IDEAS WORTH SPREADING, EVEN FURTHER…

June 21, 2013

If anyone tried to call us here at Tobias Partners yesterday late morning, chances are you went straight to voicemail. We’d decided that, having spent months intensely focused on our folios, our computers, our projects, it was time to broaden our focus, and our minds. So we gathered together in the meeting room for a mini-TED conference. The Technology, Entertainment, Design symposia – fronted by the likes of Bill Gates, Larry Page and Chee Pearlman – began in the mid-1980s as a kind of high brow gab-fest, and since then they’ve gone from strength to strength. Yesterday, the team here curated a selection of three video talks to stimulate thought and discussion. ‘Mathemagician’ Arthur Benjamin wowed us with his lightening speed calculus; Jon Ronson demonstrated just how psychopathologized contemporary life has become; and social scientist Amy Cuddy gave us some revealing insights into body language (suffice to say, we’re all sitting differently today…) So, what does all this have to do with an inner-urban architecture practice? Well, kind of everything really. As architects and designers, our work is about thinking differently to find new solutions and along the way create new paradigms of practice. We strive to engage the essence of things, not to just slip along the surface. We interrogate our world, and ourselves, on a continual basis. Even today, back at our desks. You can call now…

Author: Nick tobias