Renaissance man, a polyhistor – a common description of a person who has achieved a great level of expertise in all of the interdisciplinary interests they pursue. Perhaps the most famous and greatest polyhistor of all times was Leonardo da Vinci. The outstanding Italian devoted his life to painting, engineering, anatomic studies and other fields of science, achieving excellence in each. However, it would be a mistake to think that such universal masters lived only in ancient times. Admittedly, Renaissance people don’t come to the world very often, but fortunately they do not belong to the past.
Even though the technological progress makes it possible to create architectural plans by means of a myriad of applications, architects still tend to start their work with hand-made drawings. The drawings are not merely tools, soulless technical drafts, products of a scientific mind, a cold action plan that is but a seed of subsequent creation. They in fact fulfil all the criteria to be deemed an art they really are. The play with perspective, the interplay of light and dark, painterly quality, minimalism or flamboyance, firm or delicate strokes, colours or lack of colour – this is all fascinating as an artistic composition.
New Year is a rite of passage, a sacred sphere into which we delve to find ourselves in a new reality that is yet to be filled with experiences. Even though the ideas of how to celebrate the New Year have evolved over ages and tend to differ from one region to another, their leitmotiv has always been the same: rebirth. The first to welcome the New Year are the people of Kiribati and Tokelau, a dependent territory of New Zealand. Poles will start the countdown as many as 13 hours after them.
Anyone with even a passing interest in architecture can name at least a few of Daniel Libeskind’s major designs, which include ZŁOTA 44, the Jewish Museum in Berlin, the Imperial War Museum North in Trafford and the One World Trade Center in New York City, but only a few are aware that the famous architect has helped expand the definition of design in applied arts.