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Atlantic Antic Addict

Although Sw Eden have never wish to be an Atlantic Antic Addict, I have walk in this street fair from 2006-2010, until I love it. Atlantic avenue is just in front of my apartment, so it is my good opportunity to enjoy this biggest street fair in NYC. Many bands come to show their amazing songs and fantastic skills. Many chefs shows their super delicious foods. All parents brings their children to pick out their favorite games from the million games and then play.

Crowded Balloon as the Crowded Street Fair at Atlantic Avenue, brooklynView the Musician Collections of Sw Eden on Flickr

I love the cheap CDs there. For people who love to have a big collection of ancient music discs, this can be one of the best way to get them for chap and fast and secured (I mean you do not have to avoid the shipping disaster).

In fact, there are a lot of similar events around New York City. Most of th events can gain a big group of people. This means New Yorkers love all the festivals so much, and also have a really wealthy economy.

Jazz band showed their skill in the Atlantic Antic FestivalView the Musician Collections of Sw Eden on Flickr

Regularly, people who live in Brooklyn can pay their money faster than people in manhattan. They like to buy all the cheap cloths and home supplies. I live in Brooklyn and most things are cheaper than in Manhattan. For people in Manhattan, we consider that they are richer. The do not spend money that fast, but they spend a huge money at once. There are a lot of passions in Manhattan, especially brand name things on 5th Avenue.

What does Sw Eden always get from Street Fairs Event?
I just ask myself, because I do not love to spend my money this way. The most often things I buy are foods. Lately I went to Romania Day Festival, I found a Thai cook first time in all street fairs I had gone before. I about my dinner for $3 and banana snack for $3. It is pretty cheap comparing the regular price in New York City.

Anyway, for all the street fairs around New York City, Atlantic Antic is the best!

If you can check the list of events/ festivals/ street fairs on NYC.gov and NYCtourist.com and NYCstreetfairs.com



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การวางผังเมือง และ New Urbanism

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สมัยโบราณการคมนาคมทำกันทางน้ำ การขุดคลองครั้งแรกจาก Chicaco ไป New York ทำให้เบีย์ถูกลง 80% คนที่ร่ำรวยจะมีบ้านอยู่ตามที่ราบลุ่ม เพราะสะดวกสะบาย ไม่ต้องเดินขึ้นเขา แต่พวกคนจนจะอยู่ตามภูเขา

การวางผังเมื่อที่ราบลุ่มกับบนภูเขาก็แตกต่างกัน ที่ราบลุ่มมักทำเป็น Grid แต่บนภูเขาทำเป็น Curvilinear Linear คือ ทุกถนนไม่จำเป็นต้องทะลุไปอีกฝั่ง เพราะต้องตัดถนนตามความสูง และความโค้งเว้าของภูเขา California มีการวางผังเมืองที่แปลก เพราะยังคงการใช้ Grid แม้ว่าหลายส่วนของเมื่องจะเป็นภูเขาที่มีความชันมาก ข้าพเจ้าเคยไปที่นั่นมา และไม่เข้าใจว่าจอดรถกันได้อย่างไร ไม่ไหล

Sky Scrapper in New York City

การวางฝังเมือง เป็นแบบ Linear มีความใกล้เคียงกับ Curvilinear Linear แต่เป็นระบบมากกว่า ตัวอย่างของผังเมือง Linear เช่น มีถนนหลัก 2 เส้น แต่ซอยจากทั้งสองถนนไม่ได้ทะลุถึงกัน ทั้งนี้เพื่อทำให้พื้นที่ระหว่างกลางเป็นพี้นที่สีเขียว หรืออาจเป็นทางคนเดินที่ไม่มีรถมารบกวน (Pedestrian Walk)

ปัจจุบันมี New Urbanism ใหม่ ๆ เกิดขึ้นมาก โดยมีการวางผังเมืองเป็นระบบระเบียบ ไม่ใช่แค่มีการทำเป็น Grid หรือ Radial System แต่ยังมีการแบ่ง Zoning (Zone = โซน) มีเขตที่อยู่อาศัย กับเขตทำงาน หรือจนกระทั้ง จัดการกับ Traffic การจราจร ให้มีถนนหลักเชื่อมในย่านอาคารพาณิชย์ (Commercial District) ตัวอย่างการทำ New Urbanism ยุคเริ่มแรก คือ Lincoln Center ซึ่งซื้อตึกรอบ ๆ สร้าง Neighborhood ของตัวเอง และ Yale University ใน Connecticut

