Business - YES

Taken from a really, really exceptional article about Coudal, if this line doesn't make you want to walk away from everything and spend all of your time making cool things, then nothing will.

"Well, do we wanna build up this whole thing again and go chase business that we don't want and get into pitches and win or not win business based on the whims of people who are stupider than we are? Or is there another way?"

This statement summarizes the way I hope to practice architecture one day, and it's the way that I think every architect should practice.

Unqualified blanket statement: All exceptional architects should also be developers. If we know cities and design and love them both well, then shouldn't we be the most fecund builders in the world? Yes, we should. I plan to write about this more at length soon. Stay tuned.

Via Joshua Blankenship.

Arcade Fire Won a Grammy

They heard me singing and they told me to stop:
"Quite these pretentious things and just punch the clock."
Sometimes I wonder if the world's so small,
can we ever get away from the sprawl?

Living in the sprawl,
dead shopping malls rise
like mountains beyond mountains,
and there's no end in site.
I need the darkness;
someone please cut the lights.

Lyrics from The Suburbs track #15, "Sprawl II (Mountains Beyond Mountains)", winner of the Grammy for Album of the Year (2011). I've been listening to and enjoying Arcade Fire since college. I'm pleasantly surprised they won, and I love that I can tag a post about them with #urbanism.

Apple’s Core Value

"But Apple's about something more than that. Apple at the core, its core value is that we believe that people with passion can change the world for the better."

Steve Jobs via 9-bits.

Pomplamoose on the Radio

Over the weekend I happened to hear Pomplamoose being inteviewed on NPR. It was strange because I recognized their voices and that doesn't often happen with me. The full interview is here.

Best line:

"We just want to make a living doing what we like to do."

This reminds me of my post a while back where I talked about the internet as a great place for clever people to quietly amuse themselves. Obviously, this is what everyone in the world should strive for — survive by doing what you love. It's amazing how many people miss the bus.

Overheard: Politics

”...a doctor will never make as much as a “trash man.” And she’s like: “Yeah, huh. Obama’s changing everything.”

via some frantic girl at Chick-Fil-A

Jack Black on Music

“You know, now that I think about it, I don’t care what I listen to, as long as I’m satisfying the great pumpkin.”

Jack Black

Saul Bass on Beauty

“The fact of the matter is, I want everything we do, that I do personally, that our office does, to be beautiful. I don’t give a damn whether the client understands that that’s worth anything, or whether the client thinks it’s worth anything, or whether it is worth anything.”

Saul Bass via 9-bits