SIEGE OF CONCHA ACUSTICA

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LET THERE BE DEATH          CONCHA ACUSTICA MAY 4, 2014

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RIP, CUT, SMASH AND CRUSH IT UP                   CONCHA ACUSTICA MAY 6, 2014

IN THE STILL OF THE NIGHT OF SATURDAY MAY 3RD 2014  THE REIGN OF TERROR POUNCED ON THE CONCHA ACUSTICA WITH JACK HAMMERS, CRANES AND UNLIMITED LABOR FORCE OF ROSARIO MURILLO WORKER BEES TEARING INTO  THE 3″ REINFORCED CONCRETE SKIN.  BY DAWNS EARLY LIGHT IT WAS STILL STANDING THE BASE CUT WITH TORCHES,  PROCLAIMED FRAGILE STRUCTURE BUT SNAPPING CABLES TRYING TO DESTOY.   WITNESSED BY THE PRESS.     DAMAGED BEYOND REPAIR BY WATER RUSTING AWAY THE INTEGRITY OF THE  STRUCTURE CLAIMED THE PUPPET CITY HALL ENGINEER AND MAYOR .  TOO  DANGEROUS TO THE POPULOUS.  A MOCK TRIAL AT THE CITY HALL LATE SATURDAY AFTERNOON STATING THE CONCHA ACUSTICA HAD TO BE LEVELED.  PLAYING TO THE FEARS OF THE RECENT EARTHQUAKES,  WITH CRACKS IN THE SKIN WHICH AMOUNTED TO A SPACKLE JOB REPAIR.

NO PUBLIC ANNOUNCEMENT OR OUTSIDE PROFESSIONAL OPINIONS SOUGHT,  INCLUDING MYSELF AND THE ORIGINAL ENGINEER OF THE STRUCTURE SERGIO OBREGON.  A RESPECTED CONSULTING ENGINEER HIRED BY THE MAYOR, CLOSE TO SERGIO, RELAYING THAT FROM HIS SITE INSPECTION THERE WAS  RUST DAMAGE TO A FEW MEMBERS DUE TO A HOLE IN THE ROOF THAT COULD BE EASILY  REPAIRED.  NO IT WAS JUST A LIE THAT CREATED CONFUSION.   TYPICAL PLOY THAT HAS BEEN A TACTIC THROUGHOUT HISTORY.  MOCK TRIAL, QUICK ASSASSINATION., CONFUSION.  I WOULD HAVE SUGGESTED A FIELD TEST BY THE CITY SIMILAR TO WATTS TOWERS IN LOS ANGELES

THE MAYORS OFFICE CLAIMING THE REMOVAL  WOULD TAKE A COUPLE OF DAYS,  YET, WORKERS  AND HEAVY EQUIPMENT WORKING  FEVERISHLY  FOR SIX DAYS AND NIGHTS.   LIMPING AWAY AFTER  A RELENTLESS  FURY TO TEAR DOWN THE INNOCENT CONCHA ACUSTICA.  MEN AND HEAVY EQUIPMENT  RESORTING  TO CUTTING THE STRUCTURE APART IN SMALL PIECES TO GET IT KILLED..  AT LEAST WATTS TOWERS GOT A FIELD TEST OF STRENGTH THAT SNAPPED CABLES AND BROKE WRENCHES.  .  THE CITY OF LOS ANGELES THEN SANCTIONING IT WAS SAFE AND COULD LIVE.

YES,  THE CONCHA ACUSTICA PASSED THE SAFETY TEST, BUT DESTROYED NONE THE LESS.   THE STRUCTURAL SYSTEM WAS AN OVERBUILT  SPACE FRAME IN THE SHAPE OF A QUARTER OF A SPHERE SOLIDLY ANCHORED TO A  THICK REINFORCED CONCRETE STAGE SLAB PAD, WITH CAISSONS, AND RETAINING WALL  FOUNDATION ACTING AS ONE HUGE ROCK BURIED IN THE EARTH.  NO IT WAS GOING NOWHERE.  THE STRONGEST STRUCTURE IN NICARAGUA. SEE BLOGS NICARAGUA 5 AND 6

THE  LA PRENSA, NICARAGUA DISPATCH AND MULTI  OTHER NEWS SOURCES DENOUNCING THE TRAVESTY AND SENSELESS LOSS. EVEN ECHOED IN PORTLAND OREGONIAN AND ARCHINECT    http://nicaraguadispatch.com/2014/05/sandinistas-demolish-nicaraguas-concha-acustica/

 http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2014/05/la_concha_acustica_sandinista_wrecking_crews_destroy.html     AND    archinect.com/  

THE BUZZ,  THE SITE IS SCHEDULED FOR A HOTEL THAT IS PART OF A GRAND MASTER PLAN OF MALL ACTIVITIES.  ALL PRINTED  IN COLOR AS THE THE FUTURE OF NICARAGUA BY ROSARIO.