Lincoln Center, Manhattan, New York City

ห้างในตัวเมืองของประเทศไทยมักที่ที่จอดรถให้ แต่ที่ New York City ไม่ได้มีกฎหมายบังคับ ทำให้ห้างส่วนใหญ่ไม่มีที่จอดรถ และผู้ที่มีรถ ต้องจ่ายเงินให้บริษัทที่จอดรถแทน ทั้งนี้เนื่องจากรัฐบาลไม่ต้องการให้คนในเมืองขับรถ เพราะมี Subway และ รถประจำทางที่ทั่วถึง และยิ่งกว่านั้น ยังต้องการให้คนหันมาขี่จักรยาน โดยเริ่มทำทางจักรยานพิเศษขึ้นมาใหม่ในปลายปี 2009 อยู่ด้านตะวันออกของ Broadway และมีที่นั้งพักระหว่างทางจักรยานกับถนนรถวิ่ง แต่ยังไม่ได้ครบทั้งถนน

หากไม่ใช่ในตัวเมือง กฎหมายบังคับให้มีที่จอดรถ โดยต้องมีสำหรับคนพิการด้วย ซึ่งบอกขนาดไว้ด้านต้นของบทความแล้ว นอกจากที่จอดรถที่ใหญ่ขึ้น ยังต้องมีทางลาดสำหรับรถเข็นให้คนพิการเข็นขึ้นเองได้ คือ Slope 1/10 เป็นอย่างมากที่สุด ห้ามชันกว่านั้น และทางคนพิการต้องเป็น 5 feet เสมอ ไม่ว่าจะขนาดทางเท้า หรือห้องน้ำ

Subway in New York City


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Motorcycle Gangster in Thailand

Bangkok Dangerous? Is that the real stuff? Or Thailand Dangerous?

In fact, the foreigners can have a lot of fun in Thailand. Regularly, it is not that dangerous as well as New York City. Like, the north part of Brooklyn is very dangerous at night, so New Yorker will not go there at night. Or if you see the blank street, you will not walk into it. All round the world is the same. People use common sense to protect themselves from crime.

Nearby Sw Eden’s house in Thailand, Sw can hear the sound of motorcycles every night. It does not disturb me as much as tick-tock of the clock. They are the racing team against the law. They killed a lot of Thai police who went to blame them. For example, they tried to destroy a van in its parking area, and the police said, “Don’t do it”, then, they used their clubs hit the police until he died.

Outside Bangkok, on the road between some provinces, they will park their motorcycles and pick up the stones. They threw the stones hit the front glass of the car for fun. The glass was broken, the stones hit the father who was driving and hit the forehead of his baby. The father lose one of his eyes and his baby died.

Gangsters and their slutty girlfriends. All Thai women hate this type of sluts. The bad news can go further than the good news. The world should praise Thai female boxers or Thai tradition dancers, but they just want to talk about Thai sluts. These sluts are always with the gangsters. The girls sit behind the motorcycle of the boys. The boys always need the money to decorate their motorcycles. They brought their girls to the city at night. They are waiting for the business men or the working men. The price is about $20 till $30. This is not for whole night, but just to finish it one time. Most of the girls do with 3 guys per a night. Some girls do this only in the weekend, because there are many working men. The working men lie their wife that they have a night seminar.

That’s only direct slutty things. In their racing time, the girls can be for the wager. The winner of motorcycle racing will sleep with the loser’s girl. They have a tradition that they will salute the girls who dare to be the wager.

The gangster stuff is interesting when you have the camera, and you climb into the tree, and take their photos at night. If the boys found you there, they may hit you or shoot you.

The gangster is still the big problem of Thai society. The police should be more strict or Thailand should have more police to manage them before they manage the police. They are dangerous for the people who work at night and to all the vehicles parking outdoor. Their girls can be the HIV or other disease carrier. The nice wives of those business men can be the victims of this social junk.


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Avenged Sevenfold A7X และเรื่องของพวกเขา

Avenged Sevenfold ก่อตั้งวงเมื่อ 1999 โดย M. Shadow, Zacky และ The Rev พวกเขาเป็นเพื่อนกันในวัยเด็กทั้งหมด ซึ่งใครเป็นเพื่อนใครก็ศึกษาเอาเอง คนลงไปมากมายหลายเว็ป Sw Eden เริ่มชอบวงนี้จากเพลง Seize the Day ซึ่ง สว คิดว่ามันไม่นานเท่าไร แต่ก็ก่อนคนไทยหลายคน

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The Rev is with a Dinosaur, do you know that?

