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Sustainable Refreshment

Given the feeling of helpless hopelessness as we watch what’s unraveling in Washington these days–with special dismay for what’s coming at the EPA– it is uplifting to read about innovative projects which mitigate pollution while also looking gorgeous. So, first we had green roofs and still they’re a long way from being “common”.  In Portland, … Continue reading

Cities / Civil Engineering / Creativity / Dubai / Emirates / Middle East / Sustainability / urban design / Urban Planning

Dubai Amazes Again with Indoor City Design

I’ve often dreamed of how marvelous it would be to have interesting places to walk indoors, safely at all hours, with some serious green spaces and entertainment options. During the day of course one can visit museums and then there are those dreaded American shopping malls–which people default to for the safety and climate control but are limited by fixed hours with an atmosphere … Continue reading

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Saadiyat–The Island of Happiness for Culture Vultures

 When I first launched Curated Eclectica, I chose as my background theme my favorite culture creation project in the world: the Saadiyat Island project–a museum mecca extraordinaire, which the New York Times called “A Cultural Xanadu.”   I first was delighted to discover this project upon visiting a scale model exhibit at the Emirates Palace Hotel in Abu Dhabi and … Continue reading

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The Whole Foods Teardrop–and Business Strategy

OK, not to be sappy here or deluded as to its purely philanthropic purpose but I have to admit that this weekend’s Washington Post article about Whole Foods’ gutsy new stores in Detroit and Chicago brought a tear to my eye.  Not being overly sentimental, I wondered now where did that come from?  Well, more than anything, … Continue reading

art / Arts & Culture / Culture / Curiosities / Film / urban design

Banksy Does New York

Banksy in New York from Artnet Seeing this story of Banksy’s latest art dialog with the people of New York City, reminded me of this cynically hilarious but little known film called “Exit Through the Gift Shop” which documents a French amateur film maker’s story of filming all about Banksy.  Called Mr. Brainwash, the director follows on … Continue reading

Anthropology / Arts & Culture / Human Rights / International / international relations / Middle East / Politics / urban design

The Middle East Art Scene Featured in New York City

Good of The New Yorker to have featured the work of artist Wafa Hourani, documenting a certain type of particularly insidious urban decay.  Kudos to Massimiliano Gioni, the New Museum’s new artistic director who put on the current exhibit called “Here and Elsewhere” featuring artists from the Middle East, North Africa and their diasporas…. The exhibit runs through … Continue reading