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Unfolding Playful Design

When I first saw the conceptual design for the Polish Expo 2010 for Shanghai’s World Expo via BLDBLG I smiled at the pattern that created the building. Through further investigation […]

Last Night at Princeton Architectural Press

Over the last year Princeton Architectural Press has been pretty good to me. Every so often Russell Fernandez would send me a couple books that they published for review purposes. […]

Only in New York: West 14th Street Apple Store Poster

What sets context in great architecture versus standard buildings so I’ve been told is how the surrounding environment influences the design of the building. For instance if the building were […]

Comparing the New York Times Building Top with Other Building Tops in the Area

One of the first buildings I see when I wake up and the last one before I go to sleep, the new New York Times Building is in my view […]

Lego Inspiration

Via Superlocal I came across a great image of a concrete brick that looks like it was inspired by lego…

Speaking at Design Week in Saskatoon

I’m excited to mention that I’ll be heading back to my hometown today for Design Week 07 in Saskatoon to speak. If you happen to be there, be sure to […]

What to see at Open House New York…

This upcoming weekend is Open House New York, an annual event where the public can visit private and public buildings and other areas that they would otherwise not have access […]


Here’s someone that should have a book on their work – Bryan Christie Design. I would be interested to read about the process to create the illustrations shown on the […]

Circular Design

I couldn’t help but notice the circular shape of the Spaceport America building concept. The ariel view looking down shows some cool abstract shapes that really speak to the new […]

The perfect book to read in the bathroom if you’re a designer

With definitions for words like negotiate: Today, the architectural project is not designed, but negotiated… and Net, the: The net is where fragments are seized, and where the rest is […]

IAC Video Wall Test

IAC Video Wall Test from shiffman and Vimeo. Above is a clip inside from one of my favourite buildings in NYC, it’s the IAC Video wall from the IAC Building […]

I know what your office looks like

Runningmap Randy passed me on a great link about all those web 2.0+ companies that you’ve heard about. It’s a blog that has photos of offices like Facebook, Digg, Twitter […]

3 things I haven’t read yet – though two are online for you to look at

In the last day I’ve collected a couple new pieces of material to read – all hard copies, I thought it was interesting that two of them are available online. […]

An interview with Ilkka Terho, CEO of Valvomo

Last week Ilkka Terho, CEO of Valvomo located in Helsinki Finland took some time out of his trip to NYC to have lunch and talk design with me. If you […]

My Saturday afternoon at Postopolis!

Postopolis! was nothing less than a five day marathon for those interested in blogs and architecture/urbanism/design. I could only imagine how the four main blog people (BLDGBLOG (Los Angeles), City […]

Creative Time, the book and the street

Most mornings when I walk to work I go an extra block to 10th Street to see at what activity is going on near the Hudson River and to take […]

Lunch, the blog

Explaining to my friend Ray about how I use flickr to find new places to eat in NYC (roboppy being one of the busiest and best), he comes back with […]

Design Life Now is design light

Coming into the Design Life Now: National Design Triennial 2006, I didn’t have any expectations. I was aware of Speak Up’s contribution and had read the NYT’s review. As I […]

IKEA in the House

As Renegade has been growing, the need for a larger space has been in the works for a while. While I’m not involved too much in the actual plans for […]

Clip/Stamp/Fold in NYC Review

As much as the word inspiration is a cliche – Clip/Stamp/Fold was was indeed inspirational if for no other reason than it gave the viewer a lot of reasons to […]

Proof: The Architectural League of New York Call for Entries

If you’ve been designing for less than ten years and are interested in doing more with your ideas, check out the call for entries from The Architectural League of New […]

Learning to Spectacle

Tonight’s design lecture was sponsored by the Architectural League and the Municipal Art Society. I came into the talk tonight without knowing much about the new book Spectacle by David […]

The Meaning of Clean

image via curbed I’ve been pretty lucky since arriving in NYC. People have been really helpful and friendly, actually more so in a lot of cases then in Canada which […]

National Design Awards Winners Panel Notes

Taking advantage of the fact that I finally live in NYC, I went to the National Design Awards Winners Panel. I really enjoyed the talk, though at times I wondered […]

The Paris Air Max 1 story

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Ling Loft, the $2,500 toilet

I’ve posted some of my pics from Open House New York at http://www.flickr.com/photos/michaelsurtees/sets/72157594317270648/

Hearst Tower by Foster and Partners in NYC

Please hear this Architects

.flickr-photo { border: solid 2px #000000; } .flickr-yourcomment { } .flickr-frame { text-align: left; padding: 3px; } .flickr-caption { font-size: 0.8em; margin-top: 0px; } Our view at dusk after the […]

Brand Attributes

Today is my last day in the D3 team at NAIT as I head out to NYC on Tuesday. One of the smaller things that I noticed during my time […]

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