Monday, February 28, 2005

Nice idea by Norman Foster for NYC


If all the world's a stage, why not Castle Williams, that crumbling bulwark on Governors Island, with its stone fortifications, circular courtyard and haunting past as a military prison? The British architect Norman Foster has designed an adaptation of Shakespeare's Globe Theater in London that would fit inside the 194-year-old castle and serve as a stage for Shakespeare productions and other performing arts.

The theater is one of several proposals being considered for the site by the National Park Service, which owns and operates 22 acres of the 172-acre island, a former military installation in New York Harbor that includes Castle Williams and Fort Jay.

The Park Service is currently soliciting online public input and suggestions for the site's future, said Linda Neal, the superintendent of the Governors Island National Monument for the Park Service, who described the Globe proposal as exciting.

Christo and Mercedes

Good product placemant by Mercedes for Christo and the Gates...

from NYT, Feb 28, 2005


After a brief stroll on the edge of the Sheep Meadow, Jeanne-Claude returned to the car, a Mercedes Maybach on loan for a few weeks from DaimlerChrysler. She said she originally laughed at the idea of the Maybach - "We don't even own a bicycle" - but she clearly cannot get enough of the car.

Out of a side-door compartment, she fished a saffron-colored Band-Aid tin, and from the tin snatched a cigarette. An assistant came to the window with a report: Someone had cut hearts out of the fabric in four gates. It's always something; a few minutes earlier she pointed out a brand new gate, a replacement for the one that was hit by a taxicab. Was there much vandalism?

"Vandalism?" she repeated. "Cutting out hearts? It annoys us, but I can't call that vandalism."

Suddenly the door opened, and Christo tumbled into the back seat. Before the door closed, he was debating whether they had time to eat lunch, since it was the last day Mr. Volz could take pictures and had much more to do.

"We always eat in 12 minutes," Jeanne-Claude said.

"To the boathouse, quick, quick," Christo said to the driver.


Furniture ad using magazines

Any magazine with its content could be used to take advantage of this presentation technique...Smart.

Old and new ad design

Mixing the importance of history with present day life, in all it's pleasantries, can be a challenge...History Channel does this well here by melding two images from the same place, different time.

modernist approach to modernism

i think this article in Metropolis summarize pretty well what happens to modern architecture by SOM and the likes:

Checkpoint Checkup
By Max Page
Twenty-five years ago West Berlin invited the world’s most celebrated architects to help rebuild devastated parts of the divided city. What is the legacy of that ambitious effort?

the article concludes that the buildings look boring, and the buildings style was a missed opportunity to spend the money with better design in mind.

Nice graphic depth to this ad

Clever composition of photo, story, and texture.

Graphic layout promoting depth

This concept would work well for a magazine, placing the magazine in the foreground, and an image of the area's expertise in the background.

Smart ad for consumer display

How can this be applied to magazines?

Sunday, February 27, 2005

Nice passport ad idea

This theme may be good for Foreign Affairs....structure magazine promo piece as passport.

Celebrity Logos....I merit one