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

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BYE BYE FOUNTAIN

colon fountain, managua nicaragua, 2004 glen howard small and roger lewites architects
night view

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

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RECOVERY ROOM

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THE SCINTILLATING FLOOR WRAPPING UP THE WALLS.

IN THE BEGINNING IN 1976 THERE WAS A VISION OF DR. DAVID LEVINE FOR A RECOVERY ROOM ON THE CORNER OF LA CIENGA BLVD. NEAR THE SANTA MONICA FREEWAY IN L.A.  THE GOOD DOCTOR AND FAMILY LIVED IN A HOUSE OF MINE IN THE HOLLYWOOD HILLS.  IT WAS THE AGE OF AQUARIUS  TO BE COLORFUL AND HIP.  MY JOB WAS TO REMODEL A COMMERCIAL SHELL  TO SERVE  ICE CREAM.   NO MAJOR CHANGES, JUST MANIPULATE THE EXISTING BUILDING.

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GREEN MACHINE 3 – WHY NOT NOW?

paris biennale 1984 green machine presentation board

WHAT HAPPENED? A PROJECT THAT WAS UPBEAT IN NATURE, HAD THE SUPPORT OF THE COMMUNITY, AND POLITICAL BACKING. WHAT WENT WRONG? THE TIMES CHANGED. THE DAY THAT PROPOSITION 13 PASSED IN CALIFORNIA, A MANDATE THAT THE PUBLIC WANTED TO LOWER TAXES, PAT RUSSEL , THE COUNCILWOMAN WHO BACKED THE PROJECT, WAS SET IN FRONT OF THE GREEN MACHINE MODEL ON TV AND WAS ASKED EMBARRASSING QUESTIONS OF SPENDING PUBLIC MONEY FOR EXPERIMENTS OF THIS NATURE. Continue reading

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GREEN MACHINE 2 – FEASIBILITY ADVENTURE

1980

the green machine as seen traveling west to the pacific ocean on venice blvd. i raised the ocean a bit to see it, the site is still open, so why not build it. needed more than ever these days.

IT WAS AN UPBEAT TIME FOR ME. I TOOK A TEACHING SABBATICAL FROM SCI-ARC IN THE SPRING OF 1980, AND POURED MY HEART INTO THE PROJECT. AT THE SAME TIME I HAD PURCHASED A NEW STRIPPED GM MOTOR HOME AND PUT MY OFFICE IN IT. THE IDEA WAS TO BE MOBILE. THAT WAS A GREAT IDEAL BUT DIFFICULT TO IMPLEMENT, BECAUSE I WAS INTO TECHNOLOGY WITH CARPENTERS SKILLS. Continue reading

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GREEN MACHINE CONCEPT – 1

the big idea happening at a small scale

AFTER 12 YEARS OF PROMOTING THE BIOMORPHIC BIOSPHERE WITHOUT ANY PEOPLE RUNNING DOWN THE ISLE AND THROWING THEMSELVES ON THE STAGE BEGGING TO DEVELOP THE BIOMORPHIC BIOSPHERE WITH REAL BUCKS, I DECIDED TO BUILD MY OWN MINIATURE BIOMORPHIC BIOSPHERE WITH A SMALL AMOUNT OF MONEY. THAT I GOT FROM THE SALE OF THE IRVING GILL HORATIO WEST COURT APARTMENTS BY IRVING GILL. I DECIDED TO BUY A TRAILER COURT AND BUILD MY OWN COMPLEX. THE IDEA WAS THAT THE TRAILER COURT WOULD GENERATE SOME MONEY AND WOULD FALL WITHIN THE ZONING I NEEDED TO DO MOVABLE CLOSE PACKING HOUSING. I COULD RENT THE TRAILER PADS AND GENERATE SOME MONEY. Continue reading

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Restoring a monument

horatio west court apartments, irving gill architect 1919 four detached houses with two apartments over garages

AT THE BEGINNING OF 1973, I REDISCOVERED IRVING GILLS HORATIO WEST COURT APARTMENT COMPLEX IN SANTA MONICA CALIFORNIA BUILT IN 1919. AT THE TIME A POTENTIAL BUY. WE HAD STARTED SCI-ARC IN THE FALL OF 1972. I HAD COME OFF A DIVORCE THREE YEARS PRIOR AND WAS LIVING WITH MILICA DEDIJER, ARCHITECT , WHO BECAME MY SECOND WIFE , IN A WALK STREET COURT APARTMENT IN VENICE, WITH RENT INCREASES. I A BIG FAN OF HISTORICAL MODERN ARCHITECTURE HAD READ FIVE CALIFORNIA ARCHITECTS BY ESTHER MC COY, ONE OF THE ARCHITECTS BEING IRVING GILL. I LEADING A LOSING CAMPAIGN TO SAVE A BERNARD MAYBECK PACKARD SHOWROOM IN DOWNTOWN LA IN 1962, MAYBECK ALSO IN ESTHER’S BOOK.
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BIOMORPHIC BIOSPHERE 6 – PITCHING THE DREAM


the biomorphic biosphere poster 1972, with head shot drawn by friend glen vippu, the way i was

IN 1972 I PUT TOGETHER A POSTER 21″ X42″ OF THE BIOMORPHIC BIOSPHERE , PUT IT IN A TUBE, AND SENT IT OUT TO ALL THE UNIVERSITIES OF NOTE IN THE USA. I GOT A FEW LECTURES. THE ONE IN QUBEC CITY AT THE UNIVERSITY OF LAVAL, THE STUDENTS HAD TO TOUR ME AROUND. Continue reading

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