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art / Contemporary Art / Curator / Diplomacy / Iran / Iranian Art / Uncategorized

A Most Welcome Surprise from Iran

Given the horrific developments in the Middle East these days, I was delighted when a friend forwarded me this article about the treasured modern art collection in the remarkable Museum of Contemporary Art in Iran…. The Hirshhorn’s director, Melissa Chiu described the collection as “ one of the great unseen collections of postwar European and … Continue reading

Defense / Foreign Policy / international relations / Middle East / PTSD / Syria / War Correspondents

Powerful Reflections on PTSD from TedX Cannes

photo credit: recoveryranch.com Worth watching to hear from a deeply thoughtful journalist about his near-death experience in Iraq and subsequent investigations into PTSD. The relatively muted outcry about what’s going on in Syria is perhaps explained by the dulling of global sensibilities to drama and death in the Middle East.  In the future, there will … Continue reading

glacier studies / global warming / photography / Science

Glacial Event 3 Years Ago Equivalent to the Entire Island of Manhattan Disappearing–Except Three Times as High—Warming Continues

Captured glacial calving disaster…..and explanation of perspective.  Thanks, hmmmm. to upworthiest broadcast of the day…. Here’s the striking metric:It took 100 years for this glacier to retreat 8 miles.  It took ten years 2000-2010 to retreat 9 miles. Three years hence, the retreat continues to accelerate. Continue reading

architectural models / Architecture / building design / scale models / united arab emirates / Urban Planning

UAE also delivers a wow in architectural modeling

I can remember occasions growing up when my architect uncle would allow us to see models of schools or houses he was designing.  All the carefully cut out and painted trees, walls, “gravel” driveways, windows, etc… Well, in with the new—these models by Abu Dhabi-based 3dr Models are big attention getters with interest well-beyond the … Continue reading