Sunday, September 15, 2013
Quote of the Day
This book could change the way people see the streets in their towns and cities. And it could help those towns and cities make streets for people, rather than their cars.
Saturday, September 14, 2013
From a good article about a high school teacher: The Quote of the Day
The Levittown of my youth, and of Volpe’s early years teaching there, was the quintessential American suburb before the rise of video games, cable TV, the Internet. It had no Main Street or downtown, no culture, not a single thing of visual interest. As a teenager, I spent summer nights coasting around on my bicycle with friends, often well past midnight, miles in every direction. We told ourselves we were looking to meet girls, but I think we were trying to get somewhere that didn’t look like everywhere else. We were not coming back to this town, any of us, once we left.
Monday, September 02, 2013
Quote of the Day
Outside of architecture school graduates, art school grads, and Art Basel fans over 65 years old, very few people are ideological Modernists.
Sunday, August 25, 2013
Unfortunately, this rings true
[MAYOR BLOOMBERG'S] legacy is one where only the voice of those with power matters, where someone like me starting out today has less of a chance than I once did to improve his/her life – Tony Glover
From the comments @ Poll Shows New Yorkers Are Deeply Conflicted Over Bloomberg’s Legacy
Friday, August 23, 2013
Man Bites Dog - Nicolai Ouroussoff and I completely agree!
Like most fairy tales New York’s embrace of architecture has a dark side. If many of these shows pointed up our rich architectural past, they also served to remind us that the majority of today’s projects serve the interests of a small elite. And this trend is not likely to change any time soon. The slow death of the urban middle class, the rise of architecture as a marketing tool, the overweening influence of developers — all have helped to narrow architecture’s social reach just as it begins to recapture the public imagination. From this perspective the wave of gorgeous new buildings can be read as a mere cultural diversion.
To date, there is little sign that intelligent design will play a major role in any of those projects. On the contrary, every revision heightens our creeping awareness that when serious money is at stake, business will be as usual.
Nicolai Ouroussoff, "Manhattan’s Year of
Building Furiously," New York Times,
December 23, 2007
Monday, July 15, 2013
Quote of the Day (The New Coke Rule)
Western society has accepted as unquestionable a technological imperative that is quite as arbitrary as the most primitive taboo: not merely the duty to foster invention and constantly to create technological novelties, but equally the duty to surrender to these novelties unconditionally, just because they are offered, without respect to their human consequences.