Archive for January, 2010

Thank You, Eduardo Catalano

Posted in architecture, design, history, raleigh with tags , , , on January 29, 2010 by killahfunkadelic
Eduardo Catalano in front of the Raleigh House

Eduardo Catalano in front of the Raleigh House

From George Smart on Triangle Modernist Houses:

“I have very sad news today.  Eduardo Catalano passed away yesterday in Boston.  He was born in Buenos Aires, Argentina and came to the United States on scholarships to the Universities of Pennsylvania and Harvard.  Catalano taught at the Architectural Association in London until 1951 when was recruited by Henry Kamphoefner as a Professor of Architecture at the NCSU School of Design.  He built his famous “Raleigh House” in 1954, shown below.  Read more about his life and his internationally known house, now destroyed, here.

In 1956 Catalano moved to Boston and began teaching at MIT until 1977.  One of his NCSU students fondly recalls, “Catalano was known for the three E’s of architecture.  With his thick Argentine accent, he would tell us the three most important factors are espace, estructure, and escale.” (If this makes no sense, try reading the sentence aloud).  Buildings designed by Catalano include the US embassies in Buenos Aires, Argentina and Pretoria, South Africa, the Juilliard School of Music at New York City’s Lincoln Center, Guilford County Courthouse in Greensboro (below) and the Stratton Student Center at MIT in Cambridge MA.  After MIT, he ran a private practice until retiring in 1995.  In 2002, Catalano came out of retirement to design the “Floralis Generica” sculpture in Buenos Aires, a gigantic metal flower with 6 motorized 20-meter-high petals that open and close.

After the untimely death of NCSU College of Design Professor Robert Burns, his former student and employee, Catalano donated $200,000 to the NCSU College of Design in his honor. Catalano also gave a second gift of $400,000 — the largest outright gift at the time it was given in 2007 — to establish the Eduardo Catalano Endowed Lecture/Seminar on Innovations in Contemporary Architecture.  He was awarded an honorary doctorate by NCSU in 2007.”

Raleigh’s Autobahn Automotive Gets New Social-Savvy Website

Posted in branding, corporate identity, design, raleigh with tags , , , , , on January 6, 2010 by killahfunkadelic
Autobahn Automotive website design

New autobahn-automotive.com website by Killer Creative Group

Since 1989 Robert and Erin Drake of Autobahn Automotive have been providing some of Raleigh’s best automotive service for Japanese and European import vehicles. Over the years, they’ve earned a loyal following of fans due to going the extra mile for their customers, with perks like a free loaner car, free car wash, and other promotions that keep them returning time and again.

Raleigh Brand Design firm Killer Creative Group was recently asked to refresh Autobahn Automotive’s image and website. Autobahn has been very active in taking advantage of new Social Media such as Twitter and Facebook, and needed the ability to integrate those outlets, as well a needing the ability to add articles on automotive maintenance and related news to the site, with a budget-friendly solution.

Rather than build a complex Content Management System (CMS), Killer Creative designed a solution using the open-source WordPress platform. WordPress is a good platform for firms looking for a mid-range website that need a small amount of customization but also allows for basic content updates without advanced programming skills.

The new site at autobahn-automotive.com includes a status feed from the Autobahn Facebook Fan Page, a Twitter link, as well the ability to update news posts and articles at will, with commenting ability built in. Killer Creative also updated the logo design and extended the blue color theme throughout as well as an industrial brushed steel background. Raleigh WordPress web hosting provided by KillerHosting.net.

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