Friday, July 29, 2011

{ Lunch Date } Andrea Fenise at McEwen's


Meet fashion stylist and lifestyle designer Andrea Fenise who joined me for a fabulous lunch meeting downtown at McEwen’s. When I say fabulous, I actually mean Andrea was fabulous from head to toe which explains the fashion and “product shots” in addition to the food photography. It was Andrea’s first taste of McEwen’s and my first time back in almost five years.

As a side note, I must admit it’s a bit deceiving that I only put in the effort to photograph and document visits to the newer buzz-worthy restaurants in Memphis while more than often than not I’m eating out at more established local restaurants. All with good intention though since the newer restaurants in my mind need the most press to help them survive that critical first year. I’ll respectably continue highlighting them but it does seem useful to view and write about the established ones with a focus on their successes and secrets to their longevity.

With that thought too late for this post, I wasn’t able to delve in the details to why McEwen’s is such a popular standard for many locals or why they are so packed in the middle of the week but I can say they did hit the major points that people expect – good food, good service, and good atmosphere.



From a design perspective, I always notice the “atmosphere” first trying to relate it to physical elements for personal future design reference. I’m more swayed by the space and lighting than by mere decor so I immediately was charmed and felt happier in their lower dining space. The taller ceilings and warm natural light created a comfortable southern dining room.

The inviting, comfortable space, in my mind, helped me enjoy my good company, and my conversation with Andrea as also a Memphian, young mom, and blogger really helped me understand that as busy as life gets it really is about making an impact. Not just passively meeting people but spending valuable time with people and helping each other grow. Although we were specifically trying to figure out how to motivate young ladies to an event for Dress for Success Memphis, we were discussing the puzzling task of motivating people. How do you motivate people? It was our shared mission for our blogs among other projects we had – inspire them.






After an unexpected tangent with an architect I truly admire and had the privilege of interviewing over the phone stating that blogs are evil, I immediately wanted to alert everyone that I am not a blogger just a designer and photographer who is too lazy to make a proper portfolio website. I promise I don’t use my blog to rant and rave about a topic beyond my expertise. Like Andrea, I truly want to use my blog to inspire people.

Well, back to McEwen’s and our food. I was so tempted to order the roasted chicken sandwich, a sandwich of which I had very, very fond memories, but noticed they offered meat and two sides specials that I didn’t remember before. Truly glad I opted for that since the tomato and cucumber salad was truly fantastic. Andrea’s grilled portabello and zucchini sandwich that she let me sample left a big impression on us. It does say a lot when a vegetarian sandwich is that cravable for non-vegetarians. I’ll never let five years pass again to visit McEwen’s or to give them a little shout-out on the blog. / Thanks again Andrea. We must do this again.


Andrea Fenise
Blog / Shop / Twitter

McEwen's on Monroe
120 Monroe Ave.
Memphis, TN 38103
ph +1.901.527.7085

 Web / Twitter

Photos by Sophorn. Fashion by Style Junkie.


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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Meet Brian Mackay-Lyons { 2011 AIATN Convention Speaker Series }

Memphis is an amazing array of speakers from across the street and around the world.
Meet Brian Mackay-Lyons, FRAIC, Hon. FAIA / MacKay-Lyons Sweetapple Architects / Halifax, NS 
Speaking Friday, August 5, 1:30 - 3
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In one sentence, how would you describe architecture to those outside the field?
Architecture is art which you can cause to happen, what you can build. (The public understands what architecture is, and they have entrusted architects to cultivate the environment, and in doing so, trusts that we are good at making beautiful things.)


Who or what most inspire your creative side? / How do you spark creativity?
The landscape is the principal inspiration. When you start a project, you read and see the landscape. Senses are bombarded and you absorb influences - where is the sun, the breezes, views, the protected places, sweet spots, the most energy? Every site is different, but the landscape is what brings you into the project and reading it is a discipline. You do this with the client, finding what’s different, exciting, original about the site. Building traditions also inspire.


Different cities have different problems or dynamics. What’s the best thing about designing in your city? This may be connected to your response to the second question.
Yes, it is connected to the second question. As you may know, our firm is a poster child for critical regionalism. I look at the landscape, material culture, climate as a way into architecture. It’s like one learns their manners at home. You learn what to do at home and in this case you learn from your region what to take out into the world with you as an adult.


