A while back, we shared the story of EPT Design’s innovative TREK (Travel, Renewal, Exploration, Knowledge) program, the brainchild of the firm’s partners Nord Eriksson, Matthew Hall and Steven Carrol. Each year, two firm members are selected via a competition. The winners are given a small stipend and additional time off to travel and explore. They come back invigorated and inspired and ready and willing to share the knowledge they’ve gained with their colleagues. Over the years, participants have traveled all over, from just up the coast to the Pacific Northwest and all the way to Australia.
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If you happen to be fortunate enough to work at EPT Design, a landscape design firm with offices in Pasadena and Irvine, and have a hankering to check out what’s happening with, say, playgrounds in the Netherlands or dry gardens in Australia, you’re in luck. For the past decade or so, the company has offered the TREK program, which gives two staffers each year the chance to travel and explore.
The program (TREK stands for Travel, Renewal, Exploration, Knowledge) got its start over a decade ago when Nord Eriksson and his partners Matthew Hall and Stephen Carroll started thinking about their own travel experiences. “We got really rejuvenated and inspired,” says Eriksson. “We talked about our travels in the office and in clients meetings.”
We’ve talked about artists and architects making art for airports, but what about making art in an airport? What is that experience like? What does it teach about the design of airports and, more broadly, the intersection of people and cultures? Several years ago, architect Peter Tolkin embarked on an ambitious photography project, which resulted in a series of images entitled Airline Food.
“I got interested in airports because they’re these unusual spaces that represent internationalism but are not Internationalist in style,” explains Tolkin. “In the airport, you’re on your way—it’s an in between space. There not supposed to be marked by culture.” At the same time, he was developing an interest in the documentary mapping of civic and public spaces. His interests led him to airports, and, in the pre-9/11 years, he was able to move freely through the spaces.
Get ready to Celebrate the Journey! The A + D Museum’s annual gala is less than a month away (May 11) and promises to be even bigger and better than ever. Besides a curated silent auction, music by KCRW DJ Raul Campos, food and drink, the evening will feature the presentation and sale of one-of-a-kind carry-ons—inspired by this year’s theme: Celebrate: The Journey. To create the bags, the museum tapped some of the world’s leading designers, artists and architects—including Karim Rashid, Steven Ehrlich, and BMW Designworks USA to name just a few.