Friday, June 13, 2008

Friday and Seattle Commentary

Totally off-topic, but I usually listen to some music on my way home from work and found myself firing up my good ol' Zen Touch for the Friday night commute.  I'm fairly certain I've stumbled upon the BEST song to end your work week - "Amber" by 311.  Give it a try one Friday night and let me know what you think!

Last week I participated in the AIA BIM Implementers Roundtable which is a subset of the Large Firm Round Table (LFRT).  There were some great presentations about best practices, measuring the ROI on BIM and more.  My vote for most candid commentary goes to Phil Read (now with HNTB Architecture) on his new blog  Don't ask me - or Phil for that matter - how one pronounces "architechure," but the point is ARCH + TECH...

From That Thing You Do:

Mr. White: Next, this "Oneders", with the O-N-E, it doesn't work. It's confusing. From now on, you boys'll just be... simply The Wonders.
Lenny: As in, I *wonder* what happened to the O'Needers?

After the day-and-a-half meeting I had the opportunity to wander around Seattle.  First, I visited the Seattle Public Library designed by OMA and Rem Koolhaas.  I've always been a fan of Rem's work and the SPL doesn't disappoint.  Check out my slideshow for some glimpses of the interesting structure versus curtain wall conditions.  Vibrant colors are used for a variety of special spaces such as the all red meeting level and bright yellow vertical circulation - which is a huge help in finding your way around.  There is also a fantastic art display called "Making Visible the Invisible" by George Legrady in which several LCD monitors continuously stream graphic displays of metadata being culled from the library's checkout system.

Next up was the obligatory trip up to the Space Needle.  Having Starbucks in the cafe at 520' was worth the 16 bucks for the ticket.  The observation deck also features several interactive displays including one where you can cycle around a 360 degree panoramic view while adjusting the sun light by the hour or the minute.  Wonder if I can put that on my timecard for environmental analysis research?  Right next to the Needle is Frank Gehry's Experience Music Project or EMP - a museum of music history founded by Paul Allen, co-founder of Microsoft.  Funds were running low at this point, so I decided to just check out the building, not the full museum tour; however, it was  highly recommended by our hotel concierge.  Making our way back to the Hotel Monaco via the waterfront, we had oysters and seafood at Elliott's (yummmm) and shopping at Pike Place Market.

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