Thursday, April 28, 2011

BP14...Design and Me

My Favorite Object
Tiffany & Co. Necklace

One of my favorite object is the Tiffany & Co. Return to Tiffany silver necklace. I love the necklace for its simple beauty, sleekness, timeless elegance, craftsmanship. I do not like to wear too much jewelry and when I do wear a form a accessory, it is usually a pair of earrings or a necklace. I love putting on my Tiffany & Co necklace because the name says it all--timeless beauty and quality.

My Favorite Building

Parthenon, Athens, Greece

One of my favorite buildings is the Parthenon in Athens, Greece. I love the classic lines and the open feeling it has. When I visited the Parthenon a couple of times, I often wondered what it would have been like to be there at the time it was built. The temple complex on the hilltop overlooks the city as it once overlooked the agora and shines like a beacon of classic beauty.

My Favorite Space

Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey

My favorite space is the Sultan Ahmet Area of Istanbul. It houses one of the most beautiful and exotic structures in the world such as the Hagia Sophia, Blue Mosque, Grand Bazaar, the Topkapi palace. The modern day Sultan Ahmet area bustles with restaurants, street-side cafes, vendors, visitors, the local people...It simply feels magical especially at night. The architecture is unique and exotic unlike any other places I have seen.

My Favorite Place

Istanbul, Turkey

My favorite place is Istanbul, Turkey. The is an eclectic mix of East and West. One can drive underneath Roman aqueducts, visit Byzantine architecture, stroll through the sooks of the Ottoman Grand Bazaar, sip coffee and Turkish tea in every street corner, and shop at ultra modern shopping centers. It truly is a place where East meets West...simply magical.


Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Theory 5...A Whole New Mind

A Whole New Mind

For our final theory reading, we read exerts from Daniel Pink's A Whole New Mind. In his book, Daniel Pink emphasized the importance of the six senses and tapping more into our R-mode side of the brain--which makes us more aware and sensitive creatures.

The author recommends not just to function but to design.

Instead of providing an argument which could elicit counter-arguments, tell a story which brings us in touch with our primal activity of story -telling.

Analysis alone does not allow us to see the whole picture; instead, symphony creates more of an understanding.

Use empathy instead of logic. It will create more meaning relationships.

It is very important not to take everything very seriously, playing is an important part of the human experience.

The meaning of life and design are more important than collecting artifacts.

In his book, Daniel Pink recommends to have a holistic relationship with design. In order to accomplish this task, one must experience the environment by visiting, reviewing, looking, watching, and thinking about design.

The three design journals I would recommend are:

  • Architectural Digest: It provides many useful information for the design professionals as well as the general public.
  • Design Intelligence: Is a newsletter dealing with the business and strategic aspects for the design professional.
  • Web-Architecture: It is a web-based publication for architects, students, and other design professionals. The web access makes it convenient for professionals in the field to gather information faster.

Lastly, it is important to have a holistic approach to design and incorporate information from other sources in order to be more successful.

A Whole New Mind, Daniel Pink, pages 65-99.