The US just posted the worst Covid-19 numbers of the pandemic so far.
Despite these numbers, Southwest Airlines has made the decision to start filling their planes to capacity. This decision by Southwest seems to be gross negligence. They should probably lose their license to operate if they do not reverse this decision.
first performed by David Curtis at the Arts Factory in Las Vegas, Nevada
The surface of many photographic prints is reflective, as is the glass which faces framed prints, so the viewer sees her reflection in the framed image. This condition persists and yet is mostly unintended. Slide projections avoid such co-presentation.
Building events catch our attention. Construction sites, occupied buildings, vacant buildings, implosions, they stay in our minds. We record their outline, on passing them our memory finds the shape a puzzle piece match.
Some places are full of memories, their ground is saturated, arriving there, moods change, waves of feelings envelope us.
A place like Enigma continues because it’s been drenched with human energy, the investment deep and clear.
I shiver when I arrive there, sure for personal reasons, but that’s the point, feelings reside there.
Building is an event which includes demolition, as life includes death.
Solar flares, quick events traveling star distances to light our eyes, print our memory.
Building lives lately hover between 0-100 years.
The Cintas (uniform) building used to stand at the northeast corner of Wyoming and Commerce. I’ve driven past it thinking how it might be to occupy it.
When a building site is leveled, reduced to flat earth, our memory is contradicted.
The potential of what was is exchanged for (an illusion of) no history.
The Cintas building was no great thing, but its demolition is a waste, its material will be landfill for more flat earth, its corpse ripped apart and buried.
This eulogy or an apology, I’m sorry, there’s been an (erasure).
A familiar built (thing) is gone, remembered by some and caught in these slides.
(show Cintas slides)
How do we counter the perception that inner city downtown means danger, especially at night?
Perhaps there was some structural justification for the removal of the roof, the walls gave no signs of danger, wood remains a problem material for this climate.
(remember the Huntridge Theatre collapse)
It (wood) is used because it is familiar, rough framing requires no great skill.
So what’s motivating this site?
Property value, the empty ones seem to be offered at higher prices than the ones with older buildings on them.
I suspect a commercial developer would want the site for a convenience store.
When a (distant) money source inflicts him/herself on a neighborhood with no emotional investment, places get erased.
A commercial mindset is to assemble large vacant parcels to allow large vacant projects such as a mall. (a casino/hotel)
Quantity (of scale) increases the probability of profit.
Small projects aren’t less work, there is less money involved.
I’m not really interested in more Fremont Street Experiences.
One is enough. It’s a big enough gesture that could allow the small business to follow but it doesn’t (seem to) care if they do.
It remains a pretty porch over glitter gultch, it says: gamble here too.
I know my motivation(s).
I want a community of places downtown, close together that I can walk to from one to the next, gathering places, places to meet. I don’t want more 7-11s.
They assume I want to drive around all day which seemed like the thing to do when I was 16 most of us are no longer 16.
Why do we tolerate a built environment geared to an adolescent?
Developers have not provided great places.
They know they can build conveniences and they will make a profit.
What’s wrong with 7-11?
It’s convenient, it allows no motive for a pedestrian neighborhood because it feeds car culture , our desire to do better diminished with each carbonated pit stop beverage.
What is Egg Malta?
Malta, the island in the Mediterranean is where perhaps the oldest building happened.
Before these, are caves in France, subtracted forms which occurred not necessarily human-built. The forms on Malta are clover shaped in plan, two layers of stacked stones with rubble infill, or large boulders arranged in ovals. We don’t know (exactly) how they were roofed. (perhaps branches)
I refer to these forms the way Las Vegas builders copy classical details, veneering most things with a layer of historical cartoons.
I propose roof structures: Eggs, deformed spheres which transport, vehicles, plastic-ally applied to over-lapping multiples.
No copy can be perfect.
I’ve taken what was a bearing wall form (at Malta) and translated it into Modern vocabulary: point supported, free facade, free plan.
This site is intended to be the first thing that happens after our way of living no longer works.
How is this a gateway?
If there is no fence or wall to the city, there is no need for a gateway.
I(t) creates a new arrival view for the valley. To be seen from the air.
This new environment, a recreation of an abandoned parking facility occurs along the vehicular path to the city from the Southwest (L.A.).
When cars are abandoned this is where people will leave.
It is a landmark for flying objects.
First study for falling
How important is duration?
I can compose an installation in two hours, or two days, or six months.
Is it more or less valuable than say, architecture?
When does duration of planning reduce to improvisation?
Is improvisation architecture?
