The clerk at the airport took one look at my battered pink cowboy hat on Thursday and said, “DC, right? Everyone’s going to Washington for something this weekend.” And we were. En masse. The number of red hats on Inaugural Day paled in comparison to the pink hats that overwhelmed Washington’s streets the day after. [Read more…] about Declaring Pink Hat Day
David Prowler just returned from a trip to Japan. He wrote about his impressions, accompanied by photos, in his blog. As those of you have previously read David’s musings know, he is a keen observer who notices things that many of us don’t. His writing is always enjoyable and informative. This post, originally published as Souvenirs of Japan in David’s personal blog, is no different* –
Architecture at its best is composition. By that, I mean that whatever humans build provides punctuation marks in nature, somewhat like the punctuation marks that give grammatical composition to prose. [Read more…] about Reflections On Architecture
Akin to hunting tools and caves, architecture by virtue of its sheltering aspect is a human artifact of use. Ultimately, architects are concerned with building places for a purpose. For architects to build with conviction, it is important that they develop a philosophy of “building”. [Read more…] about Architecture – The Oldest Human Artifact
In this era, perhaps what first comes to mind is the image of a place full of the hustle and bustle of daily life with people, buildings, roads and vehicles all clustered together in a way that overwhelm the individual. Perhaps, it is a place one is most familiar with. However, the question still remains as to what constitutes a “city”. I questioned this many years ago while residing in the sprawling suburbs of Washington DC, searching for a more figurative explanation on the subject. [Read more…] about ON CITIES (Just what is a city?)
People always wonder what happens to old buildings and their parts when they are demo’d but talented artists like Chris Burden are out there coming up with ideas on how to “repurpose” the pieces. This is a fun video especially the night sequence at the very end? Enjoy . . .
See what happens when you cut athletics out of the public schools . . .
I am in Tokyo traveling/visiting this week. I must say, it’s an amazing progressive city and culture. So many amazing buildings here. Wow. It’s a huge city, but has a small city feel in the smaller neighborhoods within the city. Public transportation is easy to use, bikes are all over the place, public spaces/parks are great, public art and multiple museums dot the city. It’s like New York City, a bit of Chicago and Vegas lights. Will be posting more pictures when I return. Today’s picture is of the Prada store. This building was built several years ago but has an amazing look and feel from both the outside and inside. Designed by Swiss architects Herzog and de Meauron.
This post is the first of a multi-part (but irregular) series about the conflicting relationship between U.S. transportation policy and urban renewal efforts, and what some communities are doing to “take back the streets” from cars for people. This post features a video by COAnews (published on YouTube), which gives a little history of the rectangular or square street grid patterns so common in U.S. cities, especially in the west. Then it goes on to talk about a project in Portland, frequently a leader in urban planning, to make neighborhood intersections more community oriented.