ effort doesn’t place as great an emphasis on sustainable design as it […]

The “Technium”

Just like plants like light, and tend to lean towards it….Does Technogy lean??? That’s really the issue here.

Biology, like technology, has tendencies. Complexity, increased diversity, specialization, mutual-ism, ubiquity and sentience just to start naming a few. Turns out even computer code evolves. Microsoft Office, ubiquitous as it is, evolved code within itself. Codes created other codes with tendencies to write other codes… Tendency is probably not the right word, but ‘who knew?’.

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 […]

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 […]