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the dukes of hazzard...
penzys spices herbs seasonings
scenes from a mall
"dumb as a painter" a quick survey indicates that the term was originally coined in french. anyone ?
"What makes Tokyo a continually compelling yet utterly baffling urban experience? Shows on either side of town highlight the practical, aesthetic and theoretical conditions of this disaster-prone city."
parole by words
Architecture in the World of Image
"I dwell on Libeskind here because his project is close to my interests, but also because he exposes most clearly the intellectual tendencies of current public building on a grand scale. And the ROM project shows, more than any other current major building, how monumental-conceptual architecture shares the problem of evanescent novelty with conceptual art. Indeed, conceptual art is an important enabling condition of the current architectural scene. Without the pioneering slyness and precedent of clever self-promotion in the Seth Seigelraub (sic) stable of 1960s New York post-Pop artists, today’s architectural highwire artists would probably not exist or function in the global limelight. In a new book, art historian Alexander Alberro usefully unearths the roots of conceptualism in American art. Seigelraub, an accomplished impresario, successfully packaged Lawrence Weiner, Dan Graham, Sol LeWitt, Douglas Huebler, Carl Andre, Robert Barry, and Joseph Kosuth, and sold them as a new art-world brand.Their group exhibitions at Windham College in upstate New York and at Manhattan venues, from Seigelraub’s downtown galleries to the School of Visual Arts, established new norms of intellectual playfulness in an art scene at once moribund and confused."
Monumental/Conceptual Architecture, The Art of Being Too Clever By Half, by Mark Kingwell
william-morris, willow pattern
architecture w/o architects
Let's talk about the Freedom Tower for a moment. There has been criticism about the wind turbines that have been proposed for the top of the building: that they won’t work, and that they will produce a ridiculous amount of vibrations. How feasible are the turbines? Could they actually produce 20% of the building’s electricity?
We have researched wind turbines in the past, and it has always brought up the vibration issue, the safety issue, and the bird mortality issue. The WTC is right in the flyaway of migrating birds, and the original WTC was the worst violator in terms of the amount of birds that were killed flying into the buildings at night. They’d either hit it directly or, if it was foggy, get confused and exhaust themselves. So maintenance crews would come out at 5 o’clock in the morning to clean the dead birds off the plaza.
St. Petersberg is in the second stage of a program to renovate itskhrushchyovki, the five-story mass-produced housing projects built during the Khrushchev era in the 1950s and 1960s. Judging by the slow rate of progress and the lack of funding for the program, more recent buildings - those built between the 1960s and the 1970s - will be in need of repairs before the first are rebuilt.