WHY YOUR WORD CHOICES MATTER: VOCABULARY 3​

Disruption and Transformation It seems that almost every start-up wants to disrupt something, to follow the footsteps of Amazon who disrupted and almost destroyed the traditional bookstore method of buying books. Surprisingly the local bookstore is making a bit of revival, because it turns out that buying a book involves more than reading reviews and …

A RICH AND VARIED LIFE OF SERVICE​

Praise to Bill and Melinda Gates who, through their foundation, have focused on three primary directives: Ensure that more children and young people survive and thrive; the global eradication of diseases that affect the poor; and improving education and opportunity for at risk people. Praise to Mark Margulies, Boston-based Architect, who, through his focus on …

VOCABULARY WORDS 2: INFLUENCE VS. INSPIRATION, MARK TOBEY VS. JACKSON POLLACK​

One of my favorite small art museums is the Addison Gallery of American Art at Phillips Academy in Andover, MA. The current shows are not to be missed. The featured show is called: Mark Tobey: Threading Light. After seeing the show, one realizes that the gallery notes are correct: Tobey has had the “most significant …

SPACE – DEEP SPACE AND SPACE PLANNING IN FOUR DIMENSIONS​

As we design the interiors for the new mission control center for a telescope that looks into deep space (click here for more information about the Chandra telescope), I reflect on my own love of space…planning, that is. For some people, nothing is better than chocolate. For me, not much is better than the joy …

DO YOU KNOW THE MEANING OF THESE 4 WORDS: SYNCRETISM, ECLECTISM, APPROPRIATION AND INSPIRATION?

As I was reading Adam Gopnick’s “Talk of the Town,” “Why Wage a War on Christmas” in the January 1, 2018 New Yorker, I came across a word I didn’t know, “syncretist”, which comes from “syncretism.” I love learning new words! Little did I know how relevant this new word is to design. Syncretism is …