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When you're eating a meat bun, many ideas are possible, like a Shinkansen design for Don Carlo. #atelierying #davidlo #designerlife #designer #architecturaldesign #trains #shinkansen #railtravel

My cafe surpassed itself today in their Chinatown version of Emilia-Romagna. I must do likewise. Hand-chopped meat, cheese, bay leaf, egg and pasta. Nutmeg and cinnamon would truly lift this dish and make it ancient Roman, but the bay leaf is doing it. The sauce is truly chunky. Plato, Pythagoras, Ben Franklin, Lewis Carroll .... thoughts swirling in my head.
Design, concepts, text, photograph & drawing are copyright 2017 by David Lo
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You know you're getting old when you find yourself always reminiscing, but I also remember being under 20 years old and talking excitedly to a man who heard Lauritz Melchior when he was six years old. I was reminiscing and fantasizing in those days too. Here are quite possibly my very first opera tickets: fourth ring at the New York State opera for Nickolai's Merry Wives of Windsor, I thought it was Falstaff, I was so disappointed. #opera #metopera #classicalmusic #atelierying #davidlo #newyorkstatetheater #beverlysills #newyorkcityopera #nyc🗽 #lincolncenter

Design No. 449: Plato, a Pythagorean Stamp Album
atelier ying, nyc.

Starting a design series for Plato. I have no idea what this series will be like, only that this design is its pivot, it's elemental source. That's the fun of my process.
My detective trail of references are: the golden mean, Plato's method of his dialogues, his republic which is a moral society, Ben Franklin's Plan of Perfect Morality which was a homemade book used for self-examination in which Silence was a virtue, Lewis Carroll's invention the Wonderland stamp album, the fly fisher's corner in London's Pratt club which is a place to research & construct fishing lures.
So I've come up with a football quarterback's "playmaker" of myths to use didactically, a sort of ancient handheld-sized memory device, perhaps something a Joseph Cornell might construct. A set of imperfect polygonal forms are made into sunken spaces (wells) that are pleasurable to feel and are used to store markers (like tiny balls or smooth pebbles) as a way to connote/transpose ideas, similar to Plato's usage of myths. This is a child's way to express & teach higher order thinking. The right side has slips of parchment to be used with the left side, with written notes. This kind of album/notebook/machine is based on Pythagoras, who was influential to Plato.
Design is dedicated to Paulo Chung who lent me his copy of the Republic.
Design, concepts, text, photograph & drawing are copyright 2017 by David Lo
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Design No. 448: Samuel Johnson, A Harleian Bookmobile
atelier ying, nyc.

The Harleian Library Miscellany, a bookseller's catalogue written by Johnson around 1742, is the basis for this elaborate riff that celebrates (among other things) the Maryland bookmobile libraries of 1912.
A wooden booth inside a caravan has bench seats that severely angle, allowing its two occupants to sit very comfortably to watch toy theatre performances of Puccini's Turandot. One occupant has gout and is able to prop his feet in various positions. A trilobite-shaped staircase accesses both the booth as well as the rear of the theatre (to put on the performance). The roof of the booth has an open quality with soffit lighting and half-curtains. The interior space recalls a ship captain's cabin, a chinese bedchamber, a choir stall, a chinese insect cricket match, a dining car booth and a box in an opera house. The space is both intimate yet expansive. The fictive occupants are served curry and a lemon yogurt in porringers. The Met opera's current Turandot provides a hand pumped washing pool (actually the contraption is scaled like a table jukebox) A relic brick from the Great Wall of China, installed into the booth 'charges' the space. The contrasting characteristics built into this design: of exciting/quelling the senses, constant shift of scale, of comfort/discomfort is all in the aid of entertaining its occupants (Johnson and his employer the bookseller Thomas Osborne). It also tries to be as obsessively customized as a booth designed by Adolf Loos.
Design, concepts, text, photograph & drawing are copyright 2017 by David Lo
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Notes for a Parsifal Chapel
Atelier Ying, Nyc.

