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Bore No More

While your bridges soar, your website bores. What happens when an architecture or engineering partnership’s commitment to strength, utility and beauty falls short digitally—adequate but hardly excellent? There are still many who could care less: “Our reputation speaks for itself.", "It’s only a portfolio.", It looks on a par with our competition.", or "We’re not in the business of creating the meaningless jabber characteristic of the web." “Unless you have twelve months of signed business, profit margins that allow you to do your best work, and are satisfied with your current client relationships, investing in your firm’s ability to do business is not only important, but essential,” says Brent Robertson, an expert on creating and maintaining a digital presence. (more…)

By Louis Postel, ago
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Ipso Prestbro

[caption id="attachment_4299" align="alignleft" width="150"] Architect and innovator Brad Prestbro[/caption] ArchitectureBoston Expo (ABX) 2016 last November was, as expected, the busiest, most bustling building industry event in the Northeast. And yet by closing day November 17, the aftershock of the national election had cast a pall over this liberal city, a gritty, torpid weather insinuating itself into the chasms of its convention center. Architects between workshops trooped past the exhibits, thoroughly glazed, emotionally whacked, assiduously avoiding eye contact with vendors, who themselves were beginning to fade after three days on their feet meeting and greeting. (more…)

By Louis Postel, ago
Graphisoft USA

Is There Life Beyond Sustainability?

[caption id="attachment_3597" align="alignleft" width="150"] Architect Christian Benimana of Mass Design Group[/caption] The 140-bed hospital complex stops time, like a long-lost friend you run into where you’d least expect to. In such a surprise occurrence, past and future appear to come to a standstill. Here, just outside Rwanda’s capital of Kigali, it’s impossible to ignore that the site once held a police outpost in the whirlwind of mass murder. Kaleidoscopic images of those days in 1994 bring forth anguish and terror as if they were happening today. At the same time, in this stillness, one can’t help but rejoice at the sight of the new hospital building and the national, multi-ethnic renaissance it embodies. (more…)

By Louis Postel, ago
Graphisoft USA

Mix Master

[caption id="attachment_4338" align="alignleft" width="150"] Mix Master Charles Goldman[/caption] In his Crown Heights, Brooklyn, studio last year Charles Goldman was reading the New York Times. After weighing its symbolic value as a “spreader of information,” he launched a series of “plop sculptures” out of mashed issues of the Times. “Then I left a bucket overnight by accident,” Goldman recalls. “In the morning I kicked it over. The contents had become solid, and I kicked them out of the bucket.” (more…)

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