We design infill projects in cities, and university campuses. What we look for in our city, we look for in all cities – urbanity and how to reinforce it through adding a building. We’re attracted to strong fabric, consistency, and density. It all starts at home knowing what is a good street or good town square. It’s not a fashionable approach although this fabric architecture contributes to good cities. Good fabric is the glue that holds the city together. In the book “The Fall of Public Man” by Richard Sennett he talks about the loss of urbanity as a serious problem. It leaves the city without a spirit. 


Although we do work in Halifax, we do more work in the village where I live, our second studio in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. We understand the sense of history and place and contribute to it. Our buildings are good neighbors. Many look like they have always been there. Our mission is to make buildings that are more silent. They do say a lot in that they are educational instruments but they don’t call attention to themselves.


What are you currently reading, whether it be books, magazines, or blogs?
I’m not as good at reading books, but with that said I have been picking up books from those I’ve seen speak. “The Craftsman” by Richard Sennett an anthropologist. “
The Embodied Image: Imagination and Imagery in Architecture” by Juhani Pallasmaa. “Ways of Seeing” by John Berger. We have recently held the Ghost Conference at our farm in Upper Kingsburg, which has been described by others as the G20 for architects. Architectural Record wrote a nice article about the conference entitled “Plotting a New Course for Architecture.”


How do you balance work life and social/family life?
The word balance sounds like it is a question of compromise. It’s a bit of an unproductive discussion. A workaholic is someone who loves what they do, right? For that someone like me, I integrate work and life into one integrated picture. As we speak, I’m sitting next to my wife, Marilyn, as I work. We live in our studio. Artists have always done this and that’s how architects should think of themselves – as artists, living and creating in the same environment. We forget that. Sometimes clients come over to the studio for dinner. There’s no real dividing of community, practice, and teaching. It’s a unifying perspective that allows everything to be the same thing.


What other hobbies, interests do you have outside of Architecture?
Farming and sports of all kinds. When I take the tractor and mower out, I see it as if I’m making giant drawings on the land. Work is life.


Have you been to Memphis before? What are your current impressions?
Yes, once for the AIA Memphis a number of years ago. It’s the hot bed of music origins.. As a musician I see it as a place you’ve got to go to. I did not get to go to Graceland before but would love to go.  


What are some things you most look forward to in your trip to Memphis? In this response, can you be specific about what exact food you are looking forward to?

Ribs at Rendezvous, Beale Street, ducks in the Peabody Hotel fountain, Sun Records Studios.


What can we look forward to in your presentation at the AIA TN convention?

From the title Listening and Willing; it is about listening, seeing and receiving inspiration, but that’s not good enough. It’s also about willing things to happen not just passively observing. As Aalto said, “Architecture is a search for paradise on earth”. It’ll be a back and forth between listening and willing.


Do you also have a formal position in teaching architecture or design?

No itinerant Visiting Professorships right now, but I remain a full professor at Dalhousie University here in Halifax.


Any fellow speaker(s) you look forward to seeing present?
Robert Ivy, Randy Brown, Roy Decker, Will Bruder, Julie Snow, Trey Trahan – all colleagues. It’ll be rejuvenating and refreshing. The convention gets us all together to remind each other why we’re doing what we’re doing.


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We look forward to his presentation entitled “Willing Paradise – Cultural Sustainability.” Read more on Brian in the convention brochure and through the links below.


Thanks so much Brian and Lisa for the great phone interview/conversation and providing the images for us.

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Las Delicias { foodiememphis review }


Good food. Good company. The full review of the two dinner group gatherings now up on the foodiememphis blog. Click here.


Photos by Sophorn.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Night Light {Panama City Beach / Part 5 }

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Every single day, Atticus and his cousin Lauraline begged us to go on the fishing pier that was such a prominent element in the view from the beach house. It wasn't until the very last night of the week that we decided to walk the pier to take the opposite viewpoint and look at the beach house from the pier. The lights of the shore make a fantastic scene to end on although it also made it hard to bid farewell. / Goodnight everyone.

Photos by Sophorn.

