Showing posts from October, 2013

Less is a Bore - Venturi on Design

"I like the elements which are hybrid rather than "pure," compromising rather than "clean," distorted rather then "straightforward," ambiguous rather than articulated," perverse as well as impersonal, boring as well as "interesting," conventional rather than "designed," accommodating rather than excluding, redundant rather than simple, vestigial as well as innovating, inconsistent and equivocal rather than direct and clear. I am for messy vitality over obvious unity. I include the non sequitur and proclaim the duality. I am for richness of meaning rather than clarity of meaning; for the implicit function as well as explicit function." - Robert Venturi  

Newton's Influence on Society

"And so the three centuries since Newton became a long period of fascination with technique, with machines, and with dreams of the pure order of things. The twentieth century saw the high expression of this as this mechanistic view began to dominate. In many academic areas - psychology and economics, for example - the mechanistic interpretation subjugated insightful thought to the fascination of technique. In philosophy, it brought hopes that rational philosophy could be founded on - constructed from - the elements of logic and later of language. In politics, it brought ideals of controlled, engineered societies; and with these the managed, controlled structures of socialism, communism, and various forms of fascism. In architecture, it brought the austere geometry and clean surfaces of Le Corbusier and the Bauhaus . But in time all these domains sprawled beyond any system built to contain them, and all thought the twentieth century movements based on the mechanistic dreams of

Technologists and Marketers

Technologists like solving problems and marketers like commercializing the solutions. - Jan Uddenfeldt

Culture and Strategy

Culture beats strategy every time. - Jan Uddenfeldt  

Perception and Reality

Social media is widening the gap between perception and reality. 

Obituary: James R. Faulstich

My dear friend, Jim Faulstich , passed away on September 22, 2013. Jim had a profound impact on my life. He taught me about the importance of civic duty, the depth of opera, and the joy of life. I even learned more about India from Jim. Everyone who spent any time with Jim, loved him. His enthusiasm for life was contagious. Jim's contributions to the business community and government organizations are still positively impacting the lives of millions of people.  Jim was not only a great friend. He was my hero. May he rest in peace. My condolences to Jim's family.