In the past few months I have been exploring California through a relatively new website service called Airbnb. Essentially, it is like a house-hotel, or bed and breakfast for travelers and couch-surfers alike. However, one can see this service also as hospitality meets transit, or, “circulation as destination” (Architecture Theory); where a large hallway, a garage, or a caravan can become a lucrative rental opportunity that can gross anywhere from $20.00 to hundreds of dollars (per night). In terms of its architectural value there are three ways in which I can qualify my experience with Airbnb: City exposure, Visibility, and Design character. In other words how the rental unit relates with the City it’s located in, how the traveler(s) and host relate, and how the quality of this relationship is reflected in, or defined by, the architecture building itself. [Read more…] about Bay-Bee and Bee – a personal account of Airbnb use
Well, 2015 is almost gone (“The glass is half empty”) and my new year’s resolution was to, in some way, generate publicity about the 100 year birthday of the UC Berkeley Campanile. As an alumni of such a great school I have created the above symbolic comic strip titled “Identity.” I identify myself as an alumni but my identity goes far beyond just where I went to school. I also identify myself as a Nigerian–American designer who believes that “great design can save humanity.” That said, my design philosophy tends to incorporate three nouns that begin with the letter T: Tradition, Technique, and Technology; which, I feel, are also crucial aspects of defining identity in design. [Read more…] about Identity (Comic Strip)
Over the weekend I was glad to do my monthly architecture tour through Los Angeles and Orange County. On my tour I was in search of grey flames, hot emerging materials and textures that exist within a grayscale spectrum but are much more vibrant than mundane. I analyzed and criticized aluminum, zinc, metal, grey paint, grey concrete, etc, and found these images (below) as a result, enjoy! [Read more…] about Grey Flames: Aluminum Photo Blog
“ What do Shaq’s party shoes and the Dodger’s Stadium have in common?… they both have similar square feet.”
As a fan of square foot ‘dress’ shoes, I believe the historic link between shoe fashion and multifamily architecture to be quite interesting. On the accompanying image there is an implicit link between the hidden keystone and selling the image of ‘great arch support’ that transforms a solid column into a horizontal billboard. [Read more…] about Of Cents and Ratios
Cruising one day along Commonwealth Avenue in Fullerton, CA, I noticed a sequence of fallen birds that were either decayed or decaying on the sidewalk. It seemed to be the result of a complex context; an intersection of natural habitat and built (man-made) artifact (in this case a tunnel with a vehicle underpass and train overpass). So I thought to myself, built environments almost always have to interact with and react to their context. Whether it is regarding the slope of a site, or natural soil conditions, or even existing natural habitats: animals, flora, fauna, etc. [Read more…] about Common Birds of Commonwealth
NI-HILL-ISM – Niland, CA
If we take, for example, nihilism, lodged between blasé and cynicism, as a superficial and yet interstitial thread we can begin to start the process of reconciliation, mutual understanding, and compromise.
We should all be on the same page, be of one fabric, united and complete.
NI-HILL-ISM – Hills and Valleys
It is a symphony of euphony, of discrete organisms and contradictions. A confluence of fluent artistic languages.
It is also about the blurred distinctions between hard objects and soft landscapes. Or within the ebbs and flows of artists pioneering and re-engineering the folk art movement in mainstream or livestream media.
NI-HILL-ISM – Good PR from Isms to prisms
(Inside ‘Salvation Mountain’ – Leonard Knight)
Three such filters as Holism, Euphemism, Racism, and Sexism are some of myriad nodes to connect to and react from. A play on color, form, and part-to-whole relationships.
Finally, we can see the call-to-action tweet (#We are saved!) or on ribbons and buttons, too.
The Campanile at the University of California, Berkeley, will be turning 100 years old next year -for those that do not already know. To celebrate this special centennial occasion the school is planning several events around summertime culminating in the 2015 Homecoming celebration (LaDawn Duvall, Campus Executive Director of Visitor and Parent Services). [Read more…] about Happy Birthday, Campanile!!
On a recent visit to Cal-Earth’s open house and interactive tour (at a colleague’s request) I realized three major benefits of such a trip: the personal benefit of often irrational actions or events, like exploring huts 60 miles away in a desert in California; the social benefit of desert living; and the potential architectural benefit of [Read more…] about Juxta-Prose: Mass Hesperia!!