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Away from the Beach { Panama City Beach / Part 4 }



One of the last days of the beach week when it was clear no one was making the very short walk down to sit beach-side, we all headed near the bay by special invitation from the family Christopher's parents were renting the beach house. The McFatters had a second beach house in a much quieter development a few miles north with incredible amenities such as biking, kayaking, hiking, and crabbing (equipment all supplied). With the whole day at our disposal, we dabbled a little with crabbing near the pier, but like a watering hole in the desert, the pool was the most popular spot to be. / Thanks so much Miki, Bill, Sid and Rosalyn.

Wow, these are my not i-phone camera phone photos. Stay tuned for Part 5.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Meet Julie Snow { 2011 AIATN Convention Speaker Series }

Memphis is an amazing array of speakers from across the street and around the world.
Meet Julie Snow, FAIA / Julie Snow Architects /
Minneapolis, MN
Speaking Friday, August 5, 8:30 – 10am

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In one sentence, how would you describe architecture to those outside the field?
Inspired buildings - It’s what distinguishes what we do from generic buildings - specific architecture tailored and inspired by our clients.

Who or what most inspire your creative side? / How do you spark creativity?
People I work with, and the conversations with clients and colleagues about larger issues in architecture along with specificity of projects. Those conversations are not just words but are also through sketches and convey strategies.

What are you currently reading, whether it be books, magazines, or blogs?
Where I like to read is at my lake house at Lake Superior. I’m currently reading six books. One of those is by David Brooks “The Social Animal.” It’s about the different ways we think and rationalize, how things work – intuitive, institutional. Regarding architecture, we tend to talk in hyper rational terms which may not be how we understand the world. Looking outside of architecture there is less tendency to misunderstand architecture.

Different cities have different problems or dynamics. What’s the best thing about designing in your city?
We really don’t do much work here in Minneapolis though I do think the best thing about Minneapolis is that there is a select group of enlightened and progressive clients in a quite progressive city. The issue in most cities is dynamics, how to create more dynamic public space - public spaces that are more engaging, and private space that feels public rather than public space that in reality is an empty plaza. There is a need for intense social engagement, interaction, and dialogue like you have in a coffee shop or more specifically the Ace Hotel, very open and engaging.

How do you balance work life and social/family life?
When my kids were small, it was definitely harder. At a certain point, there was a real distinction between work and family. Not so much anymore. I socialize with those in the same work environment which blurs the edges of personal life and work life. Balancing the two has become more flexible as work is becoming more and more mobile.

Have you been to Memphis before? What are your current impressions?
Yes, a long time ago. It was about ten years ago, and I thought it was great - a great spot with all the history, music and its location on the river. They were just starting a rejuvenation downtown. There is amazing work and people from Memphis.

What are some things you most look forward to in your trip to Memphis? In this response, can you be specific about what exact food you are looking forward to? Everyone seems to be excited about barbecue but we are a great culinary city.
Graceland. The fascinating culture. I look forward to seeing my friends and colleagues in Memphis – Barry Yoakum, John Jones, and Roy Decker. I’m bringing my son with me so we’ll tour the city together. I personally don’t get excited about barbecue. I need to research options as I remember the convention in New Orleans had a lot of discussion about food.

What can we look forward to in your presentation at the AIA TN convention?
Our recent projects that expand the ideas of what defines design excellence, not necessarily by clients but by architects. Design excellence that relates to design performances and sensibility of social dynamics, bringing people together, which seems to work on so many levels. Going back to being social animals, we’ll show strategies that support the many dimensions of architecture.

Any fellow speaker(s) you look forward to seeing present?
Those I know – Brian Mackay-Lyons, Robert Ivy, Randy Brown, Roy Decker, and Will Bruder. I look forward to meeting all of them though.

What other hobbies, interests do you have outside of Architecture?
It’s a pretty big list but it all revolves around family, travel, and architecture.

Do you also have a formal position in teaching architecture or design?
Next fall, I’ll teach a studio at Syracuse University with Matt Kreilich. Previous positions include the University of Minnesota and visiting professor positions at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Design, Washington University, and the University of Arkansas.

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We look forward to her presentation entitled “The Architecture of Julie Snow.” Read more on Julie in the convention brochure and through the links below.

Facebook Julie Snow Architects
Webpage http://www.juliesnowarchitects.com/

Thanks so much Julie and Trudy for the great phone interview/conversation and providing the images for us. Top photo: Julie busy at the office with her dog Lenin.

