New York

Constraints, metaphor and beauty

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Ray Hood’s RCA/GE Building is the the tallest tower in Rockefeller Center. Constructed in the depths of the depression the building derives beauty from a simple metaphor for the worker — carrying people efficiently and safely to a well-lit space. “As each elevator shaft ended,” Hood explained in Architectural Forum, we cut the building back to maintain the same 27 feet from the core of the building to the exterior walls. By doing so we have eliminated every dark corner. … Read More

Since day one

Walking the village past the bankrupting sublet of our first new york month refurbished sweatshop infested with more dogs than roaches where our 3 month old shimmied off the unfamiliar bed into the bedside stand where I commuted to the mid-bust media job after the first of five layoff rounds realizing it’s been one bitch of a firefight since day one

New York Health & Safety

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Another New York construction accident. The city routinely asks it’s citizens to thread by, below and through construction. Cranes fall on houses, steel falls in ball fields. With fallible commuter logic we do our part by filing under half-assembled scaffolding or pinning ourselves between heavy equipment and heavy traffic. Why don’t we cross the street? Go around the block? I once shared the crosswalk at 9th Ave and 15th St with a 30″ pavement cutter. A utility crew worked it’s … Read More

Collaboration and Competition: Balkanization vs. Bounded Cohabitation

Balkanization

Small collaborative groups often exist in isolation or in competition with other groups within an organization. Unhealthy Competition: Balkanization1 This is the second pattern of collaboration that entrenches status quo (see Contrived Collegiality). balkanize: : to break up (as a region or group) into smaller and often hostile units : divide, compartmentalize <now pop culture has been balkanized; it is full of niches, with different groups watching and playing their own things — Richard Corliss> In a Balkanized environment, one … Read More

Contrived Collegiality

Contrived Collegiality

This is one of three patterns of collaboration that entrench status quo. “The unpredictable nature of collaborative cultures can lead administrators towards forms of collegiality which they can control, regulate, and tame.” 1 People in leadership roles often resist honest and open exchange. They don’t want change. They want it done their way. They fear loss of influence or status. They dislike confrontation. They feel external pressure. They are proud, defensive, in denial, or simply insecure. With a courteous, professional … Read More