Inspired by principles of the biophilia hypothesis—the inherent human affinity for natural systems and processes—the University of Florida Clinical Translational Research Building (CTRB), fully incorporates the environmental forces of its site, both natural and manmade. Today, the project’s architectural spearhead, Perkins+Will’s design director Pat Bosch, talks with us about the ins and outs of creating the carbon-neutral structure, which provides sustainable healing, working and educational environments for its inhabitants.
Jenny Vance, the president of Astoria Compass, came to the company in 2007 as a project manager, bringing with her a background in residential interior design. Since then, she has risen through the ranks of the company—one of the leading manufacturers of custom furniture and casegoods for the residential and hospitality markets. Today, we get her thoughts on design and why animals make excellent co-workers.
In our July/August print edition, we explore pattern in architecture. From dots to squares to lines, architects deploy pattern both as a formal and a functional element. The Janus house, by Kennerly Architecture, goes for elegant straight lines, as you'll learn from this excerpt from our Workbook section.
This week, WestEdge, the brainchild of design industry veterans Megan Reilly and Troy Hanson, marks its return to Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar, promising a fantastic group of exhibitors not to mention star-studded panels (FORM returns as a media sponsor as well). Shop and get inspired on the show floor, where 150 brands will be presenting some of the their latest and greatest work, among them FORM friends Moore + Friesl, Cromatti and Foundation. DesignMilk is bringing along a carefully selected group of designers, dubbed SuperPAC, from the Pacific Coast from California to British Columbia. WestEdge also has a great line-up of panels all week long. For professionals, events on Friday will be particularly interesting—learn the ins and outs of how to get published, get insight into salaries fees and value and find out strategies for building your brand’s legacy.
By Michael Webb
For centuries, architects sketched their work and recorded their impressions of the places they visited, and the Beaux Arts curriculum was based on a mastery of drawing. Software and digital cameras have eroded that tradition, but a few architects (Frank Gehry and Steven Holl are notable examples) still prefer pen and brush as tools to express their ideas. Andrea Ponsi is a Florentine architect whose watercolors of his native city are on display at the Italian Cultural Institute in Westwood through October 31. The exhibition, Andrea Ponsi: Florence, A Map of Perceptions, was organized by IIC Director Michela Magri, and it provides an insider's perspective on the cradle of Renaissance architecture.