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4 predictions for the future of design practice.

In April, I attended an event at the Center for Architecture called RE:Think | Design Thinking Outputs that was focused on models for dynamic and collaborative practice within the design (and larger problem solving) industry. It’s one of the best professional panels I’ve ever been to content-wise, and the format was also especially interesting; presenters were paired up and then engaged in dialogues after their paired presentations.

If you have the time, a video of the event is available: http://vimeo.com/41152962 But if you don’t, below are my four big takeaways/predictions.


image via VisionArc

1. Project teams will increasingly be formed based on shared values, rather than coordinated skill sets or specific project goals. To be successful in these teams, we’ll all need to get better at articulating and demonstrating our most important values.

2. Projects will become increasingly iterative, and decreasingly organized around predetermined deliverables. Everyone will need to get better at embracing risk, learning quickly, communicating clearly, and generally being adaptable.

3. The term “client” will include an increasingly diverse array of stakeholders, funders, and both participating and non-participating beneficiaries. As designers, we have the opportunity to take a proactive stance in prioritizing all these clients. It would be wise for us to do so.

4. Authorship will increasingly be preserved thanks to respect from our peers, rather than by taking defensive legal action. As the processes of creating ideas, images, products, and systems become increasingly collaborative, the myth of the lone creative will continue to be debunked. We will have to get more comfortable in trusting others to give credit where credit is due, since strict copyrights will become increasingly impractical.

This event was organized by AIANY’s New Practice Committee.

May 30’s daily design idea is what predictions do you have about the future of design practice?

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Two meters tall.

via Core77 (March 22, 2010):

“The visitor can according to his size choose the suitable shoe-hight [sic] in order to get 2 meter body height” – inges idee

level, 1997
by Hans Hemmert of inges idee (according to Core77)
Styrodur/Rubber/Velcro
variable dimensions
part of the “Personal Absurdities” show at Galerie Gebauer, Berlin

In her post, Lisa Smith of Core77 asks “what does it mean when we all share one height?” For those who are significantly shorter than two meters (approx 6’6″), I can imagine the new view causing a fairly strong shift in the perceived sizes of objects. I expect this sensation would be much more vivid for anyone who was already familiar with the gallery space. I’ll never forget when I first re-entered my childhood bathroom after growing about eight inches, because everything below counter height felt incredibly small to me. I don’t have a great guess for how this would effect those who are already close to 2m tall – what do you think?

February 22′s daily design idea is how does physical viewpoint affect the perception of relative objects?

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Peters and Hansen ring in BBDO Minneapolis’ 80th.

BBDO Minneapolis recently celebrated 80 years, which puts there inception right in the middle of prohibition. To help the interactive ad agency celebrate, Allan Peters (art director/designer) and Eric Hansen (copywriter) put together a fantastic prohibition-themed suite of materials:


More images here. This fantastic collection of print discovered via designworklife.

December 16’s daily design idea is sass works!

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thinking public (and public thinking) all over the world

Re-blogged from in public space we trust.
Originally posted October 16, 2010.

In Favour of Public Space, the European Prize for Urban Public Space catalogue, documents and celebrates the biennial competition organized by six European institutions recognising and encouraging regeneration projects and defense of public space in our cities.

This new catalogue includes essays written by architects, urban planners, writers, sociologists and politicians, including Ole Bouman, Philip Ursprung and Francis Rambert.”

>>October 16’s daily design idea is which lasts longer: books or memories?

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Artists and Architects.

The contemporary relationship between artists and architects, and the question of how important it is to identify as one or the other, have both become increasingly interesting to me as my own design career develops.

Some people have worked in both fields, either simultaneously or through a gradual shift. Maya Lin is perhaps one of the more successful living individuals to act as both, but it’s worth noting that her art and architecture portfolios are definitively separate. Frank Stella is one artist who gradually moved towards architecture (read more in the refreshingly “forthright” interview from Architectural Record), while “perhaps no contemporary architect takes himself more seriously as an artist than Frank Gehry,” according to one New York Times article.


preliminary sketch by Frank Gehry for Panama Puente de Vida Museo

The dynamic between artists and architects can also be clearly separate but still collaborative/co-influential, as is true of artists Michael Gaillard, Grant Guilliams, Kim Holleman, and Eve Mosher, who are all currently exhibiting at SUPERFRONT:

“SUPERFRONT is proud to present ARTISTS WHO PLAY WELL WITH OTHERS ARCHITECTS, a summer group show on view at the Brooklyn gallery through August 13th.  The exhibition brings together 4 artists of disparate backgrounds who, nonetheless, share a common familiarity with practicing architects in New York City.

Curated by Mitch McEwen, Director of SUPERFRONT, with input from Lee Ping Kwan, architect at Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates, and Mimi Zeiger, editor and publisher of loud paper, the exhibit emphasizes playful and tactile investigations of landscape, site selection, authority, and scale.  The resulting exhibit mixes astute games of narrative, word play, and humor with an irreverence for architectural gravitas.  Sculptures, drawings, physical models, and instrument-like objects are on display.”

SUPERFRONT is located on 1432 Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn. The gallery is open Sat & Sun 1-6 PM, and the exhibit runs 17 July –  13 August, 2010. Opening Saturday July 17th 6:00pm – 8:00pm.


a study for Kim Holleman’s “Trailer Park” installation (various cities, 2006-2010)

July 17′s daily design idea is does the specialization of design professions discourage interdisciplinary practice? Or do professional boundaries encourage higher standards and more innovative thinking about specific materials and realizable production methods?

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Play them – they’re yours.

via the New York Times (June 21, 2010):

“Monday was the first day on which 60 pianos could be played on street corners and in parks around the city as part of a public art project called “Play Me, I’m Yours.” There were double-takes as people walked by: A piano? Anyone can sit down and play anything?”

“[Luke Jerram] said the brainstorm for “Play Me, I’m Yours” had hit while he was in a launderette in his hometown, Bristol, England. “I was going there with my underwear every week,” he said. “No one was talking to each other. I thought, put a piano in there, it can act as a catalyst for conversation.””

All images from Luke Jerram’s website.

June 25′s daily design idea is be generous with your ideas; share them with the public.

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What landmarks/streets/prepositions are in a name?

In New York city, there’s often several parts to a neighborhood’s name, which results in names from cute to completely obscure. Just consider:

SoHo – “south of Houston” Street

NoHo – “north of Houston” Street

Nolita – “north of Little Italy”

TriBeCa – the “triangle below Canal” Street’

DUMBO – “down under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass,” which has a great story for how it was named and also has some great design destinations

BoCoCa – the combined area of Boerum Hill, Cobble Hill, and Carroll Gardens, which has an Arts Festival happening this month

NoMad – “North of Madison Square Park,” which may or may not be named (depending on who you ask) and which is notorious for being the empty brown square on NYC cab maps

June 16’s daily design idea is what physical characteristics are included in the name for your neighborhood?

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Image by Wikimedia Commons user Quasipalm.

June 16, 2010 at 3:50 pm Leave a comment


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