The Cloisters New York

Manhattan’s hidden sanctuary

The Cloisters museum and gardens is like a medieval puzzle. Elements from medieval cloisters—Saint-Michel-de-Cuxa, Saint-Guilhem-le-Désert, Trie-sur-Baïse, Froville, and elements once thought to have come from Bonnefont-en-Comminges—and from other sites in Europe have been brought together and incorporated into the fabric of the building to create one spectacular piece of architecture. Continue reading

High Line

New York’s High Line a top tourist spot

Manhattan’s High Line is a public park like no other. It was once an elevated railroad where New York freight trains would whistle by over the heads of Manhattan pedestrians. Where the trains once ran, from Chelsea to the Meatpacking District, now throngs of joggers, students, tourists and walkers enjoy what has become one of New York’s top visitor attractions. So how did this once dilapidated railroad replace attractions like the Statue of Liberty to become one of the most popular landmarks the city has to offer? Continue reading

Design thinking

What is design thinking?

As part of my Masters degree in Strategic Design and Management at Parsons we constantly use the process of design thinking. When starting classes we heard a lot of buzz words or phrases to explain this process, it uses a range of ‘research methods’, it ‘uses ideation processes’, it ‘uses theoretical frameworks’ and ‘it helps us to identify areas of opportunity’. I needed this explaining in simple English so here is how I’d explain it to my younger self on my first day of university. Continue reading

3d printing of clothes

Electrolooms 3D fabrics

3D printing will in future be a part of everyday life and we could potential be using it to create anything we need. Electroloom are taking real steps towards this future vision as it was designed to create 3D fabrics in the same way you can now print everyday objects without the need for sewing. Continue reading

Levain Bakery cookies chocolate

NYChocolate

My first year of University is over and after looking into the world of chocolate for one of my projects it was the first thing I reached for.

When researching the chocolate industry I was shocked to discover that in just 20 years time chocolate may become something that only the social elite can afford. With that scary thought in mind I planned to sample as much of it as possible before I can no longer afford the luxury.

In 20 years chocolate will become so rare and so expensive that the average Joe just won’t be able to afford it

– John Mason, founder of the Ghana-based Nature Conservation Research Council

So here are my top 3 chocolate moments in New York so far; Continue reading

I love New York

If I were a bird…

I always wonder why birds choose to stay in the same place when they can fly anywhere on the earth, then I ask myself the same question.

― Harun Yahya

When reading this quote I thought to myself how lucky I have been to travel the world yet understand the comfort of finding a place called home. After recently moving to New York I find myself with less inclination to get on a plane and travel as everyday here seems to offer something new and exciting for all of my senses. Knowing myself well I realise that this feeling won’t last long but for the time I love being that flightless bird.

ABT American Ballet Theatre 75th Anniversary

ABT American Ballet Theatre celebrates 75th Anniversary

Last night I attended the American Ballet Theatre, who opened their season at the Lincoln Centre. Celebrating their 75th anniversary dancers and choreographers from around the world came together to show the incredible range that ballet theatre had to offer. There was romance, drama, comedy and horror from Michel Fokine, George Balanchine, Agnes de Mille, Antony Tudor and Jerome Robbins. Continue reading