Revitalizing Baltimore one playground at a time

Briony Hynson, of MICA’s Masters of Social Design program, will probably scold me for referring to her project in East Baltimore as a ‘playground.’ The newly envisioned green space which once served as a wasteland of flattened homes in Baltimore’s Oliver neighborhood, is an urban playscape for neighborhood children. Nearly in the shadow of Hopkins Hospital and medical complex,…

Creative Alliance throws the best party in Charm City

As I was tying my skinny, navy and white polka dotted tie on Saturday evening (a feat that still takes me nearly fifteen minutes) I couldn’t help but feel anxious jubilation for the annual Marquee Ball. The event, which is hosted at Creative Alliance in Highlandtown, is an art celebration, an award ceremony, a live…

Koban Project features Blind Study II: A Psychology of Building

Anyone who’s ever strolled, sped, walked, biked, or boarded up Charles St. past Penn Station toward North Avenue, has noticed the 1950s era nearly-noir looking Police surveillance booth that sits faded awkardly on the corner of E. Lanvale and N. Charles – a relic from an expired age. I’ve always considered it to be the…

The AlloSphere of UC-Santa Barbara is a genre-crossing innovation

Imagine diagnosing a neurological disease by flying through the cortex of a human brain, examining data about brain activity presented beautifully through color or music. Imagine discovering new patterns and trends in big data sets through lush, dynamic visualization. Imagine creating transparent solar cells to power mobile devices by expanding our understanding of the multicenter…