Josephine Baker Multidimensional Celebrity
|After the war, for her underground activity, Baker received the Croix de guerre and the Rosette de la Résistance, and was made a Chevalier of the Légion d'honneur by General Charles de Gaulle|
The Munch Museum Fiasco:
I was in Oslo a few years ago; this was in time for an exhibition of the entries of the Munch Museum Competition. The competition was by invitation only (or pre-qualified, I am not quite sure), and the roster of invited architects were a star-architect studded constellation: Diller +Scofidio, Tadao Ando, Zaha Hadid, Kengo Kuma, Foreign Office, REX, Toyo Ito, David Chipperfield, and some local stars. If you were lucky enough to make the roster you would be paid to develop your proposal regardless if you came in first or last. The winner of course would get the commission to develop the project and oversee its realization. The panels for the entries were displayed anonymously for public view at a gallery in the city center.
|This is what the Herreros Arquitectos’ entry looks like. |
You can see the back side of the Oslo Opera house across on the right.
Zaha Hadid the Public Face of Female Architecture
It irritates me that Zaha's work is the symbol of female arch. It fits sexists stereotypes : pretty & curvy, but not muchbeyond that.…and followed on Facebook with the following statement:
— Conrad Newel (@ConradNewel) March 23, 2013
Imagine that we lived in an alternate universe where it were female architects that won all the Pritzkers and were dominating the profession and Daniel Libeskind was THE token male starachitect. His empty pointy prikly forms sticking up in the air, signifying nothing is what the rest of the world looks at when they talk about male architecture. As a male architect you go out and talk to people and you say, "Hi, I am an architect" and they say "oh cool, I know the great male architect Daniel Libeskind, his forms are realy nice"
would that not be hell?
This is how I think it would feel to be a female architect today.
|Why make the dumbest entry in a contest of starchitects?|
A bitchy woman that must have her way exactly or no way at all. often rude and belittles people, believes that everyone is beneath her and thinks that she is so much more loved than what she really is; selfish, spoiled, and overly dramatic.
|Why cultivate the image of Diva?|
I mean...I think... if we all go into a competition...you know...we know, one of us would win...you know...unless it is very unfair or it is very political and so on...aaaahm... you know...it is acceptable.
Why design high heeled shoes, perfume bottles and cosmetic jewelry?
Evolution: Branding Form vs Branding Ideas:
How can we make him or her look good in polka-dots?
What is the clothes that work best for this customer? or makes this customer feel most comfortable, or what is right for this customer?
What kind of clothes suits this customer best? Lets find out what will make this customer satisfied?
How can I make what this customer wants in a “quality” way?
To this day, I absolutely can not keep a straight face while reading this:
What was she thinking?
Mathematical constraint? MATHEMATICAL CONSTRAINT!!!?
"Our proposal was based on superimposing a mathematical constraint onto a new city vision"?
Did she just use the term mathematical constraint to mean a cool new curvy form?
Where do people come up with this stuff? the landscape urbanism bullshit generator?
Zaha Hadid uses this kind of language of course to make herself sound very sophisticated, and because the architecture world frowns on simple honest language, but when all the fancy words are deciphered, what it all comes down to mean is “I am for this formal trope because I like it and I think it is cool”