June 8th

It’s my birthday today. 36! Some of the major events that are happening today:

The PC party has a majority government for the provincial election which means Doug Ford is the Premier.

Anthony Bourdain has committed suicide, just days after Kate Spade took her life as well.

And I have injuries and bruises from rugby. Who would have thought that I would be playing with kids still in high school on my team? This is definitely a new era in hitting your mid-thirties.

As a challenge to myself, and to defy that saying “you can’t teach an old dog new tricks” I am going to do/learn/explore 36 new things this year. It’s a revamped idea to a bucket list, which I am calling my birthday list. At the moment I have 20 items and will look to fill another 16 in the coming months. Check out my list:

  1. Learn to solve a rubix cube
  2. Learn to play the drums
  3. Learn to cook pancit
  4. Learn a new language
  5. Learn to code
  6. Learn to fly a plane
  7. Write a screenplay
  8. Learn to ride a motorcycle
  9. Go hunting
  10. Learn to knit
  11. Learn to silk screen a t-shirt
  12. Re-learn Chopin Waltz Opus. 64 No.2
  13. Get the confidence to sing
  14. Complete a spartan race
  15. Try to solve Einstein’s house problem
  16. Learn to decorate a cake
  17. Learn to shoot video footage with a drone
  18. Exhibit video mapping and projection
  19. Go rock climbing
  20. Speak at a conference

 

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What do you do?

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What do you do? I hate this questions because what I do is not cut and dry. And how, me, personality fits into my work is layered upon layers.

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Why go to architecture school?

Does the school of architecture need an overhaul? Monocle radio recently put the question to the heads of two leading architecture schools: London’s Architectural Association and the Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation. Eva Franchi i Gilbert and Amale Andraos sat down for an intimate conversation about the importance of architecture and where they see it heading in the future.

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London Design Biennale creative campaign

For the second consecutive edition of London Design Biennale, the Domenic Lippa team at Pentagram has created the visual identity and promotional materials. As with the previous identity, a restricted colour palette of orange, black and white is used. Continue reading “London Design Biennale creative campaign”

Alice in Wonderland – Swiss Pavilion – Venice Architecture Biennale 2018

The Venice Architecture Biennale 2018 opened to the public this past weekend and continues until 25 November 2018.

This year’s biennale is directed by the co-founders of Irish practice Grafton Architects, Yvonne Farrell and Shelley McNamara. The pair selected the title Freespace as the overarching theme for the event. Continue reading “Alice in Wonderland – Swiss Pavilion – Venice Architecture Biennale 2018”

The BIG little house

Have you ever wanted to know what it was like to live in a home designed by a starchitect? Well, this is your chance to live in a tiny home designed by world-renowned architect Bjarke Ingles of BIG.

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A Turkish Bath

I’ve only done one body treatment. And boy was that a revealing experience. So, my lack of research into what a Turkish bath entailed was, of course, amusing when I got into the room to find out that I would be almost fully naked (except for a piece of cloth around my unmentionables). Continue reading “A Turkish Bath”

Truly affordable housing

As I realize, that I may never own a home. It made me take a step back and think about what I can afford. I can afford really cheap land (around Hamilton) and because I come from an architecture/interior design background, I can design and build my dream home…on a budget. Continue reading “Truly affordable housing”

Planet of Plastic

The newest cover of National Geographic is set to become one for the ages. As the world continues to drown in single-use plastic, the iconic magazine has launched a multi-year initiative called Planet or Plastic? The newly unveiled June 2018 cover illustration by Jorge Gamboa is a heartbreaking visualization of the reality we’re collectively facing.

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Hello Kitty Train

Why do places like Japan think of inventive ways of taking the mundane task of commuting to a whole another level? Hello Kitty is getting their own themed bullet train which will take to the tracks on June 30th. Continue reading “Hello Kitty Train”