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BY THE DRIFTERS IN 1962 SUMS UP HUMANITY.  LISTEN FOR FREE ON “YOUTUBE”,   IN MY CASE KICKING BACK ON MY PILLOW IN THE DESERT AND CLICKING IPHOTO ON  MY COMPUTER AND VIEWING MY DESIGN IMAGES .  THE ONLY THING THAT SEEMS TO CALM ME DOWN WHEN CONFRONTED WITH SOCIETY.  SURE I HAVE MY DESIGN HITS THAT ARE AS RELEVANT AS EVER,  BUT I HAVE ALL THOSE IN-BETWEEN THE CRACK STUFF THAT I HAVE SPENT THE BETTER PART OF MY LIFE DOING WITH REAL CLIENTS:  THE AQUATIC PARK IN NEWPORT OREGON A PERFECT EXAMPLE:

MILICA DEDIJER ARCHITECT  –  GLEN HOWARD SMALL,  AIA ARCHITECT   2012
 

VIEW FROM HWY 101 ,  I CLAIMING, EXTREME SKID MARKS  ON HWY 101 DUE TO DRIVER REACTIONS.  NOTHING ON THE  PACIFIC COAST TO MATCH.  WHERE IS THAT DEVELOPER WITH VISION TO IMPLEMENT THIS BEAUTY?

MILICA DEDIJER,  ARCHITECT,   MY SECOND EX WIFE APPROACHED ME IN 2012 TO ASSIST HER IN DESIGNING AN AQUATIC CENTER IN NEWPORT OREGON.    I LIVING WITH MY DAUGHTER YASMINA  DEDIJER-SMALL  ARTIST AND HER SHIP CAPTAIN HUSBAND JAMI HOLZGRAF AT THE TIME.   THE FLAT SITE ON HWY 101 JUST SOUTH OF TOWN. NEAR THE OCEAN , IN A LIGHT  INDUSTRIAL  COMMERCIAL AREA BACKED UP TO  LOW LANDS AND DISTANT SAND DUNES.   THE OWNER DUMPING SOIL ON THE SITE OVER EXISTING SAND TO BUILD UP GRADE.  THE SITE WITH NO EXISTING TREES NOR BUSHES.  OPPOSITION CLAIMING A WET LAND,   A HUGE STRETCH CONSIDERING THE EXISTING BUILDINGS CLOSE BY ON SIMILAR LAND.   BUT I ALL UP TO TURF BLOCKING THE PARKING,  HOLDING PONDS, ETC.

THE AREA HAVING EXISTING BUILDING NORTH AND SOUTH OF THE PROPERTY,  THE KIND I SHUTTER AT VIEWING THAT LINE MOST HYWAYS APPROACHING A COMMUNITY.  STORAGE UNITS,  BODY SHOPS, WELDING SHEDS,  AND INDUSTRIAL PARKS,  OBLIVIOUS  TO THE SURROUNDING NATURAL BEAUTY.

THE CLIENTS, THE FRIENDS OF THE OREGON COAST AQUATIC PARK.  HAVING A NON PROFIT STATUS FOREVER,  TO BUILD AN AQUATIC CENTER, HIRED MILICA TO DO A SCHEME.

THE OWNER OF THE LAND,  JEFF BERTULEIT , A FORMER STUDENT OF ARCHITECTURE AT CAL POLY POMONA THAT MISSED OUT ON HAVING ME AS HIS PROFESSOR,  BECAUSE OF THE REVOLUTION THAT TOOK PLACE, WITH THE ARCHITECTURAL FACULTY LEAVING AND STARTING SCI-ARC.  HE  APPROACHING FRANK GEHRY’S OFFICE TO DO THE PROJECT.   BUT WAS TOLD THAT IT WAS  TOO SMALL .   30,000  SQ FT PLUS FEET DOES NOT HACK IT WITH FRANK.

THE MILICA PROGRAM AND PLANS CREATED AN ADULT END FOR SERIOUS 8 LANE OLYMPIC SIZE  COMPETITION SWIMMING WITH RETRACTABLE BLEACHERS AND THERAPY AREAS /THE FRONT PART OF THE FACILITY FOR AQUATIC PARK WITH WAVE RIDING,  HUGE SLIDES AND ALL THE REST OF THE STUFF. THE MIDDLE THE ENTRY WITH SHARED COMMON FUNCTIONS.

A  NEEDED REGIONAL AQUATIC CENTER.  MAJOR EXISTING ATTRACTIONS BEING HATFIELD MARINE  CENTER AND OREGON COAST AQUARIUM,  LARGEST FISHING PORT  ON THE OREGON COAST,  QUAINT OLD TOWN WORKING CLASS WATERFRONT GENTRIFIED, WITH FISH EVERYWHERE AND BARKING SEALS AND NYE BEACH THE PERFECT PERIOD GENTRIFIED TOURIST HANG OUT WITH GOOVY LIVE MUSIC AT CAFE MUNDO .

