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Lessons from Architecture School – Separation of Ego and Debate

March 2, 2013

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Architecture school critique sessions, or “crits” as they’re lovingly known — love ’em or hate ’em, they were always a learning experience .  I found that there was something incredibly engaging and accessible about throwing all of your ideas and work up on a wall and having colleagues and mentors offer feedback.  It was a win/win: the presenters got got to practice their presentation skills and received fresh insights into their work, and the critics got to practice verbally articulating their constructive criticisms.  While nerve-wracking at times, I always came out of them with notebook pages full of interesting and exciting new ideas.

The challenge of crits wasn’t usually the presentation, though; it was the actual “critique” session, which, as the word implies, wasn’t meant to be a smile-and-a-pat-on-the-back affair.  No, architecture school crits are notorious for making stressed, overtired, vulnerable students bawl uncontrollably by their conclusion.  But that wasn’t the point.  Not even close to it, actually.   Read more

Lighting Design for Wine – Corkbuzz Wine Studio NYC

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As a follow-up to my last post about creating environments that bring people together, I’d like to share some photos from the recently-completed (and soon-to-open) Corkbuzz Wine Studio by SLDesign and Focus Lighting.

Corkbuzz was brought to us by owner and Master Sommelier, Laura Maniec, who   sought a warm, inviting atmosphere in which to serve and entertain her guests.  Her concept for Corkbuzz (located on 13th Street near Union Square), however, involves more than just entertaining at the street-front wine bar.  Corkbuzz will also serve as a resource to the community by offering wine tastings and classes for beginners and experts alike in its unique flexible space equipped to handle anything from sit-down presentations to large social events.  Finally, on top of it all, the “wine studio” will maintain an in-house inventory of  nearly 2500 bottles from which to choose, most of which will be displayed for guests to see in a custom climate-controlled, glass-enclosed display room.

Are you excited!? We certainly are!

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