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Weekend 213.2 (Seat backs and tray tables in their…)

(1) Picnic on the Take-off Strip

(2) “Hello Kitty” Air Jet by EVA Airways

(3) A5/05: Lufthansa and Graphic Design: Visual History of an Airplane

(4) ‘Now Boarding: Fentress Airports + The Architecture of Flight’ Exhibition


(1) Mickey Mouse, A-L-O-N-E (WSJ)

(2) Airlines Go Back to Boarding School to Move Fliers Onto Planes Faster (WSJ)

(3) I saw El Pulpo last night at a Bridgeport Bluefish game. He pitched one scoreless inning.

Aerotropolis Counter Point

The danger is in the graft…and don’t share this article with Thomas Friedman.

Spain Ghost Airports: Symbols of Boom Turned Bust

But signs abound that Spain has not fully learned the lessons of its profligate spending. Spain recently announced a high-speed rail link to the sparsely populated northwest region of Galicia, a plan many economists see as an extravagance. Bridge and highway projects are plowing forward in the face of criticism that Spain just can’t afford them.

Indeed, it’s an unhealthy mix of politics and business that critics blame for white elephants such as the airport in Ciudad Real, a city of 74,000 people. Spain has a history of pouring public money into dodgy projects to fuel the careers of ambitious politicians and local entrepreneurs.

“We have substituted our obsession with bricks and house building with an obsession for highways, high speed trains and airports, but it’s the same rubbish,” said Fernando Fernandez, a macroeconomics Professor at IE Business School in Madrid.

“It’s like a drug addict trying detox,” he said. “The economy has been growing through construction for the last 10 years and that creates all sorts of bad habits.”

Weekend 188.0

(1) Magnetic Color Cubes® by The Orb Factory

(2) Festival of colors (Design You Trust)

(3) Birth by Sleep (KH 358/2)

(3a) Disney Epic Mickey Digicomics

(4) Television: Pan Am Promo Trailer

(4a) Community without propinquity: Communities without a sense of place formed by professional, familial, and recreation ties, bound by avocation instead of location.

(4b) Kasarda’s Law of Connectivity: Every technology meant to circumvent distances electronically, starting with the telegraph—the original “nervous system of commerce”—will only stoke our desire to transverse it ourselves. For every message we send—whether by phone or e-mail or some handheld fusion of the two—there’s a chance it will lead us to meet face-to-face. Facebook friends drop in to and become real ones; stray tweets on Twitter breed followers, contacts, and business trips. Ergo. trillions of connections yield billions aloft. The more wired we are, the more we fly. Not less. At the current rate, the Internet will render business travel obsolete at about the same time it replaces paper.

Community without propinquity

(5) Tribute to Bob Gurr & Cars 2

(6) Spatial Fix: The shape of cities is determined by how they’re used and how we move around in them (a function of the state of the art in transportation at the time). Cities are fixed in time and place and each fix creates a landscape suited to its era.

Weekend 187.0

London Bus III“But if flight represents freedom, reinvention, and self-renewal—and barring all of that escape—then the terminal itself has evolved into something resembling a destination…They’re amnesiac places with no future and no past, only a continual present offering the same choices—flights, duty-free, and fast food—day after day after day.

The reason we mourn that vanished era so is that the Jet Age was the all-too-brief flowering of our romance with speed. Later, we fell for seamlessness instead, spurning the freedom to go anywhere for the ability to be nowhere all the time. We traded the clouds for the cloud, and we’re living in an instant age.” — John D. Kasarda / Greg Lindsay, Aerotropolis: The Way We’ll Live Next

(1a) Hubs by Douglas Coupland

(2a) Airlines Promise: It Will Get Better (WSJ)

(3a) As You Light It: Jet Lag – Ideas of time, place, and travel within the modern cityscape.

(4) Take A Walk Through Square Enix’s Japan Office

Weekend 176.0 (the Bilbao Effect)

Infrastructure(1) Found – The Comics Of Chris Ware: Drawing Is A Way Of Thinking

I just finished Makeshift Metropolis by Witold Rybczynski so the timing of this “find” is serendipitous. I was also able to track down a copy of This American Life: Lost Buildings Book/DVD this weekend in the NPR Shop.

(1a) Photo-Op: Wheels of Dreams (WSJ)

(2) Frank Gehry: A sit-down with the artist of architecture (WSJ)

(2a) Architecture and Design by Frank Gehry

It seemed like a cool dream, but the dream of utopia is a great first sentence that disintegrates when you get into the paragraph.
Bob Gurr

(3) Dear Urban Cyclists: Go Play in Traffic (WSJ)

“The reason it took mankind 5,000 years to get the idea for the bicycle is that it was a bad idea. The bicycle is the only method of conveyance worse than feet. You can walk up three flights of stairs carrying one end of a sofa. Try that on a bicycle.”

(3a) The Rise of the Designer Bike (WSJ)

(4) “The thing you push against is the thing that lifts you up.” (Delta Airlines Advertisement)

(4a) New York needs runways, but ‘ghost airport’ stays quiet

Weekend 169.0

(1) “Japanese Prodigies Take on the World” – The video hasn’t been posted online yet but you can see it on the small screen on NYCLF (22).

(2) All Nippon Airways “Inspiration of Japan” (USN Report 01-30-10)

(3) Life with hubby: Airports

(4) 10 Best Airports For Layovers (PHOTOS)

Weekend 165.0

New York Botanical Garden Holiday Train Show
The Holiday Train Show at the New York Botanical Garden
I tried to select a photograph from this adventure with a (1) train, (2) flower(s), and (3) one of the 140 landmark buildings constructed entirely of natural materials.

How accurate? You decide.

Here is a picture of the TWA “Bird Terminal” at JFK created by botanical artists and here is the NYC Landmark designed by Eero Saarinen.

Limestone Flashback
Bird Terminal at JFK
AirTrain, JetBlue and Bird Terminal


JetBlue – Taylor Swift Live from T5 – Back to December

Weekend 162.0

The blinking of its ruby lights could been seen at dusk from Windsor Castle, the terminal’s forms giving shape to the promises of modernity.
– Alain de Botton

(1) Airport Christmas for Europe’s stranded travellers

(2) Five airports with art worth seeing

(3) 2010: A Year of Turbulence in Air Travel

Weekend 161.0 (WSJ Edition)

(1) The New Hue for 2011

Confusion over colors is the reason Pantone came about, back in 1963 when Lawrence Herbert was working as a color-matcher at a New York City printing company. Mr. Herbert recognized that the printing and graphics industries needed to communicate colors with a tool more accurate than words. His first system was essentially ink recipes for 500 colors.

(2) The Ripple Effect of a Canceled Flight

(3) Postmodernism’s Pivotal Figure

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