Inspiration

49 Cities

Jun 11, 2010 by Lynn Fisher

For those of you who in the Bay Area who are interested in all things city, there's still a week left to go see the 49 cities exhibit at the San Francisco Planning + Urban Research Association (SPUR), originally developed by Work AC for the Storefront for Art and Architecture in New York.

The exhibit presents to-scale, graphic plans and select criteria from 49 utopian cities, providing "remarkable insight into the contemporary metropolis and our efforts over time to make cities more controllable, monumental, organic, taller, denser, sparser or greener."  Frankly, it was the most successful for me on a purely visual and graphic level; I loved seeing the scale and layout of each city in relationship to the others.

More eloquent commentary here and here.

Topics: Inspiration

Parking Garage Reconsidered

Jun 9, 2010 by Hiromi Ogawa

Parking Garage by Herzog &  deMeuron, in Miami.  Why the heck not?

Topics: Inspiration

My next Father's Day gift

Jun 1, 2010 by Hiromi Ogawa

David, your Father's Day gift from me to you will not only look cool, it will help you locate your ever-elusive cell phone and charger.

Topics: Inspiration, Life

The definition of design

Mar 28, 2010 by Hiromi Ogawa

Lynn and I recently met and refined our company mission statement to read:

We work with you to create a home that is the perfect fit for you.

This means that we prioritize our clients' values and the collaborative spirit over some kind of personal design agenda.

I realized the other day that we all do this in different ways. For my son Nico's birthday, this meant making a robot cake with instant cake mix and all the colorful candies from the store. I could have made a healthier, more tasteful cake but really, who is this cake really for? My three year old whose current love is sweets and robots.

Because his happiness is our happiness. I love that giving is a form of pure joy.

Topics: Food, Inspiration, Life

Watching architecture

Mar 10, 2010 by Hiromi Ogawa
photo courtesy of NW Films

photo courtesy of NW Films

Architecture films about John Lautner and others are coming to the NW Film Center in Portland.  Not to be missed.

Topics: Inspiration, Life

Fencing – a sense of privacy

Mar 3, 2010 by Hiromi Ogawa

What is privacy?  With fences, it's never true privacy, but at best, a sense of enclosure and quiet, while still providing light and visual transparency.

I visited the Portland Japanese Garden with my family last weekend and saw this fence, which delicately achieved everything.  The top half is opaque, shielding our view from where we would usually register moving objects and color; the bottom half is translucent, with some interest to keep your eyes in the foreground, while still allowing the feeling of depth to what is beyond.  Critters and leaves can move freely at the bottom, which also keeps your interest close to the ground.  To mask the traffic noise, there was a water feature in front of the fence (called a shishi-odoshi, literally translated as a deer-scarer) creating white noise and more interest. Nice!

Color and texture

Feb 26, 2010 by Hiromi Ogawa

At Lan Su Chinese Garden in Portland

Portland Office Art Show – Friday 10/30/09

Oct 27, 2009 by Hiromi Ogawa

Anderson Bailey / Jessie Bean Goodman

Farewell Art Show and Office Happy Hour

Opening Night:  This Friday 10/30/09 4:30pm - 7:30pm
at hiromi ogawa architects
107 SE Washington Street, Suite 150
Portland, OR 97214

 

Please join us for happy hour as we showcase the work of two very talented artists who are leaving Oregon next month.  We wish them the best as they seek their next adventure in Tennessee.  Don't miss this show, as this will perhaps be the last time in a long time that their work will be available in Portland.
A wide variety of pieces will be on display and for sale during the event.  Cash and personal checks with ID will be accepted.

We look forward to seeing you.

For more information on the artists, visit:

http://www.jessiebeang.com

http://www.theandersonbailey.com

Topics: Inspiration

For reals?

Oct 21, 2009 by Hiromi Ogawa

Bloodybelly comb jelly.  It's the stuff of Martians and outer space, yet it has lived in our waters all along.  I love this stuff.

Check out their website for a beautiful video of the jelly in motion.

photo courtesy of Monterey Bay Aquarium website

photo courtesy of Monterey Bay Aquarium website

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breathe in…

Apr 27, 2009 by Hiromi Ogawa

I've been getting into meditation lately, and the core of our focus is on breathing.  Breathing alcohol takes it to a whole new level.... and calling it Alcoholic Architecture elevates it to the realm of design and experience.

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http://bldgblog.blogspot.com/2009/04/atmospheric-intoxication.html

Topics: Food, Inspiration

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