Saturday, April 18, 2015

Some Wastelands

"There is beauty to the Open Cut, but of a ravaged, mournful kind.  The place rebuffs perceptual definition and oscillates in the eye.  At one moment it is a marvel and astonishment, a landscape that suggests how much human beings are forces of nature, equivalent to millions of years of wind or water.  The next moment it's a place cored and destroyed, a scar that will never heal, and human beings are not forces of nature but forces against it.

The next moment still one can think that the earth has no prejudice toward or against any state or condition, but creates its own deserts, makes its own wastelands, and some wastelands are beautiful and some are not."

- Kent Myers, Harper's Magazine, May 2015

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Monday, April 13, 2015

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

"Accept me as I am. Only then can we discover each other."

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Be Here Now

Friday, March 20, 2015

Inner Uncertainty

Wright began work at the very moment when American architecture was undermined by the most dangerous reaction since the time of its origin.  The classic and Gothic fashions which in those years overwhelmed the constituent facts of American architecture had, of course, nothing to do with tradition.  They mean nothing more than the giving of an artificial backbone to people who were weak in their emotional structure.  Behind the screens of their houses - miniature Versailles, Tuscan villa, or medieval manor - or their skyscrapers in sacred Gothic shapes, these people could hide their inner uncertainty.  This had its deplorable consequences for the profession of architecture.  The architect who wished to live by his profession had to conform to the vogue or give up.

- Sigfried Giedion, Space, Time and Architecture, p. 425.