Praxis Posts

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.

Read more...

Posted in:

Designer's Voice

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.....

Read more...

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 ...

Posted in:

Lighting Design

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?

Read more...

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 ...

So, You Want to Build a Museum

If you haven’t worked in the museum or visitor attraction industry before, you are what I like to call a “civic entrepreneur” – you are undergoing a massive project (no matter how big or small) that needs careful planning, a creative team, and attention to details you never could have imagined. 

Read more...

About Carolynne

Carolynne Harris

Museum Consultant

Carolynne Harris is a museum planner and industry specialist with more than 25 years of experience in the field. Throughout ...

Posted in:

Museum Planning

Great Exhibits on a Small Budget

There’s a reason people say, “If you want some- thing done well, do it yourself.” This also applies to creating exhibit components in a frugal way. How can you leverage or creatively utilize existing tools, materials, workspaces, or staff to help produce exhibit components? Even if you don’t have a fully functioning (or fully staffed) exhibits department, are there parts of the exhibition development or production process that you can handle in-house to reduce costs? 

Read more...

About Paul

Paul Orselli

Interactive Exhibit Consultant

For over 30 years, Paul Orselli has worked to create inventive science museums and playful children’s museums, including director-level positions ...

Posted in:

Low-budget Exhibits