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Millennial Innovation

Innovation in the technology age takes place when those with the tools (typically young) work along-side of those with experience (typically not as young). This combination can be a powerful one when culture allows counter-parts to play on the same field and contribute as equals.
As a recent graduate of architecture school, I’ve noticed those with tools lack essential skills such as sketching, detailing with intent, managing external relationship. On the other hand, those with experience tend to be one level removed from the documentation process because of their lack of comfort with technology. The pre-millennial generation accepted a hierarchy in command that battles this method of fostering innovation. It was normal to be a ‘cad monkey’ for the first 3-5years in your career while you took commands from above. Given the pace of projects I’ve recently seen, and movement toward more design-build and design assist, we don’t have the luxury to work in a top down system. Some of our principals and design leaders are accepting this shift and are working beside those with fresh ideas and technology that need qualification. These are the environments where we’re seeing innovation take place.

Pull up a chair, boss!


Maad Social Skills

Today I became aware that, although you may be the professional, there may, and often times will be, someone in the room that knows more about what you are talking about than you do. To accompany this observation, there is very little discussion taking place outside of social media. If you’re talking with someone in person, the chances that your topic has been elaborated on in some form of social media are great. There’s some irony at play here but to sum things up; crowd sourcing is relevant even in person.

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…like finding a tulip in the ivy

Nature always amazes me. Not in an I want to mimic everything you do, nature kind of a way. I simply enjoy the way it expresses itself and how it seems to appear at the right moment for an epiphany. When I noticed this tulip I had the urge to capture it and bring it inside, put it in a jar of water and have it accompany my eclectic decor. Is this normal? Are humans programmed to arrange things in this way? After thinking about this for a few minutes I came to the conclusion that good intentions only exist in the presence of bad. Although the image of a tulip amongst a bed of ivy is an interesting aesthetic, the epiphany is the dichotomy present in all. Light and dark, black and white, happy and sad are all examples to varied perception. Now, if I were to cut the tulip and bring it inside then it would have temporarily made myself and others in the vicinity happy, until its death of course. On the other hand, if I leave the tulip then no one will know it exists! If I had a third had it would be holding the key thought >>> it only exist in the bed of ivy. It completely loses it significance inside of the house but it will be awfully nostalgic. Selfish, isn’t it?


As I was rushing to the train platform this morning I finished a call and lowered my phone to my side and accidently snapped this photo!