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WMS Boathouse

Maybe it was the lake freckled landscape where I spent my childhood or the surrounding prep-schools, but rowing has always been in my consciousness. We spent quite a bit of time on the water and in it as kids. I was even lucky enough to have a wood craftsman father so by the age of five I had helped build a row boat from hull to oars. It was a far cry from a rowing shell, but maybe one day one will find its way into my life. The WMS Boathouse on the Chicago River makes me want to hop up from my desk and head to the closest rowing center and take out a skull. Designed by Studio Gang, the building and dock features some really smart and intriguing elements. My favorite part by far has to be the indoor water pool rowing simulator.

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Hackschooling – Logan LaPlante

Ever think you would get schooled by a 13 year old? Well watch this video and then you will have. Logan LaPlante is pioneering an entirely new approach to schooling self titled Hackschooling. By putting together a curriculum based on his interests and the things that he enjoys Laplante is able to “maximize happiness”.


Recently a group of students from MECA(The Maine College of Art) were invited to participate in a super exciting project to rebrand their school. Many designers never have this opportunity in their entire career let along while still in school. Over the course of a weekend, and with direction from professors Margo Halverson and Charles Melcher as well as Pentagram partner Eddie Opara. The video posted below is a must watch. It shows the in depth process the students went through as well as the thoughts and insights of both the students, the faculty and Opara.

Participating students: Carly Soos, Celia Packard, Dan Heutz, Hannah Sherwood, Kaitlin Callender, Klarizza Cruz, Lucy Henson, Nicole Holmes, Sarah Mohammadi.

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Shadow Play

Number 53 from the new Laurence King book, 100 Ideas That Changed Graphic Design, Steven Heller and Véronique Vienne look at ‘shadow play’ and it’s impact on design. My favorite piece is László Moholy-Nagy’s cover for 14 Bauhausbücher (14 Bauhaus Books). Moholy-Nagy had an unparalleled skill for creating depth in static planes, which is even more impressive based on the limited technologies at his disposal.

(via Creative Review »)

Camp Firebelly

Looking for something fun, creative adventurous and good for the world? Look no further, Camp Firebelly is just what you need. A group of students and recent grads with a penchant for socially responsible design to hunker down, and pool their collective talents and abilities. Together they will craf some fresh strategy for a non-profit client from initial research and concept to implementation. Sounds like a pretty fun way to spend the summer, and help people too!

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Meggs’ for iPad?

In art school Meggs’ seemed to be an archaic approach to delivering design history in need a serious overhaul. Fast forward to the content saturated web environment of today their dwindling market share and outdated delivery mechanism have been re-envisioned. Meggs’ History of Graphic Design has been updated and republished alongside an iPad and iPhone version created by the gifted guys over at Inkling.

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38 Feet Tall, 8400 Mosaic Tiles

The subway posters designed for SVA always amaze and delight. In this case the original poster design by Louise Fili was transformed into a 3 story mosaic. A transformation that may be miraculous, but not quite mystical, since the original poster was designed in a the style of a mosaic. However the final billboard size boasts 38 vertical feet and 8,400 tiles. Quite a stretch from the paper versions stuffed into displays throughout the MTA. An additional fact that I found to be pretty coincidental is that the arrow on the poster points to both the School of Visual Arts building on which it is constructed as well as Louise Fili’s own studio.

Marcel Sembat High School

Over the past decade we have become more aware as a culture and society with the short comings of our educational system. That said when rethinking education the most common talking points are curriculum and teachers for good reason. Although I agree with these components being the core components of a strong educational system I think having an inspiring, functional and beautiful learning place deserves to be right up there with the other two. Like so many American children I spent a large portion of my educational experience in a leaky, inhospitable modernist brick building. Lit predominantly with fluorescent bulbs and linoleum covered concrete floors. A school should be a place or at least offer places where you want to spend time, to think, experiment, and be inspired. Architecture can and does enrich experience of institutions and activities on a daily basis and I think it is time that is given more focus in regards to education.

Archi5 and B. Huidobro designed this new structure as part of a revitalization to the Marcel Sembat High School, a dedicated technical school focussing on mechanical and automotive related education. Taking into account the specific needs of this type of education center and its requirement to connect and commune with the original buildings of the school from varying periods gave way to this amazing rolling hill design.

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Campinas School

With school design I there is a fine line between perfect and terrible. The balance between light open space and solitary class rooms where a class room can function as an independent ecosystem. This elementary school in Campinas a district within São Paulo Brazil, designed by BVY Arquitetos does a great job of separating spaces, but maintaining a continuity between all the sections. Possibly my favorite part are the protected outdoor areas as pictured in the shot of the ball court below.

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Hootenanny Newspaper: Kimberly Chan

I have always loved the use of the newspaper format for exhibition catalogues and related applications. This newspaper called “Hootenanny” was designed by Kimberly Chan, as a promotional piece for the 2010 degree show she participated in. Her collaborators on the project included Stephen Ball, Ryan Van Kesteren, and Tom Pollard. The use of the giant slab-serif H on the front page is a real eye-catcher and if I remember correctly is what initially drew me to this piece.

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