Andrea at McEwen's { Sneak Peek / To Crave }


My lunch date yesterday with the lovely Andrea Fenise was exactly what I needed to motivate myself. I love absorbing the positive energy of good-hearted, ambitious people. I'll write more about our lunch but will leave you with a photo of a sandwich at McEwen's worth craving. Andrea with good instincts ordered the "Molasses Glazed Grilled Portabello Mushroom & Zucchini sandwich" which tastes as good as it sounds (Andrea let me sample a piece). On the menu, the list of dressings include sundried tomato pesto, provolone, roasted red peppers, on toasted kaiser roll. / My tummy just rumbled. More photos to come.

Photo by Sophorn.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Music Giveaway ~ Tristan Clopêt Debut LP







Happy Music Monday! I thought I would start the week by sharing a little bit of happiness in the form of beautiful music by Tristan Clopêt suitably packaged in a colorful design by me. I was a little more than thrilled to finally see and hold the artwork I’d been staring on the screen months before, so starting today, you can get a chance to hold your own cd copy {shown in the top 3 photos above, though you'll get a sealed unopened copy} of Tristan’s debut LP “Name It What You Want” as long as you leave a little love on the blog.

Here are the giveaway guidelines.
~ Giveaway ends next Monday, July 25, 2011 at midnight central time.
~ Leave one comment on this post with your name.
~ Anonymous comments cannot be accepted.
~ One winner will be chosen through random.org.
~ Winner will be announced on the top of the post July 26, 2011.
~ Winner will need email me to claim the cd within 7 days.

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Along with having a beautiful voice, Tristan truly can jam, so if you want to start jamming right away, download the album now on iTunes here. Also enjoy a few more links to his music and my previous interview with Tristan below.

~Official Music Video “A Chat With My Brain” single from the debut LP.

Tristan Clopêt  Web / YouTube / Twitter / Facebook

Thanks again Tristan for sending the cd’s and having me on this project with you. One day I’ll finally see you perform in person.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Black Lodge Video / New Local Movie




Black Lodge Video has been one of those underground Memphis spots we visited the very first week we moved here and visit every so often just so we can feel like a true local. It's kind of an obsession this cultural fascination I have with all things local. While the guys at Black Lodge clearly have a passion for all things film stocking almost every title made and categorizing even by director, every visit, I still aim straight for the local films section.

Christopher's  recent conversation with one of the owners Matt led to the discussion of a film Skiptracers by his cousin's husband Andy Stuckey that cast in the lead role Memphian Porter Harris, his stage name since his real name Harrison Ford would have caused apparent confusion. Matt chuckled at the random trivia and mentioned the indirect tie to Memphis via Porter Harris could categorize it as a local film. Christopher almost rushed home that instant to grab our copy of the movie and offer it a good home at Black Lodge but Matt suggested we make sure it was off the festival circuit first, and since they offer all the rental sales of local films go straight to the filmmakers, we’d need to get Andy and Matt connected. Needless to say, Andy responded right away by shipping 2 DVD copies to them the very next week.

So tonight and this weekend, go to Black Lodge, especially if you’ve never been before, and if you are already planning to go, take a glance at the local films section and rent a copy of Skiptracers. It’s a great little movie accompanied by a great soundtrack with some help from one of my favorite musicians Langhorne Slim. See my previous postings and interview with filmmakers of Skiptracers here. / Remember Cooper-Young Association members get a free movie rental every month at Black Lodge.




Black Lodge Video
831 S. Cooper
Memphis, TN
Ph +1.901.272.7744

Black Lodge on Facebook

Photos by Sophorn.

Meet Victor F. (Trey) Trahan, FAIA { 2011 AIATN Convention Speaker Series }


Memphis is an amazing array of speakers from across the street and around the world. 
Meet Victor F. (Trey) Trahan, FAIA / Trahan Architects / Baton Rouge, LA 
Speaking Wednesday, August 3, 2:00 – 3:30

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In one sentence, how would you describe architecture to those outside the field?
Defining of space that is contextually authentic.

Who or what most inspire your creative side? / How do you spark creativity?
Art, presently African art and its creation for ritual / By sketching

What are you currently reading, whether it be books, magazines, or blogs?
A book on the Dogon Region of Africa and an article by Tom Butler, Colossus Versus Liberty: A Bloated Humanity’s Assault on Freedom.

Different cities have different problems or dynamics. What’s the best thing about designing in your city?
The influence of the river both past and present.

Have you been to Memphis before? What are some things you most look forward to in your trip to Memphis? In this response, can you be specific about what exact food you are looking forward to?
Yes. Barbeque. Experiencing the unique culture of Memphis and its influence on the built environment and the reciprocal.

What can we look forward to in your presentation at the AIA TN convention?
A body of the work that reflects my personal search and desire to create.

Any fellow speaker(s) you look forward to seeing present?
Robert Ivy. His unique perspective is invaluable to the profession.

What other hobbies, interests do you have outside of Architecture?
Conservation of temperate rainforest specifically Patagonia.

How do you balance work life and social/family life?
I don’t. It’s hard but since I am naturally excessive in everything, I make time for work and family life.

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We look forward to his presentation entitled “Defining Local.” Read more on Trey in the convention brochure and through the links below.

Facebook Trahan-Architects
Webpage www.trahanarchitects.com

Thanks so much Trey and Patricia for pulling together the responses and images for us.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

Let's Get to Know Each Other


I’ve probably heard about you for years, passed you many times, and glanced at you a time or two, but I think it’s time to finally get to know each other. Frank’s, yes, I certainly mean you but I also mean the sweet people I know only in passing or in exchanging emails or through twitter. After the great cross interview/food review with Thomas of Eat Local Memphis, I recently extended to my new blogger friend Andrea of Style Junkie the idea of choosing a restaurant that I should try and photograph as we discuss in person our future collaborations – the way the experience of eating good food should be - with someone. It may not be an original take on future food “reviews” on this blog but I’ll certainly enjoy doing it much more with some great company.

Photo of Frank's Deli, corner of S. Main and Vance by Sophorn. Hopefully a review to come soon once I actually go inside.

Meet Heidi Hefferlin and Craig Kronenberg { 2011 AIATN Convention Speaker Series }


Memphis is an amazing array of speakers from across the street and around the world.

Meet Heidi Hefferlin, AIA and Craig Kronenberg, AIA / Hefferlin + Kronenberg Architects / Chattanooga, TN
Speaking Thursday, August 4, 1:45 – 3:00

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In one sentence, how would you describe architecture to those outside the field?
Craig
Architects collaborate with their clients to fulfill their building needs in a nuanced relationship where form, function, cost, time, and social responsibility are considered.
Heidi
The collaborative process between architect, owner and builder working through the challenges of budget, time, codes and construction to achieve a building.

Who or what most inspire your creative side? / How do you spark creativity?
Craig
Travel, and I like discussion and dialogue, especially with the energetic. Having said that, I’m more of a sketcher than a talker.
Heidi
Shaping space and the influence of many other architects. I spark creativity by making models.

What are you currently reading, whether it be books, magazines, or blogs?
Craig
John Adams by David McCullough; The Thousand Autumns of Jacob de Zoet by David Mitchell; the NY Times every day.
Heidi
The Help by Kathryn Stockett

Different cities have different problems or dynamics. What’s the best thing about designing in your city?
Craig
Chattanooga is very open minded and lacking in preconceived notions about the outcome of a design. It’s refreshing and liberating.
Heidi
The energy for change and the influx of people who want to live downtown.

How do you balance work life and social/family life?
Craig
Being partners in life and work we mostly leave the business side of our practice at work while the creative side is a constant dialogue.
Heidi
It is integrated; even our vacations are architecture tours. I take time for play, which is critical.

Do you also have a formal position in teaching architecture or design?
Craig
No
Heidi
No

What other hobbies, interests do you have outside of Architecture?
Craig
Travel, tennis, cooking, sketching
Heidi
Hiking Fishing Horseback riding and golf

Have you been to Memphis before? What are your current impressions?
Craig
Only the airport. My impressions are the Delta Blues and ribs in a flat verdant city by a big river.
Heidi
Once 15 years ago. Impressions are blues music and barbeque.

What are some things you most look forward to in your trip to Memphis? In this response, can you be specific about what exact food you are looking forward to?
Craig
I’m looking forward to some big city meals. Chattanooga has great restaurants but I like French/Creole type things.

