environmental design

Bucky Fuller's Book: "I Seem To Be a Topsy-Turvy Design"

Last week, Steven Heller covered Quentin Fiore, designer of books by the medieval-minded media theorist Marshall McLuhan and the yuppie-brained Yippie leader Jerry Rubin. Heller also mentioned a 1970 paperback that the architect/engineer/designer R. Buckminster “Bucky” Fuller put together with Fiore and writer Jerome Agel. Fuller has been called the grandfather of the green movement....

Supergraphics and Computer Art: Deborah Sussman and April Greiman in L.A.

The exhibition California’s Designing Women: 1896–1986—on view at the Autry National Center, in Los Angeles, until January 6, 2013—includes 225 objects by 46 women designers. There are ceramics, clothing, furniture, jewelry, textiles, and much more. Fortunately, the graphic arts are not neglected. Although the show includes only a handful of women graphic designers, two...

You Might Want To Brush Up On Your Macbeth

By Meg Paradise, Senior Designer, Creative Development I lined up in the rain with friends on a Friday night outside a warehouse in Chelsea and waited for the doorman to usher us in, one small group at a time. As the doors closed behind we found ourselves in a long, pitch black hallway. Hesitantly...

Botany Blueprint: California Sycamore

Specimen #17: California Sycamore (Platanus racemosa) e love the sycamore for its large leaves and cool canopy, and for a curious bark that peels to reveal a mottled pattern of greys and browns. However, we are not so sure about its fruits—at least, that’s what I heard from a fellow Angeleno, who happened to...

What is Medieval Ethiopian Monolithic Architecture?

We may not know where in the world is Carmen Sandiego, but Bruce Strachan is busily recording history in Sub-Saharan Africa. A number of years ago I commissioned Strachan (top right), an editorial and children’s book illustrator,  to do illustrations for the New York Times Book Review (see below bottom). Today he’s doing something...

Trees That Look Like Rockets and Other Things

In Italy all the cypress trees along the A1 look like they are ready to launch into space. Here is one that was ready for blastoff. “I think that I shall never see A billboard lovely as a tree. Perhaps, unless the billboards fall, I’ll never see a tree at all.” -   Ogden Nash,...

Sunnyside Up

The Earth’s orbit has been changed, drawing ever closer to the sun and promising imminent destruction. That’s the premise of one of the most eerie 1961 Twilight Zone episodes ever, “The Midnight Sun.” An artist who paints bucolic scenes, intensely played by Lois Nettleton, is one of two women going mad waiting for the...