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Ken Lum’s Pecha Kucha talk in Vancouver

Tuesday, October 8th, 2013

Vancouver artist Ken Lum took the opportunity of a Pecha Kucha appearance to talk about the his city, its history and its habits, and its demolition and disappearance. Though he said little about his own work, none of the concerns or ethic of his art were missing. His offhanded, throwaway tone only barely conceals outrage. And there’s a surprise ending. Like me, Ken is one of the few Vancouverites with …read more

Apelle – boat-like house by Finnish architect Marco Casagrande

Monday, May 6th, 2013

Another pleasing structure by Finnish architect Marco Casagrande. (See other projects here.) Called Apelle, it’s made to resemble a boat, and was in fact assembled by local boat carpenters. “Apelle is a wooden one family house located in Karjaa, Finland. The building rests in a natural harbor like a boat in a sheltering pocket surrounded by bed rocks and trees. The interior space of Apelle is a continuous tube that grows gradually along …read more

Whither Moral Courage? By Salman Rushdie

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

Stephen Crowley/The New York Times Police officers carried off an Occupy D.C. demonstrator in Washington, October 2011. I’m reprinting this article here because I think it’s worth reading and I don’t think it should be behind the NYT paywall. The fact that it’s become uncool to stand up to power irritates me intensely. Anyone who thinks standing up to these lunatics is uncool has drunk the kool-aid. It’s also a …read more

Tower of Babel

Saturday, April 27th, 2013

Tower of Babel, 1563 by Pieter Bruegel the Elder. Bruegel painted a series of three pictures of the Tower of Babel; one, on ivory, is lost. ‘Come, let us build ourselves a city, and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves; otherwise we shall be scattered abroad upon the face of the whole earth.’ (Genesis 11:4). “The workers in the painting …read more

Eileen Gray – Transat Chair

Sunday, April 7th, 2013

  Superb modern chair by Eileen Gray, featured in a Guardian list this this week. It’s the Transat Chair (1925-30). “The Transat chair is from the late 1920s, when Marcel Breuer, Le Corbusier and Charlotte Perriand were forging in tubular steel assertive icons of the machine age. Transat, with its spare timber frame and graceful curve of fabric, had more subtle ambitions. Gray, as her collaborator Jean Badovici said, was concerned …read more

The largest clear-span wooden building in the world – Tillamook Air Museum

Sunday, March 17th, 2013

The largest clear-span wooden building in the world, constructed entirely without glue wood, was built as a U.S. military air station hangar. It is now the Tillamook Air Museum in Oregon. More info here and Wikipedia. It’s nice to see communities saving these old military hangars. It is a tragedy that Vancouver lost its 5 vintage military hangars at Jericho Beach in Vancouver in the late 1970s. They were beautiful. I heard about …read more