Overland Art Program: An Interview with Jeffrey Dell

Launched in 2015 to celebrate and steward art within our community, the Overland Art Program seeks to promote both established and emerging artists, inspire the design process, and encourage creative thinking. As part of this program, Overland hosts a series of rotating art exhibits throughout the year.

Artist Jeffrey Dell is a printmaker and professor at Texas State University in San Marcos. He has previously lived in worked in Oregon, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, New Mexico, and Venice, Italy. His work over the last few years engages themes of human desire and its effects on perception, impulse, appetite, and health.

>>Read More

The Fascinating Potential of Neuroscience in Design

Ana Calhoun and I recently attended the 2016 Academy of Neuroscience for Architecture (ANFA) conference hosted at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California. The conference provides a cross-disciplinary platform for architects and neuroscientists to share knowledge of human behavioral responses to the built environment and current neuroscientific research. Neuroscientists and architects from across the world presented papers that provide insight into the potential integration of these two disciplines. Additionally, architect Steven Holl, FAIA, neuropsychiatrist and Nobel Laureate Dr. Eric Kandel, and Director of the Metropolitan Design Center at the University of Minnesota Thomas Fischer gave phenomenal keynote speeches relating to their work on this topic and the potential that these two fields have for interfacing in the future.

>>Read More

Love your city? Initiate!

A year ago, I returned from the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Fall Meeting in San Francisco brimming with thoughts on the “disruption” coming and already here due to the technology explosion. I return from the 2017 ULI Fall Meeting in Dallas inspired once again, this time by how citizen-led initiative is impacting the trajectory of rising cities. Citizen initiative was either the overt focus or an underlying message wherever I turned. Over and over I heard, “Whatever the problem, the solution often starts with an individual or small group who passionately pursues change for the better.”

>>Read More

TACKLING CLIMATE CHANGE FROM SAN FRANCISCO

The complexity of climate change compels us to attack the issue from multiple angles and diverse disciplines. Only if we (humanity) are united in our effort to stop and possibly even reverse this problem will we succeed, which is why the US State Department held “Intersections: Climate Change, Global Affairs, and the Digital Age.” The forum brought together 40 State Department alumni to network, share knowledge, and brainstorm big-idea solutions to tackling climate change.

>>Read More

The Overland VR Experience

For the past twenty years, I have witnessed Overland embrace the evolution of technology and push the boundaries of our design capabilities by adopting the best tools we can get our hands on. These support our talented designers and architects, and continue advancing our design excellence standards. Recent integration of the latest virtual reality technology into our design process is revolutionizing (once again) the way we design and collaborate with each other and our clients. Looking back, it’s remarkable to see how far we have come.

>>Read More

The Significance of Storytelling in Architecture

Story shapes humanity. It should also shape architecture. To characterize Overland’s practice by the standard definition of architecture—the art or science of designing and creating buildings—is to miss a critical aspect of our work. Our projects are the result of many hours of research and analysis that happen long before pen touches trace paper. Using a process of inspired inquiry, we uncover the story behind each client and project and tell it through the medium of architecture. This has never been clearer to me than while on a trip to Israel this summer.

>>Read More

EXPANDING OUR PRACTICE, GEOGRAPHICALLY AND INTELLECTUALLY

I recently attended and presented at the “Global Asia: Critical Aesthetics, Alternative Globalities” conference hosted by Nanyang Technological University in Singapore. The symposium brought together scholars from around the world to discuss the idea of Global Asia through the lenses of literature, film, art, and architecture. I was humbled by the rigor and intellect of my fellow presenters, and among the many engaging lectures, learned what Singaporean noir fiction and documentaries have to say about how Asia is changing in the twenty-first century.

>>Read More

GEORGE NAKASHIMA: Beneath the Surface

A recent visit to Pennsylvania took me to the studio and workshop of famed woodworker George Nakashima. Crossing disciplines between architecture and woodworking, he is considered one of the most influential furniture designers of the 20th century, bringing together his Japanese heritage with American and international style design to become a father of the American craft movement. Nakashima’s unparalleled ability to know his subject matter and decipher the best use of each part of a tree propelled him to create some of the most beautiful furniture in the world in his workshop in New Hope, Pennsylvania. His finely honed craft and depth of inquiry were essential for each piece of furniture.

>>Read More