Many of my friends and colleagues have asked if I still keep up my newsletter called "Hawaii Leading Indicator". It was a newsletter from an architect's perspective about the economy and what we are seeing for coming projects. It was part economics, part news, part warnings, and part perspective on the latest issues in the world and Hawaii, and how I as one architect interprets them.
the AIA reigns... about a month ago, I rejoined the AIA. (the American Institute of Architects). I'm no longer a general practitioner of architecture, but more of a specialist - specializing in architectural detailing for millwork, stonework, metal work, and mixed media architectural and interior design. My specialty starts where typical drywall and studs end. I rejoined the AIA to work with architects again - not as a competitor, but as a referral specialist. Word is getting around slowly but surely. Why would yours truly make the move? The real answer is that in the long run - it makes me a better designer - paying way more attention to details - and focusing on making the experiential part of architecture sing.
Few of you know this, but my passion pre-architecture was jewelry, sculpture, 3d-arts and computers. It's still that way... i still work on furniture, bars, small but intricate and almost jewel-like design. My foray into engineering school was as a Materials engineer. Super interesting - but art was my passion and that's what pushed me toward architecture and a structural engineering undergrad. Today at 87zero I product design. We build new innovations, new products and new furniture/ millwork to match the way we live today... Heejin will tell you more about our latest debut... so please stay tuned.
As part of the Hawaii Leading Indicator there was a section we called Way Outside the Box - to present ideas that weren't just outside the box... but Waaaay outside. It was fun, and held some truths all at the same time. So here's one of them...
Here's the thing about the AIA Honolulu..... obscurity. No one knows what the architects think these days about issues like the homeless, affordable housing, updates on rail, traffic... all this craziness in Kakaako, more rail, Kakaako makai, OHA and their involvement.... the list goes on. The AIA mission is to increase public awareness about architects, architecture, and their involvement in our community...
Of course you're being set up for my proposal...
way outside the box, now...
a radio show by architects for the construction industry and for the public. So you all know about the issues behind the projects, and the ideas and moves behind different developments. This radio show would have guest hosts and guests from Hawaii's building industry. We'd have call-ins with questions, and promotions by vendors and suppliers who need to get the word out about their products. We'd talk about the agenda of the AIA Honolulu, and architects in general - and what we as the community's stewards of growth, development and design think about some of these self storage facilities in the middle of our prime neighborhoods..... with small businesses running out of them... truly an amazing and crazy place we live in.
so let me know if you're interested in seeing this idea happen. it will take effort and a few interested players in our community - but really, now... having a local program about Hawaii's real estate and it's surrounding issues would probably get global attention. let me know if you'd like to be a sponsor of a show like this... i'll be happy to put in the energy to launch it.
Through my weekly blogs - i'll bring up larger community issues in this blog about once per month. The other weeks will be more about products, ideas, artists, and new things we are working on.
Come and speak with us this week at the BIA Home Show - we'll have a few new products for you to see!
thanks to all!