Friday, November 21, 2008

Unbuilt Cincinnati teaser

 "Crystal Forest" planned for Fountain Square West.
Source: Enquirer article by Tony Lang [8/16/98].

 Canal Reconstruction along Pete Rose Way.
Source: Enquirer article by Tony Lang [8/16/98].

These drawings are just a few from the 1998 CAC show, Unbuilt Cincinnati.

I was in awe of this exhibit, and have since marked it as my favorite of all time - not only for my interest in concept drawings and notated processes, but for the fantastic insubordination of those artists/architects trying to break the mold of the city's modern conservatism. Of course, Cincinnati is no loser in attracting worldly architects and designers, and is probably a forerunner of stylistic architecture for cities of comparable size, but in terms of large scale planning, preservation and/or sale of a thematic model - (1) transportation: the Subway, streetcars, funiculars, (2) neighborhoods: The Banks, etc. - we're living in arid times.

For me, these drawings, and that one exhibit 10 years ago, has kept that twinkle in the eye of Cincinnati sparkling. Realized or not, these visions alone make the unprosperous times bearable.

Saturday, November 8, 2008

1978 Hangover

In remembrance of Cincinnati's once-great beer-making tradition...and the spectacular writing & acting of the 70s.

"Truck", Hudepohl Brewing Co [1978].

"Lady in Red", Hudepohl Brewing Co [1978].

• More info on Hudepohl's history here and here.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Turkeys of Thansgiving Past

Well, Halloween is over, the Elections have passed, and now it's time to start thinking like retailers and focus on the impending holidays.

First off: Thanksgiving...Cincinnati-style:

"Turkeys Away", WKRP in Cincinnati (Air date: October 30 1978).
More info here.