Architecture is set apart from most careers in the "creative" field in a lot of ways. Intervention into the built environ requires many tedious disambiguations if you will. You're essentially building a vessel that contains the moments that will difine individuals and thus, you're creating the "future" tense. Now I'm not trying to talk all high and mighty regarding architects because I generally dislike the professional aspect of the career, I feel like it's watered down with arrogant buisinessmen who are more concerned with the 'appearance of order' rather than a strict process. With architecture, you work on something for a year or more. Completion isn't ethereal and fleeting. What seperates architecture is that it takes months, if not years to complete a construction. Anyway, I spent about a year on this penthouse in Chelsea. For a year, I went to work for 9+ hours a day and created documents to construct a building. We matched materials, studied construction, mediated infrastructure and pleased clients. The drawing set is thick. It sits about an inch off my desk and is heavy with cabinetry drawings, detailed sections and loads of process. After a year, it's paid off. I've not only marked the client's life, but also marked my own in a sense, as my career has begun to move into the dare-not-to-speak-of "professional realm"... Pictures are courtesy of Bret Grabel. If you have an issue with their placement on this blog, please notify me and I will promptly take them off. More pictures to come after the jump.

New project

So here's the latest rendering i've been working on at my office. I'll spare the archi-jargon and just say that it's a staircase suspended off a steel-framed wall. The intent was to leave the space feeling "light" while using steel-construction. Anyway, here are some preliminary views

Ian Reid's Video

Taken from Hypebeast: Ian is an oldschool NYC skate/street head who documented his travels and life in Brooklyn and abroad over the past few years. The video is quickly becoming an underground phenomenon in New York City and is spreading out elsewhere. It’s got some crazy everyday life stuff in it and a bunch of great skating. It stars the likes of Stevie Williams, Bam, Brain Wenning and a bunch of others. Check out the trailer below. Ian Reid’s video is on sale now @ Supreme, KCDC, Autumn, 2nd Nature, Division East, aNYthing, Rival, NJ Skateshop, and other select retailers.

New SB Releases

So, Nike's moved back to their simple colourways for the standard Dunk SB releases. This is evident in the next two dunks to be released. The newer SB's are not only narrower, but have had a pretty shotty construction as well. These next few dunks are said to have the highest quality suede that Nike has ever put on a dunk. They're also rumored to be using a new factory which will focus on defining the craft that's made Nike a sneaker legend. The Mork and Mindy's are the epitome of a premium dunk high in my opinion and the SBTG's still have the best materials as well. If Nike would step their game up on the rest of their SB's, it'd be beneficial for their Skateboarding line because right now, spening $100 on premium SBs that feel shitty isn't helping them out at all. The Here are the next colourways. The Grey and Purple dunk [i'm nicknaming the Ugly Dunkling] resembles the Jeff Staple Pigeon dunk but with Purple in place of the Red and no embroidery. The leather on the Grey and Blue dunk is supposed to be buttery soft. Not a bad cop afterall.


Drop the Lime - "E Lock"

So NYC's Drop the Lime dropped a video for his Tigerbeat 6 release of "We Never Sleep". Check it out, LV's straight loony.


2 weeks no train...

So I haven't bought a train pass in 2 weeks. I know for most riders it's nothing big, but I want to become more reliant on autonomous transportation.

Floor becomes wall becomes floor becomes wall...

So yeah, we've seen this done millions of times in Thesis projects, books, magazines, Diller Scofidio, ect. Well, now, on the Northside of Williamsburg, lies this mobius strip of condos tucked behind the common, tenement-housing vernacular of Brooklyn. I honestly am glad to see this going up, and not some cookie-cutter, brick clad monstrousity. Here are some shots I took Sunday. I haven't been able to find out who the Architect is, so if anyone knows, could you please email me? Enjoy

Josh Crouch Memorial Service

A memorial Service put on by friends and family of Josh Crouch will be held at Asterisk Art Gallery, this Wednesday, September 27th, 2006 at 8pm. The parents of Josh Crouch will be attending this service. If anyone is in the Brooklyn area and is wanting to attend this event, please call Asterisk for further details. If you are coming up from NC for this event, send me an email and I'll letcha crash at my place. Asterisk is the venue where Josh's Hip Hop group "Mindspray" would play their shows. Peep their site HERE
Asterisk Art Gallery
258 Johnson Avenue Brooklyn, New York 11206 917.856.7126

Tokyo Music Festival

One of my favorite Ragga bands from my Drum and Bass days Mighty Crown [from Japan] will be playing. Tokyo Music Festival is this Saturday in Central Park Taken from Freshness Mag...

New York-Tokyo Music Festival@Central Park

Any New Yorker can tell you the cities’s culture has definately changed since Japanese culture crashed on to the scene well over a decade ago. No less eye-opening for the cities residents wil be the New York-Tokyo Music Festival, held in Central Park later this month. Though sisters cities since 1960, this event, only in it’s second year, is the first oF it’s kind to step into New York’s musical spotlight.

The event will include live performances, a special game event presented by Electronic Arts Games, a preview of the new anime series “Afro Samurai”, and of course music by U.S and Japanese artists. Remeber the admission is Free so Saturday September 30th in Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield(@E.69th St.) is the place to be. Witness the New York-Tokyo Music Festival and take in the experience! (INFO:Companies/Apparel brands interested in particapating this event, please contact inFo@newyork-tokyo.com) by DKaz

Place: Central Park @ Rumsey Playfield(@E.69th St.) Date: September 30th (SAT) Time: 2pm to 10pm Admission: Free Artists: Talib Kweli, DJ A-trak, Hifana, Mighty Crown, Pe’z


La Science des rêves

Michel Gondry's installation at the Deitch Gallery in SoHo is one of the most extensive installations i've ever seen in the space. He fills every square inch with his cardboard creations and as a collective whole, the pieces speak clearly of his hodgepodge intent. Gondry used many of the pieces as direct influences for his new movie La Science des rêves which opened last week. If you can, get out and see this film. I've heard nothing but great reviews of it. Here are some pictures I snapped at the Gallery today. Enjoy


Hugo Chavez UN Address

For some reason, you won't read this in the US Media... Chavez Address to the United Nations by Hugo Chavez Address to the UN New York September 20, 2006 Representatives of the governments of the world, good morning to all of you. First of all, I would like to invite you, very respectfully, to those who have not read this book, to read it. Noam Chomsky, one of the most prestigious American and world intellectuals, Noam Chomsky, and this is one of his most recent books, 'Hegemony or Survival: The Imperialist Strategy of the United States.'" [Holds up book, waves it in front of General Assembly.] "It's an excellent book to help us understand what has been happening in the world throughout the 20th century, and what's happening now, and the greatest threat looming over our planet. The hegemonic pretensions of the American empire are placing at risk the very survival of the human species. We continue to warn you about this danger and we appeal to the people of the United States and the world to halt this threat, which is like a sword hanging over our heads. I had considered reading from this book, but, for the sake of time," [flips through the pages, which are numerous] "I will just leave it as a recommendation. It reads easily, it is a very good book, I'm sure Madame [President] you are familiar with it. It appears in English, in Russian, in Arabic, in German. I think that the first people who should read this book are our brothers and sisters in the United States, because their threat is right in their own house. The devil is right at home. The devil, the devil himself, is right in the house. "And the devil came here yesterday. Yesterday the devil came here. Right here." [crosses himself] "And it smells of sulfur still today. Yesterday, ladies and gentlemen, from this rostrum, the president of the United States, the gentleman to whom I refer as the devil, came here, talking as if he owned the world. Truly. As the owner of the world. I think we could call a psychiatrist to analyze yesterday's statement made by the president of the United States. As the spokesman of imperialism, he came to share his nostrums, to try to preserve the current pattern of domination, exploitation and pillage of the peoples of the world. An Alfred Hitchcock movie could use it as a scenario. I would even propose a title: "The Devil's Recipe." As Chomsky says here, clearly and in depth, the American empire is doing all it can to consolidate its system of domination. And we cannot allow them to do that. We cannot allow world dictatorship to be consolidated. The world parent's statement -- cynical, hypocritical, full of this imperial hypocrisy from the need they have to control everything. They say they want to impose a democratic model. But that's their democratic model. It's the false democracy of elites, and, I would say, a very original democracy that's imposed by weapons and bombs and firing weapons. What a strange democracy. Aristotle might not recognize it or others who are at the root of democracy. What type of democracy do you impose with marines and bombs? The president of the United States, yesterday, said to us, right here, in this room, and I'm quoting, "Anywhere you look, you hear extremists telling you can escape from poverty and recover your dignity through violence, terror and martyrdom." Wherever he looks, he sees extremists. And you, my brother -- he looks at your color, and he says, oh, there's an extremist. Evo Morales, the worthy president of Bolivia, looks like an extremist to him. The imperialists see extremists everywhere. It's not that we are extremists. It's that the world is waking up. It's waking up all over. And people are standing up. I have the feeling, dear world dictator, that you are going to live the rest of your days as a nightmare because the rest of us are standing up, all those who are rising up against American imperialism, who are shouting for equality, for respect, for the sovereignty of nations. Yes, you can call us extremists, but we are rising up against the empire, against the model of domination. The president then -- and this he said himself, he said: "I have come to speak directly to the populations in the Middle East, to tell them that my country wants peace." That's true. If we walk in the streets of the Bronx, if we walk around New York, Washington, San Diego, in any city, San Antonio, San Francisco, and we ask individuals, the citizens of the United States, what does this country want? Does it want peace? They'll say yes. But the government doesn't want peace. The government of the United States doesn't want peace. It wants to exploit its system of exploitation, of pillage, of hegemony through war. It wants peace. But what's happening in Iraq? What happened in Lebanon? In Palestine? What's happening? What's happened over the last 100 years in Latin America and in the world? And now threatening Venezuela -- new threats against Venezuela, against Iran? He spoke to the people of Lebanon. Many of you, he said, have seen how your homes and communities were caught in the crossfire. How cynical can you get? What a capacity to lie shamefacedly. The bombs in Beirut with millimetric precision? This is crossfire? He's thinking of a western, when people would shoot from the hip and somebody would be caught in the crossfire. This is imperialist, fascist, assassin, genocidal, the empire and Israel firing on the people of Palestine and Lebanon. That is what happened. And now we hear, "We're suffering because we see homes destroyed.' The president of the United States came to talk to the peoples -- to the peoples of the world. He came to say -- I brought some documents with me, because this morning I was reading some statements, and I see that he talked to the people of Afghanistan, the people of Lebanon, the people of Iran. And he addressed all these peoples directly. And you can wonder, just as the president of the United States addresses those peoples of the world, what would those peoples of the world tell him if they were given the floor? What would they have to say? And I think I have some inkling of what the peoples of the south, the oppressed people think. They would say, "Yankee imperialist, go home." I think that is what those people would say if they were given the microphone and if they could speak with one voice to the American imperialists. And that is why, Madam President, my colleagues, my friends, last year we came here to this same hall as we have been doing for the past eight years, and we said something that has now been confirmed -- fully, fully confirmed. I don't think anybody in this room could defend the system. Let's accept -- let's be honest. The U.N. system, born after the Second World War, collapsed. It's worthless. Oh, yes, it's good to bring us together once a year, see each other, make statements and prepare all kinds of long documents, and listen to good speeches, like Abel's yesterday, or President Mullah's . Yes, it's good for that. And there are a lot of speeches, and we've heard lots from the president of Sri Lanka, for instance, and the president of Chile. But we, the assembly, have been turned into a merely deliberative organ. We have no power, no power to make any impact on the terrible situation in the world. And that is why Venezuela once again proposes, here, today, 20 September, that we re-establish the United Nations. Last year, Madam, we made four modest proposals that we felt to be crucially important. We have to assume the responsibility our heads of state, our ambassadors, our representatives, and we have to discuss it. The first is expansion, and Mullah talked about this yesterday right here. The Security Council, both as it has permanent and non-permanent categories, (inaudible) developing countries and LDCs must be given access as new permanent members. That's step one. Second, effective methods to address and resolve world conflicts, transparent decisions. Point three, the immediate suppression -- and that is something everyone's calling for -- of the anti-democratic mechanism known as the veto, the veto on decisions of the Security Council. Let me give you a recent example. The immoral veto of the United States allowed the Israelis, with impunity, to destroy Lebanon. Right in front of all of us as we stood there watching, a resolution in the council was prevented. Fourthly, we have to strengthen, as we've always said, the role and the powers of the secretary general of the United Nations. Yesterday, the secretary general practically gave us his speech of farewell. And he recognized that over the last 10 years, things have just gotten more complicated; hunger, poverty, violence, human rights violations have just worsened. That is the tremendous consequence of the collapse of the United Nations system and American hegemonistic pretensions. Madam, Venezuela a few years ago decided to wage this battle within the United Nations by recognizing the United Nations, as members of it that we are, and lending it our voice, our thinking. Our voice is an independent voice to represent the dignity and the search for peace and the reformulation of the international system; to denounce persecution and aggression of hegemonistic forces on the planet. This is how Venezuela has presented itself. Bolivar's home has sought a nonpermanent seat on the Security Council. Let's see. Well, there's been an open attack by the U.S. government, an immoral attack, to try and prevent Venezuela from being freely elected to a post in the Security Council. The imperium is afraid of truth, is afraid of independent voices. It calls us extremists, but they are the extremists. And I would like to thank all the countries that have kindly announced their support for Venezuela, even though the ballot is a secret one and there's no need to announce things. But since the imperium has attacked, openly, they strengthened the convictions of many countries. And their support strengthens us. Mercosur, as a bloc, has expressed its support, our brothers in Mercosur. Venezuela, with Brazil, Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, is a full member of Mercosur. And many other Latin American countries, CARICOM, Bolivia have expressed their support for Venezuela. The Arab League, the full Arab League has voiced its support. And I am immensely grateful to the Arab world, to our Arab brothers, our Caribbean brothers, the African Union. Almost all of Africa has expressed its support for Venezuela and countries such as Russia or China and many others. I thank you all warmly on behalf of Venezuela, on behalf of our people, and on behalf of the truth, because Venezuela, with a seat on the Security Council, will be expressing not only Venezuela's thoughts, but it will also be the voice of all the peoples of the world, and we will defend dignity and truth. Over and above all of this, Madam President, I think there are reasons to be optimistic. A poet would have said "helplessly optimistic," because over and above the wars and the bombs and the aggressive and the preventive war and the destruction of entire peoples, one can see that a new era is dawning. As Silvio Rodriguez says, the era is giving birth to a heart. There are alternative ways of thinking. There are young people who think differently. And this has already been seen within the space of a mere decade. It was shown that the end of history was a totally false assumption, and the same was shown about Pax Americana and the establishment of the capitalist neo-liberal world. It has been shown, this system, to generate mere poverty. Who believes in it now? What we now have to do is define the future of the world. Dawn is breaking out all over. You can see it in Africa and Europe and Latin America and Oceanea. I want to emphasize that optimistic vision. We have to strengthen ourselves, our will to do battle, our awareness. We have to build a new and better world. Venezuela joins that struggle, and that's why we are threatened. The U.S. has already planned, financed and set in motion a coup in Venezuela, and it continues to support coup attempts in Venezuela and elsewhere. President Michelle Bachelet reminded us just a moment ago of the horrendous assassination of the former foreign minister, Orlando Letelier. And I would just add one thing: Those who perpetrated this crime are free. And that other event where an American citizen also died were American themselves. They were CIA killers, terrorists. And we must recall in this room that in just a few days there will be another anniversary. Thirty years will have passed from this other horrendous terrorist attack on the Cuban plane, where 73 innocents died, a Cubana de Aviacion airliner. And where is the biggest terrorist of this continent who took the responsibility for blowing up the plane? He spent a few years in jail in Venezuela. Thanks to CIA and then government officials, he was allowed to escape, and he lives here in this country, protected by the government. And he was convicted. He has confessed to his crime. But the U.S. government has double standards. It protects terrorism when it wants to. And this is to say that Venezuela is fully committed to combating terrorism and violence. And we are one of the people who are fighting for peace. Luis Posada Carriles is the name of that terrorist who is protected here. And other tremendously corrupt people who escaped from Venezuela are also living here under protection: a group that bombed various embassies, that assassinated people during the coup. They kidnapped me and they were going to kill me, but I think God reached down and our people came out into the streets and the army was too, and so I'm here today. But these people who led that coup are here today in this country protected by the American government. And I accuse the American government of protecting terrorists and of having a completely cynical discourse. We mentioned Cuba. Yes, we were just there a few days ago. We just came from there happily. And there you see another era born. The Summit of the 15, the Summit of the Nonaligned, adopted a historic resolution. This is the outcome document. Don't worry, I'm not going to read it. But you have a whole set of resolutions here that were adopted after open debate in a transparent matter -- more than 50 heads of state. Havana was the capital of the south for a few weeks, and we have now launched, once again, the group of the nonaligned with new momentum. And if there is anything I could ask all of you here, my companions, my brothers and sisters, it is to please lend your good will to lend momentum to the Nonaligned Movement for the birth of the new era, to prevent hegemony and prevent further advances of imperialism. And as you know, Fidel Castro is the president of the nonaligned for the next three years, and we can trust him to lead the charge very efficiently. Unfortunately they thought, "Oh, Fidel was going to die." But they're going to be disappointed because he didn't. And he's not only alive, he's back in his green fatigues, and he's now presiding the nonaligned. So, my dear colleagues, Madam President, a new, strong movement has been born, a movement of the south. We are men and women of the south. With this document, with these ideas, with these criticisms, I'm now closing my file. I'm taking the book with me. And, don't forget, I'm recommending it very warmly and very humbly to all of you. We want ideas to save our planet, to save the planet from the imperialist threat. And hopefully in this very century, in not too long a time, we will see this, we will see this new era, and for our children and our grandchildren a world of peace based on the fundamental principles of the United Nations, but a renewed United Nations. And maybe we have to change location. Maybe we have to put the United Nations somewhere else; maybe a city of the south. We've proposed Venezuela. You know that my personal doctor had to stay in the plane. The chief of security had to be left in a locked plane. Neither of these gentlemen was allowed to arrive and attend the U.N. meeting. This is another abuse and another abuse of power on the part of the Devil. It smells of sulfur here, but God is with us and I embrace you all. May God bless us all. Good day to you.

