Posts Tagged ‘1950s’

The Hitler Youth haircut: what it’s actually expressing

Monday, May 26th, 2014

Update: this feels all the more pressing now, since this US election. If you want to hear Chomsky’s post-election comments on white male entitlement and rage, it’s here. This isn’t just a fashion; it’s real. 60 million Americans voted for this. Thanks to Lydia for interesting new comment.

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BC Hydro now and then – what happened between 1955 and 1991?

Friday, December 3rd, 2010

“Compare and despair” is good advice, but I can’t help it. Here are two skyscrapers designed for the same public corporation, BC Hydro. The first, shown above, is a modernist beauty in the international style by Ned Pratt and Ron Thom of Thomson Berwick Pratt, 1955.

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John di Castri, wooden “Trend House,” Victoria

Wednesday, December 1st, 2010

John di Castri is one of Victoria, BC’s best known architects. This house seemed strangely familiar to me, and then I discovered that di Castri had left Victoria for Oklahoma to study for three years with Bruce Goff (see Goff’s influence here). The house above is a “Trend House” by di Castri built in 1954. 

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Ned Pratt, Vancouver architect

Tuesday, November 30th, 2010

Vancouver architect Ned Pratt produced work in an era that—from the standpoint of our developer-led moment—is quickly starting to look like a golden age.  Pratt and Arthur Erickson along with their contemporaries Ron Thom and Fred Hollingsworth still rank among Vancouver’s best and most influential architects. These photos of Ned Pratt’s own 1951 house in West Vancouver, BC, were taken by Foster Grant.

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Horizon Hotel, Palm Springs

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

William Cody, Architect, 1952. From the standpoint of the rainy temperate rainforest, desert landscaping is so seductive, so distant, so taunting. Red cactus soil, and an agave growing through the roof, and a boulder. Photos by Chimay Bleue (my friend Darren) by permission, on Flickr.

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Furniture makers of Middle Earth

Sunday, April 5th, 2009

I find this Todd Merrell Antiques magazine ad weirdly compelling. If you end up at his website (now defunct) it’s like being transported into Middle Earth or the underworld. You might have to retrieve an amulet with the help of a talking dog with eyes as big as saucers or something.

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