Tag Archives: Design

Forever Wild: National Geographic

Forever Wild

Bob van Asperen – Antonio Soler – Sonata 84 (make music part of your life series)


Bob van Asperen – Antonio Soler – Sonata 84

today’s birthday: Frank Lloyd Wright (1867): Widely considered the greatest American architect

Frank Lloyd Wright (1867)

Widely considered the greatest American architect, Wright championed the use of open planning as well https://i0.wp.com/img.weburbanist.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/05/movie-houses-north-by-northwest-vandamm.jpgas “organic architecture,” a design philosophy that promotes harmony between building and environment. His masterpieces include New York City’s iconic Guggenheim Museum and “Fallingwater,” a breathtaking Pennsylvania house that is cantilevered over a waterfall, with its balconies and terraces seemingly suspended in midair. How many people were murdered at Wright’s home, Taliesin, in 1914? More… Discuss

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word: ignominious


Definition: (adjective) Marked by shame or disgrace.
Synonyms: inglorious, shameful, opprobrious, disgraceful, black
Usage: It was an old fisherman who, with immense difficulty, at last rescued us, and we were towed back in an ignominious fashion to the boat-yard. Discuss.
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article: The Eames House

The Eames House

The Eames House is a landmark of modern architecture, designed and inhabited by famed husband-and-wife design pioneers Charles and Ray Eames, of Eames chair fame. Constructed in 1949, it was part of the Case Study House program, sponsored by Arts & Architecture magazine, which commissioned major architects of the day to design model homes that could meet the post-war housing needs of a modern American household. Who had originally partnered with Charles to design the house? More… Discuss

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Ansamblul Ghiocelul din Avrig, la Buzias 2013. Vineri

Ansamblul artistic “Ghiocelul” din Avrig, Sibiu, a participat la Festivalul de Folclor “La izvor, la izvorele…!”, de la Buzias, in perioada 24-26 mai 2013. Spectacol sustinut la Iulius Mall din Timisoara.


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Top 100 Songs of 1990-2012 – Video Montage

Top 100 Songs of 1990-2012 – Video Montage 

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The Strong ECONOMY is just a dream of the past!

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Planned Obsolescence

Planned obsolescence is a policy of deliberately limiting the life of a product in order to encourage the purchaser to replace it, thereby stimulating sales. Now applied to many different products, notably computer software, the concept first emerged in the 1920s when companies began to analyze every aspect of mass production. Planned obsolescence can refer to both technical failures and to “style” obsolescence. What are some examples of modern products that are designed to become obsolete? More… Discuss



The Republic of Upper Volta, Now Burkina Faso, Gains Independence (1960)

In the European scramble for African territory in the late 19th century, France took control of the region that is now Burkina Faso. During World War I, however, the area was torn apart by violent opposition to colonial rule. To prevent continued uprisings, it was named a separate territory, Upper Volta, in 1919. When anti-colonial agitation resumed after World War II, the area became a republic, achieving full independence two years later in 1960. After what was “Upper Volta” named? More… Discuss


Will Waikiki’s International Market Place be razed, renovated or left as is? (for a friend, following a conversation on this unique place)

Will Waikiki’s International Market Place be razed, renovated or left as is?

by: Chris Bailey
posted: Thu May 21, 2009 at 11:54 AM

Waikiki_International_Market_PlaceYou ask. We answer.

HAWAII Magazine reader Patricia Renze from New York, NY, writes:

What’s the status of the International Market Place renovations in Waikiki? I have spent many a happy day walking around and talking with all of the vendors. I hope the project has been shelved, as I love the Market Place just the way it is. 

Well, Patricia, you’ll be happy to know that Waikiki’s International Market Place is staying the same. For now at least. 

A $150 million overhaul of the 4.5 acre banyan-tree-shaded property in the heart of Waikiki has been postponed indefinitely, say Market Place officials. Development plans will be revisited sometime after 2010, but there’s no certainty of what will become of the open-air bazaar.

The planned redevelopment of the property has sparked protest from residents and visitors. A revitalized market place would come at the expense of the dozens of small retail booths that sell all manner of mostly foreign-made Hawaii tchotchkes—from plastic tiki statues and discount aloha wear to writhing hula girl lamps and wood carvings.

The International Market Place has been a Waikiki attraction for decades. Restaurateur Donn Beach—owner of the now long-gone Don the Beachcomber restaurant chain—once famously perched his office in the sturdy branches of the market place’s massive banyan tree. 

Since the International Market Place’s 1957 opening, there have been no major renovations to the property. The newest building on the property was erected in 1970. But property developers have coveted the shopping district’s central Waikiki location for almost as many years as the Market Place has been open.
Landowner Queen Emma Foundation’s latest plan for site—originally slated for a 2005 start—called for razing most of Market Place’s familiar tropical facade, making way for more upscale shops and restaurants, a storytelling center and an entertainment pavilion. Construction delays and the souring economy have stalled the project.

We’ll keep you posted on what happens next here on HawaiiMagazine.com.

Photo: International Market Place


Today’s Quotation: Fashion

Fashion is the science of appearance, and it inspires one with the desire to seem rather than to be.

Henry Fielding (1707-1754) Discuss