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The other side of south Florida

My recent experience at the edge of the Everglades had a sort of off-kilter Caribbean or Central American sense of place that felt exotic and familiar at the same time, a pleasant tension that reassures me there is still an edge to Florida where the scratchy blanket of protective regulation is thrown off to reveal informal, naturalized structures that blend beautifully into the natural environment.
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The solid state house

[caption id="attachment_1478" align="alignleft" width="125" caption="A glimpse of the solid state house"][/caption] Housing will take a great leap forward when the house becomes married to the concept of "solid state."  The Qwave will be the beginning of this revolution, when solid state - i.e., no moving parts - becomes meshed into notion of shelter.  Ergo, the Solid State House.  This will be the housing of the future.
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The butterfly effect

When Edward Lorenz coined the term “butterfly effect” in 1969, he was talking about weather patterns, not art.  His theory that a puff of air from a butterfly’s wings could, in the right circumstances, amplify into a hurricane, was radical at the time.  The Museum of Art – DeLand has proven its ability to amplify the conversation about art in Central Florida, and just in the last two years has helped change the game.   No longer is Central Florida a refuge from ideas; instead it is attracting people with a hunger for visual aesthetics and the stimulation surrounding new ideas.  2015 has started off with three very strong artists:  Richard Anuszkiewicz, William Crutchfield, and Richard Haas all contribute unique visions to the conversation, earning the museum a solid position as a new leader in the visual arts of the region.
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Boiling hippos

Awash with newfound prosperity, pent-up demand unleashed like a pack of hungry wolves, this post-recessional period is superficially similar to postwar America.
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Theories of public design

When Dr. Barry Allen ('79 U. Penn) lent me Design Activism by Anne Thorpe, it planted a seed that has quickly sprouted.  Here in Central Florida, design activism is urgently needed to heal so many broken conditions, but very few experiments have been tried to fix the problems.  I've been involved in four early attempts at urban activism and, after reading Thorpe's book, I believe it is time to share more publicly some of the thoughts and needs to make Central Florida a better place to live.
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The qwave

The Qwave is a proposed tinyhouse for Sarasota's Vamo district, and has a distinct Sarasotan heritage.  This area, which dates from the 1920s, is a pocket of space redolent with the timeless, gentle natural energy of the central West Coast of Florida.  With a jungly gravel road leading down into Little Sarasota Bay, there is a thin finger pointing westward towards the setting sun.  Wave motion laps lazily against the mangroves, and the clams, crabs, and other sea creatures live a fragile reef of existence along the water's edge.  So too do the residents of this little area, many for decades, in a district that seems the eye of the hurricane of development.  Still, quiet, and preserved, its atmosphere is a tesseract to the past.  Within this genus loci, we are tesselating the future as well with the qwave. [caption id="attachment_1431" align="aligncenter" width="600" caption="The qwave"][/caption]