Archive for October 2013

Homemade Help on Halloween - and raisins

Homemade Help on Halloween - and raisins
I was about 7 when I ‘went’ as the cowardly lion in a homemade Halloween costume. And the part that matters is that my mom helped me make my tail. I grew up in the country on an old farm with a yard that was pure mud for the first years my parents owned it.... Read more »

The Phallus and the Womb in Chicago Architecture: Prentice Hospital and the Sears Tower

The unfortunate destruction of Prentice Hospital for Women has me thinking about metaphor in Chicago Architecture. What do great buildings tell us about ourselves and about our culture; how is cultural meaning embedded in their design and how does this meaning – whether consciously or not – play out in how we embrace or reject... Read more »

Prentice Hospital for Women Meets the Wrecking Ball

Prentice Hospital for Women Meets the Wrecking Ball
Bertrand Goldberg’s Prentice Hospital for Women is being demolished. Blair Kamin reported on it with a collection of really sad photographs – the blasting sun and crisp colors an incongruous backdrop for the destruction of this wonderful building. It’s appropriate in a way, because the process that brought us to this has been so marked... Read more »
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Vietnam War Photography: commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War

Vietnam War Photography: commemorating the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War
The 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War is being commemorated by the Associated Press with a photography book called Vietnam: The Real War, A Photographic History by the Associated Press. Pete Hamill, a photographer who worked in Vietnam at the time, wrote the introduction. “Say the word ‘Vietnam’ today to most people of a certain... Read more »

Twenty Cities Most Vulnerable to Flooding World Tour

“The 20 Cities Most Vulnerable to Flooding” was highlighted recently on ArchDaily website. As I read down the list, it stuck me how many of them are in Asia. I thought about it as a world tour. And there’s an urgency to it as well. I felt a strong urge to pull out a map,... Read more »

Guggenheim Museum Forum: Genius Loci

Guggenheim Museum Forum: Genius Loci
The Guggenheim Museum Forum is hosting a conversation this week titled “Genius loci”. It’s a online panel discussion about ideas that relate to place and the spirit of place, and a live blog event today at 2 PM. I encourage you to take a look, enjoy and maybe even comment, there, or here, if you... Read more »
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Vietnam: 10 things I learned in Saigon

Vietnam: 10 things I learned in Saigon
This summer I was in Saigon Vietnam doing research for a class I’ll be teaching in Southeast Asia next summer. I am very excited about this class. Southeast Asia has long had a complicated pull on me, sparked by the U.S. war in Vietnam which raged during my early childhood. Complexities from that conflict are... Read more »