BoJack Horseman: The BoJack Horseman Story, Chapter One

A story about a narcissistic broken horse "smart enough to recognize his many personal failings but unable or unwilling to take the steps required to fix them". The opening lines make a great job with tapping into future themes of family, priorities, layers of pastiche and friction between rationalist and anti-rationalist ideologies in America. But …

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Politics of Love

A young director who once dreamed of filming a movie with tears, blood and sperm, now being a father, desperately tries to find his past love amid his opium hallucinations. How many times have you heard something along the lines: "Love lasts longer than lust" or "They only want sex, that's so shallow." These type of …

“Mom, can we dive at the nave?” and other issues of architectural identity

Full Booklet What do we mean when we say that buildings should speak for themselves? How do we even start measuring the legitimacy of that claim? What are buildings supposed to talk about anyway? In his book, Architecture of Happiness Alain de Botton argues; “If buildings can act as a repository of our ideals, it is …

System vs Individualism

War has been one of the most consistent phenomena throughout the history of humankind; we’ve fought for resources, power, religious and cultural beliefs. We’ve invented and perfected the art of war which in return became a defining element in our identity. But the culture of war is not simply the weapons used for killing, in fact, that is only a small part of the equation. In order to understand the weapons produced by the specific civilization, one should understand the context in which they emerged and why they looked the way they did.

Ancient China & Japan: Structures of Harmony, Textures of Time

Ever since the far-east opened up to the rest of the world there has been a constant cultural interest from the western . People like Van Gogh, Claude Monet and later Flank Lloyd Wright and Greene and Greene have all been drawn to the eastern design principles and its cultural implications. Unfortunately, these interests often go hand in hand …

Early Islam & Medieval Europe: Modules, Figures, Surface, Structure

Just as we did before in these series I'll be comparing two "civilizations" that existed at approximately the same time, namely Early Islamic and Medieval European. This comparison is going to be based mostly on the architecture and visual art. Great Mosque at Cordoba The harsh environment of the desert has already established the way …

Ancient Greece & ‘Rome’: Vessels of Life, Containers of Worlds

These are some of the things I've written for my Environment, Culture, Design class at Syracuse University. The most important thing about this section is how it tries to implement a specific methodology of evaluation to the different locations in the world. How does a tangible environment create an intangible culture which in return gives …

The Ancient Near East and Egypt: Tombs, Temples & Tablets

These are some of the things I've written for my Environment, Culture, Design class at Syracuse University. The most important thing about this section is how it tries to implement a specific methodology of evaluation to the different locations in the world. How does a tangible environment create an intangible culture which in return gives …