In memory of Grumpy Cat, who went to kitty heaven earlier this year, here’s a compilation of quotes that prove architects are basically Grumpy Cat.
“98% of what gets built today is sh**. There’s no sense of design nor respect for humanity or anything. They’re bad buildings and that’s it.” – Frank Gehry.
Fun fact: One of Frank Gehry’s most famous works as an architect is his own private Santa Monica residence.
Fun fact: Wright was extremely prolific: he designed over 1,000 different structures and completed 532 of them.
Fun fact: Le Corbusier also designed furniture, leading to this delightful quote: ”Chairs are architecture, sofas are bourgeois.”
Fun fact: Hadid was the first woman to win the Pritzker Architecture Prize and designed the Guangzhou Opera House and Broad Art Musuem in Los Angeles.
Fun fact: A man of five names, he went by “Mies.”
Fun fact: He is correct. #goals
Fun fact: All of Barragan’s completed projects are located in his native Mexico. Serenity. Now.
Fun fact: Vignelli designed the famed New York City Subway map.
Fun fact: Mies was really good at pithy quotes.
Fun fact: Frank Gehry is 90 years old and still lives in Santa Monica in the famous house that he built, where he presently does not give a shingle about your feelings. Carry on good sir. Carry on.
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At Alcon Lighting’s LA headquarters, co-founder David Hakimi adopted a 12 year-old dog named Nano and decided to bring him into the office every day. Let’s just say it garnered some attention. It quickly became clear that Nano, who’s now 14 years old, relishes a long nap. Nano likes to hop and curl up in an easy chair, resting his head on the arm, drifting into slumber. In fact, David says this is Nano’s favorite activity.
Art can use light to convey an emotion, mood or thought, transcending language. Artists have always used light to emphasize certain aspects of their works of art. How light bathes a basket of fruit, for example, or shines on a pearl earring, can accentuate an art work’s attributes. The contrast of darkness with lightness can be alluring. In modern art, only the medium has changed.
Essentially, volumetric lighting refers to the illusion created when a lighting technique suggests a certain perspective, orientation or effect that increases, enhances or magnifies the sense of volume in a given space, context or application. In residential and commercial lighting design, volumetric lighting is often synonymous with task lighting. Light fixtures designed with optics that have a fully luminous and distinguishable beam spread and can be directed, with purpose, to light art, a table, produce in a market, etc.
As the United States of America celebrates Independence on the Fourth of July, it’s worth remembering lighting’s role in the American Revolution. Revere’s light signal was a backup plan designed to warn patriots in Charlestown, a borough across the river from Boston, in case Revere was arrested by the British occupying Boston and thus unable to initiate the ride.
The Continental Congress passed an act establishing an official flag for the new American republic on June 14, 1777. President Truman declared June 14 as Flag Day August 3, 1949. Anyone considering displaying America’s flag for Flag Day today or on Independence Day on July 4th might want to give some thought to proper illumination.