By contrast I offer my perfect day:
I wake up when I wake up
to the sun
I leisurely bathe or not
I eat a bowl of cereal
I sit in the sun for awhile
with the cat
I walk to a cafe
I run into a friend there
we have breakfast
or, I meet no one
I enjoy the food, peripheral conversation
then go for a walk
or find a computer, they are like payphones except they
I do some work, or maybe just 5 minutes worth
I glance at a bulletin board for an evening event
I remember a sculpture half started and
5 minutes walk puts me with it
a lover calls to invite me to dinner
I take a nap for two hours
I wake up, do some sculpting
a client calls
we have a phone meeting it goes well
notice the absence of a few things:
cars and really bad driver
I digress into this dream because it lingers
on what to do with this time we have.
I return to this daily via pleasure and pain.
Dinner with a loved one versus 7-11.
Walking in a garden versus car wars.
As long as we tolerate living in suburbs and gated
communities, the energy left for the center will be displaced.
Please choose to remain near this center
Everyday I hope we will invent its new life.
My experience working with architects for the last nine
years has shown me that they mostly are so busy trying to
do the work that they avoid considering if they should do the work.
And considering motivation is my luxury.
I encourage you to know the property owners in this area
I hope on a person to person exchange we can continue
First prototype for a windcatcher that captures the prevailing ocean breeze and naturally vents the interior of a room during warm days. An interior partition divides the cool incoming air flow from the warmer exiting air flow.
Twitter is blocking this website: Distributed Denial of Secrets, but if you search the key words you should be able to access their leaked data on abusive police departments. Distributed Denial of Secrets
It is disgusting that the Marin County Board of Supervisors out of some imagined urgent compulsion to present a “balanced” budget felt the need to increase the Sheriff’s budget given what is occurring nationally.
Thank you, to the people of Oakland. In solidarity with the people of Minneapolis.
I received word yesterday that the four former police officers have all been charged for their roles in the death of George Floyd.
I was with you at a barricade last night (May 30th) in Oakland at 14th Street, just East of City Hall. After we complied with the police demand that we “move back”, in the street, the police THEN shot at us with a tear gas canister. We held our position and I pretty much wanted to rip the cops fucking head off at that point. But I kept my shit together. Thankfully, one of the protestors was able to cover the tear gas canister with some traffic cones and water.
I would like to express my thanks also to the people of Minneapolis.
The police failed you, by allowing an officer to violate his oath, by committing a public execution of George Floyd.
To add insult, rather than immediately arresting the offending officer, his employment was terminated, and reports indicate he is at a residential location surrounded by police officers. Reports are he is in custody today.
The other offending officers must be brought to justice.
The officers who were adjacent to him during the crime are complicit.
Those officers must also be brought to justice.
The precinct that houses the offending officers must be brought to justice.
No peace exists until the officers are brought to justice.
The global daily Covid-19 death rate is basically flat, global new cases rate is still increasing. States must not reopen. Any state reopening is an enemy of the people. We have lost 345K humans and we are not yet halfway through this.
This is the Monday where we say thanks for all the dead people who out of desperation and manipulation died needlessly for corrupt governments. Thanks. But you can’t read this, because you are all dead. So it is really to control the living people.
PS: Don’t buy Google Ads. Google is the devil. 666
In Marin, the Republic of California, April 16, 2020.
Declaration of the Republic of California,
When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which Laws of Nature provide, a respect to the opinions of humankind requires that they should declare the cause which impels them to the separation.
We hold this to be self-evident, that all humans are created equal, that they are endowed with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among us, deriving just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience has shown, that humankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these States; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present US president(s) is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over us. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.
The US President has violated his oath by allowing thousands of humans to perish needlessly from a global pandemic, he directly avoided taking immediate, clear and obvious actions.
When steps were taken by the US Congress to remove him. A partisan, corrupt Chief Justice of the Supreme Court failed to act.
POTUS has lied repeatedly to the American people and has cost lives.
POTUS was installed by agents of organized crime families.
POTUS has been compromised by agents of foreign and domestic actors.
The US Congress has been compromised by the same agents.
I, therefore, appeal to the peoples of the world for the rectitude of my intentions, do, as a free human, solemnly publish and declare, That these United States are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the United States government, and that all political connection between them and the United States, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, we have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do.
5/6/2020: The curve has not indicated any downward trend yet.
5/4/2020 WaPo & NYTimes reports based on a leaked “draft government report” show bad case scenarios that WH has not presented: “200,000 new cases per day by June 1” Based on this scenario, and publicly sourced graphs, we could see deaths in the seven figures in the US alone. We will, with 100% certainty, see deaths in six figures in the US alone.
NEW: Los Angeles estimated roughly 4% of the county has antibodies for coronavirus. That indicates some 220,000 – 442,000 people in L.A. may have been infected. –>55x what current numbers indicate.