Following my drawing hand at Barney Greengrass, we come here because we like Old New York. And I love the fountain pen hospital too. Both our drawings made with the 4B perfect pencil.
Design, concepts, text, photograph & drawing are copyright 2017 by David Lo
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Who really needs to eat when we're stuck trying to find a way through the first act of Le Nozze di Figaro? An empty void between two rooms serves as Susanna and Figaro's bedroom. Design, concepts, text, photograph & drawing are copyright 2016 by David Lo #opera #mozart #atelierying #davidlo #nyc #amazingarchitecture #archidaily #architect #artistsbook #archilovers #archilife

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Design No. 450: Ben Franklin's Camera Obscura, "Plan for Attaining Moral Perfection" (1728)
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A second entry in my design series inspired by Plato's Republic.
Ben Franklin's "plan" is actually a homemade book, an objet close to my heart because of its ingenuity. As a form of practice however, it is much better than it's spiritual cousin Jansenism, another regrettable scourge. In this design I am inserting a huge bit of levity to his austere aspirations via a camera obscura that suggests a slight deviation from my second subject of dedication, Otto Wagner. The miniaturization of a fictive building on a narrow street allows multiple 'perspectives' through: an EVF, an IVF inside a narrow open court with loggias of flat volumes (Wagner's idea of flatter ornaments herein) extended out to mark Franklin's daily achievements for perfected morality. The shadows of the extended volumes darken the sighting below. Lastly the camera obscura has its own landscape perspective. The loggia and open court recall Manhattan's David Geffen Hall in Lincoln Center.

Design, concepts, text, photograph & drawing are copyright 2017 by David Lo
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Design No. 449: Plato, a Pythagorean Stamp Album
atelier ying, nyc.

Starting a design series for Plato. I have no idea what this series will be like, only that this design is its pivot, it's elemental source. That's the fun of my process.
My detective trail of references are: the golden mean, Plato's method of his dialogues, his republic which is a moral society, Ben Franklin's Plan of Perfect Morality which was a homemade book used for self-examination in which Silence was a virtue, Lewis Carroll's invention the Wonderland stamp album, the fly fisher's corner in London's Pratt club which is a place to research & construct fishing lures.
So I've come up with a football quarterback's "playmaker" of myths to use didactically, a sort of ancient handheld-sized memory device, perhaps something a Joseph Cornell might construct. A set of imperfect polygonal forms are made into sunken spaces (wells) that are pleasurable to feel and are used to store markers (like tiny balls or smooth pebbles) as a way to connote/transpose ideas, similar to Plato's usage of myths. This is a child's way to express & teach higher order thinking. The right side has slips of parchment to be used with the left side, with written notes. This kind of album/notebook/machine is based on Pythagoras, who was influential to Plato.
Design is dedicated to Paulo Chung who lent me his copy of the Republic.
Design, concepts, text, photograph & drawing are copyright 2017 by David Lo
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My cafe surpassed itself today in their Chinatown version of Emilia-Romagna. I must do likewise. Hand-chopped meat, cheese, bay leaf, egg and pasta. Nutmeg and cinnamon would truly lift this dish and make it ancient Roman, but the bay leaf is doing it. The sauce is truly chunky. Plato, Pythagoras, Ben Franklin, Lewis Carroll .... thoughts swirling in my head.
Design, concepts, text, photograph & drawing are copyright 2017 by David Lo
#atelierying #davidlo #amazingarchitecture #architecture #archidaily #archilife #archilovers #design #opera #archisketcher #arch_more #operalife #operafan #operalover #art #nyc #plato #hongkongcuisine #cafe #chinatown #books #pasta

Design No. 448: Samuel Johnson, A Harleian Bookmobile
atelier ying, nyc.

The Harleian Library Miscellany, a bookseller's catalogue written by Johnson around 1742, is the basis for this elaborate riff that celebrates (among other things) the Maryland bookmobile libraries of 1912.
A wooden booth inside a caravan has bench seats that severely angle, allowing its two occupants to sit very comfortably to watch toy theatre performances of Puccini's Turandot. One occupant has gout and is able to prop his feet in various positions. A trilobite-shaped staircase accesses both the booth as well as the rear of the theatre (to put on the performance). The roof of the booth has an open quality with soffit lighting and half-curtains. The interior space recalls a ship captain's cabin, a chinese bedchamber, a choir stall, a chinese insect cricket match, a dining car booth and a box in an opera house. The space is both intimate yet expansive. The fictive occupants are served curry and a lemon yogurt in porringers. The Met opera's current Turandot provides a hand pumped washing pool (actually the contraption is scaled like a table jukebox) A relic brick from the Great Wall of China, installed into the booth 'charges' the space. The contrasting characteristics built into this design: of exciting/quelling the senses, constant shift of scale, of comfort/discomfort is all in the aid of entertaining its occupants (Johnson and his employer the bookseller Thomas Osborne). It also tries to be as obsessively customized as a booth designed by Adolf Loos.
Design, concepts, text, photograph & drawing are copyright 2017 by David Lo
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Notes for a Parsifal Chapel
Atelier Ying, Nyc.

