Edward Scissorhands

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Or, how suburbia [and by extension America] loves conformity and percieved safety
This paper discussed the movie Edward Scissorhands [1990] and the reflection of religion, the corporation and society has on the formation of the city. Polemical in nature, it is not a denouncement of religion, instead it acknowledges the powerful role of religion in society, and how this important part of life shapes our space [and place] in the world.

Edward Scissorhands is the collection of fables and fairy tales not only from the collective history of man, but also from recent American experiences. The classic Frankenstein and Pinocchio story is contrasted with the distinctly American thrill of the new and the allure of progress with the paranoia of the other. The highly stylized neighborhood does not cover the daemons of distrust and isolation that are so eloquently played to by the “Christian” fundamentalist, nor does the blind search for success cover the fractures in the interpersonal relationships of the characters. In the last review, even love cannot triumph over the power of conformity.

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Ground Zero

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Saturday Gov. George E. Pataki announced that he favors not building [nytimes :: registration req’d], on the ground zero site.

From the article:

“We will never build where the towers stood” – Gov. Pataki

In addition to calling the place where the towers stood “hallowed ground,” Mr.
Pataki said the footprints “will always be a lasting memorial for those that
were lost.” He added, “Their sacrifice must be remembered for all times to come,
and I will do everything in my power to make sure that happens.”

Finally someone not running out to plop an ediface on that site. This our
chance to kit the urban fabric back together in Lower Manhattan, while at the
same time provide a memorial and park to those lost. Not an ediface or statue,
but a living park that remembers that day and allows New Yorkers [and the
wolrld] to remember the past and also live in the present. This is a chance for
an integrated urban environment that celebrates not just business but life and
humanity.

Skyscraper

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Has this ever happened to you:
So you are at the bar with some of your
architecture buddies and you get into an argument over whose phallus is taller
Perisphere and Trylon was bigger than the Washington Monument, and you never could compare the two
off them. Well, now you can with The Worlds Tallest Buildings Diagram Database, a
huge database of illustrated built work from Mechanical structures to Bridges.
The database will even answer your burning questions about how do Hugh Stubbins Associates stack up against each other.

And who says architects don’t have a good sense of
humor
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Cross Media Guru Greg Lynn

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Greg Lynn is at it again. This time he was invited to design a screensaver for the Art Museum.
It appears that it is a plant, “Plantoid examines forms based on the natural structure of a blossoming plant.” Interesting, yet on my screen it is a bit small and the saver program is a bit unflexible. Overall an interesting cross-section of digital artists. This one reads your harddrive and creates a scene from it.