The Hobart Institute of Welding Technology has been around since 1930 and is considered one of the top national programs in the trade. To get in, you need a high school diploma or a GED, plus about $25,000 to cover the cost of tuition, books, and living expenses. For nine months, students learn how to weld structural steel and pipe, spending more than 1,000 hours under a hood practicing the art of fusing different pieces of metal. As they advance, they learn to work with more complicated alloys, such as aluminum, titanium, and stainless steel, always striving for that perfect weld that makes the metal stronger. “A nice weld is a work of art,” says Andre Odermatt, Hobart’s president.
A home office is usually the last place homeowners want to spend money on, says Lauren Liess, a Virginia interior designer. But Liess says that home offices — or desktop spaces in kitchens or bedroom niches — offer great opportunities to accessorize well and add personality. We turned to Liess and Darlene Molnar, a Washington interior designer and adjunct professor at the Corcoran College of Art and Design, to help us find timeless case goods and the latest, greatest accessories.
Road and Track magazine has a tribute to the Ford Mustang – 50 years ago, Gail Wise, a 22 year old teacher in Chicago was the first Mustang owner. The article describes the car launch, the economy then and how the car became associated with endless summers, Henry Ford II and Lee Iacocca’s influences.
This article in the Booz Strategy + Business magazine explains why US manufacturing is bouncing back – wages, energy, proximity to consumers but explains why technology in design and across the plant will be needed to sustain the momentum
Our goal at the Government Digital Service was to create one site and one user experience. And what that means is, if you schedule your driving test, that should be the same user experience as booking to go renew your passport. If you buy something, that should be the same all across the government. You shouldn’t have to learn how government works to be able to interact with government. You shouldn’t have to relearn how to do something every time you need to get something from government. Typically people visit government websites once or twice a year. We need to make it really simple and really obvious.
The architects chose to preserve an early-20th-century house by encasing it in concrete and glass, thereby creating a new forecourt that frames the restored masonry façade of the older building, and glows like a lantern at night. New reading rooms and a lush exterior garden, designed by landscape architecture firm Entorno Taller de Diseño, honor the Mexican poet and author for whom the center is named—as do floor-to-ceiling walls of books, visible from the street
“Starbucks — the subject of a new book — exemplifies a whole new corporate approach to talent management, one that centers on behavioral and cultural fit over skills and competencies, and gives power to its people.”
The chosen works vary broadly in terms of scale and function as well as in style and spirit, but all represent a unique vision. Some are exercises in formmaking pyrotechnics. Case in point: Zaha Hadid’s splendidly curvaceous cultural center in Baku, Azerbaijan (pictured). Others, like the minimalist open-air pavilion by Foster + Partners in Marseille, France, are sublime studies in simplicity. Inventiveness prevails, perhaps nowhere more strikingly than in Aedas’s twin Abu Dhabi skyscrapers, whose smart façades adjust to changing light conditions. And underlying all these edifices is a deep connection to place, with each design sensitively responding to its locale’s history and aesthetic traditions. To be sure, there are other spectacular new buildings—far more than could possibly fit in our pages. Consider this sample a reflection of the times, a celebration of ingenuity, and a reminder of architecture’s power to inspire.