Sunday, October 19, 2014

Worth a Look

Here are a few posts from last week's Greenpage that might be worth your time...

‘Ten Commandments’ Sphinx Unearthed

Variety: Archaeologists have rediscovered a 15-foot-tall, 91-year-old giant sphinx used as a prop in “The Ten Commandments” hidden in the sand dunes of Guadalupe, Calif., Live Science reports.

The plaster sphinx was one of 21 featured prominently in Cecil B. DeMille’s 1923 epic. The legendary director remade the silent film in 1956, starring Charlton Heston as Moses.

‘Midnight Rider’ Insurer Cites Negligence in Refusal to Pay Claim

Variety: The insurer of the “Midnight Rider” production says that it doesn’t have to pay a claim, in part because of negligence on the part of the film’s producers.

New York Marine on Friday responded to the producers’ lawsuit seeking to recover losses after the film shut down following a Feb. 20 train accident that killed camera assistant Sarah Jones and injured eight others. The movie was to have depicted the life of singer Gregg Allman.

The Subscription Model: Is Agency the New Individuality?

The Clyde Fitch Report: The argument that the subscription model for theatre is dead and the counter argument that it is not dead, and, in fact, healthy and solvent, are well established. Nowhere was this better explored than in a 2012 article in American Theatre by Jonathan Mandell. The faults inherent in the subscription model and some surprising success stories and artful adaptations of it were catalogued and placed into context by Mandell with clarity and an even hand.

architects could become like "game designers or filmmakers" architecture education is failing to understand how technology is changing our cities says Keiichi Matsuda, who foresees the profession “splitting into two parts” thanks to digital advances (+ movie).

The ubiquity of laptops and smartphones means the old architectural maxim that form follows function “doesn’t exist any more,” Matsuda adds, since building users now carry functionality with them as they move around the city.

The Great Pittsburgh Protractor Mystery

The 412 - October 2014: In a bit of strange local news, hundreds of protractors have been hidden throughout the city, superglued to signposts, curbs, utility boxes and other public spaces. Yet nobody appears to know from where they came or why they’re there in the first place. The protractors come in a variety of colors; each is numbered, presumably starting at one and going up to 456 — though some protractors in between have yet to be found. There’s even still debate as to whether or not these unmarked tools are protractors or just pieces of plastic shaped like protractors resembling the arc of our iconic yellow bridges.

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