Overdrive L.A.

In 2013, as part of Pacific Standard Time, the Getty had an exhibition (and book) called Overdrive: L.A. Constructs the Future 1940-1990. Exhibition details and images are still up on the Getty website, including this video: Ed Ruscha’s photographs of … Continue reading

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monuments and palm trees

In Learning from Las Vegas, Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown’s 1968 study and revindication of American commercial vernacular architecture, the architects claimed, for that oft-maligned landscape, a new monumentality. The Las Vegas Strip, the gas station, and the billboard … Continue reading

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the city

The city is a fact in nature, like a cave, a run of mackerel or an ant-heap. But it is also a conscious work of art, and it holds within its communal framework many simpler and more personal forms of … Continue reading

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The Big Switch [book]

The Big Switch: Rewiring the World, from Edison to Google makes comparisons between the introduction of electricity as a utility and the progress of software, and even hardware, as utilities (via the internet)–an intriguing, though as Nicholas Carr admits, somewhat … Continue reading

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time relativity, redux

The year England switched to the Gregorian calendar from the Julian one in 1752, they skipped Sept 3-13. (see also, original post) a brief history of how clocks changed the world (see also, Robert Owen’s “Eight hours’ labor, Eight hours’ … Continue reading

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