Tag Archives: aesthetics

The art of industrial tower at WebUrbanist

Towering Achievements: Incredible Industrial Towers | Design + Ideas on WU

Take a look.


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Grasses


In response to my post the other day about my favorite bat, one of my wonderful students emailed me to say that she didn’t realize that I had a favorite bat. She, too, it seems, is a bat enthusiast.

Among my other enthusiasm is grass. Yes, grass (no, not that kind of grass. You People). I’m a sucker for ornamental grasses in any landscape. So it was nice to read an op-ed in the New York TImes Olivia Judson, quickly becoming my favorite writer in their stable, on grasses:

Evolution by the Grassroots – Opinionator Blog – NYTimes.com


I’ve always rather felt a bit guilty about my fondness for grasses, as trying to maintain a Kentucky Bluegrass yard is a pretty big environmental bad in arid southern California. But there are plenty of grasses that don’t need the water, and many of them are beautiful, as well, and as Judson points out, useful as corridors for wildlife.


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St. Vincent’s Square

This time in St. Vincent’s Square in LA, one of the little hidden treasures in downtown. St. Vincent’s is the site of first (formal) university in Los Angeles; that university has since become Loyola Marymount, where my friend Dorothea (another economist!) works.


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Going… Going… Green! Art in the Village

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 – Friday, March 19, 2010

University Village Shopping Center
3375 South Hoover Street
Food Court
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Children from the USC Family of Schools artistically express how they can contribute to a greener environment.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010 – Friday, March 19, 2010

University Village Shopping Center
3375 South Hoover Street
Food Court
Los Angeles, CA 90007

Each academic year, the USC Fisher Museum of Art plans, curates and professionally installs four temporary student art exhibitions at the University Village Shopping Center Food Court for the Art in the Village program.

For this year’s first exhibition, elementary school kids belonging to the USC Family of Schools (32nd Street/USC Magnet, Alexander Science Center School, Foshay Learning Center, John Mack Elementary, Norwood Elementary, St. Agnes Parish School, St. Vincent Parish School, Vermont Avenue Elementary and Weemes Elementary) were invited to create and submit artwork fitting the theme “Going… Going… Green!”

Each exhibition kicks off with an opening reception honoring the 40 students with the best artwork. The children have the opportunity to speak with family, friends and community members about their work. They are congratulated for their achievements during an awards ceremony, at which they receive a certificate signed by Los Angeles City Councilman Bernard C. Parks.

Funded in part by a USC Neighborhood Outreach Grant, Art in the Village represents a partnership between the USC Fisher Museum of Art, the University Village Shopping Center and the USC Family of Schools.

Katherine Goar

goar@usc.edu

(213) 740-4561


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Piet Hein Eek’s log cabin for musician Hans Liberg

From If It’s Hip, It’s Here: Timber Meets Timbre. Mobile Log Cabin For Musician Hans Liberg By Piet Hein Eek….

Oh why don’t my architect friends make things like this for me?


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The Beautiful Alley

Is it not splendid? It a shot from Sydney, via this very talented photographer’s Flickr Stream. An urban space both functional and festive!

Hat Tip to Oh Joy!


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Blind architects and the urban sensorium

The LA Times today has a nice story on blind architects experiencing and envisioning the city. Well worth a read.


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Well, this says it all

So this is the pedestrian signage by my place in LA….

And this is where my friend David bought me lunch the other day.

It’s January. People are eating outside. This is why, even though urbanists sneer at me, I love living here.


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Otherworldly Urban Ecology


I wish I’d had my good digital phone, but I only had my iPhone. These large installations grace a gallery in downtown Los Angeles and light up the dark winter streets at night.


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Fireworks and the Spectacular City

I chanced upon this wonderful Flickr page, consisting of fireworks snaps from cities around the world for New Year’s. Make sure you play the video of the fireworks at the London Eye, as they are simply enchanting.


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