The mutual strengths of architects and UX designers
As an architect, you have been trained to shape the world according to millennia of design discourse. Giving form to culture is a skill that calls on all the senses and requires a deep understanding of how people interact with their environment [...]
architects know how to "design for people," Johns also points out. This is true of architects as well as UX designers. "You have the user's best interest at heart – which requires consistently hearing and understanding them."
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Did the architecture of your schools leave an impression on you?
'None of the buildings seemed built to impose and in all of them one had the sense that what mattered about a room was the spirit and determination with which it was filled, and the uses to which ingenuity could put it. When I want to remember what a first-class education felt like, that is the architecture I remember, and it mattered solely because of what people did with it.'
— The Guardian
It seems that no matter how many years have passed, those schoolyard memories — whether cheerful or hellish — will always be buried in the back of our minds. In light of the 2015 Stirling Prize recently awarded to the Burntwood School in Wandsworth, London, some of The Guardian's writers share... View full entry
MIT's "Placelet" sensors technologize old-fashioned observation methods for placemaking
With a $35,000 grant from the Knight Prototype Fund, [MITs Elizabeth Christoforetti] and her team are working on a project called Placelet, which will track how pedestrians move through a particular space. They’re developing a network of sensors that will track the scale and speed of pedestrians [and vehicles] over long periods of time. The sensors, [currently being tested in downtown Boston], will also track the 'sensory experience' by recording the noise level and air quality of that space.
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FRCH Design Worldwide upgrades Zaha Hadid's Contemporary Arts Center lobby in Cincinnati
After moving a few times in Cincinnati throughout the later half of the 20th century, the Contemporary Arts Center relocated into its current home at the Lois & Richard Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Arts in 2003. Designed by Zaha Hadid, who won the commission in the late 1990s, the... View full entry
Alicia Eler's ode to Jon Jerde and the mall as "part of the American experience"
I love the mall as much as I love the urban walking experience, museums and movie theaters. Today the stripmall is not just a part of my everyday life in Los Angeles [...] it is also a memory from my own suburban adolescence growing up in Illinois.
Jon Jerde, the LA architect both celebrated and loathed for his role in spreading shopping malls across US suburbia, died this month. Some might scoff at his life’s achievement. I am not one of them.
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Red Bull's INABA-designed office is the "antithesis" of trendy workspaces
When it comes to a high-energy drink giant like Red Bull, most would probably expect their corporate offices to reflect the sporty, frat bro-friendly culture that the brand overwhelmingly attracts. Not a single hint of that can be seen in the company's newly designed office in New York by... View full entry
"Towards Biology" tells the metaphysical tale of Ricardo Bofill's La Fábrica
Ricardo Bofill Taller de Arquitectura collaborated with Onionlab from Barcelona to create a video-audio installation titled "Towards Biology" as part of the "Time Space Existence" exhibition at the soon-to-conclude Venice Biennale 2014 in Italy.The exhibition explores going beyond the physical... View full entry
Winners of the 2014 Great Places Awards to be exhibited at EDRA Conference, New Orleans
The annual Environmental Design Research Association (EDRA) Great Places Awards highlight the invaluable relationship between people and their experience with physical space.
For its 2014 program, EDRA chose six winning projects that exemplify professional and scholarly excellence in environmental and experiential design.
2014 Place Design Award: Masoro Village Project by GA Collaborative2014 Place Design Award: Open House by Matthew Mazzotta2014 Place Design Award: Sugar Beach by Claude Cormier et Associés2014 Place Planning Award: Pike-Pine Renaissance by Gustafson Guthrie Nichol2014 Place Research Award: Green... View full entry
eMotion and mapping museum experience
eMotion researches the museum-going experience experimentally.
At the heart of the project is the investigation of the psychogeographical
effect of the museum on the museum visitor.
Over the weekend, Dorothy Spears reported on the work of the German Martin Tröndle, whose research into the experience of the museum-goer, has had some surprising results. Using a combination of GPS tracking and sensors which gathered various physiological reactions, the eMotion project came... View full entry
Apologue's Tali Krakowsky To Speak On Experience Design At Eyeo Festival & PromaxBDA
Tali Krakowsky, founder of experience design studio Apologue, will be speaking at the Eyeo Festival on June 27th and June 28th in Minneapolis, and at the 2011 PromaxBDA Conference on June 30th in NYC. At the Eyeo Festival, Krakowsky will be moderating in two panels. On June 27th is a panel that... View full entry