Following my drawing hand at Barney Greengrass, we come here because we like Old New York. And I love the fountain pen hospital too. Both our drawings made with the 4B perfect pencil.
Design, concepts, text, photograph & drawing are copyright 2017 by David Lo
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Design No. 447: Kundry's Office, Wagner Parsifal
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Dedicated to those of us who grapple with an orchestral score and don't know what the f--k we are looking at like me, but dare to conjecture. Kundry's service, by now in act 3 is a bewildered one at best, and inspires an imaginary look at NYC's Chrysler building. A 1940's office with recessed spaces for secretarial staff is set back into the wall, like the building itself, with spaces like choir stalls and with built-in sections for a cat (built-ins were probably in vogue then) and a single iconic corner ornament to intrigue the pet, endlessly. I thought of Carlo Scarpa's Olivetti store in Venice (even though nothing here is from that). The space can be widened (to have a bench for two people and cat for intimate conversation) with a typewriter table to hold a music score (please see my Solti/Strauss fantasy of design no. 392). In the Parsifal score some lovely, lovely interplay between the oboe, horns and strings in act 3. This design is not at all meant to be sexist and stereotype women or secretaries, I'm following Kundry's role in Parsifal as a main reference point and following through with one of its themes.
Design, concepts, text, photograph & drawing are copyright 2017 by David Lo
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Design No. 446: Klingsor's Garden /Wagner Parsifal, Act 2
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The Villa Rufolo where Wagner imagined and composed for Klingsor's Garden is reimagined with my interpretation of the opera's story.
Klingsor is the ultimate victim in this story. He never gets what he truly wants, in every way. Kundry is ultimately strong and triumphant, like Parsifal, but she is strong from suffering, he is molded by experience. The truly weak characters here are the knights.
The slavery of Kundry (a set of building structures bound together) is subsumed by tethered roosting lines (like chains) between the buildings which represent too his magical machines. These lines are made for errant pigeons. Kundry roams below in complete freedom in the marketplace, a reference to Villa Rufolo's elevated courtyard. It is the roosting lines which are ignored and made irrelevant by the roof of the market. So it has now become two completely separated worlds.
Design, concepts, text, photograph & drawing are copyright 2017 by David Lo
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Design No. 445: Three Spaces for Incessant Metaphysical Questions Between Father & Son
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My shittiest design to date. The angled spaces focus their occupants in different ways, one to hide and the other to confront. The ceiling openings allow both privacy and communication. The shadow reachable by a ladder is a kind of common area. I was thinking of a virginal: the main instrument "mother" and ottavino, where the music is the incessant questions from a five-year old. So two spaces popped into my head, and the common area, a garden, I found later by following my pencil.
Design, concepts, text, photograph & drawing are copyright 2017 by David Lo
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Verdi's I Masnadieri, I wish this would get into the repertory in a bigger way. It's so wonderful! How about a Dover score, with English translation?
Design, concepts, text, photograph & drawing are copyright 2017 by David Lo
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A delightful lunch+book combo. Belardi ruminates upon architectural exploration via Sherlock Holmes and films. Why didn't he include some design drawings? He generously has left that task perhaps, to the reader. Satay beef rice and a deeply flavored milk tea adding to the delight of Belardi's theories. I'm getting inspired because I'm also reading Boswell's Grand Tour, Stevenson's Virginibus Puerisque and starting to look at the score of Mozart's Don Giovanni. Belardi's discourse to the Grand Tour in Italy is giving my ideas a through-line, perhaps. Questo è un ottimo ristorante con stile hong kong piatti. Is this ok Italian? I really want to speak Italian, just to get by.
Design, concepts, text, photograph & drawing are copyright 2017 by David Lo
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Let us relieve the enormity of Parsifal's confused sufferings (and our own) with some intermission mince pie. It's so buttery, and tempered by experience with chestnuts, like the knight, it's not an innocent but a thoughtful mincemeat here. I like the heroic rising notes of Parsifal's struggle.