จากทุนเดิมที่สมาชิกวง Avenged Sevenfold มาจากโรงเรียน Catholic (โดนไล่ออก) ทำให้เนื้อหาในเพลงมีความเกี่ยวข้องกับ Bible (ไบเบิล) สว เคยเป็นหนึ่งใน Antichrist ตัวยงด้านงานศิลปะ และ Avenged Sevenfold ก็ไม่ได้แตกต่างจากชาว Antichrist คนอื่นสักเท่าไร ถึงแม้ว่าพวกเขาอาจจะไม่ได้เป็น คนส่วนมากจะเริ่มอ่าน Genesis (ปฐมกาล) และก็ข้ามไปอ่าน Revelation (วิวรณ์) ทั้นที ด้วยความใจร้อน สว ได้อ่านพระคัมภีร์ใหม่บทอื่นอยู่นาน ทำให้เข้าใจได้มากขึ้น แต่ไม่ทราบว่า Avenged Sevenfold เข้าใจมากแค่ไหน เพราะวงนี้มักใส่อารมณ์เข้าไปแทนเนื้อหา

กระแส Avenged Sevenfold Suck มาจากเพลงในช่วงหลังที่ช้าลง และผสมผสานกับแนว Emo (อีโม) ซึ่งเป็นที่น่าดูถูกของคนชอบดนตรี Metal พวกแฟนเพลงจะเห็นว่า Emo เป็นชาวเกย์ รักร่วมเพศ และ มั่วกันอย่างสกปรก นอกจากนี้ยังดีได้แต่แต่งตัว และมีแต่แฟนเพลงผู้หญิง (Fangirl) ซึ่งผู้ชายจากชาติที่เจริญแล้วก็ยังมีนิสัยดูถูกผู้หญิง โดยวงดนตรีไหนที่มีแฟนเพลงผู้หญิงมาก ๆ พวกผู้ชายจะไม่ฟัง สว เป็นคนหนึ่งที่ฟังเพลงของ Fangirl bands แต่การเริ่มฟัง ไม่ควรมองที่หน้าตาและการแต่งกาย สว ทราบว่า ผู้หญิงชอบผู้ชายที่มีหน้าตาและท่าทางเหมือนรักร่วมเพศ

อ่านเรื่องเกี่ยวกับแนว Emo และ เพลง Emo ที่นี่

สำหรับวง Avenged Sevenfold มือกลองของเขา The Rev หรือ The Reverend Tholomew Plague มี Emo haircut ผมทรงอีโม สว อิเฎล ชอบภาพวาดของเขามาก และถูกใช่ใน Myspace นานที่สุดในทุกภาพวาด หากนับ The Rev เป็น 20% ของสมาชิกในวงที่มีผมทรง Emo ซึ่งจำนวนเพลงของ Avenged Sevenfold ก็มีส่วนที่เป็นแนว Emo อยู่ 20% เช่นกัน ตัวอย่างเพลง Emo ขิงวงนี้คือเพลงช้า และเพลงที่ใช้ลากเสียงทั้งหลาย แต่ส่วนใหญ่แล้ว Avenged Sevenfold ก็ยังคงความเป็น Melodic Metal อยู่

คุณอาจเรียก post นี้ว่าเป็นประวัติของวง Avenged Sevenfold แต่ข้าพเจ้าไม่เรียก หลังจาก Avenged Sevenfold หรือ A7X ได้มาเยือนประเทศไทยเมื่อ 2007 และมาเยือน New York ใน 2009 ที่ผ่านมา ข้าพเจ้าไม่ได้ไปดูทั้งสองที่ ครั้งแรก คิดว่าจะไปดูที่ New York แต่การแสดงเป็นเวลากลางคืน และต้องนั่งรถไฟออกจากเมืองไปเป็นชั่วโมง ไม่นับเวลานั่งรถไฟในเมืองอีกเป็นชั่วโมง ทั้งนี้เนื่องจากรถไฟรอบดึกจะมาไม่เป็นเวลา และมาชั่วโมงละคันเท่านั้น หากข้าพเจ้าตัดสินใจไปดู ก็คงกลับมาถึงบ้านตอนเช้าตรู่

