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Lunar Friday

…unfortunately, was inconvenient for Moon Watching  (as advised by every outlet on & off the net), for it rained tigers and wolves.

On the way between the subway station and home – normally a 7-min walk, took me 20 – my umbrella was broken, the springs of wet substance flew into the newly open path and drenched one side of my person, so when I finally stepped in, the paddle formed on parquet while I was changing.

All that water reminded me of the Louis the IV.  – ? – you say. That’s why.

My current favorite quote is:

the sun didn’t shine where they cleaned the sun king

Which nicely rounds up the celestial theme of this post

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This was bound to happen, what’s with various Harvey W. in multiple industries. Why would Architecture and Design be an exception? Recent disgrace of Richard Meier – expulsion from his firm that still carries his name manifested the start of the hunt. Or revenge of the harassed. Whatever is your point of view.

As a young woman in the architecture field, I became acutely aware that my gender and my youth and my looks and charm were instrumental to the development of my career. I became very conscious of flirting in interviews. I remember thinking, I need to let this famous architect hug me. I don’t want him to hug me, but I’m a young woman, and I don’t want to alienate this powerful man. Everything is done by network. So if you get a reputation for being difficult, maybe this powerful man won’t introduce you to another powerful man, and he won’t introduce you to another powerful man, and there goes your career.

But then there is this:

When I graduated from architecture school more than a decade ago, it was understood that we were all going to suffer for the next 15 to 20 years, we’d never sleep, we’d be underpaid, we’d work until midnight … Our professors modeled this for us, and architecture firms reinforced it.

There’s this idea that architecture is a magical, important contribution to the world that is undervalued. We’re trained to view suffering as deeply related to the work. So something like harassment is easy to dismiss as part of the sacrifice. And even when it’s absolutely wrenching and not easy to dismiss, the culture of genius in architecture remains. Many firms are structured around a “Great Man” with a singular vision, which lowly employees are tasked with carrying out. It’s very top-down. This can create power imbalances that make junior employees vulnerable to exploitation, whether it’s harassment, pay inequality, or something else.

Then, if someone gets to the point where they are moderately high up at a firm, and they’re harassed, I can completely understand why they wouldn’t want to say anything, because if they go up against someone that powerful, they could risk everything. I wouldn’t want to take that risk.

 

By Anonymous as told to Fast Co Design

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Ужасно, когда в старости язвительный пародист, саркастический насмешник, сноб и денди превращается в пародию на себя. Исполненую талантливо, всеобъемлюще, так что после – выжженная земля и репутация в клочьях.

Вот читаю высокопарные некрологи Тому Вульфу – а в памяти только его последняя книга, и как я веселилась, читая.

Уходя – уходи молча.

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Buckingham Palace during the start of Queen Victoria’s reign, was one.

Listen to this, especially 29:50 – and further

 

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Surprisingly, pictures of the celebrated interiors, sensation of the year, 1 Hotel Brooklyn Bridge is not so easy to find -at least, not on the INC A&D site – the arrow,  just аfter second image, loops in to the first.

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случается найти чудесные весёлые картинки.

и отступает на время.

“О Консуэло, ты Утешение!”

 

 

Никто не знает, как присобачить ЛЖ-сообщество к ленте в Dreamwidth?

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Worst plan evah

I’ve seen a few.

[via InteriorDesign magazine newsletter]

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