Shan Shui City: MAD Architects

Curator: Adam Wong
date: December 3, 2013
Categories: Environmental Design
Shan Shui City (the city of mountains and water) is one of Yansong Ma and his MAD architects’ latest conceptual architectures. The design responds to the theory and methodology of traditional garden design and landscape architecture in China. Just imagine a future in which the skyscrapers in the city, when appreciated from afar, would transform into a splendid landscape painting. That would be dreamy.
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Polka Dots and Civil Rights: Doug and Gene Meyer

Curator: Nancy Sharon Collins
date: April 8, 2013
Categories: Entertainment Design, Environmental Design
Tags: architecture, editorial design, Fashion, interiors, mid-century design, style

Doug and Gene Meyer: The Longue Vue Installation,” was a decorative arts, fashion and design exhibition curated by Jeff McKay earlier this year in New Orleans. (Note from author: I’m terribly envious of what these bright brothers, a style monger and the spirit of a social activist socialite pulled off in my hometown. This group took a mere retrospective of the Meyers’ work and created a blockbuster event.)

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The Haunted House: Jennifer Shainin and Randy Walker

Curator: Karin Fong
date: March 12, 2013
Categories: Experience Design
Tags: architecture, interiors

Is it really fair that a couple has an amazing house AND the bragging rights to say they designed and built it themselves? And, oh yeah, they aren’t architects by training… They’re filmmakers by trade, having produced and directed a feature together (Apart From That), and created video projects for the likes of Starbucks and Microsoft. (They live in the beautiful Pacific Northwest to boot.) 

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99% Invisible: Roman Mars

Curator: Tim Belonax
date: January 8, 2013
Categories: Experience Design
Tags: architecture, Design, radio, storytelling
“Ninety-nine percent of who you are is invisible and untouchable.” —R. Buckminster Fuller

There’s something magical about a good story—something visceral. We’ve told stories to each other for hundreds of years. It’s a part of being human. But telling a good story, one that you really connect with and remember is an art form. With a wealth of new technology at our fingertips to scatter our attention in myriad directions, it’s reassuring to hear that the medium of radio is still thriving. Right now, there is no better person perfecting the craft of audio storytelling than KALW’s Roman Mars.  

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SA MI 75 DZ NY 12: Doug Wheeler

Curator: Kelli Anderson
date: April 12, 2012
Categories: Experience Design
Tags: architecture, Doug Wheeler, installation, space
Some of my favorite movie moments involve a swimming pool, a character and a pause in storytelling. In The Graduate, Harold & Maude and Rushmore (just to name a few), a character walks to the pool’s edge where they drop, splash and quietly float for some several long, uncomfortable seconds. The camera’s indifferent, slow pan mollifies any sense of alarm—narrative concerns like “drowning?” fade into the background. These scenes are different than the others. They are voluptuously sensory experiences, which provide a surreal moment of sympathetic sensation within the otherwise plot-driven medium of film.
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