Design, concepts, text, photograph & drawing are copyright 2017 by David Lo
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Design No. 444: Umlauf Tank Bayreuth, Wagner's Parsifal
atelier ying, nyc.

A lavish book of the architect Ludwig Leo Ausschnitt has perplexed me since day one. Such is the state of my 'drawn' proposition: a bespoke string of ideas pin order of relevance (from least to greatest): the Ultraman headquarters in Paris, a Victorian Pollock toy theater, Ausschnitt's circulation tank, Ausschnitt's triangle and prism spaces (which I love), the Bayreuth orchestra's covered pit enveloping its audience in sound that must be fought to keep the tension taut, much like fighting a wave pool (or not, such as it is), Klingsor and Kundry's fight (in Parsifal, act 2) to stay relevant in the epic battle for Communication with God.
This vertical opera house has a very tiny footprint, great sound, great impracticality. So sorry about the instagram cropping to the photos/drawings.

Design, concepts, text, photograph & drawing are copyright 2017 by David Lo
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Design No. 443: Notes for Wagner's Parsifal, Act 2
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George Solti said Fidelio and Moses und Aron are parables. Seems that Parsifal is in the same vein? Looking here for musical clues that tie to themes of Klingsor and Kundry. Especially when Klingsor feels bad about himself. Can we think of Alberich's "O Schmerz!" as on the same path to Klingsor's "Furchtbare Not!"? Design, concepts, text, photograph & drawing are copyright 2017 by David Lo
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Design No. 442: Richard Wagner, Camera Obscura
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The Hotel des Parmes di Palermo was six years old when Wagner stayed there in 1882.
A very plain camera obscura box plays down the grandness of this hotel, with no decorations except for the very front of the camera which is a partial reproduction of the hotel's elaborate exterior.

The camera's IVF and EVF are all flattened panoramic views (thin slivers of sky) that take their cue from the horizon of Palermo's rooftops and mountains which characterized Wagner's experience from the hotel rooftop during the completion of his opera Parsifal.
The top third of the camera structure slides forward to reveal a lattice structure that recalls the roman catacombs of the saints (St. Cecilia in particular), the cemetery plot of Aldo Rossi's 1983 drawings (see my design no. 439) and Wagner's own deathly nightmares where he saw a 'cast of the dead' from his Ring cycle. The cemetery plot structure is lined with violet patterned wallpaper scented with rose perfume to create a 'presence' emanating from the camera base when it is opened, communicating the idea of "emanating from within", which is unseen yet felt and sensed. This is also a musical goal in the performing of Parsifal.
The frontispiece conceals two pinhole cameras. A luggage tag of the hotel is the only reference to the hotel. It is pasted onto where the camera's exposure table is. Design, concepts, text, photograph & drawing are copyright 2017 by David Lo
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Design No. 441: Metropolitan Opera House, Score-Desk Accessory
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An opera fan's German Petie camera has many functions to comfort the patron relegated to the roof of the Met, one of the best seats in the house because you have the score in front of you. Paperweight, writing set, Victorian stationery cabinet and a list of optional functions makes this system compete with the Speed Graphic in versatility. The popular special version of the Petie was as a ladies cosmetic purse camera, which this design carries much further.
Design, concepts, text, photograph & drawing are copyright 2017 by David Lo
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A little sketch for a bigger painting of my kids at the museum. Am I serious? No, but I'm a big fan of Ludwig Bemelmans. A Midori notebook is very good for painting. If only my pterodactyl were a little higher....
Design, concepts, text, photograph & drawing are copyright 2017 by David Lo
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Design No. 440: Chapel
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I actually have quite a few chapel designs that are not uploaded yet... but digging in to a very well made plate of rice noodles after drawing.

