Archives for the month of: December, 2013

Seeing Manhattan from the 110th (102nd) floor of the World Trade Center. Beneath the haze stirred up by the winds, the urban island, a sea in the middle of the sea, lifts up the skyscrapers over Wall Street, sinks down at Greenwich [Village] then rises again to the crests of Midtown, quietly passes over Central Park and finally undulates off into the distance beyond Harlem. A wave of verticals. Its agitation is momentarily arrested by vision. The gigantic mass is immobilized before the eyes. It is transformed into a texturology in which extremes coincide – extremes of ambition and degradation, brutal oppositions of race and styles, contrasts between yesterday’s buildings, already transformed into trash cans, and today’s urban irruptions that block out its space. Unlike Rome, New York has never learned the art of growing old by playing on all its pasts. Its present invents itself, from hour to hour, in the act of throwing away its previous accomplishments and challenging the future. A city composed of paroxysmal places in monumental reliefs. The spectator can read in it a universe that is constantly exploding. In it are inscribed the architectural figures of the coincidatio oppositorum formerly drawn in miniatures and mystical textures. On this stage of concrete, steel and glass, cut out between two oceans (the Atlantic and the American) by a frigid body of water, the tallest letters in the world compose a gigantic rhetoric of excess in both expenditure and production.

de Certeau, The Practice of Everyday Life


Tagging Tower 1
Tagging Tower 1

We can choose to throw stones, to stumble on them, to climb over them, or to build with them. ~ William Arthur Ward

Standing stones, sometimes described as perpendicular stones, constructed by Tibetan inhabitants around Pangong Tso (Tibetan for “high grassland lake”). Pangong Tso is a high saltwater lake on the border of China and India, which lies at an elevation of just under 4,5000 meters. It has a rocky shoreline that provides the stones used to erect these simple structures. According to archeologists, standing stones, commonly found across the trans-Himalayan region and Tibetan Plateau, may play various functions and roles, including symbolizing sites of Buddhist or Bon worship, marking territorial boundaries, or serving as monuments for clans.

nyc bridge 1Men build too many walls and not enough bridges. ~ Isaac Newton

tm bridgeEverything you want lies on the other side of learning to trust yourself. ~ Vironika Tugaleva

Love is the bridge between you and everything. ~ Rumi

Notre Dame cathedral from the opposite bank of the river Seine in Paris, France.

bj1One can not reflect in streaming water. Only those who know internal peace can give it to others. ~ Lao tze

上善若水。水善利万物而不争,处众人之所恶,故几于道。~ 老子《道德经》

71a Tso Moriri panorama north71b Tso Moriri panorama nne71c Tso Moriri panorama ene71d Tso Moriri panorama eastTso Moriri

ImageIf you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart. ~ Nelson Mandela

3c Srinigar mughal garden poppies (2)It is not the case that a man who is silent says nothing. ~ Anonymous