Floating Through the Canyons of Chicago (Video)

The Chicago “Bean”

Chicago is no longer Carl Sandberg’s “Hog Butcher for the World, Stacker of Wheat” but is still, self-assuredly, “City of the Big Shoulders.” Forget Hong Kong, New York, London…Chicago rules in weight and substance. Its architects — Burnham, Sullivan, Wright, Gehry, dozens of others — gave birth to monuments: to chewing gum (Wrigley), merchants (Sears, Montgomery Wards) who shipped tractors and brassieres to little houses on the prairie, to massive egos (Trump) and architectural movements that swept the world. The skyscraper was invented here.

We are here on opening day of the very first Chicago Architectural Biennial, celebrating ideas from some 100 world architects from Chicago, itself, to Africa and Bali.

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Flying Dreams: Sonoma County: Video

 

A few autumns ago we videotaped an aerial tour of Sonoma County, California. We started with the vineyards and hills on Sonoma Valley, as the leaves on the vines were changing to brilliant red and yellows, followed the Russian River through giant coastal redwoods and flew the rugged coast from Fort Ross to Jenner and Bodega Bay.

 

July 4th Fireworks Finale (Video)

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Sonoma, Calfornia, home of Connected Traveler, is rated by many as having one of the best 4th of July celebrations in America with a two hour parade: dancing horses and rope twirling from the town’s Hispanic community, a troupe of toddler fiddlers playing “Turkey in the Straw,” a march of twelve-foot tall women and more. In the evening, thousands of people flock to a field on the grounds of the historic home of General Vallejo, who ruled the area for Mexico before it became part of the United States.

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Nepal: Beyond the Mountain (Video)

Here is a video introduction to Nepal we did in the 90s, sponsored by the United Nations Development Programme as part of a campaign to tell the world that Nepal was much more than Mt. Everest, that it offered some of the most unique natural and cultural treasures in the world. Unfortunately some of the heritage sites shown in the video are now in rubble. The video was produced in English, French, German and Japanese and, long before YouTube, was cited by the Daily Telegraph and the BBC as being a prime example of he possibilities of new medium, streaming video.

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Autodesk’s Pier 9 Workshop: A Playpen for Artists and Makers (Video)

Fog Bank – Kristina Larsen and Sebastian Martin – Autodesk Pier 9 Workshop, San Francisco

Do it yourselfers! You could only wish for a workshop like this.

Autodesk, which makes Computer-Aided-Design (CAD) software that designs everything from sports stadiums to videogame characters has built a playpen for artists, architects, furniture-makers, and other creative types (even chefs) to stretch their imaginations using some very expensive machines.

Autodesk’s Pier 9 Workshop in San Francisco is an offshoot of do-it yourself web site Instructables.com, a web hub for the so-called “maker movement.”

Here, artists design using the company’s software and build some marvelous things with tools which consist of everything from 3D printers to CNC machines, Computer Numerical Control contraptions that drill, mill or cut with computer guided accuracy.

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