Weekend 402.0

(1) Quality, variety and surprise. How Walt Disney created a very real fantasy (Blooloop) (2) Quotes from The Man in the Castle by Philip K. Dick: “They want to be the agents, not the victims, of history. They identify with God’s power and believe they are godlike. That is their basic madness. They are overcome […]

Weekend 380.0

(1) Frank Lloyd Wright’s unbuilt Trinity Chapel is realised in images by David Romero (dezeen)

Weekend 355.1 (World on the Move)

(1) The Archigram Archival Project (2) A quote from Walt Disney and the Quest for Community by Steve Mannheim: “Although the EPCOT concept was never built, its prototype transportation systems continue to influence the way millions of people around the world think about mass transit of the future. Disney, Roger Broggie, Bob Gurr, and their […]

Gruen on Eero Saarinen

“An illustration of how this desire for publicity can influence the architect’s work can be found in comparing two air terminal buildings designed by the same architect, the late, extremely gifted Eero Saarinen. One of these buildings, the TWA terminal at Idlewild, New York (now John F. Kennedy International Airport), obviously was based on the […]

Weekend 343.1

(1) On September 13, You Can Ride the 7 Train to Hudson Yards (2) ÖBB Headquarters / INNOCAD Architecture (ArchDaily) (3) More quotes from The Heart of our Cities by Victor Gruen: “There is a saying that the best things in life are free. Those best things are hard to come by in the sprawling […]

Subcityscape

A Gruen inspired renaissance? (1) The Mall Rises Again: How to breathe new life into America’s much-maligned indoor shopping centers. (City-Journal) (2) A related quote from Walt Disney: The Triumph of the American Imagination by Neal Gabler Imagineers said that when they were planning Tomorrowland, Walt would carry books around on city planning and mutter […]

Weekend 310.0

Pegoretti was one of the six craftsmen featured in Bespoke: The Handbuilt Bicycle at the Museum of Arts & Design in 2010. (1) Robin Williams and Dario Pegoretti: The Comedian and the Bike Builder (WSJ) (1a) A.N.T. Part 1 (2) McDowell + Benedetti’s Footbridge and Rail Station Underway in Terni (ArchDaily) (3) ‘Like a Singing […]

Weekend 308.1

(1) Architect Lord Norman Foster on Good Design and Collectible Cars: The sought-after British architect reveals what he’s seeking, riding, collecting and coveting (WSJ) “The best way to quickly transform a space is: by light and shadow. Light it, open it up to a view, provide a glimpse of the sky, orient it, close it […]

Weekend 291.0

(1) A Good Book Is a Good Friend (The Huffington Post) (2) How Real is Spike Jonze’s ‘Her’? Artificial Intelligence Experts Weigh In (WSJ) (2a) Tech Time Warp of the Week: In 1959, a Fitbit Weighed 2,000 Pounds (Wired) (3) Learning to Love Life on the Downslope (WSJ) I know there shall be enjoyments for […]

Weekend 288.0

(1) These 20 Pictures Of Expo 67 Will Leave You Speechless. There Are No Words (1a) ‘Norman Bel Geddes: I Have Seen the Future’ (WSJ) (2) As City Cycling Grows, So Does Bike Tax Temptation (3) Horst Brandstätter My Last Meal: The octogenarian head of Playmobil shares lunch at the staff canteen of the company […]

Thanksgiving Weekend 2013 (ISON Edition)

This is a close approximation! (1) Eastern and Western attitudes about life explained in 18 simple infographics Credit: Felicia (2) Drivers Get Rolled: Bicyclists are making unreasonable claims to the road—and winning (2a) Road safety minister to ride Brompton on tour of London’s danger spots (2b) The Safest Suburb In The World Did It By […]

Weekend 278.0

(1) Linden Green: Design’s Color of the Season (WSJ) (2) Book Review: ‘Why We Build’ by Witold Rybczynski | ‘How Architecture Works’ by Rowan Moore (WSJ – Registration Required) (3) Halloween Colors: Where Did They Come From?

Weekend 277.0 (Autumn Biking Adventures)

(1) This App Will Help You Find A Quiet Space In The Loud, Bustling City (1a) Metro-North Commuters Slog to Work: After Power Outage, It Could Be Days Before Normalcy Returns to New Haven Line (WSJ) On the plus side, diesel locos from Stamford! (2) A quote from The Blue Riband (The Piccadilly Line) by […]

Weekend 276.0

Nice weekend in the northeast (weather-wise). Was able to bike a bit and noticed that the abandoned Free Spirit at the train station has been robbed of its tyres. My home office is in shambles but slowly being reconfigured/reassembled. One of the most amazing things about moving is uncovering and re-discovering “stuff” packed and forgotten […]

Hand-drawn and in 2-D

(1) GASP! (1a) Disney bringing back Mickey Mouse in 2-D shorts (CBS News) (2) A Celebration of Days Gone By (WSJ) (3) 3 Juicy Leadership Lessons From…Boardgames? (Forbes) (4) Toys for Tight Schedules (WSJ)