structural overload – podcast

Looking at

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the
various

angular angel

angles …

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 that have been
used
to create …

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our civilisation,
and
wondering why
the structures they create

granaried

… always seem to end
in death.

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July 24, 2014. Uncategorized.

9 Comments

  1. Brigitte Fritz replied:

    Thank you Alex and Michael for that wonderful podcast!
    Very interesting as always!!!
    About the English language:
    http://www.thelocal.de/page/view/education

  2. Max replied:

    Nice one, Alex and Michael!

    Maybe Bruce Lee should’ve said “You are like water, my friend” instead of “Be like water, my friend”.

  3. alex robinson replied:

    nice one!

  4. Katherine replied:

    Wow, what an awesome podcast. Thank you, Alex and Michael, for taking the time to record this and invite us into the conversation!

    So, so many insightful comments from both of you, I really appreciate this.
    I’m sure I need to take some time to really let all of this sink in and digest all of the info, and maybe re-listen again. That being said, I did have a few comments that I wanted to add, as it already has got me thinking quite a bit. I’m going to apologize in advance that this comment is pretty link-heavy, but I feel that is the easiest way to help me convey some of these thoughts. Also, I’m just going to be posting the links directly, no HTML for today. :)

    You were discussing Boston quite a bit, well…allllllllllll the way on the other end of I-90, which is the interstate highway connecting the East and West coast of the United States, lies Seattle, which has some really interesting structural components. When Michael was talking about the looming buildings and describing one that sort of narrows at the bottom, it reminded me of the Rainier Tower (http://static.flickr.com/50/163741860_db9cdf8fd1_m.jpg) which has always left me with a feeling of unease. I’m not sure if this picture does it justice, but it really feels like when you are walking by that it could just topple over at any minute. Just last weekend, I was having a conversation with someone who recently started working in that building and found out that the designer of the building was one, Yamasaki, who is none other than the designer of the now infamous original world trade center towers which collapsed on 9/11.

    All of the talk about angles and structural components, also got my mind thinking about reflections, as it seems to be a pretty common theme with the newer buildings here in Seattle, that they are reflective, or almost see-through. I understand that Michael’s quote on “setting up structures you don’t even see” was referring to something else, but it makes me wonder if there is maybe even a more literal meaning to that….Seattle’s downtown public library was built about 10 years ago, but has both the reflection and some really crazy angles (http://places.designobserver.com/media/images/seattle_central_library_1.jpg)
    Here is another building currently under construction (http://stroupeblog.files.wordpress.com/2008/02/5th-and-columbia.gif) I chose this link so that you can see all of the towering banks surrounding it. Funny enough, the aforementioned Rainier tower is just a few blocks down from this…also on 5th avenue.

    I also really enjoyed (and am terrified by) your insight on corportations as people. Amazon.com, which is often referred to as “the online retail giant”, is in the process of building their brand-new headquarters here in Seattle. This will stretch across three city blocks and will include a “biosphere” (http://www.businessinsider.com/amazon-biosphere-in-downtown-seattle-2013-10?op=1) The article describes their plans, and how they are assuming and preparing for it to become a tourist attraction (trap?)….also, at the end of the article is a link to Facebook’s new headquarters which is supposed to be Disneyland inspired. Interesting.

    Anyway, thanks again for the podcast and letting me play around with some of these ideas this afternoon. I really loved the bookshelf metaphor, thanks for that also.

    I have read and accept the terms and agreements of submitting this comment. ;)

    • alex robinson replied:

      What a fantastic comment Kat!

      I started replying to you the other day & then got sidetracked when looking for an image of the Bank of America in Boston to show you – do a search for “Boa Boston” & you get a totally new angle:

      http://www.yankodesign.com/2010/01/14/boston-gets-a-boa/

      I noticed some strange happenings in the glass buildings in Boston too – they do bizarre things to the surroundings. We have a lot of them here in Auckland too.

      Sincere thanks for your intriguing playtime my friend & enriching this topic.

      Warmest hugs to you

  5. mgs1129 replied:

    Thanks Brigitte and Max! I had fun joining in on another podcast with Alex!

    Katherine, thank you for sharing those links! I believe Alex has come up with some “oddity” photos as well with some in the works Mega-structures! Funnily enough, in a brief lay over in San Francisco, the buildings in their Financial District were very similar. Heavy, megalithic, towering “giants”. There does seem to be a strong emphasis in “reflections” from neighboring buildings too as you mentioned. Rainier Tower looks an awful lot like the BOA building in Boston.

    One of the links you provided looks like a “shattered” or broken mirror, which is not aesthetically pleasing at all, and makes me wonder about the broken reflections its providing.

    In quite a bit of my “research reads” Angles = Angels in quite a bit of “artistic lore” and interpretations. Back in the Hidden Agendas days, I did quite a bit of research on the Rosicrucian John Dee and his “ideas”…much of it centers around astrology, which is you do your homework and look at how astrological charts are figured out, its centered around “angles” let alone “heavenly bodies”…but that would open up a whole can of worms :-) More food for thought.

    Cheers!

  6. mgs1129 replied:

    “Uranus goes 16:27 degrees Aries to 16:21 degrees Aries (retrograde). Uranus is quiet this week. Still within a degree of Saturn, structures can collapse as the tension holding things together fails.”

    (Found on Anne Ortelee’s Astrology forecast….many times does she mention “structures” in her forecasts)

  7. Max replied:

    In a certain time window, dimensional breaches can provide new chances.

    The first Acid House club in Berlin was named UFO and opened in 1988. In this place, the direction was set for the Techno music culture, which bloomed up in the ealry 90s. After the Wall came down, empty buildings, like abandoned factories, opened new possibilities. Those structures provided for many subcultural people the opportunity to create something new and the rave scene in Berlin took on a new dimension by flooding those spaces with new life.

    For those who are interested, last month, the documentary “Party auf dem Todesstreifen” was released and gives a short insight into the rave scene in Germany during the late 80s and early 90s:

    (It’s entirely in German)

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