27 April 2019

separated at birth: Comedor Restaurant and Wiley House

Comedor restaurant, Austin, Texas
Olson Kundig
(opened 2019)
(photography by Casey Dunn, from dezeen.com)

Robert C. Wiley House
Philip Johnson
(completed 1953)
from The Modern House)

Quote of the moment: "If this study is brazenly promiscuous in its interconnections and relationships, it is not in the interest of a new commonality that is its own form of categorization." -- Jonathan Weinberg, in Pier groups: art and sex along the New York waterfront (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2019), page 6.

08 April 2019

Oxford commas, apostrophes, and significant ending punctuation

Today's New York Times has an advertisement by the Metropolitan Museum of Art thanking "its generous corporate sponsors." Who knows why I studied the listing so thoroughly but I noticed that Deloitte was the only corporate name with added closing punctuation, as in "Deloitte." with the period. Well, the period is there in the upper left corner of their home page:
Son of a gun. Then I went to the board meeting of the Bakers Bridge Historical Association where we talked (argued) about whether it was Bakers or Baker's or Bakers' Bridge (an early name for Alfred Station, New York). We also talked about adding an Oxford comma to the text of the proposed historical marker. I think I've had it with punctuation for this afternoon/evening.

By the way, someone did mention today in the Troublesome Catalogers and Magical Metadata Fairies group in Facebook that they had done their first cataloging record without adding terminal punctuation in MARC fields according to the new guidelines from PCC. Sadly, it only deals with description. Someday, it will also apply to access points. The report of the PCC ISBD and MARC Task Group is available here:

05 April 2019

the villa of Denise Scott Brown's family

The Architect's Newspaper posted a link on Facebook to a 2013 video interview with Denise Scott Brown. It is fascinating and she is captivating. The interview is entitled "Denise Scott-Brown: An African Perspective." I had not ever read significant biographical information about her and had not realized she grew up in South Africa. Her family lived for a time in a modernist villa-style house designed by Norman Hanson, along the lines of the Villa Savoye by Le Corbusier. You may have read a couple earlier posts -- Villa Savoye and northern Italy and The villa as building type -- that I wrote on villa-style modernist houses, inspired by traveling in Lombardy, Piedmont, and Liguria, that is, Milan, Turin, and Genoa. As I fetched the links for those posts, I was amused to note that Blogger, in its wisdom (artificial intelligence), had chosen "villa-savoye-in-savoy-country" as the title for the post I had called "Villa Savoye and northern Italy." Meanwhile, here's a still of the childhood home of DSB, from the video interview:

I am sorry to see that architect Norman Leonard Hanson (1909-1990) doesn't yet have a LC/NAF authority record but he does have a ULAN record from Avery. Scott Brown says "people are writing about him nowadays" so there may be a book one of these days that will lead to a NAF record.