worlds of possibility

worlds of possibility
world of possibility

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

How's the air up there?

An Ode to Contemporary Automotive Culture

And this was from Feb 15, 2011!  geez!  

Parking garages are often an afterthought for design. I am not talking about the flow of traffic, but the garish concrete structures that line many urban streets. The only famous parking structure/mixed use building that sticks out in my mind as unique is Marina City in Chicago (I like to call these buildings the corn cobs) and I don’t necessarily mean unique in a positive way.

What an intriguing design puzzle! How to design functional parking space thinking of the structure and voids with a design mind. My favorite parking structure in Charlotte happens to be located at the airport. I openly admit that I pay the $2 extra per day to park in the daily West parking garage at the Charlotte Douglas airport as opposed to parking my beloved Honda in a measly long term ocean of cars.

Charlotte/Douglas International Airport- West Parking Deck LS3P Associates & The Wilson Group

There are many creepy thoughts that seep into the mind when thinking about enclosed dimly lit parking spaces. Until recently the typical events (besides parking) that are held in the murky depths of parking garages are skateboarding get togethers. What about But a in a parking garage? Yes that is correct, weddings and yoga classes, wine tastings, bar mitzvahs, designer shops, dinner parties, etc. This parking structure even has its own website with an intriguing introduction and play on solid vs. void. Talk about designer parking!

1111 Lincoln Road, Miami Florida. Developer William Wennett Architects: Herzo & de Meuron

Developer and owner, Robert Wennett, is primarily a contemporary art collector. Zoning regulations pushed him into building a parking structure, but he was not going to settle for anything less than a civic space where he could exhibit some of his collection. He interviewed some of the top architects in the world before choosing renowned Swiss architects Herzog & de Meuron stating that he envisioned “some thing light and airy similar to the grand hall of a train station.”

The garage contains a grand central staircase, a glass cube that contains a designer clothing store, art exhibit space, and a double height top floor.

The top floor is an especially high parking level that doubles as a 25,000 square foot event space. This space is truly fit for the Jetson’s and equipped and ready for rock and roll with 360 degrees of views, catering, and audio visual equipment.

On a basic functional level the 1111 Lincoln is not for everyone, as its hourly rate is 4 times that of other local garages, but is definitely an ode to Miami’s high end car culture

If you want to show off your Rolls Royce, Aston Martin, Ferrari, or get hitched in an unconventional spot this is the display case for you!

You can tell a lot about a person by their shoes.....

All Caps
Jeffery Campbell

Dolce Vita
So I started this post August 3, 2011.  I cannot believe I never published it!  Maybe it was too difficult to choose what shoes to highlight.  I am a firm believer in "there is no such thing as too many shoes"  So here goes.... 

I have always prided myself in the fact that I appreciate both fashion and getting down and dirty with an oldschool sweatshirt. I like clothes and fashion in general, but my one vice or fetish is shoes. I am the girl that remembers the movie The Notebook because of all of the fabulous shoes sported by Rachel McAdams.

The sky really is the limit with shoes from the funky outrageous designs of Alexander McQueen  worn by Christina Aguilera to some of the classics by Christian Louboutin to architectural motifs of Rem Koolhaus
seen in United Nude.  Not only do these shoes make an outfit but are the star of any wardrobe!
Alexander McQueen

Rem Koolhaus - United Nude

Some other faves....
Sam Edelman
Monolo Blahnik

Miu Miu 2008
Miu Miu 2012
Christian Louboutin 2012
for more check out

Eco - chic

New Eco Index Will Offer Energy Star-Like Rating For Clothes

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Why do I love Nordstrom....Let me count the ways

Thank you to a retailer who appreciates the holidays and refuses to commercialize and trivialize traditional holidays until they are non existent.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Elan Vital

Élan vital, coined by French philosopher Henri Bergson in his 1907 book Creative Evolution, was translated in the English edition as "vital impetus", but is usually translated by his detractors as "vital force". It is a hypothetical explanation for evolution and development of organisms, which Bergson linked closely with consciousness.
It was believed by others that this essence (élan vital) could be harvested and embedded into an inanimate substance and activated with electricity, perhaps taking literally another of Bergson's metaphorical descriptions, the "current of life".

gotta love Wikipedia!