Monthly Archives: September 2011

Thanks for attending our open house

Thanks to everyone who attended the Convergence Design Open House on September 29. If you didn’t hear about it, don’t feel insulted. We only invited people in the KC area. If you live in the KC area and didn’t hear … Continue reading

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Is Google’s Art Project good for art?

If we have seen Rembrandt’s “Return of the Prodigal Son” in a washed out, pixelated projection in Art History class, we think we have seen it. But we have surely not, as Henri Nouwen observes in his wonderful book Return of the Prodigal Son: A Story of Homecoming. Nouwen spent hours, even days, meditating on the painting at the Hermitage, and found the experience transformative, while seeing reproductions of it had been merely informative. Continue reading

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Even Goldberger dislikes Apple’s giant donut

When companies plan wildly ambitious, over-the-top headquarters, it is sometimes a sign of imperial hubris. A.T. & T. was broken up not too long after it moved into Johnson and Burgee’s famously grandiose “Chippendale skyscraper” on Madison Avenue. General Foods did not last too long after taking occupancy of the glass-and-metal palace Kevin Roche designed for it in Westchester County, and Union Carbide fell apart after it moved into another Roche building in Danbury, Connecticut. The New York Times Company’s stock price plummeted after it moved into its Renzo Piano building on Eighth Avenue, and they now lease the home they built for themselves.

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On the enduring value of good design

Sometimes it’s good to be reminded that good design has enduring value that transcends the momentary flashes of publicity that are so frequent in our profession. Continue reading

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