สาเหตุที่วงดนตรีดัง ๆ หลายวงไม่ยอมเข้ามาแสดงในเมือง New York City คือ สถานที่มีราคาแพง และเนื่องจากเป็นวงดนตรีดัง จึงต้องการสถานที่ใหญ่ ๆ เพื่อรองรับปริมาณแฟนเพลงจำนวนมาก ดังนั้น โดยทั่วไปจะเห็นวงดนตรีที่ดังปานกลาง มาแสดงในเมืองมากกว่าวงดนตรีที่ดังระดับโลก ที่จริงแล้ว วงดนตรีที่ดังระดับโลกก็มีมาแสดง แต่ต้องโด่งดังและรวยจริง ๆ เช่น Rob Zombie, Fall Out Boy และ Alice Copper

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TsAO & McKOWN Architecture visiting

In fact, I had never known about this company until I got into their place with my class. Our professor brought all the student in Professional Practice class to there. I did a little short research by looking around on their website. Although TsAO & McKOWN is an architecture company, they have done various kinds of design work. I dare to say that they are all amazing.

My friends’ behaviors to the nice and cruel professors are so different. Nice students always like nice professors, but bad students always look down nice professors. The bad students may consider that the cruel professors are smarter, so they can show off. These are only about the psychology in the class room that always happens.

We, the architecture students did visit TsAO & McKOWN architecture company. What’s cozy place?! How nice of people?! Wooden furniture in their collection is so friendly as human can feel to the nature. Did we think that they are not good enough when we looked at that artistic rough ceiling. Did we think that they are not good enough when they are talking with us. Please do not have a wrong attitude to the real artists. Check them out, they got the 2009 AIA Housing Award. This can be a much better guarantee better than my word.

I was the first guy in the class who went to the place, so I had a little more time to look around their collection. Their place is good enough to be named, “museum”. I asked them where the restroom was, after I travel to Roosevelt Island and Rockefeller Center in that afternoon. Whole restroom was painted black with a big round lamp on the ceiling. It is very hard to see all things on the floor and on the wall, especially the first come in. The nature of the eyes cannot adapt itself that fast. On the left, there was a long pocket. Surely, everyone will pick it. I did wish to tell people outside if they forgot their pocket in the restroom. Another side of the pocket said that, “Please leave this pocket in the restroom.” I was thinking myself if the pocket’s owner put a measurement tool inside to count how many times this pocket was lift up and down. It should be a cheap tool, as well as the one I use to count my steps when I walk in Central Park.


Bathroom / Restroom Lamp


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Lobby Light Bulb Whitney Museum


Lantern Light Bulb at Lobby of Whitney Museum
What the light bulb lamp look like at Whitney Museum, Manhattan, NYC

I admire their attempt to collect a lot of artwork, but I still have an opposite attitude when I look at other artist’s work. My belief is my brain can take the idea of other people unconsciously right at the first time I look at the work. This means, I will not open the architecture book when I need an idea for my design class. Although TsAO & McKOWN collects a lot of artwork, they do not copy its concept and idea. Most of their design is based on the function and the relationship of their work to the user.

The examples that they show us are one of skyscraper project with a creative mixing-brick facade, and a transparent lipstick box. For the skyscraper project, some students may compare it with their own work in design classes. Most of student in our class had been in the school since the school did not have a laser cut machine. When they worked by hand, professors encourage them to not do the box. Many of us have weird shaped models, and we got good grades. Some of us still dreamed to work on wired shaped building in their real life. Right then at the office, we listened to the real-time 90 degree angle building with 3 or more colors of brick on facade. One of our design professor always blamed that, the colors in 2Ds were just the decoration. Any things we had known about those words; now they are the real-time project. One of the reasons that my friends stopped doing weird shaped architectures is the school has laser cut. The student will design only flat facade and let the laser cut do the work for them. Another word is they are lazier than before.

I did see a guy in the office work on his paper. He just drew something with pencil and rulers, although all knew Auto CAD. This is the same as another guy in HTNB who can be successful in his architect career without Auto CAD. Auto CAD is just the magic pen, but the nature of human, design by hand is the best way that the brain can spread a good idea out. Many computer programs always force the users to use its tools. People just begin their design with the box. The right way to make a new stuff is to develop the concept to be the actual model, and 99% of the concept is not “box”. How the real-time building became weird-shaped again? Most blocks of the street are square, and most furniture is the square, too.

