Posts from December 2002

Vlog.TV: I registered Vlog.TV, just

: I registered Vlog.TV, just in case this turns into something big.

Building: Steven Johnson disagrees with

: Steven Johnson disagrees with me on the WTC designs.

: was there for the presentation of the designs; his report. [via Gawker]

Spot on: Queen of all

Spot on
: Queen of all media, Tina Brown, groks (pardon the geeky verb) weblogs exactly:

The now inevitable fall of Lott was a triumph for the

If Freud were an architect…:

If Freud were an architect…
: I cannot begin to tell you how much I hate the latest designs for the World Trade Center.

Most of them are so pathetically phallic.

It is as if we are erecting giant private parts and daring the bad guys of the world: “Cut this off!” (Again.)

It is a case of overcompensation: They cut them off before so we’ll put them back again, bigger, louder, gaudier than ever.

This exhibits a lack of imagination and vision and purpose.

It is urban development as a macho sport.

: Examples of the public private parts: The Foster design, the THINK design, the United Architects design, the Peterson-Littenburg design, and the Libeskind design (each link goes directly to a photo that illustrates the buildings at their most FU perspective).

: Other designs — and other aspects of the designs above — are chaotic to the point that they are disturbing. My son looked at one and said, “That looks dangerous.” He’s quite right. I looked at the frightening, falling angles and could only think once again of people falling to their deaths there. They are disturbingly insensitive.

United Architects’ design is such a nightmare: It is post traumatic stress syndrome in steel and glass.

: And some designs are merely architecture as performance art: self-indulgent, impractical, show-off, fits of fancy that scream, “Look at me, not at my building.” I usually despise performance art (and now, thanks to the brainless fool with the subway “art,” so do most New Yorkers); I sure don’t want to live or work in it. For this, look at Foster and Foster again.

: That’s not to say there are not ideas to pursue here. The SOM et al design has a huge, grand space. THINK’s great room, on the other hand, reminds me of Berlin Alexanderplatz under the communists: vast to an inhuman scale. But then THINK has an inviting amphitheatre, as does Peterson/Littenberg.

: These designs are all about architects showing off.

They should, instead, be about humanity.

They should exhibit grace, dignity, strength, human scale, human life, perspective, memory, taste, history. These buildings should deserve to stand forever.

They have none of that.

I hate these designs. I fear them.

: The Lower Manhattan Development Corp.’s site choked today as soon as the designs were put up. I begged Gawker to put up a sampling of images as a public service; you can find them there. The Times just put up a slide show as well.

3-2-1-launch: Gawker is up.

: Gawker is up.

Scrambled: My @)#*$&$^#@^% Cablevision cable

: My @)#*$&$^#@^% Cablevision cable is down and with it, not only my frivolous TV but also my essential Internet access. Thus the silence.

Fox viewers, on the other

Fox viewers, on the other hand…
: Get a load of this elitism in a review of a show about Islam in today’s NYT:

t would be fair to say that the most important invisible figure on American television is Muhammad, the seventh-century prophet who founded Islam. Even many educated PBS viewers know very little of his story, yet his legacy is felt in some form every day in the United States as well as in the rest of the world. [bold mine]

Even PBS viewers? F me.

If PBS viewers are so smart, why do they like John Tesh?

No, PBS are note smart. They’re just snobbish.

When I was a TV critic, I hated hearing nothing more than, “Oh, I only watch PBS.” Which is to say that you are dull and isolated and like John Tesh.

Gawker: Any day now, you’ll

: Any day now, you’ll get to see the latest nanomedia product from the weblog mogul — weblogs’ very own Rupert — Nick Denton: Gawker is a New York weblog written by one of my favorite blogger-hyphen-writers, Elizabeth Spiers (so that’s where she’s been); published by Denton; and designed by Jason Kottke (whose wonderful logo is all you can see at right now). It will be filled with news, gossip, event tips, a very useful list of links to every essential New York service on the Web, and some surprises.

I’ve been lucky enough to be watching Gawker sprout and have been reading its dress rehearsals lately. It is going to be great. Gawker will be worth reading for what it is — an entertaining, provocative, useful, current must-read for New Yorkers and those who love it — but also what it represents for the medium: like Denton’s Gizmodo, the gadget blog, Gawker takes the amateur (yes, that’s a compliment) form of weblogs and gives it a clear purpose and a polished professionalism as well as an economic reason to live.

I’ll let you know when it’s live.