Three-time Pulitzer prize nominee P. Kellach Waddle and the musicians of PKWproductions return to Book People with their first presentation of the year in the PKWproductions "A Synthesis of Music and Literature" series. This concert will feature new music written by Waddle inspired by works of Ernest Hemingway. Before each new musical work, Waddle will also give short lectures and commentary on the three novels which inspired this presentation's music : A Farewell To Arms, The Sun Also Rises, and For Whom The Bell Tolls.
How to deliver a Big Society - a place that acts as a catalyst to and inspires grassroots local activism - in the most bureaucratic, statist and controlled public space of them all: the built environment?
Planning for “Diego Rivera: Murals for the Museum of Modern Art” was well in hand by the time the Occupy Wall Street crew took over Zuccotti Park in September, but you’ve got to admire MoMA’s sense of timing.
In this show the museum brings back together the eight “portable” frescoed murals Rivera painted for MoMA’s second one-man show (Henri Matisse got the first) in 1931, just as the horrors of the Great Depression were sinking in. And what they represent is the very birth of Socialist Realism — even as they foreshadow one of the most notorious incidents of artistic censorship in American history.
‘Civilisation’s going to pieces,’ Tom Buchanan, the Yale-educated millionaire, abruptly informs Nick Carraway in The Great Gatsby. ‘I’ve gotten to be a terrible pessimist about things.
So opens Pankaj Mishra in London Review of Books on historian Niall Ferguson's Civilisation: The West and the Rest
.... Ferguson himself is homo atlanticus redux....The author of two previous books about 19th-century banking, Ferguson became known to the general public with The Pity of War (1998), a long polemic, fluent and bristling with scholarly references
....books are known less for their original scholarly contribution than for containing some provocative counterfactuals.
Mexico City – one of the world’s greatest, and most populated cities. Recent law have placed height limits on new buildings in this, one of our alpha global cities. So, architects BNKR Arquitectura (pronounced Bunker) have come up with what you might call something of a plan. Mexico City can no longer have any new skyscrapers (indeed, any building more than eight storeys in height). So what about the world’s first earthscraper instead?
This new architectural extravaganza has been designed to fit right in the middle of Mexico City. It has been mooted that this amazing upside down pyramid could be built in (or rather under) The Zócalo, the main plaza or square in the heart of the historic center of Mexico City. It will be a snug fit, too – at least from external appearance. Below is how the earthscraper might look, as well as how the plaza looks today.
Architecture and Design Magazine for the 21st Century. Organizer of the Annual Skyscraper Architectural Competition.
Located in Chongqing, a major city in founder Yansong Ma’s home country of China, the Urban Forest proposal reiterate MAD’s design approach of syncing architecture with nature. Aesthetically evocative of the surrounding mountainous terrain, the peak-and-valley elevation is generated by the successive cantilevering of the floor plates. Abstractly curved, the floors are un-referential to what is above and below, rendering the high-rise building as a swaying tree in a forest of towers
1.) Boerum Hill: This year's Atlantic Antic street festival adds big-box in with the local with booths by Uniqlo and Yelp.
2.) Meatpacking District: Forthcoming high-end retailer Dagny & Barstow tells a tale of construction permit woe; the owners originally planned a space on the Bowery with community board approval, but alas, building in New York is a nightmare.
3.) Greenwich Village: Watch out for two-wheeled men in tweed as Rugby Ralph Lauren organizes its annual Tweed Run, a group ride from University Place to Brooklyn.
Urban Design Week 2011. The Institute for Urban Design is currently preparing for the first annual Urban Design Week, a public festival created to engage New Yorkers in the fascinating and complex issues of the public realm and celebrate the...
In his new book 'Black Rock City, NV: The Ephemeral Art of Burning Man,' photographer Philippe Glade shows just how stylish--and functional--many of the attendee-created structures at the annual arts event can be.
The Mountainair Gymkhana Rodeo is probably one of the best supported and attended local events, each monthly event bringing as many or more outside visitors to town as the big annual events. The season total is probably more than for any other single event. Yet many newcomers and even some locals know relatively little about the events... or that nationally ranked Mountainair athletes are far more likely to be competing in rodeo events than on school sports teams.
Our thanks to Red Kingston for explaining the NM youth rodeo system.
+ link to 23 additional images of pedestrian signals from around the world.
Semiotics is the scientific study of signs and their linguistic meaning. It is about the relationship between a sign and what it represents. It is about how people determine the meaning of signs. A sign is considered anything (a symbol, an icon, a sound, a picture and so on) that stands for another thing.
This collaboration with Electronic Musician Edward Williams featured 12 panels of Rainforest scenes created in Adobe Photoshop and Freehand and initially printed out in 120 A4 sections per panel.
Interactive sound devices based on "Soundbeam" were ceiling mounted and as an audience passed among the panels they triggered stored recordings of Rainforest sounds. Because the device was based on ultra sound detection, variations in visitor height would change the pitch and duration of emmitted sounds
Yesterday Roy and I spent the day in Pittsburgh at the Sixth Annual Co-op Art Harvest with over 50 local vendors, wonderful food and live music. I was pleasantly surprised at the variety of the art/craft offerings! There were the numerous jewelry vendors but there were many unusual creations. I took the oportunity to do some networking and passed out business cards as well as postcards showcasing my artwork. It was great fun! The following photographs show the row of tents and I also had to include a photograph of one of the streetside buildings that is so "Pittsburgh". Love that town!
'Not Coming to a Theater Near You' is a film review website that assumes a bias towards older, often unpopular, and sometimes unknown films that merit a second look.
By rights, Raymond Queneau’s Zazie dans le métro ought to rank quite highly among the great unfilmable novels of the 20th century. Rife with a peculiar francophonic mix of slang, wordplay, and toilet humor, and compressed into an all-in-a-day temporality, the sometime surrealist and Oulipo-founder’s hugely popular 1959 children’s book owes more than a little to James Joyce’s Ulysses and, though a fraction of the length, may be just as dense.
All the more impressive, then – if not foolhardy – that Louis Malle chose to adapt the novel just a year after its publication. Riding high on the success of 1958’s The Lovers – only his second feature, an international sensation, and the film that prompted Justice Potter Stewart to declare that he knew pornography when he saw it – Malle must have felt emboldened to try something completely different.
This would not be the last time – he famously made a career of tonal and stylistic 180s – but Zazie dans le métro seems a weird film even for Malle, a giddy foray into farce where nothing remains still (or intact) for long. But perhaps fittingly, it’s also a film that captures the director’s sense of the mercurial nature of identity with a kind of gleeful, manic relish.