What can we look forward to in your presentation at the AIA TN convention?
Craig and Heidi
We’re enthused to present our contribution to designing and building our Southside neighborhood in Chattanooga.

Any fellow speaker(s) you look forward to seeing present?
Craig
Definitely Brian Mackay-Lyons and Robert Ivy
Heidi
All of them. I am very excited by the lineup of speakers.

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We look forward to their presentation entitled “Southside Development / Hands on Architecture and How It Can Change a Neighborhood.” Read more on Craig and Heidi in the convention brochure and through the links below.


Thanks so much Craig and Heidi for pulling together the responses and images for us.


Monday, July 11, 2011

Treehouse and Fireworks


Atticus takes his cousins to his favorite playground - Woodland Discovery Playground at Shelby Farms.  I guess you can consider these shots as my ode to Terrence Malick's Tree of Life. That tree is monumental. / Atticus claps in excitement over the fireworks at the Redbirds baseball stadium a few days before his birthday.
B&W Ilford film photos by Sophorn.

Atticus' Best Tweets

I was hesitant to post this fearing I would seem like that mom who thinks their kid is the cutest kid in the world. Although you should think your kid is great, I just can’t take the luster from Atticus’ personality by a biased display of love for him. He shines pretty brightly on his own. His twitter account started as our way for our family, all long distance, to really know him through his own words, the ones especially unique to him. Now even those we don’t know and who have never met Atticus express how charmed they are just by reading his tweets. Here are some of his best tweets categorized for effect since turning five (and changing his twitter name from @AtticusToddler to @MisterAtticus).
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About Twitter

Response to his twitter acct: I don’t want ANYONE to put me in the computer! I don’t want to go!
25 Jul 09

They ate so much food their bellies got fat like my daddy. (Gasps) Don't tell him I said that! Tweet it before he hears it.
10 Feb 11

Mommy, you have to tweet everything funny. A-goo-ga. (Giggles). Ok tweet that.
5 Mar 11

(M: You didn't get any new followers today.) Ahh. (You have 63 followers.) That means they'll all get behind me.
22 Apr 11

I have a new follower @booboodash. Just kidding. I just made up that name.
22 Apr 11

Atticus, The Atticus

Look Rudolph the reindeer! In their yard. Tomorrow when it's Christmas, Santa will go out. His sleigh will be stuck & we'll know why.
2 Dec 09

(M: Atticus, take your hands out of your pants. Gross! Just don't touch me.) Haha. Let's high five. Hahaha!
29 Jan 10

(Quickly finishes his bowl of ice cream) But I didn't want ice cream! Poppy just gave it to me 'cause it made me happy. (Makes crying face)
14 Jun 10

I need to go potty! (P: Go on your little potty.) No, I really have to go a lot. The little potty can't hold all of it 'cause it's a TOY-lit.
19 Jun 10

One day can we make stone soup? But how about we add cookies. And don't put in the stones.
16 Jul 10

(M: You are so cute!) What?! I heard you say 'I wanna choke you.' (M: I did not say that.) Yeah. You did. (Jokingly.)
20 Aug 10

H-h-h. I'm hungry. Hungry starts with H. (M: Can you carry this plate for me?) Y-y-y No.
22 Sep 10

(M: Did you poot on me?) Well, it was because I was sitting on your lap.
5 Oct 10

(Baby cries in next aisle over at Target) They do not need to have a crying baby section here.
15 Jan 11

(With his new camera, directs Mommy & styles photo) Look back at me. Wait. Here, hold my dirty sock. Good. (Reviews shot.) I love it.
22 Jan 11

Christopher said a bad word at school today. He said fat. He said ' get that fat stick over there.'
16 Feb 11

(Lays back in bed without a shirt on) I'm sleeping like a REAL man.
16 Mar 11

I don't like my name Atticus. I want another name. How about Robbit?
4 Apr 11

Haha. I had a burp in my "excuse me."
11 May 11

(Accidentally bangs head) I'm ok. Just a little bit dizzy. Nothing to worry about.
3 Jun 11

Atticamisms

(M: A makes up words that fit perfectly. P: Call it an Atticism.) You can call it an Atticamism. Or whatever you said the first time.
2 May 10

