**eastward movement is included



My post-graduate contribution by way of architecture and design thus far has been modest, ethical, well-intentioned and relatively good. it has been on a variety of scales and involved an array of different clients, architects and developers. lastly, it has all occurred within this country. that being said, the notion of having an impact on an international scale seems implausible, discomforting, and even a little absurd.

daniel libeskind recently declared "i don't work for totalitarian regimes," suggesting his absence from an unstoppable architectural movement might actually result in a quantifiable social impact. deliberately contrarian, he managed to galvanize hundreds of architects and bloggers who unapologetically rationalize and embrace international relationships between nations and starchiects. such is an example of what is undeniably consistent in the profession; delusion and ego.

clearly the aforementioned behavioral 'flaws' aren't exclusive to architects. in fact, i know full well most relevant architecture is the product of these very ideas. i excuse them because i understand them {sort of}, and under certain circumstances, i actually admire them.

this recent new york times recent article here was my inspiration to "publicly" discuss this topic. by interviewing the biggest {but not necessarily the best or the most influential, i might add} architects in the world, we can begin to understand each individuals' rationalization for accepting or rejecting certain commissions around the world, based upon the respective country's devotion or posturing towards the preservation of human rights. architects like libeskind have convinced themselves that their buildings are so metaphorically powerful, entire nations will take notice, marvel, and then discover new paths of personal self-discovery and self-improvement. i see this as both brilliant and comically presumptuous.

does the average chinese citizen care if libeskind, steven holl, tadao ando, etc. builds in china? probably not. do the chinese like "the bird's nest" any more or less because the design came from a swiss firm? i doubt it. and more importantly, will people adjust their behavior because of what these architects build and don't build? i will cynically suggest the answer is "no."

clearly, this article troubles me. anecdotes, interviews and quotations from various "big" architects imply the most accurate way to judge the "cultural success" of a design is to reference the work of these huge firms. in all fairness, i realize this is just one small article, and the times isn't an architectural publication, but broadening the discussion seems necessary. reading this article, i was continually hoping for the discussion to change directions - to descend further in scale.

amazingly, a link away from this article takes me to a separate article discussing the opportunities for sustainable home-building, one home at a time. what an appropriate transition. essentially, both articles are about architecture as a vehicle for positive influence, and the possibility that certain architectural gestures can both represent and perpetuate responsible behavioral changes. at this moment, i am convinced that scale is the most critical aspect of societal change.

perhaps i am wrong; grand architectural expressions have and always will be the greatest way to bring about social impact and inspire the masses. on the other hand, i find comfort in the possibility the opposite may be true. in other words, intimate, direct relationships with clients, contractors and the design itself are the true path to influence and sincere personal satisfaction. a "smaller" path certainly will not save any lives, make grand political statements or create new jobs. however self-defeating it may sound, for now i am comfortable avoiding delusions of grandeur.


i'd rather be watching the royals.

the network at my office has died for the second time today. this indicates the unofficial end of my working day, and the official beginning of another stream-of-consciousness blog. 

> i'm still trying to figure out how i could have once disliked broken social scene.

> my lastest discovery: the unicorns 2003 masterpiece, "who will cut our hair when we're gone?" i haven't listened to this album in more than a year, and i mistakingly took its sonic legitimacy for granted. my, how one's tastes can grow in a few short months.

> how important is sequence and pacing to the success of an album? a few hours ago, i finished listening to lcd soundsystem's 'sound of silver' for the hundredth time, and have decided the 'north american scum>someone great>all my friends>us v them'' combination is one of the most incredible sequences of emotion and sonic profundity i've felt in some time.

> for whatever reason, i was under the impression any music playing loudly from the apartment of my new neighbor would be respectable, perhaps even tolerable. my assumptions were based upon one brief conversation, allowing me to make grossly generic assumptions based upon her appearance and the fact that she'd moved here from brooklyn. needless to say, skinny black jeans and a williamsburg heritage don't make much of a difference anymore. right now all i can hear are muffled low tones, repeated over and over and over. it sounds like spoon if britt daniels was given a lobotomy. 

> i took the night off to watch the nba finals. it's the third quarter of game one, and the only word i can come up with is "boring."

> if you spend a considerably large amount of energy guessing what the perfectly composed woman behind you will order at the cafe, even if we assume you guess with one-hundred percent accuracy, down the fat content of her milk, the number of espresso shots, and the sugar content and the flavor of the syrup, does that make you a bad person? 

> i'm currently reading "striptease." while this appears to be another example of overtly self-aware and shallow calculation, i'm reading this book for nobile reasons. {it's actually quite excellent. i'm being sincere!} that being said, outside of "house of leaves," i can't think of a more hilarious book to whip out at a cafe. 

> if you see one movie this month, watch "the opposite of sex."***

> paul pierce, an individual i recall passionately disliking when he played for the jayhawks, just returned to the floor after hurting his knee. this is the first time the crowd made the announcers talk louder. now things are more interesting. sort of. 

> "what did the guy from south africa say about adversity? never give up!" - doc rivers, the head coach of the celtics, with some inspirational and historically enlightening words during a timeout. 

> mccain = grandpa simpson. repeat it, spread it, make it stick.**

**special thanks to mr. nolan lienhart.
***the only way this is funny is if you say it loudly, and exactly like norm macdonald doing his impression of larry king. 

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I take myself too seriously most of the time and I am trying to do that less. I remind some people of Woody Allen. I occationally indulge in the weekend camping trip. I adamantly support the Kansas City Royals baseball club. My identity is wrapped up in a few simple things, most of which are continuously displayed on this here blog.

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