Reminder: total confirmed cases in entire U.S. now is at 800,000.
Update: dc_us analyst suggests the pandemic is likely an intentional act. The DEM/GOP leadership seems likely complicit in that they did not prepare for this.
4/17/2020 A study released from Stanford University suggests the number of cases could be 40 times higher than current official reports.
SF Chronicle reports today a study indicates there may be reason to suspect the current official numbers are off by a factor of 10 or more. It is apparent even from the public data the pandemic will continue for a minimum of four months.
Official word is to expect a resurgence of the virus next year.
It seems unclear if the pandemic was intentionally launched. It is certain it is being intentionally exploited. We suspect it was initiated or at minimum anticipated by private/public actions.
Note: This opinion is based on private independent intelligence source(s).
Entities are using chaos technique to disrupt competitors as they gather market resources. This is part of a 100 year strategy to maintain best positions before the bigger less controllable collapses. This has been a clear global pattern since at least late 2000.
David Curtis, reporting for dc_us
Recent (this quarter) actions directly align with a futurist manifesto that was published in 2009. (The Next 100 years: A Forecast for the 21st Century by George Friedman)
I ( ) contacted Senator Harris and requested the government publish accurate estimates regarding coronavirus impacts. It seems mission critical that first responders have accurate estimates. The estimates originating from the WH conflict with all public data. DC
WH indicates they consider 100,000 to 200,000 deaths best case, public data suggests worst case could be 3-6 million deaths.
There is no reason to accept the WH numbers as valid at this point unless they can provide the data that support them. All public data available to us suggests 100,000 to 200,000 deaths does not align with any current data nor projections. David Curtis for dc_us 2020
Conceptual Design for a subgrade EV rack project in a California Eichler house. This system allows for the storage and retrieval of two vehicles in the footprint of an existing one vehicle garage. Design by dc_us 2020
“I wanted to make the existing stone wall more planer by adding concrete veneer. I also wanted some of the existing stones to be visible to show the original construction, so the contractor came up with the technique of attaching wadded paper to the form boards so apertures were cast into the finish surface.” dc
…we walked up one of the staircases to the first viewing platform. I recall writing years ago about the replica tower in LV and how it has tube structure within its lattice work that reduces the amount of negative space pushing through the structure.
The decision to go with glass has eliminated the oil canning issues present in some of Gehry’s sheet metal clad iconic works. It also allows the ample structure that accomplishes these shapes to be in the foreground. The night before I had gone through the sequence of gesture sketches in the documentation of a book on the Guggenheim in Bilbao.
Budapest: the many occurrences of missing stone veneer, usually revealing concrete structure with various globs of perhaps mortar, sometimes worn ends of spray foam. Frequent signs for “Escape Rooms”. A taxi driver points to a building where the KGB operated. Frequent branding of “New York”…on hamburgers, cafe, t-shirts. Something about the elevator door reluctantly closes. Blue and white interiors. A tv in the kitchen/dining room/couch area. I have no memory of the sleeping rooms.
Aldous Harding visited SF last night for one of the precious US dates on her current tour in support of her album Designer.
She plays in Los Angeles tomorrow to another sold out show.
My wife and I made the mistake of lingering on a sofa near the merchandise table during the opening act. So despite the small venue, I was further from the musicians than I wanted to be once Aldous began. But the sound was wonderful. I kept looking over to the sound man to see him enjoying it as much as I was.
I did get to see Aldous before the show, as she was heading out to the front of the club twice. She had a look one has when trying not to forget something or perhaps when one’s mind is elsewhere.
Most of the songs were from the new album.
Weight of the planets diagnoses someone inaccessible due to imagined or real duty.
The mildly threatening lyrics of Treasure .
I think there was at least one song from the Party album.
The encore was a cover of Gerry Rafferty – Right Down the Line. Sung slowly as if by a quiet Kate Bush.
It ended too soon. I wanted to volunteer for the tour (as is often the case) but dutifully went home to my family.
A package containing Designer on vinyl was waiting when I got home on the dining room table. I’ve listened to it four times so far today. Five.
Absent any coherent argument in defense of the civil war era chosen label: “Dixie”, WeAreDixie has waged an anonymous personal attack campaign on multiple specific individuals in our community.
One member of WeAreDixie, Paul Brunell, asks nearly everyone within hearing range: “Do you think I am a racist?” I have met no other individual in 54 years who does that. I am not a mental health therapist, but I hope he considers seeking help for the benefit of our community.
Mr Brunell is now costing us valuable time reviewing his multiple defamatory online posts with our attorneys to decide a best course of response to his lunacy.
