A lifeline to traditionalists, or the dangers of radical architecture. It seems that a workplace shooter
, that scourge of contemporary American society, found himself holed up in a very unconventional building
- Frank Gehry's Weatherhead School of Management
in Cleveland. This made the SWAT team's job very difficult indeed
The standoff took place inside one of the more idiosyncratic buildings in the country. The $61.7 million Weatherhead School of Management was designed by the architect Frank Gehry and opened for this past school year. It is characterized by the jagged, polished metal surface and odd shapes that are prominent in Mr. Gehry's designs.
That made for a "constant cat-and-mouse game," said Chief Edward Lohn of the Cleveland police, with SWAT team members exchanging gunfire with the suspect as he ran to different floors, peeking and firing around corners.
"There are no right angles in the building," Chief Lohn said at a news conference late tonight, shortly after the suspect was taken into custody.
Thanks to kottke
for the original link. Greg
also links to the building's floorplans
, which inspires a Google gallery
. An analysis of architecture and crime would be an interesting exercise in pop-psychology. Do unconventional angles, visual confusion and floorplans that defy logic incite violence?
Elsewhere. World's most famous sculpture stolen
. Gold, pricey, compact. Michael Jackson probably has it // The world’s most beautiful voyage
// several well-known weblogs linked
in last week's Guardian
is a wonderful photography-based weblog, with a good eye for New European photography. See, for example, the eerie empty interiors of Candida Höfer
// Old Irish Posters
is probably aimed at theme pubs // Modern buildings in NY
, via Gawker
(someone, I think it was at Plasticbag
, once mused about starting a London equivalent of Gawker. A good idea).
is a low-tech collection of links to mid-century and design-related things // Computer history
, Swiss style // Society Review
, a high-faluting title for what appears to be a smarter version of magazines like T3
. Less Walmart-bothering imagery, though // Graphomaniac
is an online magazine of new writing // PIN's collection of enamel badges
, which are rather endearingly all put on a scanner and, well, scanned.
Apologies for the intermittent posting regime. A spot of travel combined with lack of access to clever weblog-on-the-move tools effectively puts newthings
at the mercy of needing traditional things like a desk, computer and phone line to keep up to date. And there's some tree-felling at things
today - necessary, but nonetheless emotionally difficult.
We have a new
article - Peter Davidson's musing on the age old art of spar-box
making. Some spar-box links: I