THE BUDGET REQUIRING AFFORDABLE TO BUILD,  BUT HAVING THE WOW LOOK.   THE DESIGN A SIMPLE SPACE FRAME ROOF UNDULATING WITH THE SAME DIAMETERS UNDULATING VAULTS.  THE EDGES  EXTENDED AND SLICED TO GET VARIATION AND DRAMA.  SOLOR COLLECTORS ON TOP.  THE BIGGEST THING,  VENTING THE BUILDING, WHICH IS EASY ON THE OREGON COAST.   THE ROOF SETTING ON THE 5′  WIDE SPACE FRAME WALLS.  WITH THE MAJOR DUCTING  UNDULATING AT THE BEARING POINTS.

PROPOSED ECO GREEN PLANTS AND NATURAL WATER POOLS.    COLLECTING RAIN WATER AND RECYCLING.  THE IDEA TO BE AS GREEN AS POSSIBLE.  I CONTACTING NATURAL BIONOVA IN GERMANY THAT HAS PUBLIC SWIMMING POOLS FOR 3,0000 PEOPLE , NOW BUILDING POOLS IN THE UNITED STATES.

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MILICA DEDIJER ARCHITECT –  GLEN HOWARD SMALL  AIA ARCHITECT    2012
ENTRANCE  WITH CANOPY ROOF CASCADING WATER TO COLLECTING POND.

THERE WERE NUMEROUS MEETING WITH COMMITTEES , SUPPORT GROUPS, VENDORS, FUND RAISERS, ENGINEERS  AND EVEN THE PEOPLE RESPONSIBLE FOR BUILDING A SWIMMING POOL EXTENSION TO THE EXISTING RECREATION CENTER.

MY PITCH BEING THAT NOTHING FOR OVER 80 MILES  CATERED TO KIDS  THAT WANT AN AQUATIC CENTER. AND ONCE THERE HAVING TO SPEND AN ENORMOUS AMOUNT OF MONEY TO USE.    THE AREA DESPERATELY NEEDING ACTIVITY  BESIDES  ORGANIZED SPORTS.  A TON OF POVERTY CHILDREN .      A NO BRAINER FOR THE RICH TO SUPPORT.

I APPROACHED PHIL KNIGHT OF NIKE,  A TRACK TEAM MATE OF MINE AT THE UNIVERSITY OF  OREGON AND GEORGE WINGUARD A SUPER RICH FRATERNITY BROTHER OF MINE THAT HAS A VACATION HOUSE IN NEWPORT.  NO RESPONSE.    SHOULD BE AN EASY SELL TO THE  RICH,   WORTH MULTI BILLIONS AND WANTING TO SUPPORT POSITIVE  ATHLETIC ACTIVITIES.

THE GROUP PITCH WAS FOR PROFIT.  WHICH WOULD BE A MUCH HARDER SELL AND DEFEAT THE REAL NEED.    IF YOU HAVE A WORTHY CAUSE,  PEOPLE WILL LISTEN.  IF YOU ARE IN IT FOR PROFIT GREED GETS IN THE WAY.

THERE WAS NO MONEY TO REFINE THE DESIGN.   SO I ENDED UP WITH ANOTHER TEASER OF A FEW IMAGES WITH NO WHERE TO GO.  A FADED SIGN ON THE PROPERTY PROCLAIMING COMING SOON TO NEWPORT.     LET US HOPE SOME ENLIGHTENED RICH SOUL WILL SEE THE LIGHT .

IT REACHED UNIVERSAL BEAUTY STATUS,  EVEN WITH OPPONENTS.  NOW THAT SAYS SOMETHING.  NEWPORT COULD USE A BIT OF MAN MADE BEAUTY TO GO ALONG WITH THE NATURES SPLENDOR.

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INTERIOR, A CRYSTAL PALACE IN NEWPORT

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ORIGINAL SCHEME,  BONGED BY COMMITTEE AND MILICA FOR NOT ENOUGH LIGHT ON THE SOUTH AND NORTH BEARING WALLS.  THE WINDOWS WERE 20′  IN DIAMETER WITH HUGE GLASS WALLS ON ON WEST AND EAST ENDS,   I LACKED CONTROL.