Jesus said, "... I am the Way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but by me ...". One interpretation of this is that once you have it attained a way of being (and therefore a way of living) that reflects this then you are with God and God is with you. That way is an unoffended life. A non-judgmental one. It is an existence that is an easy yoke, a light burden, an idyllic existence. The understanding of this (and it is great enough to be an end result and a goal in itself) is the inspiration for this design. I would suggest that you don't consider that the space is just a volume that describes a quarter circle but that instead you imagine standing inside the space and touching the walls of the single corner, and that instead of standing at this corner and looking outwards, keep looking towards the corner and continue to feel the space. In Christian life we can come in contact with and meet ourselves as we meet God, this attempts to remind us of that possibility (perhaps from the standpoint of a very crude architecture). On top and at an angle hangs a church bell, adapted from John Hejduk's chapel, pointed towards the corner (to where you're standing), which connects you via a funicular turned into a bell with the roof. The funicular idea & mountain scale is apt for this chapel, borrowed from an Agatha Christie short story of a hotel murder on top of a Swiss mountain, The Erymanthian Boar.
Design, concepts, text, photograph & drawing are copyright 2017 by David Lo
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Design No. 439: Norma set design / Aldo Rossi Natura Morta notes
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My good understanding over dim sum of marinated chicken feet accompanied this rumination of Rossi's 1983 series where he used exoskeletons and similar structures.
The latest production of Bellini's Norma continues to employ singers lying (near) prone to deliver arias, a strategy I find boring (and abusive to singers). I can even hear in my head old-school Europeans saying, we are not animals, can we stand on our feet?
Nonetheless, the iconic prone opera singer is transformed with Rossi's structures into a elephantine colossus for the interior scenes of Norma. Pyres emanate out of the mouth and become tiers of apartments (the hotel aspect) or singing boxes (the chinese singing insect aspect) carried and pampered by the main structure. Rossi's cemetery plan makes a wonderful way to segregate the singers (only visually, I regret, I don't think it would work acoustically) with long connection tunnels and park plots are for the principal singer, standing on zero elevation (not inclined) ground.
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Design No. 438: Library for a Coxcomb
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Reading William James Harris's "Three Treatises on Art, Music, Poetry, Painting and the Discovery of Happiness", a 1783 book of essays felt to be too quaint and affected by both Johnson & Boswell. Johnson condemns Harris as a coxcomb. This design is thus caught in an interesting position. Johnson himself had been criticized for being un-scholarly in his habit of admiring the backs of books. Both men agree though on the superficiality of James. The design has to mock James as a licensed fool (Johnson's definition of coxcomb) yet it must support Johnson in his equally flawed habit. And it has to be an attractive space for books and bookworms.
Taking a set of stone steps from Carlo Scarpa as a humidifying element for book care, the end of a barn has been modified to be a library, with hay flooring, a pipe holder (tobacco=hay), a water fount as a wash basin, and a leaning board for elbows. This library could house a restless bookseller or a horse.
Design, concepts, text, photograph & drawing are copyright 2017 by David Lo
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Design No. 437: A chapel room for hearing Verdi's Requiem, for Samuel Johnson
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Johnson's overwhelming guilt and fear of eternal damnation is quelled in this design of a retreat room after drawings of the architect Aldo Rossi. The chapel's ciborium is a long narrow tunnel-like space that acts as a speaker for a phonograph playing the Requiem. The window shutters of Rossi's "window" conversation with the public act as sound baffles (and are mounted on a rotating frame to catch/reflect the light a la Renzo Piano roofs) in the manner of old-styled phonograph cabinets. Recessed bookshelves hold scores for further study. The single lamp recalls a church bell from John Hejduk's chapel design.

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Notes for a chapel room for hearing Verdi's Requiem, for Samuel Johnson
atelier ying, nyc.

Johnson's overwhelming guilt and fear of eternal damnation is quelled in this design of a retreat room after drawings of the architect Aldo Rossi. My favorite very early morning coffee shop, before work.

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This is the Chinatown version of Frank Underwood's secret BBQ restaurant.
When I'm here very early in the morning I usually face the corner and I don't talk to anybody. And because I work 7 days a week I'm usually dressed like Underwood: suit, tie and everything.
Nothing but good quality rice noodles (eggs, dried shrimp, scallions, coriander, sweet soy sauce, hot sauce)---the best you can get in New York unless you can take a plane to the countryside in Asia.
Here I am, eating and the cook standing close by, admiring his handiwork. He's usually smoking a cigarette outside and comes in when there's a customer to make the rice noodles. The book is Anecdotes of Dr. Johnson, by H. Thrale (Pozzi). #atelierying #davidlo #amazingarchitecture #architecture #archidaily #architect #archilife #archilovers #design #opera #archisketcher #arch_more #operalife #operafan #operalover
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Design No. 436: A Castle as a Military Tent for two generals in the Italian fashion
atelier ying, nyc.