TsAO & McKOWN made it. They gave the answer in their showroom design. They spread the base of their mannequins as a drop of water splashing. How interesting of the arrangement did not disturb how interesting of the dresses on mannequins. We have to trust that men can do stuff women like, and vice versa. I heard many women said that the good womb doctors are male, and the good scrotum doctors are female. When I was in Mahidol wittayanusorn Science School, the teacher who looked for the women dormitory is male, and vice versa, too.

TsAO & McKOWN did design of women’s lipstick. They needed the women to know how short of the left lipstick. They also want their lipstick to be the first choice of a few lipsticks in the women’s bag. I feel like its shape still the architecture-like. Anyway..

TsAO & McKOWN office arrangement looks so simple. I saw their work of simple shape and simple shade of modern design. They worked for China, Singapore and also my country, Thailand. I am not sure if it is Asia Hotel. If people are interested in their work, they do not need to come to NYC. They can just search for their projects online, and go to the real place in their own country.

They did talk about how to contact people from faraway country, and the architect’s life to sleep in the office at night. Architects have to do the site visit in the project of other countries as well as they need to do in their own place. Site visit actually helps in their design and also can prevent many problems and risks. Doing it in different times of the day should be a good thing. The architects still need to understand the difference of cultures and season, too. I heard about Yin and Yang in China. Kevin Johnson, my business writing professor said that Chinese people thought that fry-potato snack was hot for the human body, so they would not consume it during the summer. The packaging designer had to use the water and sky theme on it bag, to show that the snake was not that not. In fact, it is not only design that architects have to understand about the culture. Architects have to have a good relationship to many kinds of people from different parties, and they are also different in different countries.

So…

This is their website, so you can view their work online http://www.tsao-mckown.com/

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Thunderstorm in Thailand

If you plan to visit Thailand for your vacation and you find that Thailand has Thunderstorm everyday, you MUST NOT CHANGE YOUR PLAN!!

Thunderstorm in Thailand is not like what you have seen in New York, Washington or England. In Thailand, everyday is mostly sunny. Thunderstorm will happen at night, beginning at 5-6PM; and it is not longer than 3 hours. Almost raining is about 2 hours. So you can have a lot of time at noon to travel around Thailand.

If you are in Thailand, you can know the thunderstorm before it happens for 1 hour. You have to have a compass with you, and you look at the South West of the sky. Regular round cloud does not cause the rain. The only cloud that that cause the thunderstorm is 100-story-skyscraper cloud. You will see it about 5PM, and it will rain at 6PM. If you understand all this, you do not have to carry an umbrella for whole day. Sw Eden is Thai, and Sw Eden do not carry any umbrella, too.


Hey hey Ken Zi:Kill is not Thai, so he have to carry the umbrella. :D

The best time to take a tour in Thailand is in the Winter. Most of foreigners who visit Thailand are from colder countries. Thai winter is not that hot as summer. Some people said that Thailand has 4 seasons, are Hot, Hotter, Hottest and Hot Water (rain). In fact, we are the super cool country!! Sw Eden means Thailand is so interesting. Most of the winter day, you will not see any thunderstorm. You can also have a good time with photography in this season, because the shade and shadow are so shape. Winter does not have much cloud. You will see clear-light-blue sky back of your view. Sw Eden loves winter in Thailand a lot. The only thing Sw Eden hates is that Sw Eden does not have a water heater at home, so it is so cold when Sw Eden takes a bath! But you can have a good time with hot bath in every hotel and apartment (All have water heaters).

**If you feel that some swindlers try to bring you into their tour, you can ask me about the trip and its price.


Moon in NYC, Photo by Sw Eden on Flickr

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My Christian Friends


Autumn at Formdam University

My third visit of New York state was in 2005. I went to a language school, Marymount College of Fordam University at Tarrytown. It is only one month course. I went to a church which was not Christian church with my Korean friends. They wrote a big text, “God is Good and Good is God”. I can remember my dirty thought so well. I listened to many anti-christ and Satanic music at that time, like Black Metal and Marilyn Manson. The words that popped up in my head were, “God eat God” (a song of Marilyn Manson) and “Guns are Good” (a song of Genitorturers). Right now, it is the time to determine, that we should act for love or for hate. Although Marilyn Manson had million reasons to hate his God, he still shew his pessimistic idea. Twiggy Ramirez or Jeordie White also said in the interview of The High End of Low, that the time of anti-christ was when they were so young. The least of all lives, people just want to be happy. The real anti-christ people do things too much serious which are not good for themselves, and the fake anti-christ people did things just for commercial.


