Archive for April, 2010

Silvercup Studios NYC

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

Took a photo of the signage for Silvercup Studios, home of TV productions like 30 Rock, The Sopranos, and movies like Date Night and other numerous New York based shows and movies. Had to photograph the sign on top of building – wish there were signs like that in Ireland.

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Kondratiev Wave Economic Theory

Tuesday, April 27th, 2010

As a design studio, we are always on the look out for trends. The Kondratiev Waves Economic Theory is one such trend and definitely a trend worth looking at.

Kondratiev Waves is an interesting and relevant economic theory for todays world economy. Since the invention of the steam engine the world has gone through 4 long economic cycles which were described by the Soviet economist Nikolai Kondratiev and became known as Kondratiev Waves or Cycles as a result.

Each upward phase in the Wave is labelled as “Prosperity” and was borne by innovative inventions such as the steam engine, mechanical weaving loom, diesel engines etc. After Prosperity we enter Recession onto Depression and then onto Improvement towards the next cycle/wave. Basing the world’s economy off previous waves/cycles we are currently in the Depression part of the fifth cycle. Next part is Improvement which will usher us all into Prosperity of the sixth cycle. The beginning of each wave/cycle is characterised by a revolutionary change or innovation. As we continue to explore the benefits of globalization and instant communication – the beginning of the next upward Kondratiev Wave will be upon us very quickly so hopefully the Irish economy will be in position to take advantage of it.

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The New York Athletic Club

Monday, April 26th, 2010

The Irenses team have a strong background in athletics, both competing in the sport and with our work for Athletics Ireland. So I was delighted to see the winged foot of The New York Athletic Club on the corner of the NYAC building just off Central Park NYC on recent visit. The New York Athletic Club founded in 1868, is one of the most successful clubs in the world and was represented by 39 athletes in the 2004 Athens Olympics and over the years the NYAC representatives have won 123 Olympic Gold medals, 39 Silver medals and 52 Bronze Medals. It is certainly a centre of sporting excellence!

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Event Horizon

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

The art installation Event Horizon, Madison Square Park, NYC is running from March 26 to August 15 2010. Sculptor Antony Gormley’s installation has 31 life-size iron and fiberglass figures in and around Madison Square Park, 27 of them on rooftops of the area’s buildings, really is an impressive installation. See if you can spot the various sculptures on the buildings below…

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The Highline Park NYC

Thursday, April 22nd, 2010

Built in the 1930’s The Highline is an old overhead railway line to take heavy freight trains off the streets of Manhattans West Side. Instead of demolishing this rail line, it was salvaged by the City of New York Department of Parks and Recreation to become a park area in the sky above city traffic. Designed by the architectural firm Diller Scofido + Renfro the highline experience is definitely recommended.

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