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.
LET THERE BE DEATH CONCHA ACUSTICA MAY 4, 2014
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
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.
VIEW FROM FRONT DECK AT SUNRISE – PHOTO BY KIM MOBLEY
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a bit of color opening night, acoustical shell, managua nicaragua glen howard small and roger lewites architects 2005
i was pleased that rosario murillo had removed about six steel trees in front of the acoustical shell, i thought she might have read my blog. that was a month ago. i was told, she probably needed them elsewhere.
I HAVE NEVER BEEN INTO SPENDING A LOT OF MONEY ON FURNITURE, ESPECIALLY WHEN THE ONLY KIND OF FURNITURE THAT I LIKE IS DESIGNED BY ARCHITECTS AND IS MANUFACTURED TO SELL TO HIGH SOCIETY. Continue reading
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
colon fountain, managua nicaragua, 2004 glen howard small and roger lewites architects
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
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.
zebras hanging out, ready to blast off away from the tiger with a camouflage coat that looks like grass .
the zebra stripes have proven to drive flies away. the smaller and closer the stripes the more effective. Continue reading