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Workspace over water

Walking around and through the ICA in Boston over the weekend, I could help but be drawn to the overhang of the building. While from the outside it’s one of […]

Link Drop (8·28·09)

This week’s collection of stuff that I’ve found interesting via Link Drop contains a lot of new themes. There’s stuff about smell, flowers and even Whole Foods. Apple makes it’s […]

Double issue of Link Drop (8·14·09) & (8·21·09)

This week’s version of Link Drop was a week late and while I hate excuses there’s a pretty good one. Last weekend I was redesigning the format of Link Drop […]

Slice and dice architecture

While it may be a cliche to suggest that every building in NYC has a story behind it, I can’t help but wonder about the Affinia Hotel near Madison Square […]

Link Drop (7·17·09) & (7·24·09)

This week’s Link Drop is a double issue as I was preoccupied with being in SF last Friday. For this post I combined the best of what I found in […]

Link Drop (7·10·09)

July is here and with that comes the Tour de France. I’ve found a number of bike and tour related stuff that is shows the sport in perhaps a slightly […]

Link Drop (6·19·09)

This week’s edition of Link Drop is a bit lighter than usual. The summer is supposed to be less busy but that doesn’t seem to be the case and in […]

Link Drop (6·12·09)

It’s been a crazy blog week for me and because of that my Link Drop is three days overdue. The High Line opened which I was happy to experience first […]

Walking on Top of the High Line

Like a lot of fans of the High Line, the opening of the first section a day early was a welcome surprise. It surpassed any hype that I had put […]

Link Drop (5·29·09)

I’m not entirely sure why but I’m pretty happy how this week turned out for Link Drop. Lots of Design process, typography, NYC, social and business stuff. Art doesn’t usually […]

Link Drop (5·22·09)

Summer is just about here. It’s getting nice n’hot, the humidity is about to get a lot worse and there’s a long weekend coming up asap. Things are good in […]

the Empire State Building and Lego, two of my favourite things

The Empire State Building is easily my favourite building of all time. I can’t rationalize it—it just is. I reminded of how it is on a daily basis. Just like […]

Link Drop (5·15·09)

I’m hopping that publishing Link Drops on a Sunday as opposed to a Friday will stop after this week. I took the last week off hoping to get a lot […]

Design Week and ICFF is here, but where to find all the news on it?

It’s a simple question, there’s an event going on and there’s lots of media coverage from both news sources and blogs but how am I going to get all of […]

Link Drop (5·01·09)

I feel as though this week just started and it’s already Friday. Good weather, good company and being in NYC will do that to people. But with that said there’s […]

Announcing Vague Terrain 13: citySCENE

Greg J. Smith of Serial Consign fame has released his latest issue of Vague Terrain. Below is his press release and below that is my text from my entry. I […]

Our New Architecture Tradition

View Larger Map Last weekend Madison and I decided to extend our weekend walking loop. Usually we’ll do a lap between 42nd st and 14th st on Park ave. I […]

Link Drop Contextd for the Week Ending in Friday the 20th (February 2009)

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Link Drop Contextd for the Week Ending in Friday the 13th (February 2009)

Link Drop Contextd for the Week Ending in Friday the 23rd (January 2009)

As I’m focusing more on quality vs quantity it’s interesting to see how smaller patterns emerge after a weeks worth of filtering. This week seemed to be a combo of […]

Hey airport architects, why not design more power outlets in seating areas?

I’m sure there are airports out there that have realized that a majority of business travelers use laptops since they all offer pay as you go wifi services. The thing […]

Print, City and the Blogs

While I don’t think the above quote “Print is never messy. The city and blogs are.” is 100% accurate, it does make me feel a bit better about the nature […]

The old and new MetLife Signs above New York

A couple nights ago I noticed a new addition to the typography skyline of New York. A second updated version of MetLife, not on the MetLife Building but from a […]

Twittering The National Design Awards Winners’ Panel at Cooper-Hewitt

Instead of doing my usual note based design observations I decided to use the tool that I voted for at the People’s Design Award in real-time at The National Design […]

Looking at liking

The above quote piqued my interest as I sometimes feel like “that guy” who’s not always buying the hype of excitement that tends to come w/ a lot of graphic […]

Seeing and hearing a photographer’s self portraits of his family

It’s funny how timing works sometimes. Yesterday morning I picked up a couple envelopes from Princeton Architectural Press of books for review purposes. While it’s going to be a couple […]

Link Drop for the Week Ending in Friday the 29th (August 2008)

Where did August go, it seems like only a week or two ago it was July and I was complaining about how I wasn’t doing too well under the NYC […]

Shigeru Ban Talk at the Cooper Union

After not being able to get in for the Shigeru Ban Talk at the Cooper Union last January b/c I forgot to RSVP, I’ve been agonizingly waiting for the Architectural […]

Link Drop for the Week Ending in Friday the 18th (July 2008)

By the end of the week I’m always curious to see how my Link Drop is going to shape up w/ telling me what I found interesting. This week there […]

A couple notes from Pecha Kucha New York 5 last night

Before anyone got on stage last night for PKNY5 I said to myself that I feel for the presenters. I don’t think any of them were expecting two solid floors […]

Faux Eiffel Tower Extension

When I first came across the idea of the Eiffel Tower Extension from Core77 I didn’t even consider it to be untrue. What did pique my interest was there was […]

Architecture wrapped up as a shoe

I don’t think I would have ever predicted I would be mentioning a woman’s shoe from Gucci on DesignNotes, but coming across the above image via the blog Zesty Perspective […]

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