“Virtually anything the human mind can imagine can be built.”
–Robert Ivy, FAIA, EVP/Chief Executive Officer, AIA (from the Welcome Introduction speech at Monterey Design Conference 2013
Today, many are back at their work spaces after completing an intense design marathon known as the Monterey Design Conference.
The biennial event, held September 27 -29 in Asilomar was home to more than 620 attendees who experienced an impassioned collection of 3-day sessions—sessions packed with inspiration, example, design and knowledge. The list of presenters moved beyond regional or national, but rather became an international playground of stimulation and insight.
First up for the opening session was Marlon Blackwell, FAIA, Founder and Principal, Marlon Blackwell Architect, Fayetteville, AR, who gave prudent advice on how we choose to perceive: “Don’t see the negative but rather a deep source of possibilities.” Granted, this was in reference to a particular project of his, but the sentiment is applicable to any design conundrum.
On display and presented were examples negotiated geometry, sophisticated play, ingenuity on a tight budget, and complex articulations of space. Projects ranged from extravagant to minimalist and always kept the environment, situation and client in mind.
The weekend ended with Marcio Kogan, Hon. FAIA, Director of studioMK27 in San Paulo Brazil asking “What Makes Your Heart Beat?” He is known for his special attention to details and finishes and was able to successfully marry the art of film and architecture as witnessed in his dynamic presentation which often brought out strong emotion in the audience—from hearty laughs to deep, affectionate sighs.
The collection of projects was analytical and thoughtful, and attendees were privy to the insights of inception and creation. “We locked the doors and blocked out the rest of the world,” said Robert Ivy, FAIA, EVP/Chief Executive Officer of AIA.
This conference embodied more than work; more than design. Emotional and professional connections were made; reunions conducted. And, as some participants were hugging their goodbyes in the parking lot, it became clear that this wasn’t a permanent farewell—they were overheard planning and synchronizing proverbial watches for MDC 2015. Deep sources of possibilities, indeed.
For those interested in a more visual and highlighted tour, check it out the AIACC accounts on Instagram and Twitter. To learn more about the Monterey Design Conference, click here. Be sure to visit the list of sponsors as well.