Saturday, June 15, 2013

Links From All Over

Robert Boyd

Ivan Brunetti is a genius who nonetheless believes that anyone can do what he does. And maybe he's right. In any case, I hope this little video encourages you to pick up Aesthetics: A Memoir, because it's boss!

And speaking of genius cartoonists, Dan Clowes is about to have an exhibit at the MCA in Chicago. (I wish a museum in Houston would give an exhibit to a cartoonist like Clowes.) There are a few photos from the install on his website.

It's nice to know you're right. Last year I saw Trenton Doyle Hancock's new exhibit at James Cohan Gallery, and commented that it seemed that he had left behind his "vegans and mounds" story in exchange for something that seemed much more personal. And that's exactly what happened!

Not a real solution

A fake solution to the Museum Tower/Nasher Sculpture Center reflected light controversy. Museum Tower is a mirror clad skyscraper that reflects bright hot light down into the Museum District in Dallas, including into the Nasher Sculpture Center. The two institutions have been fighting it out, and Museum Tower has essentially come up with a solution that involves replacing the Nasher's innovative roof with a variation on the current design that would prevent reflected light from Museum Tower from directly entering the building. But the problem is that it doesn't do anything for the Nasher's sculpture garden or the neighborhood around the Nasher. And as Walkable DFW puts it, it doesn't really address the real issue.
I've measured temperatures on the sidewalks exceeding 130 F. [T]he specifics of this spat are far less important than future zoning implications of every other property from here to eternity? How much can your property (and what is your right) to degrade the surrounding environment, public space, and properties? This has been answered throughout the years (see: lead smelters and various other LULUs or Locally Undesirable Land Uses), but progress has a way of always bringing new issues to the fore. In this case, that is LEED or (supposedly) green design which emphasizes cooling inside of buildings naturally through (in this case) reflectivity and in this case that means at the expense of everything around it. [...] I've maintained from the beginning this HAS to go to court to establish a precedent to how similar issues are addressed in the future. Less mess, more straight forward, but MT/Nasher spat is the battle to spare the war. [Walkable DFW, June 13, 2013]
Museum Tower put up a website about their proposed solution with a really slick video (which I can't embed, unfortunately) where they don't mention the temperature of the sculpture garden or the surrounding sidewalks at all. They solve the problem by just not talking about it.


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