What has inspired us:
The shore of Italy’s Lake Iseo and its islands have been temporarily connected with saffron-coloured bridges by Bulgarian artist Christo.
This exciting construction is an explosion of bright colour and rectilinear shapes that contrast with the natural irregular line of the shore and the islands. With a total of three kilometres, these pathways are 16 metres wide and are wrapped up in orange-yellow fabric.
What we’ve read:
Sadly, Swiss conceptual and performance artist Milo Moiré was arrested in London last week during one of her controversial performances. On her performance, she allowed the public to touch her breasts and her vagina through a protective mirror box during 30 seconds. The concept of her show was to promote women’s rights and has also taken place on other European cities.
What we’ve listened to:
This week we listened to this Archispeak’s podcast ‘How do you keep good employees when the talent war is raging on?’ They give some tips about how to give employees more responsibilities and how, in order to do that, employees need to be trusted. Employers need to leave them enough room to make their own decisions and mistakes. Also, in order to be able to delegate, the goals and expectations need to be clear when delegating. It is interesting to see how many issues come from lack of communication.
What we’ve found:
On this old article we go back to one special moment for architects who want to improve their presentation skills. This is the ‘pitch’ for 425 Park Avenue in New York City by Zaha Hadid, OMA, RSH+P and Foster + Partners and what is unique about this competition is that the videos of their presentations to the jury were shared with the public. On this occasion, Foster + Partners won the competition and probably some credit must be given to Norman and his presentation skills. He, instead of using digital presentations like the other contenders, uses printed boards and talks in a more ‘close’ way. Lights on, jacket-off and using simple terms, he manages to explain his idea whilst being very calm.
Quote of the week:
‘Most problems are either unimportant or impossible to solve.’ Victor Galaz