Joshua David Crouch - Wilmington Star News Obituary

Joshua David Crouch From the Star News Joshua David Crouch, 24, formerly of Wilmington, died Tuesday, September 19, 2006, in New York City, NY.

He was born June 3, 1982, in Largo, FL, son of James David Crouch and Patricia Milroy Crouch, of Wilmington. His grandfather, Joseph K. Milroy, preceded him in death.

Joshua’s family moved from Florida to North Carolina in 1987 and to Wilmington in 1988. Josh attended Ogden Elementary School, Laney High School, and graduated from New Hanover High School in the class of 2000. Josh was an athlete, excelling in track and field both locally and in school. He still holds the pole vault record in his age group with the Cape Fear Flyers. His athletic ability led to his participation in the A.A.U. Junior Olympics for Track and Field. He also played baseball with the Supper Optimists and soccer with the Cape Fear Soccer Assoc.

Joshua was always an actor, but his love was music. At age 9, he started with “Stageworks” Theatre Group in Wilmington, doing commercials, movies, and parts in several television series. At age 12, he was in a national McDonalds’ commercial, and while in high school he did theatre and stage work, both in school and in local theatre, most notably the stage play “Scrooge” at Thalian Hall. His acting experience is what led to his acceptance at the American Academy Dramatic Arts in New York City. While in New York, he developed his love of music even further and helped create the group, “Mind Spray”.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brother, Eric James Crouch, of Louisburg, NC; sister, Kristen Anne Crouch, of Wilmington, NC; Josh’s fiancée Kindy Parker; paternal grandmother, Anna Crouch, of Chicago, IL; maternal grandmother, Edith Milroy, of Wilmington, NC; aunts and uncles, Linda and Rick Dutka, of Wilmington, NC, Patricia and Roger Smigiel, of Chicago, IL, Diane Clarkson of Wilmington, Ronald Clarkson of Florida, and William Crouch, of Big Rapids, MI; numerous loving cousins; and all of his “Mind Spray” crew, colleagues, and friends in New York.

The family will receive friends from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday, September 24, 2006, at Andrews Mortuary Market Street Chapel.

A funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, September 25, 2006 at Scotts Hill Baptist Church with the Rev. Phil Ortego officiating. Interment will follow in Oleander Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made in Joshua’s memory to Hannah Block Community Arts Center, Fund for Children’s Program, 120 Orange Street, Wilmington, NC 28401.

The family would like to thank Ms. Burton for her guidance and mentoring in acting during Joshua’s years at New Hanover High School.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.andrewsmortuary.com.

A Market Chapel Service.


Sci-Arc thesis projects

Archinect has posted a brief article on the recent Sci-Arc thesis projects. Read on: SCI Arc Thesis Projects
Larry calls me to tag along with him to SCI Arc this morning. Why not? I haven't seen a school presentation in almost 15 years or so, the last time I was a jury at Pratt Institute in early 90's.
So, I change the battery of my camera and, here we come SCI Arc, under the influence... After walking by and speed shooting the projects, I sort of follow one presentation. The thesis is a Car Museum on the corner of Wilshire and Fairfax, where there is an existing one that I have never been to. They converted it from an old bank or something as I recall. Anyway, student explains his project without uttering a single word about Los Angeles and cars and Wilshire Blvd. His limited vocabulary is about geometries, rendering programs and how the central stair anchors his project etc. Craig Hodgett wryly asks where are the cars? But that question gets jumped by teacher's friends from East Coast who throw in words like 'painterly', 'episodal', one of them even says, 'it's a nice project, but'. You know, the roof becomes a wall, becomes a column , becomes diploma etc... I also notice the amount of money have been spent on the presentations with attractive materials and photo prints, somebody even published a book. I am sorry I couldn't snap at everything but you'll get the general idea what the young graduates are capable of formulating and fabricating. I wish all the best for young students and their advisers. If they aren't going to talk about Wilshire and Fairfax, I am not going to mention Deleuze either. I was about to leave anyway... Congratulations everybody for putting this behind you. Keep it on.

CCTV Building to have a spot at the MOMA

Probably the most intense structure to ever be created by modern man, the CCTV building is under construction now in Beijing. Rem Koolhaas will be presenting at Columbia Friday at noon discussing the process and procedures for constructing such an immense engineering and architectural feat.The following is from MOMA's website: Television Headquarters by Ole Scheeren and Rem Koolhaas Architecture and Design Galleries

November 15, 2006–February 26, 2007

This exhibition presents one of the most innovative architecture projects under construction today. Scheduled to open for the Beijing Olympics in 2008, the complex, which comprises three buildings and a media park situated on a site east of Beijing's Forbidden City, embodies a proposal for social and urban change through a rethinking of the tall building. CCTV is a private building that will have a uniquely public Visitor's Loop, while its mirror image—TVCC, or the Television Cultural Center—is a public structure housing a state-of-the-art broadcasting theater, cultural facilities, and a five-star hotel.

The international architectural partnership Office of Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) won the competition for its design in 2002, and the project broke ground in 2004, with OMA partner Ole Scheeren leading its design and execution. The immersive installation explores the project's internal complexity and richness, its integration of public and private uses, and its structural innovation through an array of graphics, renderings, and explanatory texts as well as large- and small-scale models,many of them presented publicly here for the first time. A selection of architectural drawings from MoMA's collection will situate the project as one of the most visionary undertakings in the history of modern architecture.

