In the spirit of the season, I wanted to reflect back on the past year and share some moments of inspiration I found in 2014.
(Click on the images for a link to the source of inspiration!)
January_Moses Bridge_NetherlandsJust as the name suggests, this modern bridge literally parts the waters of the Fort de Roovere. Hidden until just a few feet, the bridge creates a unique experience for visitors passing through.
February_Book Designs by Jessica HischeYou can’t judge a book by its cover – especially these book covers. A playful mix of colors, typography, and illustrations will not only inspire your graphic senses, but will also inspire you to pick up some good reading too.
March_GSA Office Building_Albuquerque“Floating” panels above the courtyard of the GSA Office building not only provide a modern deconstructed design aesthetic to the space, but also provide critical shading of the space and the building from the harsh desert sun.
April_Street ArtThe 10 Most Loved Street Art Photos by Street Art Utopia.
May_COOLHAUSFood + Architecture = Delicious.
June_A Gathering Place_TulsaAfter years of planning, Tulsa’s community will soon be able to “gather” in a new outdoor park. Exciting news in Oklahoma’s own backyard!
July_Kirstenboasch Centenary Tree Canopy Walkway_South AfricaNeed a break? Take a walk…if only all walks could be among the trees and slopes of South Africa!
August_The Explorer’s Club_NYCAdventure is really out there! And there is a club dedicated to it, dating back to 1904, with elite members like past presidents, scientists, and astronauts.
September_Nelson Mandela Sculpture_South AfricaComprised of 55 different steel columns, the sculpture appears and disappears at the end of a simple walkway as a reminder and tribute to Nelson Mandela and his fight for freedom.
October_Parking Structure Art Façade_IndianapolisParking your car just got a lot more interesting!
November_Solar Bike Path_NetherlandsThe world’s first solar panel path was installed and opened to the public in the Netherlands. The panels were a challenge to construct as material and efficiency of the system had to be considered for practical use; but, if the integration of electricity into the roadway can outweigh the current costs, the future for solar roadways is very bright.
December_Cooper Hewitt Smithsonian Design Museum_NYCThe preview of the museum renovation unveils the possibilities of merging the traditional museum with modern display galleries and technological innovation – a museum where you can look and touch!
I hope you found a little inspiration from 2014 too! And, here’s to more moments in 2015!
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