Tag Archives: Aric Austermann

Before The Wizard of Oz

8 May

Wizard of Oz is a childhood classic that I took very seriously, well serious in a fun way! I grew up watching that film far too much to the point where in 8th grade my family took a trip all the way out to Chesterton, Indiana from Massachusetts just to go to a Wizard of Oz Festival where I met the few living cast members from the movie including the Coroner! So I am always interested to see variations on the classic story and went to see prequel Oz the Great and Powerful recently and was sadly disappointed. On the other hand I am a huge fan of the prequel musical Wicked which I have gone to see numerous times and I came to the conclusion that there is a key difference between the two: depth of substance.

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Rebuilding Together Aurora

5 May

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Rebuilding Together Aurora holds an annual Rebuilding Event every April and this year members of Toasting Design joined in to help. We were placed on the crew that transformed Equata’s Place, a community garden that started as grass. (more…)

Beyond The Box – A Building for Affordable Housing

2 Feb

Congratulations to the entire ToastingDesign group, engineering professional Marcos Guerrero and architect/mentor Steve Beck for the second place finish in the first annual 2012 National IDP Design Competition hosted by the AIA-San Fernando Valley Chapter.

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Breaking News! Event Update

13 Apr

As many may know, the Architecture and Design Film Festival is this weekend.  A few of us have decided on a few movies to go see and are making it a “marathon” day on Saturday afternoon.

If you would like to join us, or learn more about the films being presented this weekend, check out our Events Page in the upper right corner of out blog…and contact us to let us know!

It’s an EV Party! The IGO EV Event Recap

11 Apr

Last night’s IGO EV Member Party was filled with fun, information, and intrigue. After toasting (yes, toasting!) IGO’s EV start with a plastic cup of champagne, the IGO CEO explained some of their plans on moving forward with their EV releases. There were plenty of snacks and drinks going around while people enjoyed good discussion, thoughts about the program, and yes, even some test rides in the their new Nissan Leaf and Mitsubishi i-MiEV.

 

 

 

 

Some recap and insight:

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CTBUH YPC Aqua Presentation

6 Apr

The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (disclosure: CTBUH is my employer(feel like I should make this like real news)) Young Professionals Committee held a lecture on Aqua. It was presented by three of the members who worked on the project. What made this presentation strong was that each of them represented a different viewpoint of the design and construction of Aqua. They covered architecture (of course), structural engineering, and construction management. Overall it was a really good presentation.

Aqua (source: Skyscraper Center)

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KIZUNA: THE BONDS OF EMOTION

23 Mar

A few of us ventured over to the opening of the Chicago Photography Collective’s newest exhibit: KIZUNA: THE BONDS OF EMOTION

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Auto Show – The Architecture Files

28 Feb

Of course as an architect when I went to the auto show I wasn’t just looking at the cars. Now overall I must say if I was judging the show based on the booths I would have been sadly disappointed but luckily the filled them (as planned of course) and it was a great show.

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Chicago Auto Show 2012

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Happy Holidays!

11 Dec

Happy Holidays from us here at ToastingDesign!

Christmas Construction Plans.pdf

Being Elmo: Inspirational! (commentary and insight)

10 Dec

Remember Elmo? Of course you do…Sesame Street has been a major part of the lives of millions of kids. But do you know the story behind Elmo’s puppeteer? Well, a group of us found out the story at the Gene Siskel Film Center, and it was an absolute inspiration!

Trailer | Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey

Kevin Clash’s story is full of struggle, opportunity, and passion, as well as a variety of life lessons and inspiration. It’s amazing to see that a passionate young kid from Baltimore can follow his dreams from as early as 10 years old to become successful, loving everything he does and touching the hearts of millions.

So, what about the rest of us? What about the teens, 20s, and 30 year olds, and beyond, that know they want to do something great but have no idea what? What about our journeys?!

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