Sw Eden’s painting at a walkway in Marymount College, Fordam University, Terrytown

I went back to Thailand, and went to New York again in January 2006. I took language and Mathematics classes in that Spring semester. Fiaye, my friend in Math class, became my close so fast. She was very friendly. She searched for a Thai Christian church for me to join. She brought me there about 2-3 weeks, and she had to go back to her church. I studied Bible at Thai church at Yonker about one year. I was not quite nice, because I might betray them. It becomes my pain right now. If I or anyone is not head into any religion, we just should not pretend to take the knowledge from them, and create other things back to them. I did love Satan during that age. I had too much knowledge from Bible, and I read it reverse and translated it to be anti-god subjects. They were posted in my Marilyn Manson Thai Webboard in 2006, and I removed all of them in 2009.

Fiaye gave me an album of Christian songs, and I have still listened to them until now. They are brighter and lighter than Satanism songs. You may have heard Black Metal lyrics or logos. They are so dark actually. I had liked them once at my dark age, but I have changed. You can find a lot of free and legal MP3 to download at SoundClick.com and many kinds of bands are there! They are good examples to describe what the Black Metal religion is.

I know an old woman who joined that Thai church after me. She told her real story that she had a son, and she loved him so much. She sent him to a good school in Australia. She did everything for his future and his happiness. Sadly, her son died. She felt very sorry. She told us that she gave everything for her son, but the only thing that she forgot to give him was the most important thing, that was to let him know Lord God. Her words hit my mind then.


God is Brightness, painting of Sw Eden

Many people do love God, and have a good wish. My fault was I hated God at that time. 2008-2009, I have realized that I will be happy just when the whole world is happy. Whatever they believe, it is their right, and it makes them nice, and it makes me happy. Christian is not harmful religion, but Satanism might do. I cannot say that what the real Satanism is, because it may be good thing; but in this world, people who worship Satan always believe and they are bad side, and that is the reason that some of them do bad things.

I love to see all religions in the world can be together without any fighting or trying to be better than others. Some country use the religious to make a war, but the real reason is about territory and money.

Some friends in the church said that I would be survival only if I believed in God, and I did not have to be a nice guy. It was the reason that I did not like Christian at that time, too. Nowadays, when I stand above myself at that age, I can remember many good teaching in Bible very well. Christian or Catholic is not only to love God, but you need to be nice, too. At least, you cannot be selfish to your neighbor.

Nothing in the world is solid bad. Everything has a good part in itself, if just you can find it. Today, you can look at your hated friends, they will have many things for you to learn.

(cc) 2009 – Sw Eden

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Citicorp Center Building, Structure and how to solve problem

My field is Architecture, so I should have written something about it, but I did not; so now, here is the first time I write about Architecture.

Citicorp Center was design by Bill LeMessurier. He needed to show his main structure which was 4 9-floor-tall columns outside the building, be each column located at the middle of each elevation. This is an awesome design, but this building got less stable than usual buildings which the columns are at the corners.

Firstly, the main structure was big triangle trusses inside with bolt joint which is cheaper than weld joint. When it got build, the calculation result was it would be able to stand for 16 years, and collapse when the storm came. Bill LeMessurier got hard time to run around to look for someone to solve this problem. He found that he needed to add more members into the structure and weld them all again. All cost $4.3 million, which the company paid for. At the end, the building would stay till the 700-year storm.

The thing that Bill LeMessurier taught his students is to have a social obligation. It is a moral of responsibility to fix the problem that they made.

We may be able to look at this project of Citicorp with the American belief. At first, with this cool design, the building might not strong enough to stand, but with Bill LeMessurier’s effort, he could make his dream came true. On the other hand, he should have told this problem to the Citicorp company before it is too late to fix with the big money. He might need to stop the project and re-designed which might costed cheaper and to fix.

Anyway, Bill LeMessurier became the hero by this master piece, and that is the world knows his Citicorp Center.

