…near Termini is a destination this morning after tours of the playground of a nearby elementary school and the roof of an institution for the mentally handicapped – possible future homes for my Roman rooftop garden which will have to be relocated when I leave at the en..
…is the illuminating well-written 1977 book of this well-trodden utopian territory by Robert Fishman – which gives a super great overview of the political and philosophical underpinnings of Howard’s Garden City, Wright’s Broadacre City, and Corbusier’s Radient City – continuing my recent reading list of titles growing out of my fascination with the way in ..
…is what I happened upon this afternoon – just when I thought there was no real alternative culture of resistance in this city – under the canopy of the Roman stone pines at Villa Doria Pamfilj where the landscape was covered with bikes and their riders enjoying the stellar Sunday afternoon after a weekend of ..
…includes reports on recently planted loquat seeds; sad bean plants that are still refusing to climb up the bamboo wigwam structure that was made for them months ago; some eggplants, zucchini, and tomatoes that are starting to flower and set fruit; lots of pretty lettuce plants that are being left to bolt up like mad ..
…is full of red at the big neighboring park of Villa Doria Pamfilj where the turning weather of hot summer days is sending me for daily bike rides and to lounge on blankets with books un..
…over the rooftop garden were lit up by a Roman sunse..
…is the brilliant South African artist brightening up the Academy while in residence this month – today welcoming us into his studio and sharing stories of his working process and methods – specifically in relation to a big wall collage that is a collaborative/interactive planning timeline for a new show coming up ..
…or trap nest – similar to the more massive, monolithic version that I made for the Mason Bees in New York City in 2008 – is my Roman rooftop homestead project for the day – having found a big long log out back which I am now drilling a series of holes into, which female ..
…have happily moved back outside – after almost seven months of meals in the formal dining room – with the warm weather to the central cortile where we gather around one super long table intoxicated by the blossomin..
…brings good news of the most regular and welcome daily fruiting arrivals in my Roman rooftop garden these days – with always a few to be found hiding in a planter – but never enough to do more than the occasional nibbling an..
…or ‘Fontanone‘ just down the hill from us on top of the Gianicolo – were spotted cooling off this afternoon – frolicking on a hot afternoon in the shady pool of fresh water arriving from the Acqua Paola Roman Acquadu..
…this afternoon was a follow up to the interview with 15 year old ragazza Romana last month who recounted her early interest in cooking and cucina Italiana inspired by her grandmother, who is starting to let her into the kitchen when preparing the big holiday meals – so this afternoon we heard her story, tasted ..
…of statuary is something I happened upon for the first time this afternoon as the sun was low while visiting a French friend in residence at the famous villa and gardens – that I still remember studying in architecture school – later acquired by Napoleon in 1803 as the new home for the Frenc..
…this afternoon was with the amazing urban farmer Matteo Amati who presides over an enormous tract of city land where unemployed youth are put to work on the cultivation of the fruit tree orchard, the groves of olive trees, and the rotating fields of strawberries, fava beans, potatoes, tomatoes, etc….and this is giving me some sense of what ..
…is a welcome way to return to Italy this afternoon and the promise of a coming summer, making our approach to Fiumicino from the south in a straight line over the coastline of private be..
…from cover to cover on the nine hour plane ride from Portland back to Europe is blowing my mind because it seems so fresh, like it could have been written today, but instead dates from 1954 – about Helen and Scott Nearing’s radical 1932 pioneering escape from the the modern ills and materialistic distractions of ..
…hosted a conversation about art & agriculture this afternoon, with Danny Percich, Tim Donovan, Harrell Fletcher, and myself, as part of the Open Engagement conference, on their Portland adjacent small CSA organic farm – which some of the of the hardcore student bikers arrived at on two wheels up a steep hill – and what ..
…was the title of my talk at the PSU Open Engagement conference this afternoon, which I began with these three quotes: “The performance of a piece of music can be a metaphor of society, of how we want society to be. Though we are not now living in a society which we consider good, we ..
…hosted an Open Engagement conference lunch event today as the father of one of the students wheeled his mobile wood burning pizza oven into the center of the garden, where he took orders, rolled out the dough, make pies to order, and fired them up in minutes, as we enjoyed..
…that I am admiring on a hike this afternoon just west of Portland in the valley of the Willamette River is cool and moist and all colors mossy green and something I will be thinking about enviously when back in hot sunny Rome in few days where my rooftop moss garden is surely dried to ..