Sunday, October 30, 2005
by frank gehry in hannover, germany
photo via wikimedia
onto gehry because there's lately been some sniping at him over
on the berry list ... and while it does seem that his aesthetic
is at odds with what we might imagine to be mr. berry's ... what
do we know ... and i like what i see in many of the photos of
gehry buildings ...Frank
Gehry - WikipediaThe
tortured, warped forms of his structures are considered expressions
of the deconstructivist (DeCon) school of modernist architecture.
The DeCon movement departs from modernism in its de-emphasis of
societal goals and functional necessity. Unlike early modernist
structures, DeCon structures are not required to reflect specific
social ideas (such as speed or universality of form), and they
do not reflect a belief that form follows function.deconstructivist
is a contemporary style that primarily counters the ordered rationality
of Modern Architecture. The underpinnings of this movement include
ideas of fragmentation, non-linear processes of design, non-Euclidean
geometry, negating polarities such as structure and envelope,
and so on. The final visual appearance of buildings in this style
are characterised by a stimulating unpredictability and a controlled
... ah ... wikipedia
Prize: Frank Gehry
a time, Gehry's work used 'unfinished' qualities as a part of
the design. As Paul Goldberger, New York Times Architecture Critic
described it, 'Mr. Gehry's architecture is known for its reliance
on harsh, unfinished materials and its juxtaposition of simple,
almost primal, geometric forms...(His) work is vastly more intelligent
and controlled than it sounds to the uninitiated; he is an architect
of immense gifts who dances on the line separating architecture
from art but who manages never to let himself fall.'
Gehry - Great Buildings Online
...Gehry's architecture has undergone a marked evolution
from the plywood and corrugated-metal vernacular of his early
works to the distorted but pristine concrete of his later works.
However, the works retain a deconstructed aesthetic that fits
well with the increasingly disjointed culture to which they belong.
... a deconstructed aesthetic
... or an aesthetic of deconstruction ... or ...
dolt. blockhead. numskull. oaf. lump. dunce. pinhead. goose.
... if a tension ... between the profound statement and the heart-stirring
melody ... in certain 17th century songs by ... say ... monteverdi
... as sung by emma kirkby (that melody ... soprano) ian partridge
(tenor) david thomas (that statement ... bass) ... is not unlike
one thread of my business at fyp ... but i'm neither so intent
on the statement (as actually saying anything) nor on the melody
(as yearning toward the gorgeous) ... and yet ... something solid
overflown by something ... else
... via a ballardini ... re a post to the poetics
list from harry nudel ... 10 Thing[s] I know about Erick Hawkins....
who knows these things because he has acquired hawkins' book collection
... what could anyone know of anyone by looking at anyone's books
... some things ...
Saturday, October 29, 2005
the tree towers over a corner of the building right
outside my classroom ... on bright days lately we go all golden
... i think it's the best tree on the grounds ... and we get it
all to ourselves ... fills the room with sweet arborial fire ...
kids to take care of the Earth
education is environmental education," writes Oberlin environmental
sciences professor David Orr in his foreword. "The ecological
crisis is in every way a crisis of education."
to see what turning on Comments does ... let's see
it's been red
just now ... we had an
assembly that wasn't too terribly bad
... some in the past
have been real head-scratchers .... but period c lost out on some
pretty intense sonnet discussion ... and some of us teachers found
ourselves onstage at the end bustin' a move
(as i was told
later) ... funny ... soon as the guy says "now go get yr
teachers and bring them to the stage" some few of my colleagues
made a very quick exit ... but enough of us remained to make some
signifying fools of ourselves and please the audience of juniors
and seniors to no end ... no doubt ...
o age ... maybe it's time for my tattoo
... too ... ?
Friday, October 28, 2005
what we can ... Louisiana
Wants Illinois Mud as Building Block for Devastated Marshes
... I didn't realize we had a mud surplus up here ...
Thursday, October 27, 2005
berry featured at Smithsonian
Magazine: 35 Who Made a Difference
...This is the front line of the conservation struggle
too. I don't think people realize how much work, actual physical
work, would be involved in restoring this country to some kind
of health. My experience over the last 25 years has been that
not many people speak, or can think, from the point of view of
the land. As soon as the conversation shifts from issues actually
affecting the land, to 'the environment,' then you're done for.
People think of it as something different from themselves, and
of course it isn't.
by wendell berry ... quick free registration (& worth it) is required
to see the article Tilling
Word and Land, Sojourners Magazine/November 2005
...When I am called, as to my astonishment
I sometimes am, a devotee of "simplicity" (since I live
supposedly as a "simple farmer"), I am obliged to reply
that I gave up the simple life when I left New York City in 1964
and came here to Kentucky. In New York, I lived as a passive consumer,
supplying nearly all my needs by purchase, whereas here I supply
many of my needs from this place by my work (and pleasure) and
am responsible besides for the care of the place.
Wednesday, October 26, 2005
entry from paula ...Available
mounts a step stool. She is short, her patient is tall. She sometimes
feels like a mountain goat clambering over the landscape of patients'
bodies; other patients, small and frail, make her feel lumbering
and monstrous. Like Alice in Wonderland. Sometimes big, sometimes
small. Is she really there at all ? Really ?
the vibration generated between photos and words
... just exquisite
Tuesday, October 25, 2005
the roundtable discussion with the sophs today ... and am very
happy with the results ... they stuck with the question, often
supported their points with specifics from the story, listened
to and referred to each other's ideas ... and kept their senses
of humor ... what a privilege for me to be present at such goings-on
o ... we were talking about
what a consideration of the subtitle "A Parable" might
do to our understanding of the Hawthorne story "The Minister's
to be continued tomorrow with the added fuel of "Young Goodman
Monday, October 24, 2005
Merton ...community is
not built by man, it is built by God. It is God's work and the
basis of community is not just sociability but faith. This is
what we need to see very clearly, because it is very important.
what really starts fighting is possessions. And people get into
fights by preferring things to people. This is well developed
in Christian theology, and therefore, for us, the importance of
detachment from things, the importance of poverty, is that we
are supposed to be free from things we might prefer to people.
You can extend that to any limits you like wherever things
become more important than people we are in trouble. That is the
crux of the whole matter. Figure it out for yourself!
from Thomas Merton in Alaska
by Thomas Merton. New Directions, 1989.
courtesy of The
Thomas Merton Foundation
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