Archive for May, 2009

Blackout Film Festival

Thursday, May 28th, 2009


Some friends of mine have been working on an indie Film Festival series; the launch party is tonight.

Check it out; it’s today, Thursday, May 28, from 7-10 pm at the Sway Lounge. The website is here.

Oh cool.

Monday, May 25th, 2009

For some reason, I love skeletons. So it’s nice when they move in sync with catchy British rock. Here’s my song of the moment for you, by the Friendly Fires

Maybe it has to do with movies that I watched over and over on VHS when I was growing up (below: The Karate Kid, dir. John G. Avildsen, 1984).

And speaking of skeletons, coming up soon, my next posts will be a movie review of the current release, Terminator Salvation (dir. McG, 2009), and why Damian Hirst is responsible for the current economic crisis (see below, Damian Hirst, “For the Love of God,” 2007). 

And Portland Architecture. . .

Wednesday, May 20th, 2009

Sun Valley Residence, by Allied Works Architects

Aside from Allied Works Architects (whose best project, the Wieden & Kennedy, is in Portland), few Portland-based architecture firms receive much press. . .


Green Leaf House, by W Architecture

Here’s a video from W Architects, also based in Portland, depicting plans for a house.

Video Via A/N Blog. . .


Saturday, May 9th, 2009


If The New York Times was a Williamsburg hipster, Portland, Oregon would be its Asian girlfriend. I have never seen such unbridled journalistic fetishism of a town before. Not that it’s necessarily undeserved. Asian girls can be cute and design-y. Portland can be, too. Portland is like Brooklyn’s younger, less self-conscious, equally precocious, milder and fairer sibling.


I grew up in Portland, Oregon, and now live in Brooklyn, which I love for all of the same qualities that Portland has in abundance: young, entrepreneurial kids, an ethos of self-reliance and independence, a collegial atmosphere and the indie mindset that comes from being in the shadows of flashier metropolises (Manhattan and Seattle, respectively). There is a focus on food, art, design, books and bikes that gets lost in the preening bling-bling of those older metropolis siblings. So this is just a shout-out to two great cities: Brooklyn and Portland.


(images from The New York Times)

National Museum of African American History

Thursday, May 7th, 2009


The competition entries for the National Museum of African American History in Washington, D.C., are currently on display at the Smithsonian Institution Building.  Adam Fagen has a Flickr set of photographs of the exhibition here.

The entrants included designs from Diller Scofidio + Renfro, Moshe Safdie, Norman Foster, David Adjaye, Antoine Predock, and Pei Cobb Freed. The model of above is the DS+R project called “Stone Cloud.” David Adjaye, the Tanzanian born, London based architect, was recently named the winning entrant (two images below via NYTimes, last one by Adam Fagen).





Tuesday, May 5th, 2009

Rock and Roll Coachella

There is a larger discussion to be had about this, but I wanted to give a quick plug for my friend Andrew and the blog he is writing for, The Functionality. The link is also on the sidebar of this page, and as you may or may not have noticed, I try to keep my links fairly well curated (i.e., just the pages I think are really well done).

the functionality

The Functionality is an outstanding blog, written as a collaboration between 5 friends including Andrew, and as a result is fairly comprehensive in the scope and breadth of the material covered.

ps1 ball nogues

Due in part to their collaboration with the Los Angeles based firm Ball Nogues (which won the PS1 competition two years ago, and for whom Andrew used to work), I think there is a certain philosophical/methodological thrust to their work and their writing. I am extremely interested in their approach, in part because I feel it is very different from my own. The idea of “functionality” is something that I think  architecture has both embraced and resisted at different points in history, or at least held under a certain dialectic tension. This is a debate I hope to have in greater depth at some point in the future.