Wednesday, June 06, 2007

It's been a while

BOTC has been on a sabbatical for the past few weeks. No reason, just not especially moved to write about anything. Anyways, here are some things that we should be talking about, concerning our built environment in Northeast Ohio:

1. Residents of the Stonebridge Towers should not be too concerned with their parking spaces. BOTC would be more worried with the shoddy construction, bad detailing, and overall suspect constitution. See this site for the sketchy construction at Stonebridge.

2. The death watch continues for the Breuer Tower. The one time that we wish bureaucracy would hinder political decision-making, it amazingly disappears with the wave of Jimmy Dimora's bloated hand. Props to the Ingenuity Festival for sponsoring another competition ideas concerning the tower. However, why are all the jurors from Boston?

3. As the Diocese of Cleveland embarks on the painful closings of up to 40 parishes around the city and inner-ring suburbs, what will happen to many of these magnificent older churches? These churches were built by true craftsmen, reflecting the cultures, traditions, and building techniques of the European home lands. Urbanism churns with aggregation and demolition, but it would be a shame to lose many of these embedded architectures.

4. What was with the paranoid public artist, Mel Chin, who did not want the press reporting on his presentation at the latest Shrinking Cities event? First of all, when he asked whether there was any press in the room, BOTC would have raised our collective hands. What is the definition of a journalist anyways? Many in the Cleveland Design City network would agree that we can add color and texture to architectural and urban issues that Steve Litt cannot. Secondly, we should really question the sanity of a guy who thinks the current administration is out to get him--they have other things to worry about.

5. The winners of the Cleveland Competition will be announced tomorrow at an opening at Spaces Gallery. BOTC is interested in seeing the 70+ entries and hear what the jury had to say.
Hopefully BOTC will be able to write a review of some of the entries.


Chris Kious said...

I second your emotions. I want to talk a little about what to do in the event of demolition. Without an alternative to demo, I hope that we can retain, salvage, and preserve those architectural pieces found in our structures. I don't like to see buildings come down, especially old ones. But if they must come down, I want to make sure we are keeping the materials and fixtures from the landfill. Let's talk about deconstruction! A Piece of Cleveland is a new venture hoping to make cool things from old stuff. Another Design Competition is out! Look for info at!

Jennifer said...

Thanks for sharing the Stonebridge link. Funny well, funny sad. The things people don't consider...