TED *Live* →
Shantytowns as a New Suburban Ideal →
As Tijuana has expanded into the hilly terrain to the east, squatters have fashioned an elaborate system of retaining walls out of used tires packed with earth. The houses jostling on the incline are constructed out of concrete blocks, sheets of corrugated metal, used garage doors and discarded packing crates — much of it brought down by local contractors and wholesalers from across the border. ...
Learning From Tijuana: Hudson, N.Y., Considers... →
“Developers in Tijuana would build entire neighborhoods of generic 400-square-foot houses — miniature versions of suburban America,” Mr. Cruz said in an interview. “What I noticed is how quickly these developments were retrofitted by the tenants.” Informal businesses like mechanics’ shops and taco stands would quickly sprout up on the front lawns and between the houses, transforming them into...
On Day One →
For we know that our patchwork heritage is a strength, not a weakness. We are a...– President Barack Obama (via soupsoup) (via startmeup)
Obama's Inauguration speech
My whole office crowded around one computer to watch the speech, more of the same moving words from our now president Barack Obama. I appreciated the references to our historical founding and the nod to how far we have come as a nation since the civil war and segregation regarding fundamental rights and equality for everyone. I was also moved by the acknowledgement of the global community in its...
From Asia, Rapture in a Bowl →
I’ve been craving this all weekend and my homemade chicken noodle soup with no chicken paled in comparison to this description of SE Asian soups…. “Enter, steaming: the rich, spicy chicken noodle soups of Southeast Asia, the love children of Indian curries and Chinese noodle soups. These are chicken noodle soups you want to bathe in: sweet, spicy and fragrant, a happy contrast of...
Ski/Snowboard Bus trip to Okemo →
Yay -I’m going snowboarding next Saturday!
BAR 169 →
= wild, drunken fun with a splash of funk music Definitely one of my favorite bars here in nyc, saw it on Flight of the Concords episode last night which reminded me to look it up. Owned by NOLA resident/musician, Charles Hanson, it takes “its metier visually and aurally” from the Cresent City itself. No cover and open til 4am. A true diamond in the rough.
CEDAR LAKE DANCE CONTEMPORARY BALLET →
I have heard really good things about this dance company and the choreographers presenting work this week.
Design Loves a Depression →
Great NYtimes article on a projected shift to more modest, intelligent design with a focus on developing innovative infrastructure. Having only worked in the high-end residential sector, this will be a welcome change and I look forward to it… “Will today’s designers rise to the occasion? “What designers do really well is work within constraints, work with what they have,” said Paola...
Braised Cabbage & Polenta →
Delicious! - just made for a homey Sunday dinner, thanks Cathy
I can always tell when people leave their desks for the week or put their internets aside as they begin the merrymaking and frollicking that ensues every Friday evening. No more fun tumblr posts, no more ingoing and outgoing emails… just a dead stop, an empty silence. Alas, I’m still at work. Ahhh, the life of the ever-working architect.
For Jane →
Its Interspecies Week at Fuck You, Penguin- very funny and clever as usual and reminds me of a quote I had wanted to remember. Jane and I had just boarded our Jet Blue flight direct to JFK and begun a nice game of eavesdropping, when we overheard a ridiculously cute, curious little boy asking his parents all kinds of questions*…. he then turns on the individual tv and continues. His mother...
Best Sailing in the World →
I would love to go to all of these places in my life… and at 26yrs I do have a bit of a start on it already. Lucky me.
Strangest lyrics ever heard →
What??? its kind of weirding me out right now.
In which I go all leftist on you
noraleah: In the past 30 years, the leadership of New York City has systematically destroyed the urban working class and endangered the health of the city by zoning for high-price condos instead of manufacturing and light industrial (leading to the loss of 1 million jobs) neglecting public housing removing the health care and child care programs that a generation ago mitigated the impact of...
I love red peppers (usually with feta over mixed greens). I dislike roasted red peppers and always regret if I decide to include them on a deli sandwich or wrap. I aim to be more decisive in 2009.
Wooster Collective: Shit We’re Diggin’: Nick Cave’s Soundscapes Showing Jan8 - Feb 7 at this gallery in Chelsea. I’ve always had an interest in costume design (ever since it was my chosen profession in the 7th grade) and this seems to be a perfect combination of art, sculpture and dance performance.
New Year's Eyewear Company Folds →
(from my friend Ben’s, Benjoblog. well done)
Andrea: Stress takes years off your life compared to flossing which is like only one year.
Peter: Flossing stresses me out.
Andrea: Stress is at least three years.
Peter: So it's a net gain of two for me.
WELL, really it is a net loss in the end.
What is a Cassoulet? →
I don’t know, but there is a cook-off of them at Jimmy’s No 43 Saturday 17th. And…. I see Cathy is cooking so its pretty much a ‘must go’.
Tribeca cinema →
Tribeca Cinemas will be showing a series of short-ish documentaries this Thursday and Saturday. List includes At the Death House Door, The Garden, I.O.U.S.A., Man on Wire, Pray the Devil Back to Hell, and They Killed Sister Dorothy I think The Garden, on the endangered future of South Central’s 14-acre urban farm, or I.O.U.S.A, “to the US economy what An Inconvenient Truth was to the...