Worker Housing

conceptual housing for a site in Lucas Valley, CA by dc_us

Reference image of a housing project by Jean Nouvel


Saint Helena, CA Remodel

photo courtesy of the owner

dc_us did the space planning and permit docs for this ceiling reconfiguration (flat to gable) and kitchen expansion.


We have freedom of publishing

Julian Assange could have remained anonymous with respect to the creation and maintenance of Wikileaks. Publishers should not be punished for being named. We have whistle blower protection. We have freedom of publishing or we have nothing worth defending.


Budihalim Won Addition

A 2nd floor Master Bedroom Suite addition, design and permit documents by dc_us. Location: Belmont, CA. Built in 2017.


Desert Concrete by dc_us

Concrete veneer of an existing stone retaining wall based on FLW’s desert concrete

“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 collaborated with Beth LaDove on the paving and landscaping design.

Transition

from the proposal for the City of Las Vegas, NV

Screen shot from the rhino model by David Curtis.


Fukushima: running out of space for radioactive water storage. Update 8 11 2019

https://www.apnews.com/c0f1423e672b4887a9820e2d56224059

image via Google map 8/10/2019
via Google map
(the arrays of blue and off-white dots are huge storage tanks) 8/10/2019
enlarged view of storage tanks as of 8 10 2019 via Google map

Excerpt from Wikipedia:

On 10 September 2015, floodwaters driven by Typhoon Etau prompted mass evacuations in Japan and overwhelmed the drainage pumps at the stricken Fukushima nuclear plant. A TEPCO spokesperson said that hundreds of metric tons of radioactive water entered the ocean as a result.[193] Plastic bags filled with contaminated soil and grass were also swept away by the flood waters.[194]

194 “Flooding swept away radiation cleanup bags in Fukushima”The Japan Times Online. 12 September 2015. ISSN0447-5763. Retrieved 13 September 2015.


Crops from Paris & other

Circulation within tower leg, Eiffel Tower. iPhone pic by 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.

Fondation Louis Vuitton, iPhone pic by dc

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.

iPhone pic by dc
iPhone pic by dc

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.


Rem Koolhaas, but he was Latino

image sample, the Stellenbosch Heritage Foundation

Rem Koolhaas, but he was Latino, sat next to me on the jury.

(Discussing the project)

He had a robotic torso.

(It) looked like a bicycle frame.

I could see electrical wires that replaced his spinal cord.

I couldn’t help asking him about it.

(He said): The doctors told me it was possible…but you don’t want it.

© David Curtis 2015


Aldous Harding Interview 2019


Another first, no second.


Aldous Harding, Designer

iPhone pic by author

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.

https://www.aldousharding.com/

DC 4/23/2019


From WikiLeaks


Silent Walk, Change the name.

Silent Walk 3

Silent March through Dixie


WeAreDixie = NotLikeThis


WaPo: In a wealthy, liberal community…


Boycott the State of the Union address.

David Curtis urges social media users to boycott the SOTU address content

ChangeTheName submits petitions to the Superintendent of Dixie School District


Penalty flags + ctrl freaks + ‘bot filter settings. Rev 6 May 2019

meme by anon user account (that isn’t my body)

A dominant paradigm of “Judeo-Christian” norm supplanted on “natives”.

A list poem describing DC’s attempts to thwart algorithm + censors.

DC has been censored/defamed on the websites: Archinect, Facebook, GPCA, GPNV, GPUS, Nextdoor, Sacramento Press Club, and theBradBlog.

Archinect deleted my user account.

Nextdoor deleted my user account.

The MarinIJ allows anon user accounts to defame people in the comment sections and also has a ‘bot language filter that censors specific words.

Recent subject words, phrases, and/or devices:

“anon user account”

“architect” as used by states

“Are you calling me a racist?”

(anon) “bitches” (gender not determined)

“chimpanzee WH webcam 24/7”

“Christian land-grabbing motherf-ers”

“cispeople are garbage” -A Shantz

“compliant Indians”

“developer”

“Dixie”

the “f” word

“hate crime”

“hate speech”

“I.C.E.”

“industry” (various)

“Label”

“Labeler”

“masturbation”

“migratory”

“negro friends”

“online porn”

“orangutan WH webcam 24/7”

variations of the term “pig fucking”

“priest”

“professional” as an attempt to moderate

“race traitor”

“real estate industry”

repetition (as a device)

“retard”

“Slavic wife”

“Spray RoundUp on the neighbors”

“Should”

“uterus”

“vagina”

“virtue signaling”

“white supremacists”

©2019 David Curtis


Guggenheim Forensic

I visited the corpse

forensic annotations

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.

© David Curtis 2018


Sound Studio for GG

Sound Studio in Las Vegas for GG.