OfficeUS don’t office us, or a self-tautology?

The ARB Architecture Review Board meets tomorrow Thursday at 8:30 a.m., or in about 25 hours. I am attending, mainly to listen. Yet I feel compelled to add something to the discussion. Lean in. Stand up. Engage.

I left the June, 2014 Art in America in my man-cave/home office, but realize that thanks to this laptop thing-a-majig, I can find what I was looking for:

OfficeUS, part of the Venice Biennale on Architecture.


Can we contextualize our debate over the “downtown cap” in aesthetics, or an understanding of world-wide trends? Is there an aesthetics common ground distinct from the proverbial matters of taste?

Here is one photo, as synecdoche:


There’s also word of and maybe a link to Ai Weiwei, Sugimoto.

More to come.

I want to suggest a chap book, via Palo Alto History Association, on local architecture, especially commercial and public buildings, either by type or by time. (Like the books on streets, parks, trees — my proposed list of 500 jazz memes – I’m up to about 250)

Good morning, board.

The Sugimoto is called Glass Tea House Mondrian and apparently they serve Japanese tea in ceremony there, in Venice, Italy:


He is an artist, not an architect, please note; where did I start to see him: DeYoung, 2007; book on Serra in St. Louis, Pulitzer Foundation – that building is actually an Endo, I mean Tadao Ando, who is said to be self-taught.

My feelings about architecture are like my thoughts on the public art collection: I’d rather see less of it – -less change — but better, more distinct. It seems the industry has the expediency to cram more into a box and call it innovative. But their almost philistines, with due respect that there is some talent, method to their psychosis.

Ai Weiwei Forever Bicycles 11-79 and all that:

edit to add: I spoke to HRB today, about Windhover. I am interested in 385 Sherman, on the agenda at ARB Thursday. I may speak on that, rather than OfficeUS, or both.


About markweiss86

Mark Weiss, founder of Plastic Alto blog, is a concert promoter and artist manager in Palo Alto, as Earthwise Productions, with background as journalist, advertising copywriter, book store returns desk, college radio producer, city council and commissions candidate, high school basketball player; he also sang in local choir, and fronts an Allen Ginsberg tribute Beat Hotel Rm 32
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