I RECEIVING NUMEROUS CONDOLENCES FROM FAMILY,  FRIENDS, PROFESSIONAL AND EVEN LUIS SEVELLA SOMOZA, HEIR MANAGER OF THE DICTATOR FAMILY   PROPERTIES , ALL PROCLAIMING THE NEED TO RESPECT  THE MONUMENTS OF THE PAST, AND THE SENSELESS DESTRUCTION BY ROSARIO MURILLO.  ROGER LEWITES THE MOST PAINED, BEING MY PARTNER IN THE CONSTRUCTION OF THE SHELL AND NEPHEW OF THE LATE HERTY LEWITES MAYOR OF MANAGUA AND PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE RUNNING AGAINST DANIEL ORTEGA.  HAVING THE SUPPORT OF A SIGNIFICANT PART OF THE SANDINISTA LEADERSHIP.  ALSO DAVID CADIA, ROGER’S BROTHER AND HERTY’S NEPHEW, EXPRESSING OUTRAGE OVER THE SINISTER MOTIVES BEHIND THE DEATH OF THE PROUD SHELL.

IN THE NICARAGUA DISPATCH COMMENTS, THERE WAS A  LONE  PERSON IN FAVOR OF DEMOLITION,  SAYING THE CONCHA ACUSTICA WAS DATED 70IES ARCHITECTURE AND NATURE IS   MILLIONS OF YEARS OLD.   WE HAD A BACK AND FORTH DIALOGUE.  I STATING THAT IF 70IES ARCHITECTURE MEANT TWA AIRPORT TERMINAL BY EREO SAARINEN ,  THE SYDNEY OPERA HOUSE BY UTZON,  AND BRAZILLA CHAPEL BY OSCAR NIEMEYER.  THEN THE CONCHA ACUSTICA WAS IN   GOOD COMPANY SINCE THE POPULOUS REVERED  THEIR BEAUTY , MAINTAINED THEM AND DID NOT DESTROY THEM.  I HAD NO TROUBLE WITH NATURE BEING A MILLION YEARS OLD AND STILL CURRENTLY LOVED.  THE CONCHA ACUSTICA  HAD UNIVERSAL BEAUTY.  HOW SAD TO DESTROY.  THE LOSERS BEING THE NICARAGUA PEOPLE.

LUIS SOMOZA, HAVING STUDIED ARCHITECTURE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF OKLAHOMA FOR ONE YEAR STATING THE DESTRUCTION WAS WRONG OF THE CONCHA ACUSTICA AND THAT IT WAS  OVER BUILT,  HIS PREFERENCE BEING THE COLON FOUNTAIN OF MINE THAT WAS ALSO TORN DOWN, SEE BLOG BYE BYE FOUNTAIN. HE THANKFUL FOR THE RUBEN DARIO OPERA HOUSE STILL STANDING THAT HIS AUNT HOPE BUILT.  FRIENDS AND FAMILY TELLING ME “DO NOT TAKE THE DESTRUCTION PERSONAL, IT IS JUST POLITICAL”.  THAT SOUNDS LIKE A LINE OUT OF THE GODFATHER.

ARCHITECTURE IS NEUTRAL,  TO BE USED BY ALL.   I HAD NO SAY ABOUT THE FUNCTION,  I WAS TOLD TO DESIGN FOR FREE PUBLIC CONCERTS, SPEECHES,  SERMONS AND PUBLIC DELIGHT.  TO THINK ARCHITECTURE IS POLITICAL IS A PETTY MIND.  HERTY IS DEAD,  LONG GONE,  SIGNIFICANT LEADERS FOR PROGRESS FORGIVE AND UNITE TO MOVE ON.  HERY LEWITES BELIEVED IN BRINGING TOGETHER VYING FACTIONS IN NICARAGUA . ALL MY MONUMENTS  NEUTRAL  FOR PUBLIC USE.  LIKE THE OPERA HOUSE THAT IS USED BY ALL OF NICARAGUA .

I COMING TO NICARAGUA IN 1986 TO CONTRIBUTE TO A NEW DREAM OF  NICARAGUA TO UNITE FOR THE GOOD OF ALL.  SADLY THE USA WAS BACKING A CLANDESTINE WAR AGAINST NICARAGUA AT THE SAME TIME THAT WAS EVENTUALLY EXPOSED.   I BELIEVED THERE WAS AN OPPORTUNITY TO GET A GOVERNMENT RIGHT.  REGRETTABLY IT DID NOT HAPPEN.  “COME ON PEOPLE SMILE ON YOUR BROTHER” IS YET TO COME.

I AM A HUMANITARIAN,  EVERYBODY BORN HAS THE RIGHT TO HEALTH, FOOD, SHELTER, EDUCATION, JUSTICE AND FREEDOM. HOW THAT CAN BE IMPLEMENTED IS STILL IN THE EXPERIMENTAL STAGE.  SELFISHNESS AND GREED GET IN THE WAY.  YOU WOULD THINK SOCIETY WOULD HAVE EVOLVED TO THE POINT OF WORLD BEYOND WAR TO SETTLE THEIR DIFFERENCES.

