After finishing a sprint of driving from Oregon to Arizona I traversed the winter routes of southern Oregon and Northern California. I noticed that they are using new technology to keep roads clear. While it is not clear whether it is a satellite warming the road or radiant heat, sometimes it is best to leave communities to fend for themselves with a standard snow plow rather than an advanced system. Some of the communities have the look of damage from euthanizing; we cannot afford weak minds.
Looking at stone can reveal a lot about a culture like refinement, story, art, order and religion. Greek entablatures supported by a structural concept good enough for modern locks show a level of advancement that are not always achievable in a contemporary world. Digital fabrication is opening up the possibility for stone carving precision that might be able to replicate the detail of classicism but largely there are societal accomplishments that don’t get beat often. Modern culture focused on the display of geological formation in the stone and contemporary often encourages an unfinished and rugged look, focusing more on interior refinement than the exterior. What will digital fabrication and stone produce as far as master works?
When Dan le Sac battled Scroobios Pip there was one signature motif that defined his list: just a band. Duane Hansen defined cultural pop that characterized key parts of American life. America is filled with normal hard working people: Sikh truckers, coke drinking teachers, rogue musicians, good waitresses, construction workers with trucks that don’t work (because they are mint condition lifted monsters), daycare specialists, the faithful trashman. Together, there is the forming of a nation that has found success in respecting personal rights. While corporations like Intel and Nike are beyond their Saturn days and the witches stew is store bought, we still need to be mindful of respecting the people that form this great nation. Euthanizers and thieves are not welcome. America is more than just a band.
A piece of wood can have many different stories, some trees are wild and eventually become timber by chance, others are exotic in a way where they will always be artistically set in the wind and some are farmed. The lumber mill produces those cuts and those products have formed the housing and commerce centers of America. In essence we are almost always in the woods. As the future defines advanced paneling and fabrication the stick framed will likely absence slowly too with new engineered wood that might even take to the sky with clt technology being tested for highrise. It is fair to say Laugier would admire the heights of those simple huts on the 11th floor, but SOM had decreed no on the 49th. Safety and a future being grown through a photosynthetic wilderness.
Sometimes the lens on life is viewing narrowly, other times it is wide. Today, I drove to the Oregon state capital and I drove past agriculture farms that form some of the finest fruit and nut orchards in the world. Rural communities that primarily depend on harvests to produce monetary capital; it is an incredible and refined process that defines the American plane. A system that moves tiny crops across the globe to markets and homes – for the health of a nation. Agriculture has reached a level a development that is science and mechanically driven. The populations of Oregon will need to balance restraint on healthy development in and around those rural communities, especially in a state that has a heavy dependence on the dominance of economic structures that per capita depends on Portland but economically does not. As building codes continue to protect the health of nation, cooler environments are inevitably going to promote development, but development could use a stronger hand in forming of masterplans that form healthy communities rather than introducing impromptu Holiday Inns through a process like casting seed in the wilderness.
Some days it is nice to see candid expression in the political realm, especially if Mr President wants a bourbon or two and speaks freely. Then some other days it would be nice to know that the Republican convention chose a candidate that upholds the Constitution, but then again, sometimes those votes don’t even hold an implied mandate with informal discourse recorded by CNN. It’s just informal but I hope the Republicans hold their electee to their platform.
There are many roads and they tend to lead to something. Some cross paths with the creatures of the wild, others are high speed corridors and some are even the quietest humble abode. Sometimes there are important characteristics that define those roads: statues, signs, deers, trees, midgets, topographries, texture, temporant art, civic infrastructure, norse gods, iconic prada stores in Texas. In continuation of analyzing the future of transit, the future road will be key to a developed nation with both healthy neighborhoods and safe transit; roads that combine traffic will needs to consider advanced infrastructure to accommodate the future modes of transit whether it is hyperloop, fuel cell vehicles, electric vehicles, advanced scooter networks, maglev bikes, electromagntically propulsion systems for light rail and train infrustructure, etc. The future street should be the base of a world that it is community focused and safe.
The future sometimes looks like Price Club’s infrastructure model made into human size, but the future is upon us, and, not many will want to pay for it. A recent interview of people by Khaleej times aggregated on an Archinect feed showed people that think the concept is cool but they did not express a desire to pay a lot for it. The future of transit is going to be expensive even if it is implemented well. What speed will we need to travel at in the future? Concepts are being developed by many different entrepreneurs; membership and autonomous concepts for intermodal movement are among the most eminent but high speed transit is an international goal that is becoming more feasible through the work of Hyperloop and others. As the automobile and aviation network becomes less feasible and rapid transit becomes more usable to the populous, high powered transit systems will be less of concept; but, a solution like Hyperloop is a big challenge for many regions: Southern California just does not have the right of way for large scale urban ultra high speed transit systems, Oregon doesn’t have the people, Washington has boats. If we want solutions like Hyperloop people will need to identify less with their cars and be okay with intermodal transit options.
Often times theDailyTrotter is poetic and political in the pursuit of Architectural discourse; today I want to commend the contributions of Mexicans to California. The Los Angeles megalopolis, Coachella Valley and San Diego metro define some of the finest residential neighborhoods in the world. There are many migrant populations spread across Southern California with a mix of primarily legal but also illegal immigrants. Many form localized groups that slowly integrate with American culture and there is something to be acknowledged in the contributions of Mexicans in America working to build a society and hope for their future generations. In addition to that, there is a wealthy class of Mexicans that bring sophistication across the border and some times some good development. Conversely, cities like Tijuana, Mexico are often giant messes of immigration of uneducated migrants moving north but with strategic urban planning those cities have taken to order and hopefully will provide a more secure home for the Mexican people to have culture and pride in their world. Southern California has a great love for the Mexican population but they are also just guests similar to like when Americans travel to Tijuana. There are many organizations that provide aid to the development of Mexicans and Mexican Americans, one that I support is City Heights Runners in San Diego because they encourage community development around healthy activities para the church. It is my hope (from the Pacific Northwest) that California will continue to accept good legal immigration and build healthy environments on both sides of the border.
Censorship: sometimes more resolute than others. The Chinese government is choosing new laws to govern expression, what should be the limit of communication? Freedom of words often encourage the release of angst but if there are half naked honey eating bears it might be worth censoring so that xenophilic culture doesn’t ascribe too closely to those bare bears.