3d Printing at Florida Polytechnic by Scott Nichols

Model of Florida Polytechnic in the lobby of the Calatrava building

Model of Florida Polytechnic in the lobby of the Calatrava building

Yesterday, Russ Gibbs and I had a great meeting with the CIO at Florida Polytechnic University . We had a compelling discussion about the future of 3D printing and the potential applications within the A/E/C industry. Touring the Calatrava building and visiting the R.A.D Makerspace and robotics lab is always inspiring!

October - The House where Jack Wrote. by Scott Nichols

Jack Kerouac House, 1418 Clouser Avenue | College Park, Florida | by Scott Nichols

Jack Kerouac House, 1418 Clouser Avenue | College Park, Florida | by Scott Nichols

This photo is featured for the month of October in the City of Orlando Historic Preservation Calendar. This is the house where Jack Kerouac lived while awaiting the release of his book, On the RoadAfter On the Road was released, The New York Times proclaimed Kerouac the voice of a new generation. Kerouac would write his follow up book, The Dharma Bums, while living at the house on Clouser Avenue. His works would go on to influence the music of the 1960s including artists such as the Beatles, Bob Dylan, Patti Smith and The Doors. In 2009 Benjamin Gibbard, of Death Cab for Cutie and Jay Farrar, of Son Volt, performed songs based on Kerouac's Big Sur, to accompany the movie One Fast Move or I'm Gone. October 21st marks the 46th anniversary of Kerouac's death.

Today, the property is managed by the Jack Kerouac Writer in Residence Project of Orlando, a nonprofit group that opens the home to a writer or poet to live and write, rent free. In 1998, the group renovated the c. 1920 Frame Vernacular house to look like it did when Kerouac lived there. In 2013, The Jack Kerouac House became the newest site in Orlando to be placed on National Register of Historic Places.

AIA Award of Excellence Win by Scott Nichols

The Cameo Theater - Orlando, Florida

The Cameo Theater - Orlando, Florida

Congratulations Process Architecture!

Next month, Process Architecture will be representing Central Florida, with an Orlando project, at the AIA Florida/Caribbean design awards. The Cameo Theater, located in the Mills 50 district, has won the prestigious Award of Excellence in the category of Historic Preservation/Restoration. This is the second AIA Florida/Caribbean design award for Process, which follows their 2012 win for the Mills 50 Bus Stop Shelter Prototype. The bus stop shelters are rumored to start appearing before the end of this year!

This isn’t the first time that Process has taken a forgotten structure and made it great. Watch Wes Featherston discuss the Cameo Theater and other great projects here.

For more on information on this project .

Graphaus Design Pops at West Elm! by Scott Nichols

Graphaus Design at West Elm

Graphaus Design at West Elm

Graphaus Design's pop up store at West Elm's Spring into Summer event was a huge success! The Brise Soleil napkin rings and Breeze Block coasters were a big hit with Orlando's architecture and mid-century modern community. Graphaus Design's Makerbot 3d printer was also on display cranking out free, three dimensional graphics for shoppers on Saturday. 

A big Thank You to West Elm and everyone who came out in support of Graphaus Design!

 

Design is Good For Business by Scott Nichols

Swiss National Bank 10 Franken - Featuring Architect Le Corbusier

Swiss National Bank 10 Franken - Featuring Architect Le Corbusier

Companies that value design have a competitive advantage in the marketplace.

Fast Company highlights a new analysis by the Design Management Institute of Boston which shows that design-driven businesses have outperformed the S&P by 228% over the past 10 years. This echoes a report published in 2007 by Design Council, a UK design think tank. This fact-finding report found that design-led businesses have outperformed the FTSE 100 by more than 200%. Both of these reports provide evidence that businesses that add value through design see a greater impact on business performance than the rest.

Now we have two compelling studies, conducted in two different countries, which show a very similar conclusion. So now the question… how much does your organization value design and can investing in design be a competitive differentiator?