MY DAUGHTER YASMINA FORECASTING SOMETHING GOOD IS GOING TO COME OF THIS.  I HOPE SHE IS RIGHT,  BUT IT IS SELDOM WE GET A SECOND CHANCE TO DO IT RIGHT.  THE CONCHA ACUSTICA WAS TOO BEAUTIFUL AND POPULAR TO SURVIVE NICARAGUA.  MY HOPE BEING NICARAGUA  WORSHIP OF THE DEAD WILL BE THE INCENTIVE TO INSPIRE TO BUILD BEAUTY FOR THE PUBLIC AGAIN.

A HUGE SAD LESSON  THAT DESTROYED THE ONE LOVED SIGNIFICANT VISUAL MONUMENT  IN NICARAGUA..

I PERSONALLY FEEL MOLESTED,  MY BEST BUILT PROJECT SENSELESSLY MURDERED.   I THOUGHT I WAS LEAVING SOMETHING OF SIGNIFICANCE TO NICARAGUA THAT WOULD BE LOVED AND RESPECTED AFTER MY DEATH.

IS ARCHITECTURE JUST A FLEETING BLIMP ON THE RADAR SCREEN?  IS ARCHITECTURE JUST STAGE SETS FOR THE MOMENT?   PROBABLY IS,  TRICKING US TO THINK IT IS MORE. THE WISE ACCEPTING THE TEMPORAL

GLEN

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RENDERING   2003                                        DAVID CADIA  AND  GLEN HOWARD SMALL

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LOOKING AT PLAZA AND OPERA HOUSE

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OPENING NIGHT,  150,000 AUDIENCE

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SANDINISTA USE

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MASTER PLAN WITH CONCHA ACUSTICA  2OO2                                    A DREAM THAT DIED WITH HERTY LEWITES

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  • GLEN HOWARD SMALL

    READERS,

    YOU ONLY GET ONE CHANCE TO TALK AT A FUNERAL. STEP UP.

    THERE HAS BEEN PRESS:

    http://nicaraguadispatch.com/2014/05/sandinistas-demolish-nicaraguas-concha-acustica/

    http://hyperallergic.com/128686/the-politics-of-architecture-in-nicaragua/

    http://www.oregonlive.com/business/index.ssf/2014/05/la_concha_acustica_sandinista_wrecking_crews_destroy.html

    CHECK OUT archinect

    MICHAEL SORKIN ALSO DOING A BIT IN THE NATION.

    NEWS THRIVES ON DEATH, USUALLY FATAL, THE CHANCES OF A RESURRECTION REMOTE.

    THE BOTTOM LINE DESTROYED, WHAT CAN BE LEARNED FROM THIS?

    GLEN

    news thrives on death, usually fatal, the chances of resurrection a long shot.

  • eric chavkin

    Glen, I dont have a working computer so its hard to write more often but here goes…
    A tragedy is always new is s so much that its a cliche in jounalism. Third world corruption and political cronyism also

    • GLEN HOWARD SMALL

      ERIK,

      SORRY TO HEAR YOU DO NOT HAVE ACCESS TO A COMPUTER. YOU HAVE A LOT TO SAY AND SHOULD BE HEARD LOUD AND CLEAR.

      IN THE SHALLOW WORLD OF ENTERTAINMENT THAT DEPENDS ON SOMETHING RADICALLY DIFFERENT TO CREATE INTEREST BECAUSE THE SOCIETY IS SO TIRED OF THE DEATH TO AN ACOUSTICAL SHELL IN NICARAGUA SOUNDS ODD TO ME.

      I BEING THE ARCHITECT FEEL VIOLATED, VERY PERSONAL.
      YOU BEING MY BUDDY CAN RELATE TO A DEATH IN THE FAMILY AND HAVE EXPRESSED THAT IN PRINT ELSEWHERE.
      THANKS.
      GLEN

  • eric chavkin

    Now even Vulcan and his anvil ais sad. Only his clang and bang remain after the music is silenced..

    Totalitarian regeims dont trust intellectuals like Glen. They see indivdual persons ias dangerous and not in lockstep. They oppose ‘persons’ to an abstract ‘people’ . Artists and illectuals are among the first to be silenced.

    • GLEN HOWARD SMALL

      eric,

      after the clash and bang , protects of outrage , the cartoons of destruction and the removal of all evidence of the concha acoustica existence, life goes on.

      all so temporary. all that is left is the printed image that will live on forever.
      a scape book of a brief life, but the gap between the printed image and a functioning real live object is huge. so destructions is a serious offense unless brought back to life. the judge making the thief return the jewels or compensate the victims.

      glen