Archive for December, 2006

12/31/2006


Architecture is a marriage of the functional and the spritual, if the spaces we create do not move the heart and mind then they are surely only addressing one part of their function. Light is a good example. Any engineer can quantify the lumens required to brighten a passage or to read a book. But what about the poetic dimension of natural light: the changing nature of an overcast sky, the discovery of dappled shade, the intensity of a sunburst.”

-Norman Foster, from “Reflections.”

Sir Norman’s “personal statement about architecture, how it is understood and how it is perceived.” For Foster, the book reflects his belief that architecture is essentially a social art; a necessity and not a luxury; that it is generated by people’s needs, which are both spiritual and material. It has much to do with optimism, joy, and reassurance-of order in a disordered world, of privacy in the midst of many, of space in a crowded site, of light on a dull day. It is about quality – the quality of the space and the poetry of the light that models it.”

Thought I’d leave you with that, as we make disorder tonight.
Next year, perhaps we’ll return to order. We shall try.

If you’re in Chicago, today’s the last day for Bruce Mau’s exhibition, Massive Change at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Open until 5pm.

Hope to see you in ’07!
Happy, Healthy New Year to you and yours,
-Edward

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12/31/2006


Architecture is a marriage of the functional and the spritual, if the spaces we create do not move the heart and mind then they are surely only addressing one part of their function. Light is a good example. Any engineer can quantify the lumens required to brighten a passage or to read a book. But what about the poetic dimension of natural light: the changing nature of an overcast sky, the discovery of dappled shade, the intensity of a sunburst.”

-Norman Foster, from “Reflections.”

Sir Norman’s “personal statement about architecture, how it is understood and how it is perceived.” For Foster, the book reflects his belief that architecture is essentially a social art; a necessity and not a luxury; that it is generated by people’s needs, which are both spiritual and material. It has much to do with optimism, joy, and reassurance-of order in a disordered world, of privacy in the midst of many, of space in a crowded site, of light on a dull day. It is about quality – the quality of the space and the poetry of the light that models it.”

Thought I’d leave you with that, as we make disorder tonight.
Next year, perhaps we’ll return to order. We shall try.

If you’re in Chicago, today’s the last day for Bruce Mau’s exhibition, Massive Change at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Open until 5pm.

Hope to see you in ’07!
Happy, Healthy New Year to you and yours,
-Edward

12/31/2006


Architecture is a marriage of the functional and the spritual, if the spaces we create do not move the heart and mind then they are surely only addressing one part of their function. Light is a good example. Any engineer can quantify the lumens required to brighten a passage or to read a book. But what about the poetic dimension of natural light: the changing nature of an overcast sky, the discovery of dappled shade, the intensity of a sunburst.”

-Norman Foster, from “Reflections.”

Sir Norman’s “personal statement about architecture, how it is understood and how it is perceived.” For Foster, the book reflects his belief that architecture is essentially a social art; a necessity and not a luxury; that it is generated by people’s needs, which are both spiritual and material. It has much to do with optimism, joy, and reassurance-of order in a disordered world, of privacy in the midst of many, of space in a crowded site, of light on a dull day. It is about quality – the quality of the space and the poetry of the light that models it.”

Thought I’d leave you with that, as we make disorder tonight.
Next year, perhaps we’ll return to order. We shall try.

If you’re in Chicago, today’s the last day for Bruce Mau’s exhibition, Massive Change at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Open until 5pm.

Hope to see you in ’07!
Happy, Healthy New Year to you and yours,
-Edward

12/31/2006

Carfree in Deutschland – leave your ‘Beamer’ behind.

In this new German community you won’t need it.

And it won’t fit down some of the roads.

That’s the way it’s planned.

-E

12/31/2006

Carfree in Deutschland – leave your ‘Beamer’ behind.

In this new German community you won’t need it.

And it won’t fit down some of the roads.

That’s the way it’s planned.

-E

12/31/2006

Carfree in Deutschland – leave your ‘Beamer’ behind.

In this new German community you won’t need it.

And it won’t fit down some of the roads.

That’s the way it’s planned.

-E

12/29/2006

The greatest cantilever ever told!
opens march 28

Over the uber “awesome”… — Grand Canyon.

Could the Grand Canyon be made more awesome? Go see for yourself this spring, on the Hualapai Indian Reservation.

Will I really see all those towers? Awesome!….

12/29/2006

The greatest cantilever ever told!
opens march 28

Over the uber “awesome”… — Grand Canyon.

Could the Grand Canyon be made more awesome? Go see for yourself this spring, on the Hualapai Indian Reservation.

Will I really see all those towers? Awesome!….

12/29/2006

The greatest cantilever ever told!
opens march 28

Over the uber “awesome”… — Grand Canyon.

Could the Grand Canyon be made more awesome? Go see for yourself this spring, on the Hualapai Indian Reservation.

Will I really see all those towers? Awesome!….

12/29/2006


Note to Architects: Make it Memorable


Sorry, busy today, so only this.

The new Baha’i Temple or House of Worship to be built near Santiago in Chile. Designed by Siamak Hariri of Toronto, Canada.

The design has “nine gracefully torqued wings, which enfold the space of the Temple,” Mr. Hariri said. Looks delicious.

No offense intended, to a fine faith. Just an arch-coincidence.