BOY I’M HERE

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VIEWING PLATFORM 1957

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THIS WAS A BLOCK PRINT MY FATHER MADE ANNOUNCING MY BIRTH SEPT 4, 1937

THIS IS MY TALE ABOUT BEING RAISED IN A NURTURING MIDDLE CLASS ENVIRONMENT. I HAVE NO COMPLAINTS, AND A LOT TO BE THANKFUL FOR. YES, THERE WAS PREJUDICES AND TRITE LESSONS TAUGHT AS WELL, BUT WHAT I WAS GIVEN WAS UNCONDITIONAL LOVE THAT ALLOWED ME TO BE SELF MOTIVATED TO PURSUE IDEALISM. AS PARENTS THAT IS OUR
GOAL TO GIVE A SPRING BOARD TO ALLOW OUR CHILDREN TO BECOME SELF SUFFICIENT TO PURSUE THEIR INTERESTS THEY LOVE. Continue reading

MORAL OBLIGATION

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DOCTOR BOB DANN HANDING OFF TO ARCHITECT GLEN HOWARD SMALL ANCHOR MAN, LOS ANGELES COLOSSEUM UNIVERSITY HIGH 1955. WE GOT BEAT, BUT WE GAVE IT OUR BEST AND RECEIVED A MEDAL.

THINK BIG. WORK HARD AND DON’T COMPROMISE

THOSE WERE THE LESSONS I TOOK AWAY FROM MY EDUCATION BEFORE I HIT THE REAL WORLD OF LIFE. Continue reading

SHIGERU BAN PRITZKER PRIZE 2014 SPIN

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PAPER EMERGENCY SHELTERS FOR UNHCR  1999           SHIGERU BAN OFFICE PHOTO

THE PRITZKER ARCHITECTURE PRIZE WENT TO SHIGERU BAN THIS YEAR WITH A LOT OF APPLAUSE.    NOT KNOWING A LOT ABOUT SHIGERU BAN, I  DID SOME QUICK RESEARCH, AND WAS DISAPPOINTED BY THE DESIGN LEVEL HE ESPOUSED.   WRITING A CRITICAL APPRAISAL TO A NUMBER OF MY PROFESSIONAL FRIENDS.

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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.     Continue reading

FACE LIFT REMODEL

FRONT DOOR AND  WINDOW SLOTS FROM THE STREET,    NELSON REMODEL 1990

 

GLEN HOWARD SMALL AND MICHAEL RENDLER ARCHITECTS.  THE NELSONS ARE THE  BARBIE DOLL PROFESSIONAL COUPLE.  BOTH WORK OUT,  AND THE EPITOME OF GOOD LOOKS.  THEY STUMBLED ONTO MY GRANT WADA CONDOS WHILE DRIVING AROUND IN SANTA MONICA,  SOUTH OF PICO,  IN 1987 AND THEY LUCKED OUT, BECAUSE THE CONDOS HAD SOLD  OUT AND ONE FELL OUT OF ESCROW,  SO THEY BOUGHT .  THE NEXT THING I KNEW THREE YEARS LATER, THEY PURCHASED A DUMPY HOUSE A FEW BLOCKS AWAY AND WANTED TO REMODEL IT TO RAISE THEIR EXPANDING FAMILY.

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WHEN WILL THEY EVER LEARN?

IN THE YEAR 2005, MANAGUA NICARAGUA GOT A GEM , THE CONCHA ACUSTICA, IT GOT RAVE REVIEWS. THE OPENING NIGHT AUDIENCE OF 150,000, LISTENED TO WORLD CLASS LATIN MUSICIANS PERFORM. NICARAGUA HAD A SYMBOLIC IMAGE OF AN UPLIFTING MONUMENT FOR HAPPINESS. SEE BLOGS: NICARAGUA 5 & 6. ON GOOGLE, IT WAS A FAVORITE SENSUOUS OBJECT TO PHOTOGRAPH IN MANAGUA. Continue reading

BYE BYE FOUNTAIN

colon fountain, managua nicaragua, 2004 glen howard small and roger lewites architects
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in the still of the night on july 21 2013 the fountain was torn down. no prior notice given. the government had not maintained the fountain for eight years and everything that could be stolen or broken was enacted. a programed neglect to destroy, marked for death, since many rotundas have been restored by the present government. Continue reading