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Cellar 912: Pop-Up Dining

Pop-up restaurants intrigue me. The concept is simple – a chef or catering unit wants to try out some new dishes, a new approach to service, or spread their brand with new clients. So, they host a one-night only (or multi-night) event in which they create a restaurant from scratch. The infamous Top Chef Restaurant Wars…

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Museums Extend the Conversation

The following column was featured in The Greenville News on Monday, January 27, 2014. See it on GreenvilleOnline here. In a world where digital technology stores all of our information, the role of the museum as an archive of curation and reflection seems more important than ever. Fifty years after the tumultuous 1960s, the Upcountry…

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Explosive (Information) Design

When I think about design, I typically describe a process of creation. But a method of destruction is just as interesting a topic. Here was my inspiration: the planned implosion of Scott Towers on January 19, 2014: Even if we learn nothing from this article, that video was worth the 39 seconds it took to…

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“Well, this class makes me think”

On the third week of class this semester, I walked in to hear my students talking about a class that one of them slept through. Of course, I inquired: “Which class are you sleeping through this term?” The answer: chemistry. I responded: “I haven’t seen you sleep through any of my classes. Should I be…