Anybody who is in production should own the Rock n Roller cart while traveling! The ease of having all gear on one cart is remarkable and definitely makes moving through busy airports such as SEATAC, LAX, and JFK extremely helpful.
The days of dreary libraries, endless stacks of often misfiled books, and those little mini pencils paired with note cards promising to bring order to the madness are on the way out. Here at Saddleback Community College in Mission Viejo, CA, gkkworks has completely transformed a once massive two-floor library into a beehive of flexible study spaces, forming the new “Learning Center.” At the heart of it all lies a sun-filled atrium, casting light into every room and energy into every student. iPad toting undergrads leave behind their 50lb-book-stuffed backpacks (and their chiropractor bills) to make way for all new computer labs, smart boards, and high-speed wifi networks bringing the world to their fingertips. gkkworks brought the solution and it was my job to tell the story. So, as I chased the beams of light across all rooms on both floors, worked around various study sessions and endless rows of keyboard clicking coeds, I somehow put at ease 7 separate librarians who all had a say in my every step, which may have been the hardest part. Uh oh, now that I think of it, I may have some overdue library books laying around somewhere. See more images of this project here.
So there I was, downtown Los Angeles factory district. Five camera sets in five different spots, the sun was just right, and all I needed was the school bell to ring for this otherwise deserted HS#7 to instantly flood with students. I knew the class schedule, I knew I had to run fast between shots, I thought I knew the right starting point, and I definitely knew I only had about a 10 minute window to do it all. I already promised Ehrlich Architects I could do it, was it going to happen? I only have one shot at this because the school wasn’t going to let us back in. Oh please, please don’t give me any students with Mountain Dew shirts or anything obscene. I planned the shots so I would be moving in the direction the kids would be, widening my window of time just a little bit. ….and where is that bell?! It should have…..“BEEP, BEEP!” Okay, here they come! Don’t shoot too early and don’t be late either. First they came from the top of the stairs, then from the sides of me. I began firing away, scanning the scene for moments of depth, good groupings, and if I was really lucky someone would sit on that bench. BAM! I got it, on to camera position #2. BANG! No more waiting, now it was all about catching the kids, fast. BAM, got it, on to the next one. Wait, did I remember to focus? Well, I can’t stop now. What a rush, here’s those five shots I chased down that day. Phew!
It’s crazy what we can do with technology these days. During a snow storm at Ralph Klein Park by Simpson Roberts Architecture Interior Design in Calgary, I was able to capture the dusk shot under an umbrella only a few meters from the camera, wirelessly with my iPad.
A friendly email can make your day, a sour look can ruin your week and a chance connection can change your life. Our lives are shaped by our connections with each other. The same rules apply for opportunity. Our connections with each other can be jet fuel for success. At UCSD Rady School of Management, HMC Architects have bridged many gaps, encouraging students and faculty to connect and collaborate at every end through good design. From the wide-open class rooms to the multilevel bridges, open air staircases and carefully placed balconies, the student and faculty are integrated into the design like no where else. Talk about a building designed for the people!