“WeAreDixie” literally means: the people think they are Dixie. They think a re-branding exercise is a criticism of them personally. They make a mistake beginning architecture students sometimes make. Criticism of a word is not criticism of them.
The known members of WeAreDixie:
Victor Reizman, Paul Brunell, Martin Slavin, Karen Schellenberg, Jessica Freilich, Isabelle Finney, Frank Ridley, Ron McGinnis, Richard Wenzel, Maxine McGinnis, Armand Pantaleon, Renee Adelmann
Sasha Grey, Neu Sex book signing at Martha Otero 5 May 2011
It’s difficult to imagine a more appropriate or intimate setting for this signing:
Correct neighborhood, residential scale, eye level hedges, serious door man…
Inside, three, smallish white rooms, share a continuous gabled ceiling,
a small crooked line of interested humans, wait for autographed books from the artist, Sasha Grey.
I glance around the room, but the cueing takes precedence, I get in line.
Peripheral vision and hearing realizes it is her
or something like her, in a black full-length dress.
I’m having difficulty focusing due to the heat and humidity, compounded by the gallery lights. It’s 90 degrees F. in West Hollywood today.
Then I actually look at her.
Until now she has been a series of virtual images. So it is a bit odd to compare both printed photos with a live human, without really getting a good look at either.
But this is a book signing. I wait my turn.
Nearer the table I blurt: “Do you take plastic? Checks?”
Agent: “No, cash only.”
DC: “How much are the books?”
DC: (to guard) “Is there an ATM nearby?”
Guard: “I don’t know, around the corner, at the gas station, down Melrose, there’s a (bank name) across the street”
(I leave for 15 minutes then return)
DC: “I would like to buy one book, please.”
Agent: (takes cash, slides book to SG)
SG: “Hello, what is your name?”
DC: “Hello…David…I am envious of your book.”
SG: “Oh, (writing) I think I messed up your name.”
DC: “That’s OK, I need a new name anyway.”
DC: “Are you happy with how the book turned out? (I haven’t seen it yet)”
DC: “Is this wall (painted wall behind SG) part of the show?”
SG: “Yes, it’s by the artist James Jean”
SG: “Jean, he did the paintings of me in the other room.”
DC: “Are you still looking to hire a photo assistant?”
DC: “I’m from LV, I’m sharing some space in Holsum with some people,
an architect, an art director and some artists/representatives.
Las Vegas has about 25% vacancy now in commercial so there are some deals.
(DC hands SG a card)
Well, thank you. Congratulations on the show.”
SG: “Thank you.”
(dead link to Martha Otero website)
I should perhaps discuss the actual work being shown at some point.
The photographs are self-described obsessive documentation of the artist during her porn mode.
She documents behind the scenes intimate moments existing separate from the scenes viewers are likely to consume in the porn films…cleaning up what looks to be vomit off the floor… a funny face in between shots.
In her book she observes that “men are incredibly insecure when it comes to their sexuality”.
There is a central piece on the main gallery wall, milky white with grayish impressionist solo figure.
I keep revisiting it for some reason.
To the left, a multi-colored work with a carnival theme insists repeated views.
I’m glad to see the works on walls but perhaps happier they exist now in a book to be revisited, and to have visual confirmation that the artist is flesh and blood.
of the Rem Koolhaas designed Guggenheim Hermitage Museum in Las Vegas over the (native american genocide) weekend.
I was a senior professional for the executive architect TSA of Nevada (the Stubbins Associates) in 2001.
The internal truss (fully clad, both sides in 1/2″ corten) was fully suspended from the underside of the hotel tower. It has been reconfigured, if not completely removed.
Retail shops have been inserted into what is left of the corten shell.
A Hugo Boss store at the north end features one of the remaining exposed corten partitions. The remnant of the stone fireplace from the previous VIP lounge remains, a feature element in the new store.
On the exterior, nearly the entire work has been obscured by vinyl supergraphics of celebrity chefs.
Near the porte cochere, some corten remains visible as does a sliver of window, the laminated glass pin at the partition foot. The former, full height sliding glass and steel door is visible. A smaller, perhaps exit door has been cut in to it.
The (3) former rotating display walls are gone.
Vestige end display cases of glass occupy what would have been the ends of the rotating walls when paused in the East West direction.
One of the cases features a head shot of Grace Hartzel, perhaps a highlight of the remodeled interior.
On a positive note: The removal of the fully suspended East truss partition likely avoids an eventual structural collapse that the corten might have enabled. See also: rust is a thing.
And no, I did not work on this remodel.
I worked on the former museum from schematic design through construction admin. I flew to Rotterdam to provide assistance during the completion of the construction documents. I sketched all the roof details on the plane in pencil. I still have them.
I also served as a Gallery Educator for the Museum under Anita Getzler.