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World Trade Center Building 7 And The AIA (May 18, 2015)

Posted in Airlines, Architecture, Aviation, Awards / Incentives, Collapse, Courage, Perjury, Profile In Courage Award, Pulitzer on May 18, 2015 by e-commentary.org

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A          “If they presented a Profile in Courage lantern, would someone seek the light?”

B          “If they provided a Pulitzer Prize, would someone pursue the truth?”

A          “If they fielded a Fields Medal, would someone prove that 2 plus 0 is not 3?”

B          “It they supplied only two planes, could someone destroy three buildings?”

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A          “On Saturday, delegates of the American Institute of Architects (AIA) overwhelmingly voted down Resolution 15-6 which called for AIA to support a new investigation of the destruction of World Trade Center Building 7 on 9/11 2001.  By a vote of 3892 – 160, the resolution, introduced by AIA member Dan Barnum FAIA, was voted down.”

B          “96% of the delegates voted to ignore the facts, the science, and the evidence which is today common knowledge among those who care about the destruction of Building 7.”

A          “The vote says more about architects, at least 3892 architects, than anything ever said about architects.”

B          “And about 160 architects.”

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Give prizes for the truth and you may get some truth; give prizes for untruth and you will get untruth.

Potemkin Estates, Parvenu Palaces (September 10, 2007)

Posted in Architecture, Housing, Society on September 10, 2007 by e-commentary.org

The drive to impress in America is driving us to buy more expensive rides and bigger homes.  Architecture is about scale and proportion, among other considerations.  Bigger is not better; bigger is usually garish and gaudy and not better.  Pumping steroids into a house plan is counterproductive.  Some Americans commission monstrous McMansions and only finish enough rooms to obtain a certificate of occupancy.  Potemkin Estates.  Parvenu Palaces.  “Staging a home” before a sale is undertaken to make the house look like a movie set and presumably more appealing to prospective buyers.  However, the staging is now done at an earlier stage.  Talk to a furniture deliver person.  Some individuals finish a room, furnish it with tony furniture and cordon it off from use.  The thinking is that the house will look more comely when it is put on the market for sale at a later stage.  The house today has lost its essential purpose.  The bigger houses in particular have no heart and no soul; they are somber museums, monuments, mausoleums.Bumper sticker of the week:

Only you can prevent narcissism

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