Category Archives: Architecture

The Image of Christ and Goldenberg’s Peanut Chews

This week, two articles in the NY Times caught my attention. The first was about the image of a candy package, the second about the image of Christ, and both are lessons about good intentions gone really bad. And while … Continue reading

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The 60 Watt Coke Bottle

Here is a simply brilliant (pun intended) idea that uses recycled plastic bottles to provide home lighting in third world countries. A single bottle installed in the roof can provide the light equivalent to a 60 watt bulb, free for … Continue reading

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Cityscapes and store shelves

Real estate developers have always been competitive folks, and by the looks of West 23rd street in Manhattan they are beginning to take a lesson from the combative traditions of the store shelf and consumer product brands. Nicolai Ourroussoff had … Continue reading

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Aesthetic shock and awe

In the early 1980s I worked in Manhattan just a few blocks from where Philip Johnson’s AT&T building was being erected. We watched with amazement as the raw steel forms of what became known as the “Chippendale” skyscraper were put … Continue reading

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The Kimbell Museum, Coca Cola, Renzo Piano, and Turner Duckworth

An iconic building and an iconic brand. .  . both driven by the creative brilliance of their designers and the application, over time, of a collective vision for the brand. Perhaps the most rewarding type of project for a package … Continue reading

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Glassphemy! A visceral and psychological recycling center

Recycling is so boring! Or so says David Pelt a developer who has just built a new kind of recyling place, along the Gowanus Canal in Brooklyn. Based on the video it seems like a great place to recycle your … Continue reading

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Designing in Silence

Listen to the photo above. It is a shot by Keith Lanpher called “Water Lilies“. I hear silence, what do you hear? The image was taken at a very special place about 15 miles from anywhere. A place where the … Continue reading

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