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

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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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