As many smaller to mid-size companies evolve into global organizations, the way we collaborate with one another also needs to evolve. We continue to see a plethora of technology based solutions being rolled out to enable more global collaboration. I personally rely heavily on the hardware, software, apps, and the ubiquitous 24/7 access to get the job done, whatever that job may be at any given time. But lately I’ve been working with more remote teammates and I realize that while we definitely have good technology to collaborate, we sometimes forget the human element to how we effectively communicate with one another. No matter how good your technology, the effectiveness of simple …
The Jean Canfield Government of Canada Building, designed by HOK in joint venture with Bergmark Guimond Hammarlund Jones in PEI, delivers on the federal government’s pledge to embrace new technologies, methodologies, partners, and means of delivering service to Canadians. Thoughtfully planned, the JC building has revitalized an underused neighbourhood, uses design to reflect the local flavour of the community, encourages employees and residents alike to use the space and sets the standard for environmentally-progressive government buildings.
The following video explores how the design team successfully met the federal government’s objectives of sustainability, supportive work environments, and connectivity, and highlights HOK’s integrated design approach to the project.
Wow. I am sorry. Looks like I went missing for awhile there. It’s a long sordid tale of pirates and space travel and problem-solving and saving small children from hungry giants, which I’ll get into at a later date.
In the meantime, check out this video I’m currently obsessed with. It’s of a fantastic song called Two Weeks by the band Grizzly Bear. The graphics are ridiculous (I’m about as jealous of this Gabe character’s skills as I am of the renderers here in our DC office) – make sure you make it to minute 3:35. Enjoy!
(thanks to dooce.com for alerting me of this rad vid)
Last Thursday, the Chicago office of HOK opened its doors to the professional design community, which included clients, engineers, contractors, brokers, product representatives, present and past colleagues and, of course, our friends. The already warm and inviting space was further transformed into a cool, sophisticated yet festive environment.
I had the pleasure of interviewing and chatting with a few of the participants. Unfortunately, I also had the opportunity of participating in a charity raffle that was won almost exclusively by our St. Louis guests. Regardless, the big winners that night were truly the charity as well as the designers of this wonderful work space.
We will post a series of video clips from the shindig!
I was so inspired by the popularity of visualizations of economic madness, inspired by Jodi, of course, that I decided to post up something that is nothing less than awesome. It’s an 11 min. video visualization by Jonathan Jarvis explaining how this mess came to be. We are already ‘knee-deep’ but NOW I understand!!
Nicola Greenaway, a director in HOK’s LEED-certified Singapore office, grew up in New Zealand and also has worked in the London and Hong Kong studios. She better not move again soon — her mother finally knows exactly what she does!
Riccardo Mascia talks about sustainable design as a common value that binds all of HOK. “We’re going to leave all these buildings and this environment to the next generation and it would be unconscionable of us to think otherwise.”
Yiselle Marie Santos is a vibrant young architect and prolific Life at HOK blogger interested in exploring both science and design. Hailing from Puerto Rico, she practices her craft in the DC studio. I love how Yiselle says “guttural!”
So this is one of the best things I’ve seen of 2008. A couple of architects in the HOK Atlanta office, Scott Fleming and David Nilsson made a video a couple years ago and just decided to show it two me a few days ago. The gaul!! These guys were totally holding back on me, but kudos for this unbelivable spoof of the Beastie Boys’ Sabotage video.
Here is the description Scott gave of the whole purpose;
“After years of boring power point presentations at our company retreats we decided to do something a bit more creative. The presentations were supposed to be informative and discuss what was going on in the studio. The following video tracks my struggles to get …
Exploring the seemingly infinite amount of video footage jamming up our server, I stumbled across interviews shot by Emma and Colin at the Washington Univesity School of Medicine Farrell Learning and Teaching Center while visiting St. Louis last October. These bold young filmmakers conducted a couple of impromptu, guerilla-style interviews with Life at HOK Godfather Tom Polucci, who designed the amazing space they were standing in, as well as with an unsuspecting but ultra-accommodating medical student who had made the naive mistake of attempting to study undisturbed.
If I had known this was a real profession I might have become a famous Title Designer instead of an unknown, struggling, former Interior Designer. Karin Fong , Imaginary Forces, spoke at a Conference last May and every now and then i watch her Herman Miller ‘Get Real’ video (play video to watch) when I need to see something inspiring. Her video for Herman Miller is clever, catchy and visually beautiful. One of my favourite bits of video….with my favourite furniture. enjoy.
Life at HOK blogger Todd Macyk is a senior design architect in HOK’s Toronto studio. His practice and style are heavily influenced by his background in the visual arts, which includes studying sculpture and photography.
As part of HOK’s Advance Strategies team in DC, Jodi is a rock star designer of brilliant strategies. She is an urban planner/programmer (AICP and LEED AP), and is inspired by helping others make a difference in their facilities and practices. Jodi blogs here at Life at HOK and over at The Green Workplace.
Hello! I’m very happy!! This is my first post on the HOK LIFE BLOG and I want to say hi to all of you from the Singapore HOK Office!!!
In my first post I want to share a classic video with all of you! It is from the Eames office, done some decades ago, for sure a lot of you know it already… but still,whenever I watch it feel amazed by the power of those CEROS one after the other.
From the universe to the electron… does it matter really? What role do we play in this world? What are we doing here? And again… Does it really matter???
I think the power of this video is that it shows you how to relativize everything… cause …
Big week this week…well all of them are big weeks, but this week especially because of the video. Over 430 visited the video, while eight viewed my other content. Anyway, that’s beside the point. I want to thank everyone for their comments, both positive and negative, about the video. I’ve heard that the Houston office was a little jealous at how ‘cool’ the Toronto office is, and there may be other spin-off videos from the Atlanta and Tampa offices. I think this comment summarizes my response to that:
Jessica T e-mailed me: ‘Now I know why you’re always here, you live here!”
Well Jessica, it’s no joke. Thanks for writing in. After graduating University, I lived in a bachelor apartment …
With HOK Chicago’s move just one month away, we’re doing a lot of housekeeping and purging around the office. Although the yellow hue that permeates the plastic of our old fax machine belies the many good times that we shared over the past 12 years, we just don’t think the old girl is gonna make the trip with us to the new space. A tribute video is definitely called for. Enjoy. (Thank you Brandon Wojcik for filming and editing – after work hours).
A blogger known as “The Cranky Flier” shot photos and video of the new Indianapolis International Airport terminal designed by HOK. The terminal welcomed its first arrival last night and today is the first full day of operations. Take a look at Cranky’s lens work.