Tag Archives: cities

U.S.C (Urban Swarm Contemplated), colored pencil on paper, 4’ x 6’, 2014 I’ve been neglectful of this space. I spent the last part of 2014 working on this commission.

I’ve been making these small, colored pencil drawings based on night aerial views. Pretty fun to make something in a couple of hours.

My friend Gerard took this one on our recent flight. I learned to drive in L.A. and my first regular commute was going up and down the 405 from the Getty to Long Beach. I hated it especially those foggy mornings where I couldn’t see 10 feet forward yet everyone is still going 70. But […]

ryanpanos: Long Exposures Capture Shanghai Lights in Futuristic Style It’s like someone created an image of a city by photographing a Lite Brite through a rainy window.

This beautiful video is made by artist Jason Mitcham. He created it by making thousands of tiny alterations on one painting. Such an American sensibility, where the land itself is an actual cash crop made to develop and bulldoze, rinse, repeat. via Beautiful Decay (Source: https://player.vimeo.com/)

nickoftimela: Downtown LA’s newest skyscraper, coming in 2017.  Is this going to be larger than Library Tower aka The Tallest Building On The West Coast? I need more info!

The city as infestation

Interesting bit on the human, city project on All Things Considered by physicist, astronomer and author Adam Frank “But it is truly amazing to recognize that an organizing principle that began some 4,000 to 6,000 years ago has exploded into, perhaps, the dominant driver of planetary history. That is both pretty impressive and pretty scary […]


So much great stuff to see on Tumblr. Credit where credit is due, of course. Building in London via Polychroniadis Berlin subway via Elforo Shanghai via RyanPanos Sliver of green via GentlemanBastard Model via Sentimetalboy   Neon city via Noirlac Puerto Rico via Sofiatortilla Tightrope walker via I can’t remember (sorry!)

LAX Part 2, so nice, I'm hanging up stuff twice.

Turns out I get to another project at LAX (the airport). If you are flying out of LAX on Southwest Airlines, you can check out some of my original drawings in the departures (upper) level from now until March. They’re located behind the security checkpoint, so you’ll need to have a ticket to see them. […]

Building in the most expensive city in the world. The photo is from an interesting blog called Africa: What they never Show You. Check it. Top 5 Most Expensive Cities in the World.     Luanda, Angola (1st)     Tokyo, Japan (2nd)     N’Djamena, Chad (3rd)     Moscow, Russia (4th)     Geneva, Switzerland (5th)  Los Angeles […]

The eternal question – is Los Angeles a city

Sustainable cities collective blogger Geoff Manaugh (who is also a contributor to this new book) discusses the book No More Play – Conversations on Urban Speculation in Los Angeles and Beyond. It’s basically a book by an architecture firm about the context in which their projects exist. The discussion is played out through interviews with […]

New Urbanism isms

Goofing around on Tumblr today, I did a tag search for landscape urbanism and came up with a few interesting blogs. Portland based blog discussing all thing urban (history, mapping, development, poverty etc.) http://www.underpaidgenius.com/ – lots of pictures, thoughts, links, maps, infographics A blog written by an urban planner and environmentalist about how cities can […]

The City of Reality, City of Shadows

…the most important reason for going from one place to another is to see what’s in between, and they took great pleasure in doing just that. Then one day someone discovered that if you walked as fast as possible and looked at nothing but your shoes you would arrive at your destination much more quickly. […]

Peter Alexander, Van Nuys, 1987, Acrylic and Oil on Canvas, 60 x 66 Peter Alexander, Bell, 1990, Acrylic and Oil on Canvas, 60 x 66 “There is nothing to match flying over Los Angeles by night. A sort of luminous, geometric, incandescent immensity, stretching as far as the eye can see, bursting out from cracks in […]

http://video.ted.com/assets/player/swf/EmbedPlayer.swf Thanks to Brian watching TED talks has become sort of the equivalent of watching reality TV in our house; habit forming but without the shame. This one by artist Janet Echelman gave me some audible gasp moments and she didn’t even have to get drunk, fall down and show her underwear to do it! […]