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.
Bill Gates just donated 4 million dollars to research mosquito killing solutions through sex. As mosquitoes often play a role as important pollinators, it might not be a good idea to exterminate those little pests. Reading Fox news’ description of killer male mosquitos and generic engineering and it brings up a good question: is the scientific world clear in their heads? While Dolly seems okay, the sea creatures exposed to nuclear radiation are just weird, the chickens just aren’t chickens, and an unforeseen viral problem might be encouraged because of the lack of flowering not happening from mosquito death. But Bill should feel the freedom to have a few less buggers in sub Saharan Africa.
While it is great to understand the achievements of Elon Musk introducing technology and mass producing vehicles, SpaceX is a private venture that has opened the sky to just about anyone with the right bucks. NASA was a proper regulating and threshold point for private ventures. Regulating the sky needs to be a top priority for international and national bodies.
While the world tries to settle whether President Trump has defected to the North Koreans I have put on an old Bjork track called Earth Intruders on her Volta album. The Communist world is very interesting. I had the opportunity to travel in Post Communist nations and I observed resilience. Lithuanian people placing thousands upon thousands of crosses on a hillside and the Russian markets extend to the street to give a chance for ends to meet. Sputnik fixtures, monuments to space and shrines to the Beatle’s lead singer define a fierce pride in their heritage. In a strong counterpoint to a free market, people had food and a flow of money in a communist community. The free market does not always provide. In conclusion, President Trump would not go hungry in North Korea if he chooses that path. If you are the President of the most powerful nation on earth it is incredibly important who you salute and more important who you should never salute.
The office of the President of the United States of America has so much honor that the 42nd President was impeached for a lie under oath. The amount of symbolism from the oval has propelled the success of a nation and it is honorable that Congress has held the Presidents to those standards; and it is their duty and imperative to separate the chaff from the list. The 45th has shown North Korea too much honor and symbolically betrayed the United States of America.
- Donald Trump saluted a North Korean military commander. Does the United States military not object? Even if in gest, he still showed symbolic honor to military regime that isn’t American. Donald Trump needs to be fired from the commander-in-chief of the United States military. I hope that the military act in unison to tell Congress they need him removed.
Office of Management and Budget: largest deficit ever. Call it a warning sign. This nation did not produce enough business in the last year and the free market is not succeeding right now. What’s the plan? The demographic of entrepreneurs has changed and that isn’t necessarily a good thing when the nation needs to build on skill and profession. The future is going to need to adjust and hyper competition isn’t going to help increase the gdp.
The new hotel in Macao by Zaha Hadid Architects brings up a good discussion point: how much formal responsibility should be placed on an Architect? The building has a very expressive exoskeleton and elaborate interior but lacks a lot good building design features like solid enclosure. It looks like their fabrication of advanced form took considerable effort and planning but has not yet achieved the value of traditional form in a highly synthesized and ordered space. The formal language of emergent Architecture is starting to translate into order but the hotel in Macao shows a limited language that falls short of good buildings.