Let’s Talk About Women in Architecture
At the close of Nora Ephron's 2010 book, I Remember Nothing
, she included a list titled "What I Won't Miss."
Down at the bottom, between "Small print" and "Taking off makeup every night" was this zinger, "Panels on Women in Film." I like the way she capitalized the letters, capturing the organizers' formal sincerity while maintaining her distance from the whole enterprise.
On October 3, I find myself playing both roles.
Just Keep Typing
For the just-published book Breakthrough! Proven Strategies to Overcome Creative Block and Spark Your Imagination I looked at my everyday practice for hints on how to keep the new ideas coming. For me, that involves Post-It notes, legal pads and baking.
Someone Else’s Shangri La
Doris Duke and then-husband James Cromwell at Shangri La, 1935 (photograph by Martin Munkacsi)The museum Edward Durell Stone designed at 2 Columbus Circle
had a marble facade contoured to the odd shape of the tiny, curved block. Most of each side was solid, but arriving at the corner, the edges were perforated with holes, creating a dotty borner running all the way around the building. When the Museum of Arts and Design hired Allied Works to renovate and resurface the building, those porthole windows were the first to go, replaced by long, narrow strips of glass that afford a better view of the circular traffic, and which wrap up, down, and across the new walls and floors. Circles, the first-floor lollipops, the top-floor Venetian arches, all these vaguely Islamic touches were banished in favor of neo-modern linearity