(Atticamism #2) Don't hork down your food.
2 May 10

(Atticamism #3) Emerson and Katye was playing chase the bad guys. They couldn't catch me because I was going SPEEDFAST.
7 May 10

(Atticamism #4) Smack-n-cheese
5 Jun 10

(Atticamism #5) It's so sweaty outside.
15 Jul 10

(Atticamism #6) Shush down.
18 Jul 10

(Atticamism #7) (play fighting w/ M) I'm gonna battle you up!
13 Dec 10

(Atticamism #8) What's the order for your tummy? (Translation: What do you want to eat?)
13 Jan 11

(Atticamism #9) Mommy, I'm so cold. Hold me and destroy my coldness.
22 Jan 11

(Atticamism #10) The Heimlich Remover.
6Apr 11

(Atticamism #11) Oopsa dahza. (Italian sounding version of oopsy daisy.)
27 May 11

(Atticamism #12) I'm sleepy deepy.
12 Jun 11

Atticus' Lame Excuse Series

(Atticus' Lame Excuse #1) I can't brush my teeth. My legs are broken.
11 Jun 10

(Atticus' Lame Excuse #2) I can't say my name. My leg's too itchy.
11 Jun 10

(Atticus' Lame Excuse #3) No, I can't wash my hands. Because. I am a ro-bot. (Said like a robot with arm motions.)
8 Oct 10

(Atticus' Lame Excuse #4) I can't walk to the car. You'll have to carry me because I don't want to walk all over this beautiful grass.
21 Jun 11

Girls and Love

When people get married, new kids get born. I want to do that in eight years. Get married.
24 Jul 10

I chase girls around the playground with Gregory. We catch them to marry us. I married Kate.
23 Nov 11

Topic of chasing girls to marry them.) After I chase Lucia, I'll give her a ring. (Holds up big toy ring. M: What will you say?) You're welcome.
5 Dec 10

(M: will you kiss Violet for the Christmas picture?) No, I'll let her kiss me! If we kiss each other, it means we're in love.
13 Dec 10

It’s Fun to Pick on Poppy

Poppy, you're fat-oops so sorry. (pauses as Poppy fake cries then assures Poppy:) It's your belly. Your belly is fat.
6 Jul 10

(Pretend fighting with Poppy. Makes first strike.) I hit your belly so hard, it broke your ankles.
4 Jul 10

(P trys to talk to M while A is shoutin. P: Let's have quiet time. A is quiet. P continues to talk) Hey so quiet time only Atticus is quiet?
24 Apr 10

Poppy, I blew you a kiss. (P: why thanks!) But first I burped on it then punched it. (Evil laugh)
7 Jan 11

(Pats Poppy's 'winter pot belly') You're going to have a beautiful baby.
10 Feb 11

(P: Oww!) What? (P: I hurt my booty. Can you kiss it better?) No, but I'll punch it better.
10 Feb 11

Poppy, I love Mommy all the way to Africa. I love you to Alabama.
5 Mar 11

Poppy, your belly button's so far! (Puts mouth near Poppy's belly) HELLO? Hello? hello? (Said like an echo)
25 Jun 11

(P: Let's have a boys night) I want to have a boy’s night with mommy. (P: What! That's not how it works.)
25 Jun 11

He’s good to his Mama

Mommy, I want another you.
3 Oct 09

(Comes back just a minute after getting tons of kisses all over the face from M) Can I get more kisses? The other ones dried out.
26 Mar 10

(Kisses M firmly on lips) oh we missed! Let's try again. (Kisses on lips again) Missed again. (Kisses on lips again) There you got it!
18 Oct 10

I love Poppy 100. I love you affinity. That's the last number Mommy. That's how much I love you.
10 Feb11

(Grasps M while she tries to leave) No, don't go. I've got too much hugging to do.
6 Apr 11

(M: I need someone to help me feel better.) That would be me. I'll read you a bedtime story, give you a kiss, & find you a flower.
2 May 11

Mommy, I want to go to heaven the same time you do.
4 May 11


Most Tweeted Word
Shows up mostly in rhymes.

