Natasza Naczas and I have been hard at work in our spare time doing a special extracurricular – “Embellishing a classic Eames Molded Plywood chair for charity. Given that Time Magazine called Eames chair the “Best Design of the 20th Century,” we were no doubt intimidated by this challenge, but we stuck to a fun and simple design which was guided by our mantra, “What would Charles and Ray do?”
Our chair raised $750 as part of a Thomas Interior Systems open house fundraiser that will support the families of fallen firefighters. Here is our blurb from the fundraiser brochure:
CannonDesign extensively researched the chair’s design origins for inspiration and guidance for the embellishment of the chair. At times, we felt that we could not possibly improve on this classic furniture design, and instead were led by the vibrant and creative minds of the dynamic design partners as we adopted the mantra, “What would Charles and Ray do?”
While honoring the legacy of the Eames Molded Plywood chair, we also pay tribute to the Chicago Fire Fighters with a pattern symbolic of the many intersections in Chicago that are kept safe and protected. The pattern is singed into the emblematic chair in homage to the arena the CFD bravely rushes into each day in our city.
The lighting industry promotes many international lighting design award opportunities. But collectively, what do they all mean? Well, not much until now. The Australian-based lighting design publication “illumni” has painstakingly analyzed lighting design award submissions over the past two years, and tabulated the resulting firms and their award merits. The publication then allocated points to each award, based upon which professional organization did the judging, and who administered it.
In recent years, CannonDesign’s portfolio of work has allowed the firm to explore unique lighting opportunities within those projects, allowing us to compete for these prestigious awards.
The fruits of our labor have resulted in the firm winning numerous lighting design awards, and “illumni” tabulating those results and ranking CannonDesign as #14 on their Creative Ladder of global lighting design firms.
The St. Louis Public Library, Central Library received the American Institute of Architects, 2014 Institute Honor Award for Architecture earlier this year. This award, in tandem with several others the library has received, prompted KPLR 11 to sit down with Waller McGuire, the executive director of the library and George Nikolajevich, the design principal from CannonDesign for the building.
The interview is embedded below for viewing. There may be a short ad that plays before it.
During my flight to San Francisco earlier this week, I watch the movie “Now You See Me,” featuring Mark Ruffalo, Isla Fisher, Jesse Eisenberg and… the Lloyd D. George, United States Courthouse. The building served as FBI Headquarters for the movie.
It is always neat to see a building our firm has worked on in a major feature film. I remember the Richmond Olympic Oval found its way into a number of commercials during the 2010 Winter Olympic Games and also Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol. I also found this previous blog post from Gus Lima about how the Tel Aviv Medical Center played a role in
Ohlone Campus Core Replacement Project
A CannonDesign SFMO team stemming from the Los Angeles and San Francisco offices is nearing completion of the Design Development Phase for the new Ohlone Community College Campus Core replacement project in Fremont, CA. This ambitious project will completely transform the existing campus into a highly-collaborative, multi-disciplinary academic environment integrated into a dramatic natural hillside setting.
The campus core replacement effort will replace existing facilities with new right-sized, state-of-the-art learning spaces and transform the campus environment by revitalizing the campus “Main Street,” opening views to the Bay and beyond and improving way-finding and accessibility on a steep hillside site.
The 190,000 SF program consists of three new buildings including a new Learning Commons, Visual and Performing Arts, Science Teaching Labs, 2 Tiered Lecture Halls, and General Academic Classrooms. Four existing buildings on the heavily sloped site will be demolished and the remaining buildings offer an eclectic mix of contemporary architecture with homage to the mission revival influence. The collection of existing buildings evokes a historic hill town in scale, massing, and placement upon the typography.
The three new buildings are organized around a terraced, landscaped central plaza integrated into the topography of the hillside site. Building masses step down the hillside to maintain a character consistent with the existing campus architecture. Accessibility and way-finding is enhanced by a visually prominent and iconic vertical circulation element (stairs and elevator core”)connecting all of the building floors and terminating at a roof level exterior walkway that links the existing lower campus with “Main Street” 60 feet up the hillside. A composed landscape of native ornamental grasses punctuated with California Oaks extends the natural hillside environment through the campus commons. Shaded exterior informal learning areas are located at multiple elevations with connections to the various adjacent academic programs.
