“Strategic ambiguity.” // Why the desire to broadcast the personal, then backtracking, as if the bound book, bound and arranged within both domestic and specialized public spaces were more private. I suppose it’s that issue of access — how records that have been technically public for decades are now indexed, searchable, and, more dangerous still, alterable. One wouldn’t need to burn old news anymore, they could change it. Even if they didn’t, no one would remember anyway. As David Byrne sings in the Knee Plays, “In the future, there will be so much going on, nobody will be able to keep up with it all.” And now we’re sending domestic drones into our airspace to tame us — now everywhere is starting to become like Los Angeles - the most disheartening and terrified (clearly, not terrifying, except when seen in a mirror, as I did at the Tate Modern as a teen ca. 2005, viewing “5 Deaths in Orange” for the first time, beneath an exploding piano hung upside down from the ceiling, staring at it for some time, crying, thinking, “That is America.”) place on earth. It’s also like that day, driving up along Paradise Drive, and the white balloon frame house that had slid off the mountain recently enough to still be in ruins - like the the ’70s sedan whose bumper you can still see crushed beneath a boulder that had rolled off the mountain after a storm, which was preceded by highway construction and mining operations. There is no nature anymore, and some systems are so antiquated, they keep working though moths have devoured their schematic drawings - backwards and forwards engineering - that’s all there is anymore. They say not to build your house on a beach, but we started building beaches in the 1920s. Part of the tripartite transportation improvement and flood mitigation program I am developing (opening your data was a brilliant decision - the Bloomberg administration has been amazing, glad Albany has recently followed suit) addresses these issues in economically feasible ways given current and projected urban population growth. It all goes back to that day and seeing Madison Square turned into a stroller parking lot (and that USA Today in Cancun in 2007 before being evacuated) and recent census data. And the way that the street scape has been so radically transformed in such a tight time frame makes it all the more promising. We have the will, the population density, and all we have to do now is strategize. Make no small plans. The reshaping of the city hasn’t a damn thing to do with ‘articulating differences,’ you’re thinking at the wrong scale.
Union Beach, New Jersey | November 14, 2012 | Benjamin Chasteen for The Epoch Times
Michael and Patty Hopkins, House, 1975-1976
The juvet landscape hotel by Jensen & Skodvin.
Located in Norway, The Juvet Landscape Hotel is based on the idea that a structure should blend into its surrounding environment, offering amenities that are oriented outwards towards the surrounding nature. The minimal design features floor-to-ceiling panoramic windows installed in all the rooms and even the hotel’s spa, giving guests a splendid, uninterrupted view of the forested landscape outside. Inside, the rooms are sparsely but stylishly furnished as to keep the focus on what’s available to see and do outdoors.