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Fort Tryon Park, Icy Winter, Manhattan



Fort Tryon Icy shot by Sw Eden (in Thai = สว อิเฎล)



Fort Tryon Icy shot by Sw Eden (in Thai = สว อิเฎล)



Fort Tryon Icy shot by Sw Eden (in Thai = สว อิเฎล)



Fort Tryon Icy shot by Sw Eden (in Thai = สว อิเฎล)



Fort Tryon Icy shot by Sw Eden (in Thai = สว อิเฎล)



Fort Tryon Icy shot by Sw Eden (in Thai = สว อิเฎล)



Fort Tryon Icy shot by Sw Eden (in Thai = สว อิเฎล)



Fort Tryon Icy shot by Sw Eden (in Thai = สว อิเฎล)



Fort Tryon Icy shot by Sw Eden (in Thai = สว อิเฎล)



Fort Tryon Icy shot by Sw Eden (in Thai = สว อิเฎล)



Fort Tryon Icy shot by Sw Eden (in Thai = สว อิเฎล)



Fort Tryon Icy shot by Sw Eden (in Thai = สว อิเฎล)



Fort Tryon Icy shot by Sw Eden (in Thai = สว อิเฎล)



Fort Tryon Icy shot by Sw Eden (in Thai = สว อิเฎล)



Fort Tryon Icy shot by Sw Eden (in Thai = สว อิเฎล)




Fort Tryon Icy shot by Sw Eden (in Thai = สว อิเฎล)



Fort Tryon Icy shot by Sw Eden (in Thai = สว อิเฎล)



Fort Tryon Icy shot by Sw Eden (in Thai = สว อิเฎล)

And this video of melting ice in the same day.

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The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine, Gothic Architecture and drawing

The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine

If I look through the eyes of new visitors who come to New York City to get the sense of Western world, they will never be disappointed to visit The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine. And this church is the most interesting place in New York City in the list of website for visitors, too. This shows the influence from European life and religion before those people went to this new land. The religion founds many things around people’s life; for example, music, routine, artwork, architecture and also politic in ancient time. In this case, here is Catholic Church.


Facade of Main doors The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine by Sw Eden

The huge piece of Gothic architecture which is sit on 3 blocks of changing slope from Morningside Driveway to Amsterdam Avenue, mostly was seen from east side of the town before other views. People walk from Central Park or from Subway around Central Park North and walk up this slope hill. They pass a small park, Morningside Park which has plain landscape and simply ballfeilds, but very deep from street. Surely everybody will get the feeling of how large the church is, from both attempt to walk up, and from the Morningside Park. The experience to walk down to the Morningside Park and look up to the church is more than the street walker’s sight. And this is not only about how large of the church, but also how high and powerful of the Catholic God. Before the time of Jesus Christ, the God was much cruel. He could kill the country which let a human tough an abandon box.


Synod House of St. John Church at south-west corner of Cathedral Avenue or 110 st by Sw Eden

The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine is already a big contrast to the way people look at New York as a modern city. On the plan of its block, there is The Avalon Morningside park apartment at the south-east corner. That corner is the first sight of most people to the church as previous paragraph said. Some complain that this apartment hides the view and hide how classic the view is. Some complain about the height of the apartment that it is sin. I visited New York first time on 2006, and I visited this church, too. The Avalon Morningside Park was built in 2007. To be an optimist, the modern materials of facade of this apartment give a big contrast in its block, as well as the church gives a big contrast to other modern buildings in the city.


Rough Sketch Saint John Church on Amsterdam Avenue around 112 st by Sw Eden

Most people like to walk on 110th street or Cathedral Avenue that make their eyes cannot contain over all part of the church so well. They are too close to the church. If they walk on 113rd street, their distance can hold all part of the main building very well. This view should be recommended for giving first impression to people who have never visited here. However the space between the feet of people in 113th street and the large wall of the church is parking areas and something under-construction. It is different from the space between 4 – 5 buildings in the middle which is calm and plentiful with trees. The plan cannot be changed, but it can be improved to give a good look from 113th street.


Facade at north side The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine or view on 113 st by Sw Eden


Angel on the highest roof or roof above Altar of Saint John church view from Morningside driveway by Sw Eden

The main entrance has three prominent tympanums and large stair. Firstly, the right-side tympanum is the story of Jesus birth. Mary (Virgin) is the main person on this side. Secondly, the left-side tympanum is the crucifixion of Jesus. It includes Mary and Mary from Magdala. This shows that Virgin Mary is very important to Catholic believe. Some of them worship Virgin Mary more mainly than Jesus. Although she is the mother of Jesus, Jesus called her, “Woman” rather than, “Mother” during his last 3 years. Thirdly, the middle tympanum is Jesus in the book of Revelation. The things that can be noticed that this is revelation are seven circles around Jesus in King dress. Moreover the space between Jesus and two doors, there are 4 animals in the book of revelation, too. They are strange human, strange lion, strange eagle and strange horse. All must have 7 eyes and 6 wings, but on the tympanum which has limited space, all of them have only 2 wings and 2 eyes for each.


