MIRAGE OR OASIS?

CONTINUATION OF: SURVIVING IN JOSHUA TREE

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I FEEL LIKE A USED CAR SALESMAN PUSHING THE BEST BUY FOR THE BUCK, JOSHUA TREE OASIS WEB.

THIS IS NOT SOME MIRAGE THAT CAN BE SHRUGGED OFF. THIS CAN HAPPEN. CALTRANS, THE ROAD BRANCH OF GOVERNMENT FOR CALIFORNIA, CONTROLS WHAT HAPPENS WITH HWY 62 THROUGH JOSHUA TREE. HAVING A HUGE COMPLICATED CHECK OFF LIST FOR ANY PROJECT AFFECTING THE HWY. THIS IS A LONG PROCESS THAT TAKES TIME, BUT A TOP CALTRANS DESIGN PLAYER SAID, HE FELT THE SCHEME WAS GREAT, BUT COULD ONLY HAPPEN BY OUTSIDERS . Continue reading

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SURVIVING IN JOSHUA TREE

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MAYBE IT IS A BLESSING OR MAYBE IT IS A CURSE, BUT WHERE EVER I GO, I LOOK AT A SPACE OR PLACE WITH THE INTENTION OF REMODELING IT. IN A REDWOOD GROVE I FEEL CONTENTED . THE DESERT IS NOT MY FIRST CHOICE. AS A BOY OF 13 IN 1952 I CAME OUT TO JOSHUA TREE WITH MY FATHER, WHO HAD TB, TO SCOPE OUT A PLACE WHERE HE MIGHT RECOVER. Continue reading

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DESERT SAGA

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LAST FEBRUARY I WAS SET TO DEVOUR THE WORLD WITH JUMP START BIOMORPHIC OASIS IN JOSHUA TREE. WELL, AS FATE WOULD HAVE IT, CONTRACTOR JOHN DEMURS, MY FORMER STUDENT AT SCI-ARC AND I HAD A FALLING OUT. TWO STRONG PERSONALITIES WANTING IT THEIR WAY. JOHN BOUGHT ME OUT OF THE LAND WE OWNED. LEAVING ME LANDLESS AND WITHOUT HIS LOCAL CONSTRUCTION EXPERTISE.

MY SPONSORS THAT FINANCED THE PURCHASE OF THE LAND HAD DONE SO WITH CONFIDENCE OF CONSTRUCTION INVOLVEMENT WITH JOHN DEMERS. I WENT LOOKING FOR NEW LAND, BUT NEEDED TWICE AS MUCH MONEY TO BUY SIMILAR PROPERTY. Continue reading

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HOLLYWOOD

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HOLLYWOOD SIGN

HOLLYWOOD HAS BEEN IN MY LIFE FOREVER. IT SEEMS SO RIPE FOR MY QUEST TO SHOW THE WORLD ANOTHER WAY OF LIVING. SO WHY HAVE WE NOT CONNECTED? WE ARE MADE FOR EACH OTHER.

MY FATHER HAD A FURNITURE STORE IN BEVERLY HILLS AND I WAS RAISED ON VETERAN AVE BETWEEN OLYMPIC AND PICO IN WEST LOS ANGELES.

1945 AT THE END OF WORLD WAR II MY FATHER TOOK THE FAMILY TO HOLLYWOOD BLVD, TO CELEBRATE
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GRAUMAN’ S CHINESE THEATRE ON HOLLYWOOD BLVD.
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UP ON THE ROOF

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?

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ALL PRAISE TO FREI OTTO

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OLYMPIC COMPLEX, FREI OTTO AND GUNTHER BEHNISCH ARCHITECTS 1972

FREI OTTO WAS A HUGE POSITIVE INFLUENCE ON ME AS AN ARCHITECT.

AT THE TIME OF HIS DEATH MY STUDENTS AT COPPER MOUNTAIN COLLEGE WERE DOING A HYPERBOLIC PROJECT THAT FREI USED TO GET MAXIMUM CURVATURE FOR HIS TENSION STRUCTURES, DERIVATIVE FROM HIS SOAP BUBBLES STUDIES. ANOTHER STUDENT DOING A REPORT ON FREI OTTO.

SO TO HEAR OF HIS DEATH WAS A TRAGEDY AND SHOCK, BUT HE LEFT A WEALTH OF PUBLISHED INFORMATION AND A LIFE TO EMULATE. Continue reading

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RIGHT ON FRANK

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FRANK GEHRY WHO HAS A HIT AND MISS HISTORY WITH ME OF GETTING IT RIGHT,  SCORES  HUGE ABOUT HIS MORAL STANCE  ON WORKERS RIGHTS ON THE CONSTRUCTION OF HIS   GUGGENHEIM  ABU DAHBI MUSEUM.
USING HIS FAME AND INVOLVEMENT TO COERCE THE GOVERNMENT CLIENT TDIC TO MAKE THINGS RIGHT FOR THE WORKERS.
I HAVE ALWAYS BEEN AMAZED AT HOW GEHRY GETS CLIENTS TO DO THINGS HE WANTS,
THIS TIME FOR A NOBLE CAUSE.   I APPLAUD HIM FOR MAKING THIS HAPPEN.

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OBITUARY GLEN HOWARD SMALL 1937-?

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OBITUARY, BY GLEN HOWARD SMALL FOR GLEN HOWARD SMALL

THERE COMES A POINT IN ONES LIFE WHERE YOU REALIZE THE NEXT BIG EVENT IN LIFE IS DEATH.

HISTORY HAS SHOWN MANY WAYS OF PREPARING FOR THE INEVITABLE END, FROM TAKING OUT A HUGE INSURANCE POLICY TO BUILDING A PYRAMID TO ASSURE AFTER LIFE.

THE PRESENT DAY IMMEDIATE CONSEQUENCES OF DEATH IS AN OBITUARY IN THE NEWSPAPER, MAGAZINE, OR INTERNET. WHO COMPOSES THE COMMENTS RANGES FROM THE MUNDANE CITY DESK CLERK TO ESTEEMED SCHOLARS. IF YOU ARE SIGNIFICANT ENOUGH, THERE ARE THE BIOGRAPHIC BOOKS. WHAT SLANT OR INPUT THEY TAKE IS ALL PART OF THE MIX. Continue reading

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COUNT YOUR BLESSINGS

YES, I AM THE OUTSIDER GENIUS ARCHITECT THAT HAS SURVIVED, YES, I HAVE FRIENDS THAT PURCHASED FUTURE LODGING IN JUMP START BIOMORPHIC OASIS IN JOSHUA TREE THAT CLOSED ESCROW. YES, I STILL HAVE THE CREATIVE VIBES. YES, MY ADULT KIDS ARE DOING WELL. YES, MY FOUR GRANDSONS ARE HAPPY. YES, I HAVE A BEAUTIFUL TROPICAL WIFE. YES, I HAVE AN AFFORDABLE HUT IN JOSHUA TREE, YES, I CAN WALK AND TALK. YES, THE FUTURE LOOKS BRIGHT. YES, I HAVE FRIENDS AND SUPPORTERS. YES, I HAVE A BLOG TO SAY IT MY WAY. YES, IT IS GOOD TO BE ALIVE. WHAT FUN IT IS. HAPPY NEW YEAR.

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