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.
Listening to Vȫk recently reminded me of something Scandinavia does so well: pursuit of truth. At best, I present a sincere conjecture, but movements in Scandinavia are opening up to the belief in God because truth is evident in this world of God’s creation. The blessing of Vineyard Church and Hillsong go to the ends of the earth as well as Copenhagen and at minimum we can stand before God with the best attempt to honor him with love and devotion. The seasons of life will always weigh some amount under the withering of the sun but the Grace and Mercy of God is eminent in this world.
The defense of a nation, historically it came from a military and contemporant times the military created the world’s biggest debt and continues to pose a danger to the freedom of a nation. The future won’t necessarily need a military but properly implemented defense strategies starting with financial system security. Unfortunately, I don’t think that Bitcoin makes the cut because of it lacking a tie to an identity; the future cannot afford a cash like fluidity on the internet, rather the system will need to adapt to digital currency. The defense of the nation might start with a military pay cut at 50%, I hope that the President is that bold.
In follow up to my previous blog on school safety, there is a lot of opinion on defensible space and recently I was reintroduced to the acronym CPTED (Crime Prevention through Environmental Design) by a city planner. All the Architecture students probably see that acronym as some form of Fire Marshall law, but in reality Architecture controls space: psychological formations of culture, comfort, formality, accessibility, light levels, etc. CPTED outlines and develops key components to working together to form cities and schools that function naturally and preventatively. There are several approaches, some like the new Apple campus provide a secure environment, the University campus provides an open campus with controllers at offices, K-12 is a mix of control and open environment. Apple chose an interesting diagram for their campus, which provides the opportunity for a deer park within their campus but also references the panopticon prison which caused psychological unrest for inmates. Safety needs to find balance with means and the governing bodies protocols for safety; California has some of the finest hierarchical systems for the management of diverse population groups in Education, the nation will benefit from adopting similar procedures, especially the suburban.
While teachers have a big job with their arms, an additional arming might provoke violence in a couple key ways; I’m in opposition to Trump’s call for arming teachers. Schools in California use Architecture to protect children with lock downs and fire lanes for police vehicles to have quick response in hostile situations. In conflict a teacher is often a mediator and a cop a suppressor and that is why the mediator should not have an armed response. Emergency response plans and routes are better investments than making a teacher responsible for a killing machine. The average school needs to have a sense of peace and guns do not provide that.
Some of the finest men in history have been at the desk in the White House as President of the United States of America. I hope that President Donald J Trump will be one of the best by keeping the country conservative and pursuing financial and domestic freedom.
It’s the divergent stream that defines the whisper of the air and the morning fog.
Founderies of sedimentary pull to follow a formal language regulated in a gravitated form.
To lost it is the way down and the source of life or a boundary of wild.
The embankment of a new season to the wild and the life of the urban metropolis.
Music; for this instance I define it as a word that fills a sentence. Musicians like James Blake and Phoria are defining post dub step vocal work with a progressive pop sound. If their music defined form and space their music emerges in a beautiful tradition of skill (does Phoria sample Monarch?). Meantime in the world, a contemporant culture is coming to terms with a business world in crisis due to hyper efficient corporations pulling money away from the populous and systems like Bitcoin creating new avenues for hiding money. Tradition has value, especially in the built world, but how will the future hold that value?
Something of significance like that of a hall filled with photos form a relic of time past or snapshot of the futures being made; a frame holds it in place and adds a unique character and distinction to the framed element. A frame can be lens to understanding a selection and urbanistically a frame is a controlling device that is best as a monolithic static element to define space, forming identity of space which people endear to. An urban frame holds history in its form and this evening I was looking at photos of development in the United Arab Emirates and the advance of beautiful islands beyond Palm Jumeira: The World archipelago. Sand and sea holds definable forms (within the tolerance of a highly fluid sandy soil) to create a desert paradise that holds both opulence and conservative thought within its boundaries. The future will be lonely if we move away from the public space with private augmented land to create a high threshold environment. The United States has many wealthy neighborhoods that very carefully sit within a fenceless realm to create social communities both direct and indirect. Counterpoint is Lindsay Lohan having her own Wilson volleyball and custom designed island will probably do her some good, but lets make communities rather than islands.