Symmetry as contrast and polarity. Each house is exactly the same, while at the same time, each house is interesting and unique. There's nothing lazy going on here. This is the idea behind the "Mirror Houses."
There are so many things to be learned about Black Mountain College (BMC)—about how the school came into being in 1933 and what went on for the 24 years of its existence, as well as studying the institution’s unrivalled broad appeal to artists and intellectuals of that era, within the Americas, including African-Americans and Asian-Americans, and all the contributors of Europe.
The Modus House is a statuesque design that's simultaneously sleek, bold and understated. With a parti based on simple geometric lines, it's a unified concept of creative physicality that should function well as a purposeful building or as an architecture-inspired interdisciplinary work of art.
My hour long conversation concludes (Part 3) with Rabbi Michael Lerner— a renowned author, activist and humanitarian based in Berkeley, California—who along with Vaclav Havel and Noam Chomsky, Rabbi Lerner was chosen in 1998 by Utne Reader as one of the world's "100 top visionaries". And among other things, in 2005 Lerner received the Gandhi, King, Ikeda Community Builders Prize from Morehouse College, the alma mater of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.. Rabbi Lerner is also the founder of Tikkun Magazine, which celebrates its 30th anniversary this year.
According to the New York Historical Society, during colonial times 41 percent of New York City’s “households had slaves, compared to 6 percent in Philadelphia and 2 percent in Boston.” Too this, nearly “every businessman in 18th-century New York had a stake, at one time or another, in the traffic in human beings.” Donald Trump is from New York, and as Trump and White supremacy implodes in plain sight, remember that the current iteration of this multi-millennial, hellish and never-ending nightmare has its roots in New York City.
I have never known a time in my life when I wasn't an artist. My first writing was published (a poem) when I was 17, and I made a clay sculpture that was exhibited when I was 16. I was around 12 or 13 when I started designing cars and boats, and I think I was in the 4th or 5th grade when I drew a [scaled] design of a building. I taught my first art class at the Boys Club when I was around 15. However, in the entire 12 years of my public education I did not have one single African-American male teacher of any subject.