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The Design of Googa Mooga

Posted in Architecture, Concerts, Design, Events, Music, Nature, New York City, OurVinyl, Photography, Review on May 23, 2012 by Jesse Zryb

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When Frederick Law Olmstead designed Prospect Park in the 19th Century, it’s hard to imagine that he envisioned metallic flame-throwing pigs, 30’ tall wedding cakes, or a Big Gay Ice Cream Party; but alas, this was the sight at the first ever Great Googa Mooga this past weekend. Located in the rolling green meadows of the Nethermead in the center of the park, this festival offered an escape from the city unlike any other. It was produced by the very people who brought the entire landscape of music festivals to what we know today.

Superfly Presents is the team responsible for Bonnaroo and Outside Lands as well as the JazzFest late night shows in New Orleans, which propelled them forward and helped establish them in the music scene. They are in a large part responsible for the growth of music festivals as a platform to seeing all of your favorite artists.  With Googa Mooga, they are hoping to do to food and drink what they did with music – make it the star and main attraction. That’s not to say that music is being thrown to the curb here; the servings are just being reshuffled and offered in a new way.

To help bring this vision to life; Superfly turned to architecture and design firm Rockwell Group and their years of experience in the restaurant industry and other hospitality and entertainment ventures. Rockwell Group’s fascination with immersive environments and creating human connections made them the leading candidate for this kind of role with the green pastures of Olmstead ripe for a drastic makeover. In their 2006 publication Spectacle, Rockwell Group documented temporary gatherings of all kinds such as the Olympics, Worlds Fairs, Burning Man, and circuses identifying some of the major attributes (Big, Bold, Brief, Connections, Transformations, Immersion) which led to the lasting memories and impacts that such events have. With Googa Mooga, there was an opportunity to apply these principles to a new festival and to identify and establish the brand that is to be for years. Continue reading

Wall Street & 9/11 Memorial

Posted in Architecture, New York City, Panoramas, Photography with tags , , , , , , , , , on January 3, 2012 by Jesse Zryb

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9/11 Tenth Anniversary & Battery Park Memorial

Posted in Architecture, Events, New York City, Panoramas, Photography on September 12, 2011 by Jesse Zryb

9/11 Remembrance Field of Honor – Battery Park

Greenpoint/East River Ferry

Posted in Architecture, New York City, Panoramas, Photography on August 17, 2011 by Jesse Zryb

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Mount Vernon Estate, Virginia

Posted in Architecture, Nature, Panoramas, Photography, Travel on August 11, 2011 by Jesse Zryb

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Design Museum Holon

Posted in Architecture, Art, Design, Travel on July 25, 2011 by Jesse Zryb

In 2010, the Design Museum Holon officially opened to rave reviews and brought a lot of attention from the design world to this Israeli city located just outside of Tel Aviv. The first thing that captures your eye when you see this building are these brightly colored ribbons weaving around, and upon further investigation you find that they create a highly functional museum, tied together by these striking sculptural forms.

The museum, which was designed by Ron Arad Architects, is part of a 16-year regeneration plan instituted by the Mayor of Holon, Motti Sasson, to establish the town as a center for design, culture, and education. It joins the already built Mediatheque Theater, Mediatheque Public Library, Holon Cinematheque, and the Israeli Cartoon Museum as part of the Holon Mediatheque campus.

The Design Museum Holon showcases site-specific exhibitions focusing on design concepts, objects and architecture. The museum also houses an extensive material librarywhere designers from all different fields can find an extensive collection along with other valuable information for their taking. Currently on display at the museum is an exhibit called New Olds, which examines new ways of looking at common materials and how to assemble (or re-assemble) them.  If you find yourself in Israel, the Mediatheque campus makes for a great visit and this iconic new museum helps establish the city of Holon as a cultural and design hub within the Middle East.

Israel Panoramas

Posted in Architecture, Nature, Panoramas, Photography, Travel on July 22, 2011 by Jesse Zryb

Temple Mount, Jerusalem

Kotel, Jerusalem

Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem

Dome of the Rock, Jerusalem

Kotel, Jerusalem

Tower of David, Jerusalem

Mishkenot Sha’ananim, Jerusalem


Tel Aviv Beachfront (Rehov Bograshov)

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