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Simple geography, crumpled folds

Wednesday, June 23rd, 2010

Here I go, worrying about how we’d fare in a real West Coast earthquake, and then a couple of days after I leave the “back East” region, what does the Northeast do? They go and have a headline-making quake. Oh the irony… The strongest quake I’ve ever felt was in my apartment in Brookline – […]

In Boston, where jail is “Liberty”

Thursday, June 17th, 2010

Tonight I saw a most impressive example of adaptive re-use in built form: the former Charles Street Jail, next to MGH (Massachusetts General Hospital) on the banks of the River Charles, turned into a stunning luxury hotel (the Liberty) that looks for all the world like a Jeunesse dorée hotspot. Here’s a link to the […]

Not a wrap

Wednesday, June 16th, 2010

This is not a Christo-wrapped art work, it’s a botched development project: . ^ A photo I took today: the back of Vornado’s stalled project in Boston’s Downtown Crossing (wrote about it earlier, here). Stunningly ugly, isn’t it? Not like a wrapped Reichstag at all. Just goes to show that there’s art, and then there’s […]

No wonder we’re hosed…

Tuesday, June 15th, 2010

I’ve said it before – I don’t have “TV” at home, so I don’t “get” TV (and what I mean by that is this: I watch things of special interest on the internet; I get my news via the internet; and I scan several different local news sources to stay up-to-date on local issues: that’s […]

eta: sometime between pulse and connection

Monday, May 31st, 2010

If you’re reading this in the afternoon on Monday May 31, I’m past the clouds, winging my way to Boston. The flight out of Victoria was canceled. I pre-wrote this post and scheduled it to publish while I’m en route. I knew I wouldn’t get a chance to write anything in the morning, and I’m […]

Gertrude Stein might agree: -ectomy is an ectomy is an ectomy

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

Vornado Realty Trust destroyed Boston’s key downtown area. Damage done (courtesy of Vornado), are innovative repair options even possible?

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