Leaders of The New School | Platform LA

IMG_3055While in Los Angeles a couple weeks ago I soaked in a little more than sunny skies and heavy traffic. I spied Platform LA, an eye-catching retail concept situated in the often skipped over, but up-and-coming, Culver City. At first, the shopping district appears to take the form of a familiar outdoor mall but quickly revealed a refreshing twist – one-off retailers, restaurants, and art galleries for a destination-worthy, shopping experience. Platform LA serves up a branded shopping experience with a distinct “between the brands” expression that comes across through their tailored curation of retailers, a commitment to the arts, respite inspired landscaping, and an encouraging tone of voice that acts as a playful counter to their on-site wayfinding. Read more of this post

Anila Quayyum Agha

Anila Quayyum Agha, Cincinnati Art Musem

The FRCH Creative Culture Committee took some lucky FRCH-ers on a field trip last week to the Cincinnati Art Museum to experience the art of Pakistani-American artist Anila Quayyum Agha. The exhibit entitled, All the Flowers Are for Me (Red), was created using laser-cut steel and light. Light emanates from the red lacquered cube, enveloping the gallery in intricate shadows that ripple and change as visitors move through the space. A few FRCH-ers share their reactions to the stunning display: Read more of this post

What is Creative?

How would you define Creative?

 

Jardin d’Amis

A31-05A common truth about being an Architect or Designer is that for many of us, one of the reasons we got into our profession in the first place is because we were first inspired to create environments for ourselves as children. After we complete our training and begin working in our profession, the next thing we often set our sights on is renovating our home. Often times it involves a kitchen renovation or addition. In my case it was something very different. Mine was to create an architectural and artistic respite within the shell of a deteriorating early 20th Century garage.

I call it “Jardin d’Amis” or “Garden of Friends”. Read more of this post