Ohlone Community College is shooting to go beyond LEED and set a new standard for sustainable design. Current California energy codes already exceed the LEED standards, but the design team, in partnership with the College is pushing for Net Zero energy consumption.
The campus already has a large on-site solar array, and this combined with appropriate building orientation, shading devices, a high-performance skin, and mild climatic conditions, will contribute greatly toward reaching that target. Additionally, the design team has identified materials to be recycled and re-purposed from the proposed demolition and incorporated in the design and development of the new buildings.
Shared Governance in Design Input
Collaboration and a shared governance process are important to Ohlone College and continue to be in the development of the architectural design for the new Academic Core Project. During the Schematic Design Phase, the focus is on the evolution of a facilities’ design that supports and enhances the project’s vision and the college’s educational mission.
This collaboration was achieved through a highly interactive and inclusive process. In order to reach out to the entire college community, interactions were designed to include a broad and diverse representation of the college community allowing maximum input into the design. To the greatest degree possible, these interactions were aligned with the college’s academic schedule to maximize participation while maintaining the project schedule and milestones. The end result of this significant effort and process is a highly evolved and appropriate design. The design creates a new core to the campus which connects naturally to existing buildings and surrounding landscape in holistic manner. Each participant in the shared governance process positively impacted the design outcome and assisted in making the schematic design of the Academic Core Project a distinctive and functionally appropriate solution for the unique needs of the Ohlone College community.
Chris Lambert is set to speak at this year’s Illinois Sustainable Energy Summit on the topic of “Architectural Solutions for Energy Management,” Thursday, March 6 at the Union League Club of Chicago. Lambert’s presentation will tie in nicely with the summit’s theme of “Sustainably Harnessing Energy and Creating Wealth for All.”
The Illinois Sustainable Energy Summit is a multi-stakeholder forum promoting dialogue and collaboration on sustainable energy and economic development in Illinois. The Summit is bringing together government, business and community leaders to collectively explore opportunities and challenges, and find solutions related to sustainable energy and infrastructure development of our state and nation.
The summit will direct the spotlight on various leaders from Illinois who are promoting the goals of sustainable energy development in their respective organizations, industries, communities and professions.
Interesting New York Times article yesterday about Tom Steyer, a Billionaire who “is rallying other deep-pocketed donors, seeking to build a war chest that would make his political organization, NextGen Climate Action, among the largest outside groups in the country, similar in scale to the conservative political network overseen by Charles and David Koch.”
“The new fund-raising push seeks to tap into the booming fortunes of Silicon Valley, where many donors rank climate change as their top political issue. It also signals a shift within the environmental movement, as donors — frustrated that neither Democratic nor Republican officials are willing to prioritize climate change measures — shift their money from philanthropy and education into campaign vehicles designed to win elections.”
The third full week of February is National Engineers Week and CannonDesign is proud to recognize the many remarkable engineers working at our firm and around the world to solve society’s greatest challenges.
National Engineers week was started by the National Society of Professional Engineers in 1951 to call attention to engineers’ contribution to society, increase dialog about the need for engineers, and also to recognize the importance of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Math) education. The theme for 2014 is “Let’s Make a Difference” and the goal is to raise public awareness of the engineers’ positive contributions to quality of life and to promote volunteer programs to celebrate and engage students in engineering. Each year, EWeek reaches thousands of schools businesses and community groups across the U.S.
Here’s to a Happy National Engineers Week for all.
ArchDaily shared a fun piece in mid-2013 that outlined the concepts from Steven Johnson’s book, “Where Good Ideas Come From” and Jonah Lehrer’s book “Groupthink.” With more and more healthcare organizations engaging innovation institutes (i.e. Mayo’s Center for Innovation), understanding the science of innovation and the role of architecture is increasingly important.
In what new ways can we design spaces that engage medical professionals to innovate within hospital walls?
Nina - 24 Feb 2014
How many speakers total were installed?
max - 02 Feb 2014
*faceplam* ugh... i hate it when arrogant New Yorkers go on and on about ho...
Sergey Alexeev - 01 Feb 2014
The task of modern architecture, just like thousands of years ago, remains ...
Aven - 06 Jan 2014
Woo, looking great, but I think the second view, it's not good to see a dar...
Syed Khundmir - 30 Dec 2013
Looks like a cool place to work for and develop as an engineer. The interns...