Archive for April, 2014

Warren Peace

Sunday, April 20th, 2014

While in Newport Beach, I had an opportunity to speak with the rather large local rabbit population regarding the upcoming Easter celebrations. They were understandably concerned that given the whole Easter Bunny thing being splashed around in the media, they would become easy targets for general harassment within the community.

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After much discussion, they agreed there was little could be done about the impending onslaught of public ridicule but remain stone faced about it.

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Wave Theory

Saturday, April 19th, 2014

With the landscaping around the building and in the adjacent park now growing in, Bohlin Cywinski Jackson asked me to capture a series of  images of their Newport Beach Civic Center. The $105 million dollar project includes a 100,000 sq.ft city hall, a 17,000 sq.ft library addition, a 450 space parking garage and a 14 acre community park.

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The landscaping within the park included several architectural elements that provided color and texture to the various pathways. The sloping site also provided for a viewing platform at one end of a footbridge that led to the dog park section of the site.

These little follies provided a great opportunity to have some fun with perspective and depth perception.

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Or just some plain fun.

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Come Fly With Me..

Wednesday, April 9th, 2014

You have to wonder what goes through the fly’s brain as it looks out the window at the world passing by at 500kph through it’s 4000 lens compound eyes……

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Will it be the chicken or the fish for lunch, perhaps?

Thick Skinned

Monday, April 7th, 2014

Like many other Chinese cities, Nanjing is developing a whole new commercial and civic hub. At the entrance to this new Hexi District, the distinctive Kingtown International Center (formerly Jinao Tower) designed by Skidmore, Owings & Merrill has just opened. A double-skin curtain wall enables the building to respond to the extreme summer heat by providing a thermally insulating buffer.

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Also housed in the cavity are diagonal structural braces that wrap the entire tower from top to base. Very odd feeling to be both inside and outside the building at a the same time!

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