Our OKIDO studio which produces a bi-monthly science and art magazine for children aged 3 to 8 years old has been named in a list of the top 50 most creative businesses in England. The list, which was compiled by Creative England celebrates talented and dedicated people who take risks, push boundaries and turn creative ideas into commercial success. The judges included leading experts from MediaCom, The Telegraph, Deloitte, Facebook and Channel 4.
In 2011 Okido Magazine joined forces with Squint/Opera to transform the publication into a 52 part tv series which was launched on CBeebies in September 2015.
Health care data giant named anchor tenant for Van Ness
According to The Boston Globe and the Boston Business Journal, health care data giant Optum Inc. will be the anchor tenant in the Van Ness building in Fenway. Banker & Tradesman shared more on the development, which will be marketed to health care and tech tenants as an alternative to neighborhoods where prices are on the rise, like Cambridge and the Seaport. But with the arrivals of major companies like Optum, BostInno raises the question, “Is Fenway the Next ‘Innovation District?” See our rendering of the project below:
Sky Habitat featured in Moshe Safdie retrospective
This month, Curbed shared that March 16 marks the opening of a major retrospective on Moshe Safdie’s work at the Boston Society of Architects space. Among Safdie’s featured projects is Sky Habitat in Singapore, the recently completed project that features sky bridges and what Architectural Digest calls an “unbelievable” sky pool. Check out our rendering here and on designboom, where the building’s unique features are highlighted.
Another milestone for Doha Metro
The major Doha Metro project reaches another milestone as International Railway Journal confirms that two tunnel boring machines (TBM) have successfully completed their sections for the project. These machines started work in September 2015, and the remaining four TBMs used are expected to complete their work within the next few weeks. According to Construction Week Online, the high-tech machines were part of Qatar’s entry into the Guinness World Records for having the largest number of tunnel boring machines operating simultaneously in a single project. With this milestone, the Doha News shared that tunneling is now 77 percent complete. Check out our film for a preview of the Metro in action:
Messy Goes to Okido has won a Music + Sound award under the 'Best Sound Design: TV Programme' category'!
Our sister company Coda-Cola composed and produced all of the music and sound for the science-educational animation, fighting off stiff competition from The Simpsons, BBC F1 coverage, Sports Personality of the Year and BBC 2 comedy La Couchette.
Congratulations to the team which includes Will Worsley, Sam Britton, Steve Bond, Aaron May and Joe Richardson.
This week we are getting to know one of our senior digital artists, Jason Gautier. He has only been part of the Neoscape team for nine months so far, but says he loves the creative and professional culture that Neoscape fosters. Having studied architecture in college, Jason notes that knowledge of architecture helps him better recreate the designs in the digital world. Outside of the office, he has climbed Mayan ruins in Mexico and loves to spend time at the Heritage Bar and Restaurant in the Bronx. Learn more about Jason here:
What differentiates Neoscape?
To me, what differentiates Neoscape is the level of professionalism carried throughout the creative process. It’s very easy to get lost in the “oohs and ahhs” of the creative work flow. Neoscape does a great job of balancing the imagination of creating with the urgency of hitting the deadline.
Share three words you would use to describe the culture at Neoscape.
Creative, passionate and hardworking.
We hear you studied architecture in college. Why is an understanding of architecture important in the field of digital artistry?
Architecture is important in the field of digital artistry due to the simple fact that it is all around you. You see it, feel it and live it every day. So understanding one of the most fundamental parts of our lives, our environment, helps us better recreate the same thing in the digital world and helps produce the photorealism that our clients desire.
What is the best vacation you’ve ever taken?
The best vacation I’ve ever taken had to be in 2002. I went to Cancun/Cozumel with a group of high school friends after my high school graduation. It was my first time flying and leaving the country so initially, I was pretty nervous. But once I got there I forgot about all of that. We spent our days sun-bathing and snorkeling, and we even got to visit the Mayan ruins. I climbed all 99 steps of that pyramid and the view was spectacular! I will never forget that trip for as long as I live. Great memories I will cherish for the rest of my life.
What is your favorite restaurant in New York City, and what do you typically order?
My favorite spot would have to be the Heritage Bar and Restaurant in the Bronx. It’s a nice little Irish place on McLean Ave. I usually order the shepherd’s pie with a cold one.
New York Governor Andrew Cuomo rang in the New Year with an announcement that the state-owned Jacob K. Javits Convention Center would undergo a $1 billion expansion to stimulate the regional economy, increasing in size by more than half and creating five times more meeting space. The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal elaborated on the plans, sharing details of the center’s 60,000-square-foot ballroom, 500,000 square feet of contiguous exhibition space and a green roof terrace. Newsday, the New York Post and others also shared more about the revitalization, which will be financed within the center’s existing budget. Our rendering offers a preview of the expansion:
Boston condo market reaches new heights in 2015 with Twenty Two Liberty
Curbed Boston keeps a close eye on activity at Twenty Two Liberty, where this month they offered a look inside the tower, “one of the most luxurious new buildings in Boston.” We created the renderings for the project, which The Boston Globe’s Tim Logan says is at the forefront of a wave of luxury residences expected to open in the next few years. In fact, 2015 saw condo prices climbing all over the city as developers target the 30-something professionals who hope to stay in the city but are looking for more space or amenities.
Go underground to see the Riyadh Metro in progress
Construction of the Riyadh Metro is underway, with more than 800 Saudi engineers having joined the effort on the $22 billion project since construction started. Our rendering offers a look at the Metro due for completion in 2018. In the meantime, take a look at the progress being made in this video created by the Riyadh Development Authority on Construction Week Online.
Pike & Rose offers a slice of Manhattan
The mixed-use, transit-oriented community in North Bethesda, Maryland was profiled this month in The Washington Post. Residents of Pike & Rose are attracted to the development’s host of luxurious amenities, like access to a personal trainer or a monthly car wash. See our rendering of the project:
Progress continues on the Doha Metro
January saw progress being made on the Doha Metro project. ArabianBusiness.com shared that the Msheireb station will be one of the largest in the world once complete – six tunnel boring machine breakthroughs have already been made, out of a total of 12 scheduled for the station as the civil construction work progresses. With construction ramping up, Qatar Rail is in the process of signing new contracts according to Albawaba.com. Check out our film for a preview: