Posts tagged "architecture"

Chicago Cultural Center: BYO Flashlight Tour with Cultural Historian, Tim Samuelson

Chicago Cultural Center: BYO Flashlight Tour with Cultural Historian, Tim Samuelson
For Chicago Cultural Center’s late-night building tour with Chicago Cultural Historian Tim Samuelson, participants were reminded to BYO Flashlight, and arrive promptly at 10:30 PM. The night concluded around 1AM with a screening of the wonderful “Lost Buildings”, an animated film by Chris Ware; an inspired excursion through Samuelson’s early love of buildings and his... Read more »

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 24

Pilgrimage to Lake Michigan in Photographs: Day 24
Walking down to Lake Michigan today is super refreshing. It’s so bright and clear and beautiful! Face to the sun, catching some Vitamin D. This is the life. There’s a boat out there moving really fast and I can only surmise that it’s an ice cutter. It slices across the horizon from right to left.... Read more »

Always Carry An Umbrella in Singapore: Life Lessons from 2013

Always Carry An Umbrella in Singapore: Life Lessons from 2013
This year, I learned that it’s wise to always carry an umbrella in Singapore. It rains a lot; sometimes unexpectedly (unexpected at least to a North American midwesterner). Reflecting on the year past, I find a few other life lessons to carry into the year ahead. Join me. Type your email address in the box... Read more »
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Patience, Virtue and the Chicago Skyline ... Is This Heaven?

Patience, Virtue and the Chicago Skyline ... Is This Heaven?
“Patience is a virtue”; one of the heavenly ones actually, together with kindness and diligence. … Which it seems to me you need both of if you’re really going to have patience. Here’s a story: Last week a friend told me about the Buddha learning patience. He was meditating and had sat under a tree... Read more »

The Spirit of Nelson Mandela in the Wisconsin Capitol Rotunda

The Spirit of Nelson Mandela in the Wisconsin Capitol Rotunda
Nelson Mandela may not have set foot in the Wisconsin Capitol building, but his spirit has infused its grand rotunda nonetheless. President Obama’s tribute to Mandela reminded me of the South Africa divestiture teach-ins I attended in the capitol rotunda in Madison in the early 1980′s. Obama’s first political act was a protest against apartheid.... 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 »
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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 »

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 »

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 »
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Richard Blanco Inauguration Poem: Grounded in American Place

Richard Blanco read his wonderful poem at Obama’s second Inauguration. Beginning with the image of sunlight spreading a “simple truth” across a morning landscape, “One Today” is grounded in American place. It’s been called “Whitmanesque“;  direct and clean, broad and sweeping. In tribute, I’ve paired my photographs with Blanco’s poem. One sun rose on us... Read more »