Left-Side Tympanum of main entrance The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine or the death of Jesus. There are Virgin Mary and Mary Magdalene, drawing by Sw Eden


Middle Tympanum main door of The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine or the image of Jesus in the book of Revelation


Tympanum of right-side main door The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine or the birth of Jesus. Virgin Mary is in there drawing by Sw Eden

Around the main door, there are 12 disciples standing at people’s head level. This may be concern about a part of Act in Bible, which God is the head if the man. At this part, some of them seem to be graphic-like rather than human-like sculpture. Mainly for all art at the facade, humans have to stand close to them, because the width of the street does not allow going further. So surely, humans have to life the head up.


Window of the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine by Sw Eden

After the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine renovation was finished about last year, 2008 (I visited last time before this year at Christmas of 2007), the nave was open. People can see directly to the choir, and stand in the middle and look around the cross arch roof. The scale of the roof and window is very large, and surely it is not human scale. All should be about feeling of God. In fact, Bible said that God created human as his image, so God should not have bigger body than regular people. The high roof and barbaric glass do not allow much light to come in. It should be about that feeling, too. But the church already put the spot light on the column. Catholic really concern about feeling, if compare with Buddhism country as Thailand. Thai ancient house also has high roof. The house can seem like church in this way, but in fact, it is reduce the heat at human level, because the heat always moves to the top. The paradox to Bible does not happen just for God scale, it is also about light in the space. All Catholic architects might think about the beginning of the book of genesis which is really short and small part of Bible. Most parts of Bible talk about bright and light rather than the dark over the water. God also blame people that they hide themselves from God in the darkness, because they are afraid that God will see something wrong on them. So almost all Catholic churches are strange from the reality in Bible. That is truly different from Protestant church which is more like human scale and much brighter.


View to West of The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine by Sw Eden

In the day I visit this Church

I walk in to the Church. I heard a soft chorus from faraway at around the cross part. High roof, make the sound of chorus has an incredible range especially emotion of praising their God. There is no microphone around those students. It is sad to me that their number is bigger than the number of audience. They are too fantastic to have that little number of audience. There are thousands chairs in the church, but they got sat less than one-eighth. I was interested to look for other events or performances, and I found that too many performances would be in here nearly every day. A question suddenly popped up in my head. This church should be very rich. Nowadays, The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine became more commercial-like church to atheists’ eye (or maybe, in Christians’ eyes, too). They can saw it in many movies about fighting of God and Satan. This church also require visitors’ donation 5 USD for each. It should get a lot of money from government and membership prizes already. But it is still worth to visit.


View to East of The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine (Look at Altar) by Sw Eden

I had walked into other Catholic Church and attended some Christian churches’ activity for studying Bible. All church has nice rolls of wooden chairs. Nowadays, the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine is strange that there are no wooden chairs for audience. Only wooden chairs are in abandon area. All chairs are steel and plastic. I do not feel strange just about modern chairs in this fantastic Gothic building, because I got a really strange experience when I open the door of restroom. Its restroom sits like a container box at north side of the cross part (Middle of the church). The true bright light from fluorescence inside the restroom came under and between the edges of the door. I got into this area and close my eye a little while. Inside the church is so dark, and the restroom is much brighter. The book of revelation said that after the punishment to the world, there is not sun anymore, but the new land will be bright. If we compare this situation to the restroom, the darkness of the church is seem to be how the world looks like during the disaster, and the restroom is new world for happiness, and for people who do not know God yet. God will give them 1,000 years to know God, but in fact, that is only 1 day for Him of waiting, as the words in letters of Peter.


The Cross and Altar the place of chorus people by Sw Eden


Sketch of Choir and Altar of The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine by Sw Eden

In conclusion, the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine has difference in itself. Other architecture makes the difference in its block. The scale makes difference to the city around there. And the church is also the different style to the business and hurry city as New York City. To be New York is to be as mosaic. If the Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine was not exist, New York City would not be perfect itself.


Plan of The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine and Detail of each room by Sw Eden


behind St. Saviour room of The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine by Sw Eden


Suggest to read

12 Promises of Jesus to Saint Margaret Mary

Merry Christmas X-Mas Gallery by Sw Eden

Resurrection of Jesus and Finger of Thomas

Easter Day Video – Ken Zi:Kill

Who is real Satan? answer

Anti-God Belief

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