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LOOKS GREAT FROM ANY VIEW,  THAT IS WHEN YOU KNOW YOU HAVE A WINNER

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THE NORTH SIDE SERVICE AREA

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BEND , SLICE,  EXTEND   IT IS A SIMPLE ROOF

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A BIT OF CORRUGATED ROOFING
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RENDERING FOR THE LOCAL ADDITION TO THE NEWPORT RECREATION CENTER FOR A POOL BEING BUILT.  NEED I SAY MORE,      ROBERT – SHERWOOD ARCHITECT

BACKED BY SANDRA ROUMAGOUX  THE MAYOR OF NEWPORT,  AN ARTIST THAT HAS EXHIBITED IN MY TRI-AD GALLEY AND CLAIMING TO BE A BIG FAN OF MINE,  YET REFUSING TO TAKE A MEETING WITH ME ABOUT THE AQUATIC CENTER.    A LOCAL PRACTICAL SOLUTION WAS THE FEED BACK TO ME,  NEWPORT DESERVES BETTER.  TOO MUCH POLITICS FOR ME TO DEAL WITH.   A REFLECTION OF CONSERVATIVE OREGON THAT HAS BASICALLY IGNORED ME, EXCEPT FOR MY BRAVE CLIENT QUIRINA KRYGER WITH THE TRI AD GALLERY.  I HOPING, BEFORE I LEAVE THIS EARTH TO DO SOMETHING SIGNIFICANT FOR THE BEAUTIFUL STATE OF OREGON THAT I LOVE.

THERE IS PLENTY OF NEED FOR A  REGIONAL AQUATIC CENTER WITH GOODIES FOR THE SICK,  ELDERLY,  SERIOUS SWIMMERS,  AND FUN STUFF.   IT IS A MAJOR TOURIST TOWN.   IT SHOULD BE EMBRACED AND SUPPORTED.

OREGON HAS HUGE  MONEY,  BUT DOES NOT SEEK MY SERVICES.  YAHATS SOUTH OF NEWPORT HAS THE SECOND WEALTHIEST  CAPITAL  PER PERSON OUTSIDE LAKE OSWEGO, WHERE THE RICH CATS LIVE.  YOU WOULD NEVER KNOW IT BY THEIR BUILDINGS.

I AGAIN ENDING UP WORKING  FOR LESS THAN MC DONALD WAGES TO PUSH FOR WHAT WOULD  INSPIRE PEOPLE DAILY.

GLEN

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TRI-AD GALLERY   SEAL ROCK  OREGON  1996  GLEN HOWARD SMALL, ARCHITECT,    CLIENT   QUIRINA  KRYGER  FUTURE BLOG.

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4 comments

  1. Glen. Comparing your scheme to what was chose just tells me these were the wrong client for you. These people are simply afraid: afraid of inovation, ignorant of design, unable to visualize. A typical small town mentality. Get back to the city my friend. Smal towns are a waste.

    • ERIC,

      THANKS FOR THE COMMENT.

      YOU ARE WISE ABOUT THE SMALL TOWN MENTALITY, BUT IN MY CASE THE BIG TOWNS, LIKE PORTLAND , SAN FRANCISCO AND LOS ANGELES SEEMED TO HAVE THE SAME RESISTANCE TO MY DESIGNS.

      IT IS ALL ABOUT CONNECTIONS OF POWER THAT WANT MY DESIGNS. WHERE ARE THOSE? YOU WOULD THINK HOLLYWOOD AT LEAST WOULD COME KNOCKING. MY NEXT BIG PUSH TO SEE IF ANY FELLOW MINDED SOULS I CAN CONNECT UP WITH.

      I HAVE BEEN CLOSE TO HOLLYWOOD SINCE HIGH SCHOOL, MY SISTER GRADUATING WITH ELIZABETH TAYLOR, AND I WITH ALLAN LADD JR. THE WHOLE PLACE REEKING WITH SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF POWERFUL HOLLYWOOD PEOPLE.

      NOW LIVING A COUPLE HOURS AWAY IN A PLAYGROUND OF LA I AM GOING ON CONCENTRATED SEARCH FOR THAT MAVERICK HOLLYWOOD CONNECTION.

      GLEN

      • READERS,
        ALL PRAISE TO ARCHITECTURE, BUT NOT ONE THAT PEOPLE CARE ABOUT. ARCHITECTURE IS NOT ON THEIR ENTERTAINMENT LIST.

        SO WHO CARES IF IT IS SMALL TOWN OR BIG TOWN. LOS ANGELES HAVING A TON OF MONEY AND TONS OF CULTURAL PEOPLE, BUT AN ARCHITECTURAL DIASTER;

        GLEN

  2. The biological imperative that your works imply does envision an alternative architecture. We are all working on our own projcts. I would investigate FACEBOOK and linking your blog to ARCHINECT for a wider audience. eric

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