Maya Lin – Great minds of our time

Monday, 25 May, 2020

As I’ve been doing some #ThoughtExperiments for a “Covid19 global memorial”, I can’t helped but be inspired a lot by the amazing Maya Lin‘s design of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial! After learning more about Maya Lin, I’m totally adding Maya to my long list of Great minds of our time  Here in this post, I capture some great videos, etc that I’ve come across and try to learn from.

Posted 2016, American Academy of Achievement, Maya Lin 2000 (interview conducted in 2000) (~62 minutes)

Via “The Film Archives” Youtube channel posted 2015, Maya Lin: Vietnam Veterans Memorial, Architecture, Biography, Design (2000) (~57 minutes)

2017 TIME, Maya Lin On Being A Female Architect: ‘I Didn’t Want My Gender To Become An Issue’ | TIME (~3 minutes)

2018, WoodrowWilsonCenter Youtube Channel, The Battle Over a Vietnam War Memorial (~18 minutes)

2014, Maya Lin, Architect and Artist: Talks at GS Read the rest of this entry »


Ettore Sottsass – More Human Scale

Monday, 7 January, 2013

Why are these strange blue boxes scattered about and bolted to the floor of a Palo Alto living room? Love the architectural discussion in this +60 Minutes segment about +IDEO‘s founder David Kelley’s home. Have a watch here.

A childhood friend wanted to be an architect. Not me. I just love good architect & design. Over the years my sense and taste in architecture have been influenced by the following architects & firms:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I._M._Pei
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Gehry
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Santiago_Calatrava
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Maya_Ying_Lin
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herzog_%26_de_Meuron
http://www.5468796.ca/

and I plan to learn more about

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ettore_Sottsass

after watching the segment. I used to just know how to wow but I guess I am older now that I don’t have the urge nor need to wow. Human scale will serve me just fine.


Calgary Peace Bridge by Santiago Calatrava – with interviews of users

Sunday, 22 April, 2012

Calgary Peace Bridge by Santiago Calatrava - pix 01

I finally checked out the beautiful Calgary Peace Bridge by Santiago Calatrava. Here is a video of the bridge with my interviews of some users.

P.S. The $25m Santiago Calatrava designed Calgary Peace bridge looks and function nice. People seem to enjoy the bridge (me included), even a few don’t like the price and how the contract was awarded (I am one of those as well). I should mention I LOVE Calatrava‘s Turning Torso since I first saw it in a documentary. So while I wasn’t (and still am not) happy with the price and contract award controversy, I can’t say I was total surprised.

Calgary Peace Bridge by Santiago Calatrava - pix 02

Calgary Peace Bridge by Santiago Calatrava - pix 03


Eric Bricker Q&A and interview at 2011 CIFF – Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman

Sunday, 25 September, 2011

Eric Bricker, Director/Producer Visual Acoustics, and me

“Case Study House #22 – Two Girls” by Julius Shulman (1960)“Case Study House #22” by Julius Shulman (1960)

I had a Skype video interview with Eric Bricker, director/producer of Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman before I got a chance to watch the film and I thought I would love it. After my skype video, I signed out four books by or about Julis Shulman from the library! So after watching Visual Acoustics yesterday on big screen, I can now positively say I LOVE the film and highly recommend it. Check out Visual Acoustics’ trailer if you haven’t seen it. If you can’t see the film in a theatre on a big screen, Visual Acoustics is available in DVD and also in HD via Netflix.

Here is my interview with Eric at 2011 CIFF.

Here is some of Eric’s Q&A at 2011 CIFF. (note: I edited out some questions as some are already covered in my one-on-one interviews with Eric).

Eric Bricker - Visual Acoustics - Q&A

“Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum” by Julius Shulman (1964)

“Chemosphere House” by Julius Shulman (1960)

“Kaufman House” by Julius Shulman (1947)

“Julius Shulman and Richard Neutra” (1950)

Julius Shulman, from VISUAL ACOUSTICS

Julius Shulman, from VISUAL ACOUSTICS


Eric Bricker interview – Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman

Thursday, 22 September, 2011

“Case Study House #22 – Two Girls” by Julius Shulman (1960)“Case Study House #22” by Julius Shulman (1960)

I had a wonderful and insightful 30 minutes Skype video interview with Eric Bricker, director of Visual Acoustics: The Modernism of Julius Shulman (CIFF info: screening at Globe Sat, Sep 24, 4:15pm and Sun, Sept 25, 12:15pm). The following is my edited interview with Eric. Enjoy.

Eric Bricker (pre-screening) Skype interview – Visual Acoustics, The Modernism of Julius Shulman

update: Eric Bricker (post-screening) CIFF in-person interview

update: CIFF screening Q&A

Check out Visual Acoustics’ trailer if you haven’t seen it. If you can’t see the film in a theatre on a big screen, Visual Acoustics is available in DVD and also in HD via Netflix.

Here are some stunning photos by Julius and film stills.

“Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum” by Julius Shulman (1964)

“Chemosphere House” by Julius Shulman (1960)

“Kaufman House” by Julius Shulman (1947)

“Julius Shulman and Richard Neutra” (1950)

Julius Shulman, from VISUAL ACOUSTICS

Julius Shulman, from VISUAL ACOUSTICS

Here is the film synopsis from CIFF,

“Narrated by Dustin Hoffman, Eric Bricker’s multiple award-winning VISUAL ACOUSTICS celebrates the life and career of Julius Shulman. Long considered to be the world’s greatest architectural photographer, Schulman’s iconic, instantly recognizable images brought modern architecture to the American mainstream.

Shulman captured the work of nearly every modern and progressive architect since the 1930s, including Frank Lloyd Wright, Richard Neutra, John Lautner and Frank Gehry. His images epitomized the singular beauty of Southern California’s Modernist movement, bringing its iconic structures to the attention of the general public. This unique film is both a testament to the evolution of modern architecture and a joyful portrait of the magnetic, whip-smart gentleman who chronicled it with his unforgettable images.

Shulman developed a close association with the modernist architects, principally those active in Southern California, and his images played a major role in crafting the image of the Southern California lifestyle to the rest of the world during the 1950s and 1960s. A prolific author, consultant, lecturer, exhibitor and editor of his own vast archive, Shulman remained active up until his passing in July of 2009.”


Missing in China: Ai Weiwei still missing after being held by Chinese police

Monday, 4 April, 2011

For the record.

* Guardian, “Ai Weiwei still missing after being held by Chinese police

“Ai Weiwei, China’s best-known artist, remains missing more than a day after he was detained. Police have confiscated dozens of items from his studio.

Officers released his wife and several assistants late last night, following questioning, but Ai and a friend remain uncontactable. Assistants said that police removed more than 30 computers and hard drives from his studio and home in north Beijing on Sunday, as well as notebooks and documents. They also searched at least two more properties connected to the artist.”

* The Telegraph, “Chinese authorites silent on Ai WeiWei’s whereabouts

* The Telegraph, “Ai WeiWei, artist and activist: a profile


Chicago’s Aqua Tower by Jeanne Gang lead Studio Gang Architects

Sunday, 27 March, 2011

I love great buildings. Aqua is really a spectacular and beautiful building! See more info and photos with an interview with Jeanne Gang here. [HT BMD]

See also the book “Reveal: Studio Gang Architects” by Jeanne Gang (expected publication date: June 20, 2011).


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