Praxis Posts

Thanks for the View!

For this first post, I'd like to say thank you to a few people who have paved the road we all travel.

Like everyone who will read this post, every day I do my best to advocate for the public we serve, the clients we represent, and the profession we are privileged to share.  Some days I even get the heady feeling that I have traveled enough miles to have gained some vision.

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Designer's Voice

Articles from Praxis Collaborators

A guest post from Lee H. Skolnick

Creative Exchange on the Expanding Plane: Culture and Collaboration

All anyone can talk about these days is how the world is shrinking and the universe of communication is expanding.  One can’t help wonder if these two countervailing forces will eventually collide and we will all dissolve into a digital cloud – a second cultural Big Bang.  International starchitects are covering the earth with anonymously modern buildings that seem to have little sympathy or regard for the cultures and environments into which they are dropped.  Branded designers are held up like trophies for oligarchs, culturati, billionaires and multi-national corporations.  Landscapes are disappearing under the bulldozer and building-scapes are springing up like glossy weeds.  And that same technological revolution that has made working internationally much easier and more efficient:  through facilitating communication, sharing drawings, conducting long distance video design and site meetings, allowing 24-hour productivity... That same technology has resulted in a global architectural beauty pageant.  Shiny bodies empty of true meaning, a kind of sexy image Internet of building porn...and international design trends often based on blind imitation, replete with cultural ignorance and misunderstanding.  So we might well ask: have we unwittingly fashioned our own architectural apocalypse?  It might seem so.

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Music for the Eyes: "Sustainable" Light

Man, we lighting designers are in a rough spot. As students, it was beaten into us to focus on visibility, compostition, balance, color and movement. We were trained to consume - sustainability was not a part of the equation. But, we are smarter than we used to be.....

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About Steven

Steven Rosen

Lighting Design

It was Steven’s keen interest in applying theatrical lighting techniques to traditionally non-theatrical environments that led to his founding Available ...

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Lighting Design

On The Road Again - Moving Your Permanent Collection

Many people reading this may think, it’s easy; "we’ll pack it up, send it on a container or semi-trailer, and then set it up on the other end", easy…

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About Jay

Jay Brown

Traveling Exhibitions - Global

Through his company, Flying Fish, Jay works with clients across the Science Center, Museum, and private markets worldwide. He has ...

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Traveling Exhibits

The Role of the Museum Store

Most Museum shops are often an afterthought - you know you need one but do what do you want it to do and how is it going to work?

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About Chris

Chris Visconti

Retail & ADA Consultant

Christopher A Visconti has been building branded, environments for the Retail, Hospitality, and Entertainment industries for over 20 years. Chris ...