Archinect - Some of My Best Friends are Landscape Architects 2014-07-28T14:46:28-04:00 http://archinect.com/blog/article/83249187/recent-obsession-inuit-prints Recent obsession - Inuit prints Danielle Choi 2013-10-03T00:36:00-04:00 >2013-10-07T22:27:34-04:00 <p> These are so sick. Weirdly, the kinds of art I am drawn to are graphic and super flat - really unlike landscape. Maybe better that way.&nbsp;</p> <p> Irene Avaalaaqiaq Tiktaalaaq</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://www.spiritwrestler.com/catalog/images/medium/inuit/i_avaalaaqiaq_01a_MED.jpg"></p> <p> Jessie Oonark</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://feheleyfinearts.com/db/images/PT_5048.jpg"></p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://wpmedia.blogs.ottawacitizen.com/2013/03/11230201.jpg"></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/56259460/ocotillo Ocotillo Danielle Choi 2012-08-30T03:00:20-04:00 >2012-09-03T20:09:38-04:00 <p> I was designing a garden for an ex-boyfriend who moved out west and proposed an Ocotillo fence for a garden to be inhabited mostly by his dashschund. Nothing ever happened of it (as far as I know), and I shelved the idea for a couple of years. With the prospect of doing work in Texas, &nbsp;I'm ready to revisit the idea. It's a pretty neat little plant. Cacti fences, like the one at the Kahlo/Rivera residence in Mexico City, sometimes look a little, well, flaccid, though there are some gorgeous ones.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/53724665/ditching-work-to-see-the-clock-tomorrow DITCHING WORK TO SEE "THE CLOCK" TOMORROW Danielle Choi 2012-07-18T00:39:46-04:00 >2012-07-18T00:39:46-04:00 <!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/blog/article/53663644/ladies-of-the-lower-colorado-river-authority Ladies of the Lower Colorado River Authority Danielle Choi 2012-07-16T23:28:00-04:00 >2012-07-24T01:27:38-04:00 <p> They say there are few natural lakes in Texas - some say none, but I'm not in the business of lake counting. . . The Texas Highland Lakes are undisputedly manmade, created as the Lower Colorado River authority (LCRA) slung a series of dams down the Colorado River (no, not THAT Colorado River) during the 1930s, 1940s, and early 1950s. In doing some research on the construction of these dams, I came across some remarkable photos on the LCRA Flickr page. They're remarkable in their earnest and patriotic faith in the manipulation of the natural environment - and some are beautiful photos, to boot - and radiate a sense of pride and excitement in the potential of infrastructure that is hardly present these days.&nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/53374414/work-songs-part-1 Work Songs, Part 1 Danielle Choi 2012-07-11T23:29:27-04:00 >2012-07-23T19:58:48-04:00 <p> <a href="http://blogfiles.wfmu.org/KF/0512/Ghana_Post_Office.mp3" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://blogfiles.wfmu.org/KF/0512/Ghana_Post_Office.mp3</a></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/46066674/a-man-a-plan-a-canal-panama !A man a Plan a canal, Panama! Danielle Choi 2012-04-24T00:15:00-04:00 >2012-04-24T13:07:25-04:00 <p> <img alt="" src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b9/b9ar14247ndrbltq.jpg" title="">Just got back from Panama. The Panama Canal blew my fucking mind. I guess the funny thing about sublime experiences is that they, well, really depend on <em>experience</em>. . . Sometimes artists attempt to approach a certain kind of psychological or perceptual immensity. I can remember the first times I really looked at a Mark Rothko color field painting (a gauzy, yet heavy feeling - like a late spring cotton mouthed high) or could not escape the reverberations of an Agnes Martin grid (a buzzing, ebullient trance) or was pummeled by X or NOU before getting weighed down again by taste or situating the work in this or that cultural context. &nbsp;Other kinds of art addresses capitalism, technology, technologies of modern capital, important but blah blah blah. . . But the experience of seeing ships transit through the Panama Canal was so much more instructive, all encompassing, and yes, a technologically sublime experience . . . I dunno, I'm gushing. . . . &nbsp;Just imagine a continuous tracking shot...</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/34419444/invasive-of-the-hour-starlings INVASIVE OF THE HOUR - Starlings Danielle Choi 2012-01-13T23:08:00-05:00 >2012-01-20T10:16:03-05:00 <p> <strong>Starlings: Introduced as part of a plan by the&nbsp;</strong><strong>American Acclimatization Society</strong><strong>&nbsp;to introduce to the U.S. all birds mentioned in the works of Shakespeare</strong></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong><img alt="" src="http://www.core.form-ula.com/wp-content/uploads/2008/06/172912245_e810449bc2_o.jpg"></strong></p> <p> (via Mason White: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/mc_white/172912245" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://www.flickr.com/photos/mc_white/172912245</a>/)</p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <p> <img alt="" src="http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4038/5081168240_f4b17977d5_z.jpg"></p> <p> "The year was 1890 when an eccentric drug manufacturer named Eugene Schieffelin entered New York City's Central Park and released some 60 European starlings he had imported from England. In 1891 he loosed 40 more. Schieffelin's motives were as romantic as they were ill fated: he hoped to introduce into North America every bird mentioned by Shakespeare.&nbsp;Skylarks and song thrushes failed to thrive, but the enormity of his success with starlings continues to haunt us."</p> <p> <b><a href="http://www.nytimes.com/1990/09/01/opinion/100-years-of-the-starling.html" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://www.nytimes.com/1990/09/01/opinion/100-years-of-the-starling.html</a></b></p> <p> &nbsp;</p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/34196937/color-part-i-a-rhus-typhina-time-lapse COLOR - Part I.a (Rhus typhina time lapse) Danielle Choi 2012-01-12T01:01:54-05:00 >2012-01-12T01:02:24-05:00 <p> <img alt="" src="http://www.uwgb.edu/biodiversity/phenology/2006/arbo2006_rhutypSequenceAug16_oct18.jpg"></p> <p> from:&nbsp;</p> <p> <a href="http://www.uwgb.edu/biodiversity/phenology/2006/arbo2006_rhutypSequenceAug16_oct18.jpg" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">http://www.uwgb.edu/biodiversity/phenology/2006/arbo2006_rhutypSequenceAug16_oct18.jpg</a></p> http://archinect.com/blog/article/34196934/invasive-of-the-hour INVASIVE OF THE HOUR Danielle Choi 2012-01-12T00:55:00-05:00 >2012-01-12T12:20:47-05:00 <p> Invasive species. Usually defined as something like a non-native plant (or animal) that outcompetes its native counterparts. There are your native plant hardliners, who not only promote the use of native species, but advocate for the active removal and eradication of non-natives. The majority of landscape architects have a slightly more relativist worldview, planting non-natives that are less prone to rapid spread and reproduction, but talking about <em>Euonymous</em>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<em>Euphorbia</em> like white flour or smoking - a now unfashionable youthful indiscretion. At the other end of the spectrum (I suppose I fall somewhere around here) is an attitude based in endless relativism and turned off by whiffs of jingoism. If it survives, especially in hostile urban environments, why not? Aren't changes in the natural environment often caused by serendipitous movement of flora and fauna and/or catastrophic, large scale change? Many of the arguments for biodiversity have undeniable ecological services - prot...</p>