Archive for the ‘Mau’ Category

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

11/29/2006

How Now Bruce Mau?
rumors and innuendo


Is it true Bruce Mau will move from Toronto to Chicago?

And/or open a branch here of his Institute Without Boundaries?

That’s the rumor floating around town. That he’ll help “Mr. Green Mayor” Mayor Daley to update Daniel Burnham’s famed Plan of Chicago for its centennial in 2009.

A few weeks ago Mau and “Massive Change” – his traveling exhibition now in Chicago on how design can save the world – placed an insert in the local run of the New York Times in which he praised Hizzoner Daley.

I wondered about it at the time. And I mentioned that the Mayor would give Mau a medal, at a “Global Visionaries Symposium.”

Well, it is true that our Jolly Green Mayor Daley is committed and passionate about sustainability.
Mr. Mau, come on down!

-Edward

11/29/2006

How Now Bruce Mau?
rumors and innuendo


Is it true Bruce Mau will move from Toronto to Chicago?

And/or open a branch here of his Institute Without Boundaries?

That’s the rumor floating around town. That he’ll help “Mr. Green Mayor” Mayor Daley to update Daniel Burnham’s famed Plan of Chicago for its centennial in 2009.

A few weeks ago Mau and “Massive Change” – his traveling exhibition now in Chicago on how design can save the world – placed an insert in the local run of the New York Times in which he praised Hizzoner Daley.

I wondered about it at the time. And I mentioned that the Mayor would give Mau a medal, at a “Global Visionaries Symposium.”

Well, it is true that our Jolly Green Mayor Daley is committed and passionate about sustainability.
Mr. Mau, come on down!

-Edward

11/29/2006

How Now Bruce Mau?
rumors and innuendo


Is it true Bruce Mau will move from Toronto to Chicago?

And/or open a branch here of his Institute Without Boundaries?

That’s the rumor floating around town. That he’ll help “Mr. Green Mayor” Mayor Daley to update Daniel Burnham’s famed Plan of Chicago for its centennial in 2009.

A few weeks ago Mau and “Massive Change” – his traveling exhibition now in Chicago on how design can save the world – placed an insert in the local run of the New York Times in which he praised Hizzoner Daley.

I wondered about it at the time. And I mentioned that the Mayor would give Mau a medal, at a “Global Visionaries Symposium.”

Well, it is true that our Jolly Green Mayor Daley is committed and passionate about sustainability.
Mr. Mau, come on down!

-Edward

10/29/2006

Bruce Mau Kowtow?

What’s going on here? Bruce Mau and his gang, along with Chicago’s Museum of Contemporary Art, placed an insert in today’s New York Times in the Chicago region.

In it they they praise Mayor Daley.

“Mayor Richard Daley is known for his heavy-duty green stripes.”

And of course, at the Massive Change and the City: Global Visionaries Symposium
On Saturday, November 18, 2006 Mayor Daley will present each speaker with a City of Chicago Global Visionaries Award. (What’s that? lol)

So it’s a love fest.

Good for Daley. And I’m glad he’s finally abandonning his blue bag recycling program – it never worked. Now he needs to improve public transit here.

And, do we agree? Bruce Mau loves text. He loves words. He loves layout. You see it in the exhibition and you see it in this very unusual ad in today’s paper. Ours is an image society. His ad stands out like a page for the New York Times 100 years ago. From the days when people read. If Bruce Mau can teach us to read again, more power to him.

Is that what he wants? Most who think on the ambitious scale that does – seek power.

Best,
-Edward

Here’s another fine take on the Mau show.