…the American Institute of Landscape Architects (ASLA) website, was posted a couple of months ago – but I finally had a chance to read it, and thought I would share it with you here…(link to ASLA ..
…the 1968 film by the singular Italian genius and poet Pier Paolo Pasolini is what we were up late watching tonight, reminding me of another Italy not too long ago – and now I want nothing more than to descend into a Pasolini marathon and watch or rewatch everything. (..
…friends who are fellows at the Accademia Danimarca di Roma (housed in Danish design splendor in a 1967 structure designed by Kay Fisker near Villa Borghese) made me feel like I was also taking a little trip to Denmark today as eight of us packed into a VW van, donated by the former Queen of ..
…which is the dramatic new Zaha Hadid designed ‘Museum of 21st Century Art’ (surrounded by an unfortunate expanse of endless shadeless tree-free unwelcoming concrete which seems to function mainly as a place from which to view the building) has done much to catalyze the contemporary art scene in Rome despite it’s hostility to most of ..
…(the 17th Century Palazzo owned by the American Academy and now used for special events and accomodating special guests) out my window today has almost become a mundane daily event as we experience constant rain showers puntuated by an occasional teasing burst of..
…a Miami friend, opened tonight starting with a talk/performance about ‘nothing’ in the apartment above the gallery where Roman flea market vases were casually displayed on the floor and later stumbled upon and broken one by one. (galler..
…a fellow American Academy fellow this year – was a real pleasure, the highlight of the day, a 3.5 minute video she made in 2009 inspired by one of my favorite films, and described by Karen as “…a drawing animation based on a scene from Robert Bresson’s film ‘Au Hasard Balthazar.‘ It is a close-up ..
…set within the biggest landscaped public park in Rome (previously mentioned here) and located just behind the American Academy in Rome on top of the Gianicolo – is the 17th century palace of the Pamphilj family later passed to Prince Giovanni Andrea IV Doria, which looks like an elaborate white frosted cake especially when the ..
…di TG5 (the flagship news program of the Mediaset empire owned by the ridiculous Silvio Berlusconi who first ascended to the throne of Italian Prime Minister in March 1994 while I was living in a rural Tuscan farmhouse as my exasperated Italian friends were freaking out and agonizing over the future of Italy – though ..
…and the rest of the American family-like team putting on the show ‘Kafka Fragments,’ (originally commissioned for Carnegie Hall in 2005, later performed everywhere from the Barbican in London to the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and presented by Romaeuropa this weekend) came over for a lunch visit yesterday – and I can’t wait to see the ..
…are on fire and providing bolts of brilliant color in the gardens behind the Academy, especially on the ground as the big leaves pile up in a spectrum from bright yellows to deep..
…this morning is a welcome punctuation to endless days of November R..
…all of these years since I graduated from that Minneapolis Catholic high school – where I tried to disappear as much as possible while enduring four years as a verbally abused gay teen from 1983-87 while teachers and administrators sanctioned it with their silence – is on my mind today as I read about the ..
…is the premiere issue of the journal published by the Barcelona based architecture imprint Actar which has its release today at the University of Toronto, where I visited over a few cold days in February 2009 joined by Heather Ring, Michael Speaks, Nathalie de Vries, Charles Waldheim, and Mason White to select a few farming ..
…is the smart & beautiful new book that I am seeing all over Europe by the innovative and influential New York-based Argentinian – by way of Spain and Britain – landscape architect (who wrote the introduction to the Edible Estates book, and an important analysis and attack on the American lawn first published 1995) – ..
…is the view that I am enjoying as we prepare to land at the remote Roman airport of Ciampino this morning, especially a view of the suburb Centocelle which developed around the site of the first Italian airport – where Charles Lindbergh payed a visit, Wilbur Wright gave a flying demonstration in 1909, and Hitler ..
…occupied a central position on Berlin’s museum island, and despite much protesting from the West was eventually demolished by the GDR in 1950 after damage from Allied bombings, and today I am looking at the excavations and sprawling lawn on the site, where a reconstruction of the palace will be built after a vote of ..
…under Nazism by Berlin based artists Michael Elmgreen and Ingar Dragset (whose place I happen to be staying at this week) provides a poetically uncomfortable public moment as people are drawn to peer into the eye-level portal in the mysterious concrete monolith on the side of the walking path, which turns out to provide a ..
…is not preventing me from being excited to be in this town that I have not had occasion to visit in years (I actually happened to be here right after the fall of the Berlin Wall on December 23rd, 1989 which was the first day that West Germans and West Berliners were allowed visa-free travel ..
…are sweetly mowing the lawn on a chilly afternoon in front of the garden house of Johann Wolfgang von Goethe which he used as a Summer retreat after his Italian journeys (previously mentioned here) and where he died in 1832 – but today I am in town for a talk at the invitation of Christine ..