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The architectural historian Charles Jencks coined the term eye-con in relation to this proliferation of architecture pumped up to bursting by hype – a sub-species of the hype that first inflated, and then destroyed or maimed several of the world's most iconic financial institutions. Icons are images or likenesses that represent something. Most of today's so-called architectural icons represent only the iconic intentions of their designers, or commissioners. These buildings are iconic, but not actually icons in any potent sense. It doesn't fully exist, or engage. This complexity is not merely an academic luxury; nor is it confined to the Richter-Hampstead-Shires scale of "good value" conversational grist among the chattering classes. Architecture, from Hawksmoor to FAT (Fashion Architecture Taste, an architecture practice), exists in an age where Googlism has replaced Fordism as the paradigm of infinite growth and consumption.

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sunday devotional

The Million Dollar Quartet Sessions / about the sessions


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What makes this project different from your average everyday barn-raising—and any other TOH TV project to date—is that this house will be constructed in modular panels in New Hampshire, then trucked to Weston to be assembled and finished in a matter of weeks. Tedd Benson and his company, Bensonwood, have designed the house and, working side by side with the entire TOH team, will prefabricate about three-quarters of it in a factory. Then TOH general contractor Tom Silva and his crew will take over, preparing the site and putting the individual panels together on the property before completing the finishes. The process will cut the building time in half, as most of the wiring, plumbing, windows, and finishes will go into the panels at the factory. (The Favats' old house has been carefully deconstructed and 85 percent of the materials were salvaged for resale and reuse, many in a nearby Habitat for Humanity project.) Meanwhile, TOH landscape contractor Roger Cook will create an integrated natural landscape, eradicating invasive plants in favor of natives, preserving wetlands, and adding hardscaping elements like a boulder wall, a pergola, and bocce court.

Amy and Pete fell in love with the idea of a timber-frame house—essentially large-scale post-and-beam construction with wooden pegs and supports—while on vacation in Idaho. They stayed in a timber-frame cabin and immediately decided it was the kind of house they wanted. "We thought ‘Why can't your everyday house feel like a vacation house?'" says Pete. "Ski houses, beach houses, a house in Italy—vacation houses like these aren't so normal."

They already knew of Tedd Benson and his reputation as the premier builder of timber-frame houses in the country. They even had a couple of his books. But they didn't believe he'd have time for them. He did. And not only that, Benson was incredibly receptive to their ideas, and a collaboration was born. "These people really care about the houses they build," says Pete. "Plus it's called Bensonwood. I mean, his name's on the company." When This Old House signed on, it just meant getting ever closer to the dream with all the right players in place. The couple is excited about the chance to work with "the best of the best" as they put it, and to take advantage of the access the show has to excellent artists and craftsmen. (TOH first worked with Benson nearly 20 years ago on the Concord project, so it was a natural fit.)

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high school kids 10k electric bradley gt kit car project

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contain

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add ralph stanley to the growing list of obama supporters

edit 10/19: powell confirmed the endorsement today on mtp
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louis prima ca. '72


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night train


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Hoist with his own petar; and 't shall go hard


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Fortunately, a second document has emerged: Buena Vista Social Club at Carnegie Hall (a two-disc CD, in stores today). Recorded in 1998, a year after the first album's release, it languished for years in the vault - in part, says Cooder, because of "sonic problems - as is very often the case with live recording." Although parts of the concert were included in the Wenders film, it was just "bits and pieces," he says. "There's enough to get you to where you realized what a cathartic or dynamic event it was, but to hear song after song after song is another story."

Getting the album to the point where it was possible to hear song after song was largely the work of Martin Pradler, an engineer Cooder has been working with in recent years. "He doctored on it, did a nice face-lift, and man - he really got it to walk and talk here," says Cooder.

"It's interesting to look back 10 years later," he adds. "The time interval didn't diminish it, it enhanced it. This was better than I recalled, and particularly in the case of Ruben Gonzalez. His piano playing was particularly strong right then, and I had sort of gotten used to hearing him in later years, when he had gotten weak and was losing strength. But man! You hear him here, being so free with all these things, especially the danzon piece [Almendra], how he just sort of tears through it. It's amazing."
stream 2 tracks here


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gunters chain


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FRIENDS OF MARINE STADIUM UPDATE: MIAMI MARINE STADIUM DESIGNATED AS HISTORIC STRUCTURE

To: Miami Marines:

We are delighted to tell you that that the City of Miami Historic and Environmental Preservation Board designated the Marine Stadium as a Historic Structure at its meeting on October 7. The vote was 8-0. We have pasted a link to the Miami Herald article below. We have also attached the article as a file to this email in the event that the link "times out."

http://www.miamiherald.com/news/miami-dade/story/717326.html

What's Next

With successful designation of the Stadium, we now move to the next step-developing a feasible plan to bring back the Stadium. We understand that the City of Miami will issue a Request For Proposals (RFP) for management and development of the Stadium. We look forward to assisting the City and making sure that there are quality responses to this process. We will continue to quietly build organizational support and research aspects of programming and financing. If you haven't checked lately, please go to the "Letters of Support" section of our website, marinestadium.org. Many of the organizations listed can be helpful to us in this process. We expect more letters soon.

We will immediately begin to pursue National Register Designation, which is required for the 20% Historic Tax Credit. With the tax credit in hand, we can finance 18% of the Marine Stadium restoration costs, net of fees. We continue to search for other sources of funding for the Stadium.

We expect more publicity in national publications shortly and we will try to use the designation as an opportunity to attract more press. At the same time, we will probably begin planning an even to discuss the Stadium in an open, informal gathering .We are also beginning to think of doing a fundraiser Please email us with any ideas and suggestions you have-and if you would like to help. Finally, please continue to refer people to our website, The last several days, we have gotten the greatest number of web hits we have ever received. Conclusion We imagine there is some Chinese proverb that reflects how we feel right now.....something about taking an important step in a long journey. Historic Designation is a major accomplishment and the Marine Stadium is worthy of it. But returning the Stadium to use is our main goal. We continue! Jorge Hernandez Becky Roper Matkov Don Worth Friends of Marine Stadium. www.marinestadium.org
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cutting back in quakertown

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Brown lawn means jail time

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good morning dubai

embody chair

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mc-palin mavericks? more like the gobbledygook twins.

But to those who know the history of the word, applying it to Mr. McCain is a bit of a stretch — and to one Texas family in particular it is even a bit offensive.

“I’m just enraged that McCain calls himself a maverick,” said Terrellita Maverick, 82, a San Antonio native who proudly carries the name of a family that has been known for its progressive politics since the 1600s, when an early ancestor in Boston got into trouble with the law over his agitation for the rights of indentured servants.

In the 1800s, Samuel Augustus Maverick went to Texas and became known for not branding his cattle. He was more interested in keeping track of the land he owned than the livestock on it, Ms. Maverick said; unbranded cattle, then, were called “Maverick’s.” The name came to mean anyone who didn’t bear another’s brand.
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twistin' the country classics


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yuke orch of GB shaft

thx lisa!
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Irwin chusid worst fucking wfmu dj blog posts EVER!!!


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wooster wild style wall (video rough cut)

via this graphique index


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survival igloos


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we are just crazy about those video reports from that man on the street billl cunningham


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sollo rago fall 08 modern art and furniture catalog now up online saturday sunday


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insulating a summer place


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