Organized by Tina di Carlo, Assistant Curator, Department of Architecture and Design, and Alexandra Quantrill, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Architecture and Design.

Pictured above: OMA/Ole Scheeren and Rem Koolhaas. CCTVTVCC. View from Dong San Huan Road, Beijing (computer generated image). © OMA 2006

Wood Grain Nike SB

Michael Lau from Hong Kong who is famous for making toys such as the Gardener will be collaborating with Nike SB for this woodgrain Dunk Low. The box looks like a nice Brazilian Walnut grain - also known as IPE. The shoes and figure also carry this distinct woodgrain pattern. Unfortunatly because of their 'limited' release in Hong Kong you probably won't see many people wearing them. They'll go on eBay for about $500 is my guess. The release date is set for Hong Kong only on September 29 at 12AM. Get ya sleeping bags. Image: Edison Chen @ Honeyee


NYC Panoramic Map

While blogging recently, I came across this map. It's a panoramic map, dating from the mid 20th century [I'm guessing 1940's due to the printing technique and the colour]. This map 'roughly' breaks the city into different areas at an oblique angle. It's really mindblowing. My favorite part is the "Ghetto" label over the entire Chinatown and LES. Funny. Anyway, enjoy and sorry, but I cannot find the original site. If you're the owner, please contact me and i'll hyperlink your blog. If you are interested in the original [20mb] file at 4000 x 2000 resolution, email me. Cheers.

XVBAQ Bienal

Our office entered the Casa Torcida into the XV Bienal de Arquitectura de Quito last week. The presentation had a very strict format and since we decided to enter the house into the Bienal at the last minute, I only had an afternoon to compile images, render, clean up our details and floor plans and create a layout. Overall, I think it came out rather well and hopefully, we'll win an award. Here's the layout approved by Since Again


Childish Drama and Negativity...

You know who you are. Please keep comments to yourself. It's pretty obvious that you guys are just cowards anyway or you'd sign your name. Acting like bitter 14 year olds is tired. As you were. Blog tracker

R.I.P. Josh Crouch

Josh Crouch was hit and killed by a car in NYC last night on the West Side Highway. His family and mine are very close... This is so hard to even swallow, I can't believe it really happened. He and I grew up together and he would always heckle me about working too much and not enjoying life. In the recent months, I started seeing him more and more since he lived across the street in the 248 McKibbin lofts. He was such a great person, who was always smiling and riding his BMX around. When he wasn't working, his hip hop group was playing at Asterik's... One of the most talented people I knew. Please keep him, and his family in your thoughts and prayers. R.I.P Josh... You'll be missed. Image Hosted by ImageShack.us

SBTG release in NZ

Yeah, they're limited and nah, you prolly don't have a pair. But don't hate, enjoy this video instead...


Trouble and Bass

T&B NYC has their blog up in action [finally] check it here... Also, check out the video from their launch party on their Myspace Page. Starkey's got a new T&B mix up as well. Download it by control-clicking here! Just a reminder, the next party at Boogaloo is coming up again. Make sure you catch it!


A little catch-up - Back to NC

After numerous trips to Baltimore with Amanda, we finally decided to fly to North Carolina to see my family. With Tropical Storm Ernesto lingering around, we were worried that our flight would be cancelled. Luckily for us, we were able to get on the last flight outta LGA. We arrived in Raleigh and hung out with Jed for the evening.
My mom picked us up the following morning and drove us back to Wilmington. It was crappy weather for the first day, but bright and sunny the rest of the weekend. With temperatures in the 90ºs, we were happy to be able to soak up some sun.
Although it wasn't a great weekend for Michael, we still hung out with Jordan a fair share. He picked us up from downtown a few nights and zipped us home in his 2001 type-R Acura. That car is a beast. Never been in such a nice ride and it's fast [I won't go into details].
Jed, Robby and Ryan made it down and we all went to Bluepost and hung out. It reminded me of what Wilmington was like before I moved to Brooklyn.
We ate dinner with the fam the last night we were there. It was a great time. Here are some pics, a little after the jump!