Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Morning Light + Shadow

Utah Museum of Fine Arts in the morning sun.

Monday, February 23, 2009

Alien Pod Reflection - University of Utah

4,000 recycled plastic bottles make up this unusual project by architecture students from the University of Utah. The students created this project for the New Year's celebration in downtown, where it was hung like a giant ornament and illuminated from the inside. With lights blasting, the installation piece looked like a supernova sun. Now, it is resting comfortably before it moves on to a permanent home somewhere else.

Alien Pod Skin - University of Utah

Over the Alien Pod - University of Utah

Alien Pod Skin - University of Utah

Alien Pod - University of Utah

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Neon Boneyard II - Las Vegas, Nevada

Neon Boneyard - Las Vegas, Nevada

What Do Cities Know?

The ten things I know by standing in the center of Pioneer Park.

1. People can transform a blighted neighborhood through a commitment to place.
2. This blighted park will change as more and more people come to live in the blocks immediately adjacent.
3. We must break the barrier of 300 west and figure out a way to invite people across that state highway into the park. Perhaps a new street design, more pedestrian friendly, a "bridge".
4. Within 700 feet of where I stand, I can find nearly every amenity for residential life.
5. This park can be the neighborhood social center again, as it was 50 years ago when the park played host to the neighborhood swimming pool.
6. Broad public understanding of the homeless population in this city is nil.
7. The park should have an active winter life, as it does in the summer.
8. The city does not reflect its various cultures in its shape and form.
9. I miss the smell of breakfast burritos mixed with the heat of July.
10. The park needs a new buildling, something architectural to create areas of interest; drawing people in from the outside.

Saturday, February 14, 2009