BIM: The Next Generation Wednesday, Aug 26 2009 

Earlier this year I wrote on this blog about $100,000 the AIA St. Louis set aside for as scholarship pool for local architects “displaced” by the ailing economy.  Some of you wrote to ask more about it, and I posted a link to the application form.

This post is an update on how some of that money was used. I first learned about the specific project in the story linked here from Kelly Dawson Duepner, a Facebook friend of mine, who is one of the architects who has benefitted from the AIA’s funds with a BIM project applied to the Bevo Mill (Bevo Mill Modeling Project.)

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch ran a story on it last Friday (8/21/09) and, as Kelly puts it, “It’s gone viral on the Web.” Here’s a > link < to the story in the Post that was picked up by Architectural Record.

Nice job, Kelly!


New Sculpture Park Downtown Gets It Right. Tuesday, Jun 30 2009 

That’s the headline for the story by David Bonetti, visual arts critic for the >St. Louis Post-Dispatch< on Sunday (6/28/09.) I’ve linked it here for you.

"This is Bruce and Sarah Walking"

"This is Bruce and Sarah Walking"

One of the works of art in the garden that is featured in the story is captioned by Bonetti with,

This Is Bruce and Sarah Walking” (2007) by Julian Opie (2007). This standing LED machine shows the constantly moving image of two stylish young people taking a stroll. Placed at 10th Street at one of the garden’s main entrances, it provides a subtle subliminal hint: Come on in and enjoy yourself.

I can’t wait to see it finished and open on Wednesday. Gateway Garden is 2.9 acres (2 city blocks) bordered by Market & Chestnut at 10th Street.

If the weather is nice, I may take my lunch over and enjoy the new site. I can wander over to the new Left Bank Books location at 321 North 10th on my way back to the office. St. Louis downtown has a lot of places to stop in and investigate!

Spotlight on Dory Hollander: workplace psychologist, executive and career coach, consultant and facilitator Sunday, Jun 21 2009 

My favorite part of having this blog is being able to introduce people who are great resources for the readers here. I want to tell you about one such resource right in St. Louis, Missouri: Dory Hollander, Ph.D.

Dory Hollander

Dory Hollander

My knowledge of Dory is first-hand: Dory is a workplace psychologist, executive and career coach, consultant and facilitator with whom I’ve worked extensively for the past six or seven years. She helped me identify the things about which I’m passionate, incorporate those into my career plan, find my voice and modes of expression, bring meaning and purpose to my work.

None of this is in her official bio, but it comes from my heart. She is a good listener and an accurate diagnostician. Her experience with individuals and organizations in the U.S., Canada and Europe has given her a depth of insight and a wide range of strategies and tactics for anyone’s situation. I signed on for her guidance as a new client after one 15-minute phone conversation.

CommunicationMany of us right now are looking for new options, and one of Dory’s specialties is working with people who are at what she calls “choice points” in their work-lives. If you are one of those people, I can recommend without reservation a call to Dory with a few of your bullet point issues to see what she has to say. If there is a fit, you will know it, just like I did.

iStock_000001552122XSmallBesides the personal, one-on-one coaching that she’s done with me, Dory also has an extensive resume that includes working with companies. This combination of her ability to work with individuals plus  her experience and knowledge from working with many different types of organizations gives her an important differentiator over other career and executive coaches. She understands the individual’s need to find meaningful work and excel at it, and she understands the environments in which they are often challenged to do that successfully. So, if you’re fairly happy with your situation but think the company you work for (or own) could use an outside perspective and expert guidance to get to the next level, a meeting and presentation by Dory is an appropriate starting point.

iStock_000007459290XSmallDory is a nationally recognized expert who has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, the New York Post, USA Today Online, the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, the Cleveland Plain Dealer, the Boston Globe, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, Business 2.0, Money Magazine, CNN/Money, Prevention, Conde Nast Portfolio, Men’s Health, Working Mother, and Forbes. She’s appeared on local and national radio and television programs including CCN’s American Morning, CNN/FN, Good Morning, America, 20/20 and NPR’s Market Place, plus the Today Show.

In her “spare time,” she’s also authored two books and raised two children to be successful, high-achieving, happy adults.

Your career clock is ticking!

Your career clock is ticking!

She’s easy to reach and very responsive, if you’re thinking about your own “choice points” (and if not now, when?)

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314.862.2979 (St. Louis office)
703.627.3718 (cell)
703.465.5208 (voicemail)

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St. Louis Post-Dispatch art critic David Bonetti writes about local furniture-maker John Beck’s “industrial chic” designs Tuesday, May 26 2009 

John Beck was one of the artists and retailers at the forefront of the most recent commercial, street-level renaissance in downtown St. Louis.

His studio and storefront is a solid fixture on Locust, in an area that has seen lots of growth in the last decade and which has great additional potential. John is doing a lot of interesting, successful things both artistically and commercially.

Enjoy the recent story > linked < here, and let him know where you saw it posted.

Fire Cube

Fire Cube

Editor’s note: Here is an example of one of John’s designs, and a copy/paste of another short piece posted at,

The Fire Cube from John Beck Paper & Steel provides the warmth and ambiance of a real wood fire without smoke, ash, fumes or electricity. Even better? The 18″ square cube can be used indoors and outdoors.

The sleek fire cube is hand made and contains four cans of clean burning alcohol-based gel fuel with flames that reach 6″ to 8″ tall and produce 3,000 BTUs each. The fuel is made of pure alcohol, water, salt and thickeners. No logs or gas supply are needed.

“I wanted the user to be able easily and quickly have the warmth and glow of a natural fire without all the usual work and necessary parts to create a real wood burning fire,” said John Beck, founder of John Beck Paper & Steel.

Spotlight on Thomas Crone. Monday, Mar 2 2009 

I have linked two blogs by Thomas Crone to this one. Look in my sidebar, and scroll down to the BlogRoll category. Check out his work, what he’s doing locally, etc. His blogs, Thomas Crone . com and 52nd City . com will surely be of interest to all in the local design community (and a much broader audience follows his work as well.)

I fell in love with Thomas Crone’s writing in the 80s, I’m guessing it was, when he was writing music reviews for the “old” Riverfront Times (under Ray Hartmann‘s indie editorial lead.)

More recently, I’ve worked with Thomas on stories about Lawrence Group, and I’ve run into him at various places as diverse as political rallies and an improv workshop we both happened to take at the same time.

Thomas Crone takes a picture through a porthole in the boiler room of the Armour Packing Plant on Tuesday in East St. Louis.

Thomas Crone takes a picture through a porthole in the boiler room of the Armour Packing Plant on Tuesday in East St. Louis.

He’s also an underground explorer, and a story with the photo here has run in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, USA Today, and who knows where else?

(Photo by Emily Rasinski / P-D.)

“He’s here, he’s there: He’s everywhere!”

If you have a blog related to the idea of what I’m trying to do here and that the target readership would enjoy, please post a comment to let me know, and I’ll be glad to link it, to give it more visibility.