Disruption seems to be a big theme for the millanial generation. Blowing things up, in fact, is part of the notion that change is always a moving forward. Disrupting the supply chain, the way in which we pay for the things that are manufactured, are part of a new economy. This model is supported by current age sages who design driver-less cars, and Bitcoin.
It also takes its place in art, as in the way in which, for instance, Brad Troemel and his cohorts deliver the product of their imagination.
The children who acted out in class were not teacher’s pets, but considered to be disruptive. That was not a good thing.
Don’t get me wrong, I have heard of revolutionizing norms and challenging convention. My generation had radical ideas, in politics and in art, too. We manned the barricades, and marched for justice. Our marching was disruptive, and in some ways changed the way things got done. It was about adjusting the course on which our country was headed.
While we may seek stability rather than disturbance, we recognize that boundaries need to be tested. I guess I have to acknowledge that it is possible that a new generation has found a way to provoke and find a new path.
In the abstract, life in a wilderness where mild temperatures and lush vegetation prevails seems very satisfying. What could be unpleasant about living in paradise? The notion that I could thrive in a clearing even under blue skies and sunshine is slightly ridiculous.
In reality, my reality at least, there is a strong desire for bustling activity. I prefer to be surrounded by people and bodegas.
Anywhere else, I would feel so isolated. My ideal is not an academic nirvana but a gritty city.
Glass is an inviting material. It has an airy lightness, while it also lets in lots of light. Sometimes it reflects the sky; at other times, it just seems to open up the view. Often, it seems as if light emanates from within a glass building as well.
Glass houses are not a new phenomena, although they seem to be a current trend, as in the ones at Astor Place above. Their lightness counter balances the heavy solidity of brick or limestone.
The Seagram Building, designed by Mies van der Rohe, was a sensation in 1958 when it was completed. With its set-in design, open space and feeling of openness, the skyscraper is built of structural steel and decorative glass with non-structural bronze I-beams. The Seagram is a very handsome glass encompassed corporate hq.
Construction on the UN Secretariat Building started in 1947. It is the centerpiece of the United Nations compound and…