It is a fill in the blank sort of day and I am proud to be apart of the AIA. Kieran Timberlake is a firm I admire for a progressive approach to contemporant architecture that is well founded in understanding of order. It was unfortunate I was not able to attend the lecture with Billie Faircloth and Ryan Welch in Portland this last year because of being in Arizona that day, but I want to state one thing: they are Probably the best! [Carlsberg is a good beer]. Guiding digital fabrication to compliment order is a value designers have not always referenced correctly, but with people like Winy of MVRDV (please no confusion with Portland architects), Architecture can advance. Their crystal house chanel store in Amsterdam is a beautiful synthesis of value.
We live in a world that has the solution to every basic problem of living. Even the worst diseases are able to be mitigated; but what about the worst crime? Human rights is going to define the future. As an American, life can be acceptably simple. The American dream plus an extra perimeter picket fence with a few good goats to compensate for fire hazards like sage. Law, Engineering and Medicine are not fully aligned with human rights when their worlds synthesize. Exempli gratia, a number of victims in America have been subjected to damaging broadcasts that destroy their abilities to be mobile; the assault has not been understood properly by law and medicine while engineers will talk when summoned in accord with their procedures. So, a future needs a well coordinated establishment of system engineering that defends human rights. No more vigilante justice because it is proving to harm the wrong people.
Between chipper shredder trucks in Phoenix and the fires of California there are a number of things to fix in America. The United States has reduced clean fuel technology research and innovation from years past. Years ago GM was a leader in electric and fuel cell technology; but production and research are not advancing in accord with the atmosphere of major cities like Los Angeles. Bollinger motors has produced an electric truck (2020!). GMC, Toyota and Honda have fuel cell technologies; but GM needs to introduce production level fuel cell technologies for trucks. In the interim Architecture can start filtering; a few architectural solutions might take inspiration from Jean Nouvel’s Louvre Abu Dhabi except use hepa filters for shade instead of aluminum (space age filtration), another might be concrete that absorbs pollution like Richard Meier’s design for a church in Rome or maybe just giant art installations that have filtration material that propels a generator to create energy. Let’s plan for clean air in the future. All those ideas are not simply executed, but here for inspiration.
I am sharing this video posted through Archinect’s blog for Zaha Hadid’s proposed plan for a new urban development in greater Moscow. My visit to St Petersburg and Moscow in 2006 revealed how resilient their urbanism is and I hope their large scale plan gets built because I see value in the plan for a good community.
While Bill Gates enjoys the serene quality of the Pacific Northwest’s forests, the California billionaires have a different candor. Chan Zuckerberg Initiative is an organization that I wish well in one endeavor: the guidance of securing human rights protection in medical, science, research and the industry surrounding it. Elon Musk is an interesting man, his latest endeavor after conquering space and high speed Teslas is fire fighting! Not in the full sense of it, but Tesla employees have been encouraged to help because of the quality of car produced by Tesla. I have one counterpoint: overheating batteries. Something is good about the billionaire class in America right now, and that is a sense of morality; I cannot speak for any of them and I hope that my sentiment is true across the board because this world has provided blessing in advanced computer age systems. May we continue to find good healthy solutions to advance society as we move past an age that brought social media to the masses.
America is a conservative place that has invested in insurance for centuries. Now between fires, monocoque aluminum framed cars, a health insurance system that doesn’t really have an enrollment period and Asian deals that have undercut profit with rights: the insurance system has different dynamic. The recent fires in California are sad because it weighs heavy on the finance structures of America society. At first, it might seem logical that a fire brings good construction, but it devalues the existing construction. And, with cities that are rapidly developing with populations smaller than a million (primarily in the NW), it is a concern that the United States of America can sell itself short. Fires are naturally occurring and so are the arsonist assuming invitro produces only the best. Agree with Smokey the Bear and prevent forest fires as well as brush fires for California. Construction, cars, health and life need a lasting value.
One of the best was attacked last night: Borderline. May the country scene heal and restore. My heart goes out to y’all, and I pray for restoration and peace.
From Comey to Sessions, it seems that this nation has lost key figures that protect the best interest of the United States of America. The political realm needs to be free to act on Democratic responsibility. We are in for two more years of the presidential term and we have a healthy batch of new Representatives in Congress: get that political check and balance rolling.
The BBC recently had an article on Portland giving away homes to homeless. At first it seems like a brilliliant act of generosity, but then, who did they rob to do so? They are a city that has bred crime, scammed professional careers and not revered human rights. Foundationally, they need to consider the cost to be good to their commitments. Solving problems for the needy is great but crippling the world will be a heavy weight that can break the lives of some great people that live in that metro region.
Two more years until the decision of President will be given to representatives of united states forming the union known as the United States of America, lets discuss the state of the Church. Between the emergent church and the political world the future needs a lot of work; while other countries planned to have opportunity for advancement like the addition of sanitary toilets (Bill Gates has properly identified a huge issue) the United States has an even bigger issue: a poorly formed foundation of societal value. Pluralism has done its damage and the conservative Christian strongholds holding America together are weakened by current events and the advent of technology that decreases a Christian’s eternal hope (Biomedical). Lets step back to the hunter gathering gardening days and pretend that people weren’t violent. The fertile crescent was a healthy place to live, people grew strong and many formed civilizations that were founded on the fear of God. Science didn’t really need to prove anything and the goodness of the seasons formed strong community structures that have informed society today. The contemporary church lost a bit of its grasp on the goal of eternity as it has emerged; how does the church refocus with eternal hope? The answer is not rooted in psychiatric systems that put vatos in invisible pens or a 52 story tower with cantilevered swimming pools in Los Angeles, but more likely a reexamination of the compromised church and a compromised America.