Poppy, drum my booty. hahaha. Play drum bums.
6 Mar 10

Booty beauty Judy. Willy silly killy nilly.
6 Mar 10

Snooty booty.
11 Mar 10

Say booty. Say duty. Say armpit duty. Say slarmpit duty. Hahaha. -booty rhymes.
13 Mar 10

Ooh, that says Pirate's booty! You can say booty if it's with pirates.
28 May 11

You know the joke, "Don't mess with my booty!" Haha, for real it was written on the pirate's booty.
28 May 11

Best Tweet

(Mommy unknowingly bends over in front of atticus) I don't want to see that booty! Mommy, this isn't show 'n' tell. (Laughs hysterically)
18 Sep 09

Twitter avatar: Atticus dressed as musician Jason Freeman, Halloween 2010.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Meet Will Bruder { 2011 AIATN Convention Speaker Series }

Memphis is an amazing array of speakers from across the street and around the world. 
Meet Will Bruder, AIA / will bruder+PARTNERS 
/ Phoenix, AZ 
Speaking Wednesday, August 3, 3:45 - 5:15

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In one sentence, how would you describe architecture to those outside the field?
Architecture is the balance of pragmatism and poetry, grounded in people and place.

Who or what most inspire your creative side? / How do you spark creativity?
Intense looking that is fueled by a deep curiosity. Traveling to cities, seeing great buildings and background buildings, both old and new, creating urban energy. Art that celebrates ideas, invention and shows evidence of its making.

What are you currently reading, whether it be books, magazines, or blogs?
Books:
“Le Corbusier: The Unite d'Habitation in Marseilles” by Jacques Sbriglio, 2004; “Triumph of the City” by Edward Glaeser, 2011; “Kurt Schwitters Exhibition Catalogue: Color and Collage” 2011
Periodicals (architecture and design):
Architectural Review, Architect, A, V, A+U, Metropolis, Dwell, ArchNewsDaily
Other:
New York Times – daily, Arizona Republic – daily, The New Yorker – weekly, Newsweek – weekly, Art in American - once and a while, Wired - once and a while

Different cities have different problems or dynamics. What’s the best thing about designing in your city?
The magic of the desert light, the visibility of the horizon, the surreal flora/fauna, and the sense of possibility.

How do you balance work life and social/family life?
What balance there is ebbs and flows but I always want to work on projects that make a difference in the lives of their users and communities. I think about architecture pretty much all the time, mostly on the front burner, sometimes on the back burner.

What other hobbies, interests do you have outside of Architecture?
Art, travel, film, reading, and watching professional tennis.

Do you also have a formal position in teaching architecture or design?
University of New Mexico Marjorie Mead Hooker Memorial Visiting Professor 2011, Portland State University Distinguished Visiting Professor of Urban Architecture 2009-2011

Have you been to Memphis before? What are your current impressions?
Yes, it was a quick date. Memories: the window shrine with the dancing Elvis (20+ years after his death), the lights of the continuous stream of Fed Ex jets coming through the dark sky, landing in the night.

What are some things you most look forward to in your trip to Memphis?
I'd like to see the lights of those jets again, take a walk around downtown Memphis, experience buildings that have the 'buzz' of the place, and sample the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of your city.

Any fellow speaker(s) you look forward to seeing present?
MEMPHis local talent plus Julie Snow, Trey Trahan, Brian Mackay-Lyons

What can we look forward to in your presentation at the AIA TN convention?
Shake it up (per the title), make some friends, piss some people off, pull out something new and fresh from the audience and myself, and start a conversation.

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We look forward to his presentation entitled “Architecture: It’s More than Digital Rock and Roll.” Read more on Will in the convention brochure and through the links below.

Webpage www.willbruder.com

Thanks so much Will, Louise, and Elizabeth for pulling together the responses and images for us.

Discovering { Panama City Beach / Part 3 }

Much of the pre beach week excitement centered around the memories and nostalgia of the ocean, sand, and seashells but the reality for Atticus and his cousins during that week was a discovery of much more.

*Splashing in the mini pool and spraying the water hose is much more refreshing than getting knocked down by the waves.
*The beach breeze really can blow the bubbles for you.
*Grammy is a brilliant and engaging lady.
*Yesterday’s cold pool water dumped on you is the best form of a morning shower.
*You just have to get used to my Mommy sticking the darn camera in your face.
*Puppet shows don’t need any stinkin’ rehearsals. Just be cute and laugh.
*And lastly and most importantly, your cousins can be some of your closest friends.


Photos by Sophorn.
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