As the Design Advocacy Group's Sarah Thorp pointed out at last night's presentation at the Center for Architecture, designers are known for having terrific eye wear. (Typographers especially: cf. Helvetica.) Last night 12 presenters in excellent glasses tried to answer the question: "What's next for Philly?" Each presenter had 20 slides and 20 seconds per slide, so everyone was talkingveryquickly.
· Kara Lindstrom, when talking about Drexel's ExCITe program, is unfortunately saddled with the impossibility of avoiding the words "exciting," even though that's pretty much what it is.
· The audience for this sort of thing will "ooh" at 1. the claim that the Navy Yard was an example of poor collaboration, and 2. the suggestion that the Symphony House kind of sucks.
· MGA Architects' Michael Burlando and U3 Ventures' Alex Feldman are almost delusionally excited about Philly pitching the 2024 Olympics and believe it could result in beach volleyball courts on the grounds of the Art Museum.
· IK Studio's Simon Kim believes houses can be robots or robots can be houses and that a computer mouse can feel like a sphere of softness and walls don't have to be walls at all. The best thing he said: "Trust me when I say it's brilliant."
· Judging by his name tag, Ryan Draving of CompeteLeap has very lovely handwriting.
· VIADUCTgreene's Paul vanMeter not only has a jaunty step, he's been jaunty about the Reading Viaduct for two decades. Eli Lilly should market his energy as a new medication called Enthusia.
And now, the winner of the best eyeglasses of the evening:
It's Simon Kim! Hands down.