Time for another 13 Thursday roundup.
You know about some of the travels thru talking with me or thru here. What else has happened?
- I did a write-up about the delectable Cobourg Poetry & Literary Arts Festival
- If every word is a world
- And every person is a world, therefore meeting a person is meeting a word?
- What’s your word?
- Paul Goldberger‘s word would be City.
This is Paul.
- He’s the Architecture Critic for The New Yorker & a Pulitzer Prize Winner who spoke at the architecture forum lecture on Monday.
- His premise is that cities are where people intersect messily as wildcards. It isn’t a gated private space based on exclusion.
- A city’s strength is inclusion and mismatch, uncontrollable organic growth.
- He called the city the original hyperlink.
- The vitality of a city’s public square facilitates face-to-face human contact, good and bad, random connections and choices that spark creativity and community.
- He asked us to ponder the demands for architecture where there isn’t a physical reference like gold standard and Greek temples to guide how a bank should look to suggest solidity, tradition, when money is now digital transfer.
- He asked us to consider the implications of where we’ve been and are now when someone living on the street is a bon vivant, a flaneur, a boulevardier vs. the connotation of English now of street person.
Quote: “If you’re going to be able to look back on something and laugh about it,
you might as well laugh about it now.” ~ Marie Osmond