A Fine Taste Advent: Day 16

December 16, 2009

Gingerbread is tasty.  Gingerbread houses are fun.  Architecture is awesome.  Architects tend to be pretty cool.  Which means that these gingerbread houses made by Chicago-based architects are fun, cool, awesome, and tasty!

– The Taste Testers


December 16, 2009

I try not to post too often about art on this blog since that’s what my other blog is for.  But this proposed inflatable bubble for the Hirshhorn Museum & Sculpture Garden is really just to cool to not tell everyone about.  The Hirshhorn’s building has always been a bit “blah” (I avoided it for most of my undergrad years in DC because I had a really ugly example of 1970s architecture that I was forced to see every day – I didn’t need to see more of it on my days off), so the bubble idea would totally spruce it up.  Also, it’s an absolutely brilliant plan since it’s not a permanent addition, and therefore doesn’t need the approval of everyone and their mother at the Smithsonian, but rather just the approval of the Hirshhorn’s board.  Genius.


Never stop believing

July 15, 2008

Rarely does anything on BLDGBLOG make total sense. While the technical language is light years beyond mine, I still have a feeling that 99% of what is proposed is not only impossible, it’s also irresponsible, infeasible and often environmentally unsound. But that doesn’t stop Geoff Manaugh. In fact, nothing stops him. Perhaps my favorite post is this one, from a year ago, http://bldgblog.blogspot.com/2008/02/simulated-environments-for-animals.html

Read that over and think, for a second, about what the man is proposing. Don’t think about it in the way those who responded to it did. Most of them point to similar projects, or to logical faults in the plan.  That’s because no one who commented on that site is any fun.  At all.  

But if you read it over quickly, the whole thing rings less of a proposal for suburban remodeling than the kind of thing you thought hard about when you were ten. Mr Manaugh is grown up, educated, published and nothing but nothing will stop him from thinking “you know what would be awesome? If my next-door neighbor lived in an f’ing jungle!”