Category Archives: Culture

Golden Gate in Red

It’s an apartment living problem—or perhaps more specifically an urban problem. To live in a building such as mine—built around 1915, three stories, 14 units—in a neighborhood filled with such buildings, is to live in a dense “community.” If my … Continue reading

Posted in Cities, Culture, Painting | Comments Off

Field in Winter

Field in Winter. Watercolor and Gouache on Paper, 18.5 in x 30 in, 2016. “The first event leads you to notice further events which may be consequences of the first, or which may be entirely unconnected with it except that … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Field Work, Painting | Comments Off

A split in the arts

The art world is… split right down the middle. On the left side is an ascetic world of dour dioramas and evergreen minimalism. It lives in Kunsthalles and white cubes. It is protected from the vagaries of the marketplace by … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture, Culture, Quotes | Comments Off

Richard Misrach on the U.S.-Mexico Border

All the photographs are about found objects — shotgun shells from a Border Patrol shooting range, a soccer ball, a boot, a Spanish translation of Doctor Zhivago — that are banal but laden with meaning. I’m always on the lookout for the anomalous…. It … Continue reading

Posted in Culture, Field Work, Photography, Quotes | Tagged , | Comments Off

Quotes: On Being “Off Modern”

Has Art itself become a mere outtake, a long footnote to the human history? In the United States it is technology, not culture, that is regarded to be a space for innovations. Art, it seems, has overstayed its welcome. But … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture, Cities, Culture, Photography | Comments Off

Is this a New “City Beautiful?”

Alain de Botton believes that some cities are beautiful, and some are not, and that there are six ways to make the latter into the former: Order and Variety Visible Life Compact[ness] Orientation and Mystery Scale Local[ism] Kristin Hohenadel. “Why … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture, Cities, Culture | Comments Off

Quotes: Outsiders vs. Authenticity of Place

Can a place be potent enough that its character can survive the influx of newcomers? Craig Damrauer thinks so: The question, then, is whether too many people will come down to New Orleans, like me, and settle here. Enough people … Continue reading

Posted in Cities, Culture, History | Comments Off

Quotes: The Tweeness of Renaming Neighborhoods

Plenty of others could see the changes in our neighborhood. To some, these changes spelled opportunity. Actually, they spelled “NOBE.” In the fall of 2012, local real estate agents attempted to brand our area “North Oakland/Berkeley/Emeryville.” One agent produced a … Continue reading

Posted in Cities, Culture, History, Land Use & Transportation | Comments Off

Quotes: Restrooms, Technology, and the Need for People

Getting here via toilet. One of my American Studies students, Chris Grant, complains of high-tech, self-cleaning toilets in San Francisco that do not work. In the end they’ve become poorly maintained, run-of-the-mill public restrooms — requiring city employees to maintain, clean, and … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture, Cities, Culture | Tagged , , | Comments Off

Crisis in Levittown

From https://archive.org/details/crisis_in_levittown_1957.

Posted in Architecture, Cities, Culture, History | Comments Off