Archive for the ‘Places’ Category

Herzog + de Meuron Coolness
April 12, 2008

Stunning “bird’s nest” stadium design from starchitects Herzog + deMeuron for the Chinese olympic games. (P.S.- free Tibet!)

More photos and information can be found here…


The Sartorialist
April 9, 2008

This is a fantastic site where everyday people are photographed in the streets (read: runways) of New York, Milan, Paris and other world-class cities. Notice that Chicago is conspicuously missing from the mix; I guess Cub’s jerseys, cut-off jeans and pasty thighs are just sooo last season, LOL.  

Its a showcase of street style from a fellow I.U. alum that has become wildly popular  (in fact its one of TIME magazine’s top blogs).   If you’re curious about the name, Sartorial means “of or relating to a tailor or to tailoring” (as per Princeton Wordnet)  By the looks of it, it seems that the men are more fashion conscious than women!






Check out more of The Sartorialist archive here…

The Chicago Spire
January 29, 2008

The Chicago Spire

Currently under construction in Chicago: the tallest residential building in the world at around 2,000 feet. The “Chicago Spire” high rise condominium is designed by starchitect Santiago Calatrava (more info…). He’s one of my personal heroes and his designs are always jaw-dropping, design and engineering-intensive masterpieces. The building is a twisting sculpture of stainless steel and concrete. Chicago, indeed the United States, is lucky to have his work on our soil as Calatrava is already a legend of design and architecture the world over. Another feather in Chicago’s hat for the spirit of one-upsmanship the city has become known for.

Take a look at these well-produced videos below, showing the building in three dimensions and clips of Calatrava and others speaking about the project, it’s inspiration and the location. Wow! Anybody got $40 mil for the penthouse you can loan me?

On the location, the building and the man:

The Spire Itself:

Why Chicago:

For more information on this project:

The Ring House: Japan
January 27, 2008

ring house

This amazing home, located in the Japanese countryside, was designed by TNA architects and completed in 2006. Surrounded by thick vegetation, The house serves as a weekend house for the owners and respite from the city. I imagine that the 360° views the home affords it’s owners must elevate them into a Zen-like state. Damn, I could soooo imagine such a retreat for myself. I’m a huge nature and architecture buff, so the fusion of the two would just make my brain explode. I love Asian aesthetics, specifically Japanese design sensibilities.

It would be like living in a spa. I wish I had an environment like this to escape to, meditate and be creative in my own little cocoon. Well, one of these days…. I have a collection of drawings and plans that I have done myself for unique home designs that I hope to build one day and share with someone special…

I’m in Hollywood….BRB!
December 4, 2007

I know it’s been a while since my last post….but don’t worry. That just means there is a boatload of new content coming! I’m out in Hollywood pursuing a project. Stay tuned for more on that… In the meantime, enjoy this video about Hollywood from the one and only….

“Dane & Deluca”
November 15, 2007


The Royal Cafe in Copenhagen, Denmark has given birth to a new culinary phenomenon: “Smushi” – traditional Danish smørrebrød” (a 300 year-old open faced sandwich) with a contemporary sushi twist. The idea was created by “gastronaut” Rud Christiansen for the Royal Cafe, perhaps the Danish equivalent to the U.S.’s “Dean & Delcuca”gourmet market-cafe. Check out this well-produced video review from Monocle Magazine of the beautiful location and its nouvelle cuisine…

Click here to view video…
(press the play icon under the video on the left)

Places: Samaná, Dominican Rep.
November 13, 2007

samana dominican republic

Vacation anyone? The raw eco-jewel called the Samaná Penninsula is located on the northern shore of the island nation of the Dominican Republic. Brad & Angelina Jolie agree…they’ve been spotted looking for land in this part of the island. What’s not to like about secluded natural beaches, whale watching, waterfalls, natural preserves and beautiful locals…


Between a rock & a hard place
November 8, 2007

lodged rock

I’m sure we can all relate to the cliché (I sure can), but this brings new meaning to the phrase “between a rock and a hard place”. Here, one of Mary’s little lambs is perched high atop a bolder that’s wedged between the walls of a mountain crevice in Norway. The rock, apparently quite famous as rocks go, has a name too– “Kjeragbolten”. Now that’s cool and all, but there are some real adrenaline crackheads that actually stand on this rock for a photo-op. Of course, one wrong move (or bad Karma) and they’re off on a 3,000ft+ freebase drop, sans parachute. Now that’s a rush! As for this lil lamb, I’m thinkin’ somewhere down below there’s a nice wool coat with a skeleton inside.

Look at this idiot on the rock…

More cool rocks here…

Where in the hell is Matt?
November 8, 2007

Matt is a 30-year-old deadbeat from Connecticut who did what most people wish they could do–he quit his job and used all the money he’d ever saved to wander around the planet until it ran out. He made a website and posted videos so he could keep his family and friends updated about where he was. Then he decided a fun thing to do was to dance like an idiot in all the AMAZING places he went… Well, here my friends is that video. He’s even dancing on that rock, Kjeragbolten !!! (highlighted in the post before this, above). The guy even managed to get corporate sponsors as more people saw his site. Imagine being paid to do this…

I miss my puppy dog :(
November 7, 2007

Some photos I took of my baby boy at the Dunes, just outside of Chicago. Aint he just the cutest thing u ever did see?

my puppy dog

my puppy dog

my puppy dog

For more info on the location, click here…
For more info on the breed, click here…