Hyperloop Suburb: Reimagining the Dystopian Community

The suburbs have received an increasingly negative reputation due to their poverty-stricken beginnings in the 1920s, and their continued evolution into cookie-cutter, isolated communities for the middle class American in the 21st century. When we think of these family-dominated communities, we typically feel a sense of dystopian fear, an anxiety that lingers somewhere between an…

Odile Decq and the Romance of Disagreement

Odile Decq is an award-winning French architect and urban planner, with an innate ability to bring together multiple disciplines and trains of thought to produce highly sophisticated designs. Since her first major commission for La Banque Populaire de l'Ouest in Rennes, France, she has become a radical voice in architecture research, being awarded The Golden…

The Strength in Heterogeneity of Purpose

OBSERVATIONS FROM RESEARCH-BASED PHARMA I am fortunate to feel passionate about each aspect of my professional life, which has helped me understand how having a sense of purpose is key to enjoying and finding fulfillment in the long days, immense challenges, and difficult roadblocks I must navigate to be successful in my career. In my…

From Entertainment to Experience

No longer shrouded by the stigma of nerdiness, today’s comic conventions are more than just a place where adults gather to play dress-up or meet their real-life superheroes – they’re where the future of entertainment unfolds. Drawing hundreds of thousands of self-proclaimed nerds, as well as the companies who court them as customers, comic conventions…

Experience Art: Discover the Art of Anime and Manga

Everyday Scenes from a Parallel World, PIE International Although anime has been around for decades, there has been a notable revival in the genre as of late. Netflix is dubbing and rebooting old favorites, cutting-edge video game graphics are being pared down into nostalgic two-dimensional worlds, and the manga industry continues to stay strong, especially…

Repurposing Purpose

CONNECTING TO AN IMAGE OF THE FUTURE Let’s define purpose as “the reason for which we exist.” As humans, we have the ability to choose our purpose. In my 2011 book Consumershift: How Changing Values Are Reshaping the Consumer Landscape,
 I outlined a few common purposes people have based on the way they orient their…

Libeskind and the Reveal of “Facing Gaia”

"I always seek to think of – what has been repressed in memory on a site? What are the voices that are whispering to us across an abyss?" Daniel Libeskind, a Polish-born, American-grown architect is an artist when it comes to visualizing the past through structure. His ability to apply a modernist style while remaining…

How Brands Are Using “Play” to Stay in the Game

Childhood: those carefree days of rambunctious young life, where “playing” was a way of exploring; where we deconstructed and hacked our physical realities into our own creative imaginings; where we evolved by being flexible and tolerant of changing playing fields; where we engaged and played productively with one another, sharing a common vision and goal.…

Understanding Body Politics in Retail and Fashion

In retail, fashion, or even wearable tech spaces, it’s easy for designers and design researchers
to focus either on the technical innovations of fabrics and clothing, or on the aesthetic and expressive aspects of a garment. Innovation in these spaces largely focuses on the created object and its production, rather than the cultural consumption of the…

Let’s Get Physical

Why is e-commerce rebuilding the brick-and-mortar store?  In a time when there is a new disruptive technology almost every week and Oxford Dictionary’s Word
 of the Year is an emoji, some retailers are harking back to old habits and returning to an offline, analog way of selling – the brick-and-mortar store. Major corporations, including Amazon,…

Designing a New Class of Luxury

An Intimate Look at the Dorchester Collection Hotel Group Resting in the mountains of Yamanashi Prefecture, Japan, sits what many believe to be the world’s oldest hotel – Nishiyama Onsen Keiunkan. Established in 705 AD on the banks of a natural hot spring, its foundational magnetism came from healing and relaxing baths that, over the…

Brutal Food: The Rise of Minimalist Design in London’s Food Cultures

Brutal. Raw. Concrete. The term “Brutalism” was coined by French architect Le Corbusier when referencing his use of béton brut (raw concrete). The term was then adapted by architectural critic Reyner Banham, who used “Brutalism” to refer to elements of the 20th-century style. Brutalist architecture is characterized by structures that have 
a raw nature, evoking…

Fumihiko Maki on Conscious Design

It's undeniable our structures have changed drastically in style and material over the last century. Without a doubt, they will continue to change. In accordance with the grander evolution of our species – the houses, buildings, and skyscrapers that surround us act like a looking glass for how far we've come, and where we're going.…