May 29th, 2013
By Karen Okamoto, Senior Administrative Manager
Today, 4th grade students from Curtner Elementary School visited our San Jose studio to learn about the similarities between the process of inventing an object and the design of a building. It all started a couple of months ago when HMC was invited to participate as judges at Curtner Elementary School’s first Inventor’s Fair; the top 10 winners of the fair were invited to visit our studio and learn about design and architecture firsthand. Our own Katia McClain and Marko Blagojevic gave a presentation to the students about a current project they are working on: the South Campus and Fitness Center at Evergreen College. They explained how through several iterations, the design concept evolved from glass beakers, abacus, and a 100m race into the design of buildings with slanted walls, windows following mathematical series, and horizontal lines in metal panels representing movement.
February 21st, 2012
*Public lectures will be held at the A+D Museum in Los Angeles, 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. Limited seating available, tickets can be purchased at http://aplusd.org/
For the full lecture series schedule, visit the LA Metro website.
January 11th, 2012
By Steve Bennett, originally published on Adventures in the World of BIM
It’s still hard to believe, but HMC has given everyone an iPad 2! Now the possibilities for collaborating just went through the roof. Do we call each other on FaceTime now instead of the phone? Do we share info via iMessage? Anyways, now that I’ve had time to sit on it and let it soak in, I found myself crafting a list of apps that I’ve found useful to share, and naturally it included all the Autodesk apps. When I was done crafting it, I couldn’t believe how many apps are available already. You can find any of these apps by searching the iTunes store with the name provided. Read on for my full list…
November 22nd, 2011
By Adrienne Luce, Designing Futures Foundation’s Executive Director
For many years, arts education advocates had the same conversations with the same groups of people about why the arts were important and why they should not be cut from our schools. In 2007, an initiative was launched by the OTIS College of Art and Design under the leadership of its president Samuel Hoi that changed everything. For the first time the conversation about the value of the arts was completely re-contextualized and expanded to a broad and diverse audience. Last week I attended the 5th annual OTIS Report on the Creative Economy of the Los Angeles Region held at the Colburn School in downtown LA, and I was just as impressed and enlightened this year as I have been every year since the project’s inception.
August 23rd, 2011
By Lisa Sawin
We recently lost a champion in the sustainable movement. Ray Anderson, founder and Chairman of Interface, passed away last week from cancer at the young age of 77. Ray Anderson’s clear mission and approach to sustainable business established Interface as the worldwide leader in design, production, and sales of environmentally responsible modular carpet, and will continue to inspire us beyond his lifetime and 2020 goal to summit the metaphorical Mount Sustainability.
“In 1994 founder Ray Anderson received a dramatic wake-up call—something he described as a spear in the chest. He realized there was an urgent need to set a new direction for Interface. He challenged us to pursue a bold new vision: To be the first company that, by its deeds, shows the entire industrial world what sustainability is in all its dimensions: people, process, product, place and profits—and in doing so, become restorative through the power of influence.” (from Interface’s website www.interfaceglobal.com)
July 19th, 2011
Beverly Prior presented “Knowledge Generation for the Small Firm” at KA’s Evidence-Based Design Forum, sponsored by AIA San Francisco. KA put together these videos to capture the ideas from the event, watch and pass them on.
June 27th, 2011
By Evan Troxel
Reposted from Method
The other day I gave a presentation to a client. Sounds normal, right? As designers, we should be doing this often. But this time, I tried something new—hooking up an iPad to a digital projector for a full, high definition presentation. Let me be the first to tell you that it was beautiful. Let me also be one of the first to say that I can’t wait for this to be wireless over Airplay when iOS 5 comes out. Read the entire article from my blog, Method.
June 10th, 2011
By Rennie Tang & Houston Drum
Just wanted to report back on a morning spent listening to an impressive panel of jurors that included Alan Berger, Dana Cuff, Jeffrey Inaba, Karen Lohrmann, and Hernan Diaz Alonso amongst others. Led by Thom Mayne, Suprastudio is about envisioning the future of American cities. Each student chose a city and presented intelligently researched data delivered in bold graphic quality ready for publication, basically setting up an argument for a problem of their own creation; this was followed by an urban scale proposal that attempted to address the problem and provoke a dialogue around it. Cities chosen were Toledo, Flint, New Orleans, and Tuscon.