Posts in category "Urban Development"

Wildness and the Global City: Lake Michigan Pilgrimage

Wildness and the Global City: Lake Michigan Pilgrimage
I stepped up to the edge of Lake Michigan today and the phrase “standing on the edge of wildness” came to mind. I pondered that. Is Lake Michigan wild? Today, my pilgrimage took me on a northern route. I was on my way to a meeting at the University of Chicago’s Gleacher center to listen... Read more »

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 29

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 29
Well, snow and ice are melting and it’s all running into Lake Michigan. It’s also going into the deep tunnel and sewers, and hopefully not into our homes! The Water Reclamation District published a warning today in advance of rain expected tomorrow – and making recommendations about how to prepare. Rain is anticipated in the... Read more »

Dutch Elm Disease Monoculture: Remembering Esther Parada

A nighttime view of the lovely elm back in its heyday.
A glorious Elm tree, sick with Dutch elm disease, bit the sawdust down the street yesterday. The neighborhood was lousy all day long with the sound of it; grinding, sawing, chopping, splitting. Huge machines and busy men, bringing memories of my friend Esther Parada, an internationally known artist from Oak Park. In the final decade... Read more »
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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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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 »

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 »
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Self-immolation, Land Use and Public Discourse in rural China

Self-immolation, Land Use and Public Discourse in rural China
Self-immolation is on the increase in rural China. That’s according to a recent article in the New York Times. I was stunned by this news. It set me thinking about land use and public discourse and human connection to place. Would you burn yourself up if they were going to take away your land? That’s... Read more »