The semester draweth to a close

Welcome to the funhouse. Click on picture to get a larger version:




The city needs public space, but public space that provides a focus for activity, and not simply undifferentiated square footage. The BFT proposes to cut away space that under the unpredictable economic conditions of the foreseeable future would not be fully utilized anyway, and to turn it into entertainment and recreation space that will attract people to it. This will provide an economic stimulus for the cultural and commercial program that remains.
The public space not only draws people to the building, but also creates new conditions by interacting with its “regular” program: auditorium, office and hotel. For instance, by providing views of people enjoying recreational activities to office workers and vice versa, it alters the experience on both sides of the divide.



As usual, everything is copylefted (cc-by-nc). Enjoy.

Added Dec. 15: here’s what my final display looked like (virtual golfer for scale only):


A conversation with a libertarian

Got a little argument going with a feller called Brian Drake on the Mises Institute website. I thought it was good enough to share here:

The main thrust of the thing is that libertarians don’t accept the concept of society, preferring to look at it as a collection of individual actions. Strangely enough, they’re more than willing to talk about “The Government” as this ethereal but unitary entity that makes everyone do things they don’t want to do.

Young authors

Eryk and Maia have turned in their Young Authors competition entries in school. I am particularly impressed with Eryk’s style of writing. Not bad for a 10-year-old. Here are the “books”: