Last week saw the start of lunchtime screenings of TED Talks, initiated by the BKDI Design Communications group. TED stands for ‘Technology, Entertainment and Design’ and features a series of wide ranging, inspirational talks, available for free on TED.com, where the speakers are given a maximum of 18 minutes to present their ideas in the most innovative and engaging ways they can. Past presenters include world-renowned architects such as Frank O. Gehry, Daniel Libeskind, Norman Foster and even leaders in other areas such as Bill Clinton, Bill Gates and many Nobel Prize winners. TED’s tagline is "ideas worth spreading" and this is something we really want to promote here at BKDI among our staff at all levels in the firm.
The BKDI Design Communications group brings together those with a passion for design and creativity. The group is presently made up of Adam Onulov, Angela Mok, Caylen Thomson-Barks, Josephine Ho and Gavin Murphy. But this is not exclusive to a small group. Really, BKDI Design Communications is the whole office. “We want everyone to participate, no matter what their role in the office. Everyone is affected by design, good and bad, on a daily basis. By the very nature of the work we do at BKDI Architects, we are in a position to positively impact the lives of others through the spaces we create for them” says Gavin Murphy. “We are in an exciting time here in Calgary where the demand for good design and creativity is higher than ever. We wanted to use the screening of TED Talks as a springboard for more interactive discussion about design and the world around us, in a fun and informal environment here in our office.” Our first screening was ‘Bjarke Ingels: 3 warp-speed architecture tales’, told by the charismatic Danish architect and was well received by a good turnout of design curious office members. For those who were unable to make it to the screening, they can watch it here: Bjarke Ingels: 3 warp-speed architecture tales
Into the New Year we are planning many more screenings and inter-office discussions about design, both with our own projects and from further afield. The idea is to bring more transparency into the office of the kind of projects we are working on and allow informal opportunities for colleagues to practice their presentation skills in front of the group. Architecture is about creativity and the emphasis here is on FUN, before we get bogged down in the harsh realities of budgets, Codes, and economic downturns! We are also hoping to host more technical discussions and workshops among the staff.
We hope the whole office will get involved through offering up ideas for talks, lunchtime screenings, inter-office design discussions, even lunchtime slideshows of recent vacation photos to interesting destinations! The scope is very broad.
Our manifesto is to inspire creativity, design for everyone, and move towards an even more ‘interconnected workplace’ through passion for design.
Stay tuned as we continue to post on some fun and inspirational topics!