Archive for April, 2012
Design is underway on an infill small home to be built on the back half of a 40×160 midtown lot. The classic bungalow on the front of this deep parcel will be renovated as part of the scope, not shown here.
The new construction is a two story ‘window box’ themed contemporary. It has a small ‘flex second’ unit, configured so that it can be used be for a relative or au pair, a rental, or become part of the main house as a ‘dual master suite’. The main quarters faces the courtyard between homes, with ground level great room; upper bedrooms and study, and rear facing balcony. Spiffy!
Progress on a Second Story addition in Arden Park: 1216 La Sierra Blvd
Before and After
1045 San Ramon in Sacramento’s Arden Park: Lookin’ Good 10+ years after adding this second story for a little one story rancher
MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2012
7% of message pertaining to feelings and attitudes is in the words that are spoken.
38% of message pertaining to feelings and attitudes is the way that the words are said.
55% of message pertaining to feelings and attitudes is in facial expression.
It’s no wonder we find ourselves more frequently insulted, put off, and frustrated by our communications these days.
It’s been my observation that Architects, as a rule, are busy. Perhaps, as a rule, too busy.
For me, it’s been relatively non stop – starting in college with all night studio marathons; and continuing to this day. Even when business is ‘slow’ – I’m still going FAST. In fact, I’ll admit – to the delight of my wife Kris – that she has nailed my habit: as soon as a glimmer of free space opens up, with the unbridled optimism of a child (or better analogy? state legislator with a temporary budget surplus) I pounce on that bit of ‘light in the tunnel’ with a passion of new ideas.
With so much to do … it’s unfortunately easy to treat as indulgences such importances as pleasantries, cheerful chat, and even conversation … after all, thebusiness part of talking can be more efficiently managed by email … or can it ?
The shortcuts to simple, slow and rich communication that technology has put at my disposal, are not so good at sharing feelings and attitudes – as professor Mehrabian has documented. In fact, they are terrible.
Need to bark orders? Email works great! Get in touch with inner feelings of a co-worker or friend – not so much. Without the visual clues of meetings, or even the subtle tonal variations of talking – 93% of the ‘feeling and attitude’ associated with messages evaporate.
Slowing down – that’s hard. It means letting go of things that seem important; and getting less done in a day, an hour, a minute.
It’s a struggle to slow down
Perhaps … I’ll add it to my todo list …
Michael F. Malinowski
Mike has spoken to hundreds of engineering and architectural colleagues across the country about the advantages of wood for mid rise mixed use podium structures. Using a multimedia program that incorporates historic photos, video interviews, extensive technical research, and code analysis Mike provides an entertaining and thorough analysis of all wood podium design using the recently completed Galt Place project in historic downtown Galt CA as a case study.
Over the last six months Mike’s hour long talk has been featured at a national webinar as well as seminars and conferences in Seattle, Portland, Oakland, Los Angeles, Irvine, Baltimore, Atlanta, Washington DC. Future events are slated for Raleigh, Norfolk VA, and Decatur GA (June) and Chicago (September).
Applied Architecture’s Lincoln Mortensen has also been on the road with this presentation to Charlotte and Boston.