Monthly Archives: October 2014

Very merry Gehry ferry

The bling has hit the fan in Paris. Frank Gehry’s Fondation Louis Vuitton opened yesterday, and we can all swoon to the moon and back if we dare. I am linking everyone to one of my best sources of fun, … Continue reading

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Xi a Chinese visionary?

Far be it from me to agree with the head of the Chinese Communist Party on anything, but please excuse me for agreeing with Xi Jinping on one thing. Speaking to a literary symposium last week, the Chinese president said, … Continue reading

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Choo-choo afternoon

Spent an hour at the model train show in the Pawtucket Armory on Sunday afternoon. Superlative setups, though not as many as we had hoped, and most were linear, with mostly HO-scale trains choo-choo’ing up and down long, narrow platforms … Continue reading

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Patrick Conley’s waterfront

Here is the column I refer to in my last post, “The lady on the waterfront“: Pat Conley’s educational wharf Sept. 29, 2005 STATE PIER No. 1 might be called the Ellis Island of the Ocean State. It was the … Continue reading

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The lady on the waterfront

In her chapter “The curse of border vacuums” in The Death and Life of Great American Cities, Jane Jacobs considered waterfronts a potential assassin of liveliness in city districts, not intrinsically so but because they were often poorly used. But … Continue reading

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Barbarians at the gate

Above you can see them in the distance, but watch the video by Mary Campbell Gallagher and you will find that they are marshalling their vandalism for an invasion of central Paris. And here, again, is a petition to get … Continue reading

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The new brand of France!

Above is Frank Gehry laughing all the way to the bank. His latest paean to his genius sits in the background, which happens to be the Bois de Boulogne, the vast park at the western edge of central Paris. Soon … Continue reading

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ICAA Northshore splash

Originally posted on Architecture Here and There:
Northshore, the stylish monthly of the shore north of Boston, has a spread in its October issue on the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. It’s an interesting…

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ICAA Northshore splash

Northshore, the stylish monthly of the shore north of Boston, has a spread in its October issue on the New England chapter of the Institute of Classical Architecture & Art. It’s an interesting think piece by Jeff Harder, with illustrations … Continue reading

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Copy the past

An article shedding light on the idea of copying the past has been published in The Washington Post. “Recognizing a revival in pattern books,” by Kirstin Downey, treats the construction of houses from pattern books with examples of really nice … Continue reading

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