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Programming, Performance, and Public Art:
Inclusion through Intrusion

In the September 2014 national Asian and Pacific Islander Americans in Historic Preservation (APIAHiP) Forum, preservationists, historians, planners, and advocates of Asian and Pacific Islander culture in America gathered to address issues of cultural heritage and how to strengthen representation at both state and national levels of government. Although many assume … Continue reading Programming, Performance, and Public Art:
Inclusion through Intrusion

On Fences, Plazas, and Latino Urbanism:
A Conversation with James Rojas

James Rojas is busy. In 2014, he worked in over ten cities across seven states. In early February 2015, he had just finished leading a tour of East Los Angeles’s vernacular landscape—stopping to admire a market’s nicho for la Virgen de Guadalupe, to tell the history of a mariachi gathering … Continue reading On Fences, Plazas, and Latino Urbanism:
A Conversation with James Rojas

The Father, the Son, and an Almost Holy Architectural Masterpiece in Bangladesh

Architects and architecture seem especially well suited to the cinema. Think of the final scene of The Fountainhead (1949), with architect Howard Roark (played by Gary Cooper) standing triumphantly atop the skyscraper he has designed and built without compromising his integrity. Or almost any scene in The Belly of an … Continue reading The Father, the Son, and an Almost Holy Architectural Masterpiece in Bangladesh

The Architecture of Recording Studios

“Architectural acoustical services encompass investigating, problem identification and solving, and designing solutions for matters dealing with sound and vibration in buildings.” —The Architect’s Handbook of Professional Practice Recording studios run the gamut from spaces designed by specialists to the vernacular and homebrew. At the high end, considerable expense might be absorbed in … Continue reading The Architecture of Recording Studios

Hold the Lutfisk:
A Swedish Christmas Smörgåsbord

I’m elbow-deep in ground meat, onions, and potatoes, giggling with Kat, my friend and meat-project partner for life, who is thanking the kitchen gods for mechanical meat-grinder and sausage-stuffer attachments for KitchenAid mixers. During our first foray into the world of homemade sausage, we used an antique, hand-cranked grinder that … Continue reading Hold the Lutfisk:
A Swedish Christmas Smörgåsbord

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