WORK. It's what we do, what we obsess over, celebrate, complain about, get paid for. We may call it Art, but it's still work. Particularly for creative types, where we do our work must have something to do with how it turns out, for better or worse - yet we rarely get to see behind the curtain.
We would like you to share something about your special place where creativity blooms. So where do you work?
Tuesday, October 16, 2012
What first caught our eye is the simple economy of his operation. His rolling cart with a foot-treadle sewing machine, mending storage and built-in umbrella is spare and to the point. Michael started this - project? endeavor? - as "Reap What You Sew" pushing his cart around town, basically looking for people who might want his services. Before long he figured out two things: 1) the Tenderloin was the most interesting neighborhood for human interaction, and 2) it's easier for people to find you if they know where you will be.
This may be a trend - the Amsterdam the Repair Cafe was founded 3 years ago, with all the community and government support one might expect from the Dutch.
In San Francisco, Michael Swaine remains a solo act, but there is real work happening here. Not commerce, not emerging technologies, not automation. For Michael the reward is that human interaction.
You can read more about the Free Mending Library HERE. thanks to Darby Minnow Smith and GRIST.
You can see a short feature HERE
Friday, October 5, 2012
|Computer power, no sunlight required|
|Easy as 1, 2, 3.|
You can read all about it HERE
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
The wiley Mark Zuckerberg has hired the wry Frank Gehry to design a new, massive workplace for Facebook employees, and some folks think this is just playing it safe. It is true that Mr. Gehry is several decades past being l'enfant terrible, but all that experience may well be a good balance for the impulsive tendencies of newly-minted silicon valley billionaires. Allison Arieff is doubtful that Gehry can deliver something meaningful for Facebook - but I am more hopeful.
Gehry has a public reputation for remarkable but expensive buildings that leak. That opinion is not well supported by fact, however. Among clients, he has a reputation for developing great building programs - the functional space layouts that make his buildings pleasant and efficient places to work. Developing a single, cohesive workplace for 2800 employees will not be easy. The idea of 2800 people of any profession all under the same roof is frightening; the more so when they are all young, flailing engineers trying to figure out what in the Hell they are producing . But if anyone is up to the task, it's Frank O. Gehry Partners.
You can read more about this - including an unsubstantiated jab at open offices - at Allison Arieff's design blog.
|Frank O and Mark Z play with blocks|
|The Architecture that architects love to hate.|
Thursday, May 31, 2012
Architects used to require layout space for plans that would eclipse this apartment size. The advance of laptop computers allows Luke to work where he lives, on the smallest of table tops.
You can see more (though there's not much more to see) by going here-
Luke Tyler's 78 Square Foot NYC Apartment
Friday, March 30, 2012
|Measuring the Heartbeat of a City|
Recently he reported from London that the tempo of that city seems to be about 122 beats per minute. How did he get that? Some lightweight field recording gear, a walk around the city with a simple video camera, sound and video editing, a little studio music overlay and viola - a lovely little piece of urban art.
David Byrne is a well-known creative genius, founder of the Talking Heads, writer and keen observer.