ABOUT GLEN

  • VISIONARY URBAN PLANNER
  • SENSUAL DESIGN
  • INSPIRATIONAL EDUCATOR
  • BLATANTLY HONEST
  • ECOLOGICALLY SUSTAINABLE
  • TECHNOLOGY OF OUR ERA
  • SOCIALLY RESPONSIBLE

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  • Violeta

    wondering…have you seen the rotunda “el periodista” lately?
    http://www.laprensa.com.ni/2011/06/14/nacionales/63645-monumento-al-periodismo-psicodelico

    • GLEN HOWARD SMALL

      DEAR VIOLETA,

      YES, I SAW THE ROTUNDA LAST JUNE.

      THE POSITIVE ISSUE IS THAT THE ROTUNDA WAS IN DISREPAIR FOR YEARS. THE MONUMENT NOW HAS BEEN REPAIRED WHICH I AM THANKFUL FOR. I HOPE THIS WILL BE DONE AS WELL WITH MY NEGLECTED FOUNTAIN ROTUNDA IN FRONT OF THE OLD INTERCONTINENTAL HOTEL, THE FOUNTAIN WAS IN NEED OF SOME TENDER LOVING CARE AS OF LAST JUNE. IN 2004 IT WAS BEAUTIFUL WHEN IN OPERATION. NOW IT IS A DISGRACE TO NICARAGUA FOR LACK OF MAINTENANCE.

      THE NEW COLOR SCHEME OF EIGHT VIBRANT COLORS FOR THE JOURNALISTS MONUMENT DOES NOT DO THE SCULPTURAL SHAPE JUSTICE. THE MANY COLORS DETRACT FROM THE SIMPLICITY OF THE DYNAMIC FORMS. THE DETRACTING INDIAN SYMBOLS ARE APPLIED LIKE SOME OVERSIZE PASTE ON DECORATIONS.

      MY ARTIST WIFE CHRISTINE LUGO BACA, LIKES THE COLORS, SO THERE IS A BIT OF FRICTION IN THE FAMILY WHEN DISCUSSING THE NEW PAINT JOB. ALSO LOOKING AT THE MONUMENT IN CONTEXT TO THE SIGN BOARDS AND COLORS OF THE SURROUNDING BUILDINGS THERE IS A COMMON COLOR SCHEME WHICH IS LATIN IN FEELING. BY LIMITING THE COLOR SCHEME TO MAYBE THREE COLORS THERE COULD HAVE BEEN A MORE SENSITIVE COMPROMISED APPROACH THAT MEET EVERYBODY’S DESIRES.

      WHAT I DO FIND INSENSITIVE AND OUT OF PLACE IS THE LARGE LIGHT CHRISTMAS TREE THAT DISRUPTS THE PLAZA. I HOPE THIS HAS BEEN REMOVED OR WILL BE SOON.

      THE ORIGINAL LIGHTS ON THE MOUNMENT, SHOOTING UPWARD, HAVE NOT BEEN IN OPERATION FOR YEARS. THE LANDSCAPING VEGETATION IS NOT APPROPRIATE, A RESPECTFUL GUARD HOUSE IS NEEDED, WHICH I COULD DESIGN IF ASKED.

      I LOVE NICARAGUA AND COULD DO SO MANY POSITIVE DESIGNS, IF ASKED.

      GLEN HOWARD SMALL , ARCHITECT

      P.S. IF YOU PRINT THIS IN THE PAPER, PLEASE PRINT THE WHOLE COMMENT IN TACT. THANKS,

  • Joyce

    Kat from Portland sent me your blog and her poem. here is my answer..I now live in Southern California.
    Powerful….creative, hopeful…is the work of Glen Small and the students with ideals and talent. Hopeless is where is all seems to end for now….maybe a small (no pun intended) possibilty of happening.

    Your poem….strong sentiment and observation. Mine exactly.
    I have walked the streets in the evening and the night, both to and from downtown to the Pearl and the 23rd Alphabet District.
    Fear was my constant companion, reason told me not to fear those that walked the night and slept in the doorways.
    Me, walking, as we are told to do…with an air of confidence and awareness amongst them.
    Reason lied to me, as I found danger to be the other companion….

    I was accosted by teenagers, seemingly homeless, who knocked off my hat and grabbed my shopping bag.
    A similar deranged man demanded that I push his wheelchair up a hill…I found two young men to do it…he was outraged at me for not pushing his wheelchair.
    The street is their toilet sometimes…and they get arrested for doing so….is there a shower and bath they can use in the jail?

    Living in a home rather than the highrise….my garbage can was their “fast food” my heart bled for that. I told them I would walk them to the shelter where they could get food….they did not want to go.
    My basement steps teased one young homeless male…to want to sleep there. I asked him if he needed help…he said “no one can help me.”

    The sign posts on the telephone poles had bulletins warning of 5 drug dealers close by (doesn’t that mean drug users too?)

    Yes by day it is affluent and lovely, I am grateful to be in this life style….by night the misery is apparent and so palpable.

    Twist of fate…war….untold abuse….made these “untouchables” another twist of fate made the Brahmin.

    You poem says and feels and paints the picture that we either live….or fear. And you take notice!!!!

  • Miranda Owen

    Hello Glen,

    Can you please get in touch. I would like to publish few relevant theme based content at your site “smallatlarge”.
    Any specific guidelines you have?
    Looking forward to hear from you.


    Best Regards,
    Miranda Owen

  • Ravi Kanason

    Hi, wondering what happen to the project with Peter Holstad? Knew him when in Singapore.