Congratulations to published and awarded Architect Anthony Poon for his AIA National award at this year’s convention. He has provided the context of good production homes that follow very strict modern ethos to provide a contemporary living environment that appropriately moves the profession of Architecture forward. He has design and built (through Alta Verde Group) production homes that challenge the base quality of custom design in steel and glass. The formal of language of modernism is a little bare and Architecture needs order. It reveals some of the formal realities that appear lazy in residential spaces that are commonly industrial and ultimately challenges this world to hire better designers.
One of the finest collections of biomes in the world: Arizona. It is home to 556 birds of the 1103 / 2127 species listed in America and home to an abundance of wildlife. The wildlife roam across plains and mountains, from the fleeting fox to stinky javelina. The Arizona mule deer is one of the most interesting species that thrives in the mountains of Arizona thanks to the abundance of year round water sources. But a recent facebook photo shows a baby Arizona mule deer with a terrible taxidermy. Humans have hunted a species that would likely be a little thirstier but thriving above the desert floor with the human habitation. It is likely that people have been taking them straight from the National Forests (absolutely without permit) and it is very concerning that poachers will ruin a species that grazes appropriately to bring fertile lands. The species will ultimately not be endangered but they have less natural habitat – and Arizona is a very important ecosystem to value.
Reviewing the top scores for Architecture programs it is clear that Southern California is a top ranked learning metropolis. I am proud that California State Polytechnic University, Pomona is ranked 12th in undergraduate Architecture programs, with the best above them. My graduating class bumped the institution up to 15th in 2008 and I hope that their quality professors and facilities can maintain that good design culture. Recently, I revisited some of my classical training from before my Bachelor of Architecture with a proportion study, and, I started studying the gothic arch. My study produced an arch that I used to combine with a traditional spanish oval window in an exercise to establish the design of emergent residential through traditional form techniques. The bare bones of the house came from a hyper efficient plan I designed earlier this year and I modified it to accommodate a second floor. After studying the aggressive form I did an additional design study of spanish, colonial spanish and gothic producing an interesting result utilizing an easy to build primary structure. I again reiterate that classical form has a value that is more proven than modern, but modern space maintains an incredible connection to the spatial qualities like the outdoors and often times maintains a very high functionality. Fabrication technique of the future will likely start informing the production world.
Currently, prefabrication of standards homes is not on a large scale. Building tract homes are the jobs that afford a significant portion of the basic needs of a society; introducing machinery to replace jobs is controversial but might be necessary for the demand required. With urbanization, towers and mid rise will likely start densifying and fortifying tract development communities similar to Rancho Cucamonga, but inland communities enjoy space (unless you are in Phoenix and pay for volume of air needing to cooled). The future is arriving with developed contemporary convenience.
The velocipede was an early bike that revolutionized travel. Iterations of fixed gear and eventually geared chain driven mechanisms propelled the frame forward. Drive shaft bikes and foldable bikes like biomega have been cool, but CeramicSpeed just introduced a new drive shaft with a beautiful design for a derailer. Effort to propel a person has greatly been reduced in resistance and the French invention has been revolutionized again.
Historically, Architects have preserved a pace of building that has protected the world, largely due to the collection of information and preservation of knowledge in respected companies. In the last twenty years, a technology group called AutoDesk introduced a promising software and that has delivered a good platform called Revit. Data transfer and the information age has made it simpler to finance and build a building, but, there are major corporations that are producing designs at an incredible pace for small cities like Portland. The information transfers have created an abundance of information outside of Architecture, especially because of Revit, but few people are trained with the perspective of a holistic approach necessary to process. Financing in the future will be dependent on the success of those structures and will shape Architecture culture. The current trend is Architecture is making the world poorer through financing. Those means and methods need to be guided so that people can sleep easy and without respiratory problems. Heaven forbid that Architects in the Pacific Northwest are designing multimillion dollar mold production enclosures.
Spinning tracks by James Blake. Years ago, a Danish Architect reprimanded me for my critique of a high level Washington University student; as an invited student critique, my point to the student’s project was integrating response to sound in space through an understanding of sounds pulse. In defense of the quality of presentation, the Architect defended the student’s work by applauding his limits on a formal response. I agree in part, but I also find the formal language of Architecture growing into a very complex dimension. My work with a scripting software called Generative Components has provided me with some of the most advanced forms possible in the digital and physical realm. Software of like kind is defining the formal language of emergent Architecture. Tangentially, I recently purchased a book by author Francis Fukuyama called Political Order and Political Decay: From the Industrial Revolution to the Globalization of Democracy. I am excited to read it because it looks to dive deep into key elements of societal understanding; and for perspective, Architecture is so deeply rooted in the understanding of languages from society it is often necessary to understand deep cultural roots to develop advanced order. The future of Architecture is rooted in value and antiquity has proved that value comes from order.
While Trump’s salute still needs to be called into question by congress, the administration announced that they are going to push for equality. Currently, Mexicans in America have great educational benefits and Americans pay for it. If the administration can set a motion into place to make America have better opportunity for Caucasians it will benefit the future of the world. In conclusion, there are some redeeming qualities of a man that bold; but again, I do not rescind my push to have Trump tried for his salute.
Driving through Los Angeles yesterday I noted a one thing: the city is going to build out again. For many years, the city observed a moratorium on towers after a build up in the late 20th century; but development is now shooting up across the city. In comparison, Los Angeles’ development of towers is much less aggressive per capita than cities like Portland; but, the cost of living in Los Angeles will still make the prospective projects aggressive and fortify sky high real estate rates. RTKL (now CallisonRTKL) has designed a new set of towers near the staples center and are now in construction; when looking up the project it was a little confusing because I couldn’t find the project it looked like, but then noticed they haven’t added the balconies and architectural metals that form a more sculptural Architecture. If they VE their proposed balconies and keep the form of modernist lines it would be one of Los Angeles’ most beautiful towers. When you consider the onslaught of gimicks that will be rising from the city floor that includes cantilevered pools, floating recreation space, green walls, light walls, flashy stripes, Dutch block stacking with an algae coating aesthetic and amorphic linear diamond patterns, the tower would be a gem. The future will tell and I am guessing there will be a Lakers flag or two in the building.
Now that the Supreme Court has decided that Trump didn’t violate the Constitution with his travel ban on Muslims they have a more important ruling to adjudicate: Trump’s violation and failure of role as Commander in Chief. Congress can rule on treason of his salute to a communist regime and the Supreme Court can rule on the violation of duty as Commander in Chief.
Is it not enough that Donald Trump is leading the nation into a trillion dollar deficit? Or that he is allegent to North Korean in symbol? His coat tails have made America compromised when we had the respect of the world prior to his seating in the oval office and now are losing are most important allies. I have previously asked blogged about impeachment/firing Trump for his salute. He is the first President to disgrace the nation with a formal acceptance of their regime. If Trump want to go back to his Soviet Eastern European roots Ukraine might want a Trump tower, but he cannot be the President as a defector to North Korea. The United States needs to be respecting human rights and leading in the United Nations Council.