Washington's grand suppers and camaraderie with the Marquis de Lafayette (and the other adopted sons of the childless Washington) is given a space, for endless conversing. An idea of monologues becoming dialogues is a continuation to (or the opposite of) my design no. 388 for Richard Wagner, a house of excessive monologues.
The Italian idea is pure ignorance on my part, I was taken by Aldo Rossi's drawings of buildings at the end of long streets which reminded me of John Hejduk's long oval island shapes, like streets with moats. And my mind was thinking of Washington's suppers, in the anglais custom after which he made an American style.

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Fried rice is maybe like opera in that when you've achieved a really great rendition, you wish you'd made more of it than just one bowl. Great combo of Norma and lunch, right?
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Design No. 435: Dr. Johnson - Instructions to a Divine on the Art of Composing Sermons
atelier ying, nyc.

This structure, envisioned for 1773, loosely resembles a handheld Asian reed muisc instrument of unknown type. It is divided into two spaces each with its own private grotto that communicates with the outside (swim under the outer wall). The series of windows regulate the atmosphere along with underground heating for the water and floor. As per Johnson's 1773 suggestion (he wrote forty sermons): Space No. 1 is for the composing of sermons. Space No. 2 is for bettering them, once they're written. Johnson proposed that the speed of composing be of primary focus. Seized with these ideals, this structure emerged in my mind. The roof's wings and cladding envelop the sermon writer as the movement of the air and light recall a reed (the inner roof) receiving all the stimulants from the flow. Issues (reminders) of freedom and secureness are carried simultaneously. The grotto recalls both the religious, and the epiphany of ideas in the changes of light.
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First opera of the new season, Norma. I recall not wanting to go in 1981 because I didn't like a singer (I was young and my ears were very limited then), but finally I get to hear this live. Better late than never. The Met is home. The whole cast was stellar. Joseph Calleja, Joyce DiDonato, Marina Rebeka--what wonderful voices! Am I hearing a little Milanov and Caniglia here in the pure middle notes of Ms. Rebeka's voice, or is it my imagination? #atelierying #davidlo #amazingarchitecture #architecture #archidaily #architect #archilife #setdesign #stagedesign #archilovers #design #classicalmusic #opera #archisketcher #arch_more #MetOpera #orchestra #operalife #operafan #operalover #norma #architexture #art #architecturelovers #bellini #josephcalleja #MARINAREBEKA #zinkamilanov #mariacaniglia #joycedidonato

Design No. 434: John Quincy Adams, a Travel Writing Desk for a Diplomat
atelier ying, nyc.

A carved silhouette box mixes virtues of a military portable lap desk, a writing box, stationery cabinet and a presentation box. This is my design idea, which can be customized to the personage I honor.

Adapted features to note are: a recessed well where the diplomat can place written paper scraps (like Johnson's constructed dictionary entries) as briefing points (like Richard Nixon used to use), a diary is recessed in a lower level compartment, a whist deck, and the clasps of the box lid are in a stitch pattern of shipyard dock piers.
These last two features refer to Adams' adventurous early ship voyages.
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Lunchtime reading: Martin's "A Description of the Western Islands of Scotland" (1704), and a pretty spicy curry too :) Design, concepts, text, photograph & drawing are copyright 2017 by David Lo #atelierying #davidlo #amazingarchitecture #architecture #archidaily #architect #archilife #archilovers #design #archisketcher #arch_more #operafan #operalover #architexture #art #architecturelovers
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Design No. 433: Samuel Johnson, A Plein air Crib for Great Halls of Lichfield Magistrates
atelier ying, nyc.

Johnson & Boswell bemoan the 'change of manners' of the new age: less drinking as wine replaced ale, less smoking (!) and more use of heatingJohnson said that the hall in his father's house was never used for domestic mirth, probably owing to spartan heating. This "crib" fashioned like docks in the courts of the Old Bailey, is a glorified 'space heater' so that cold halls can be used to breed Johnson's art of 18th century conversation. The Viennese architect Loos' layout for one of his bars is derived for this design (and Loos was especially fond of English chairs). A large but probably less effective circular configuration of this structure could be envisioned for an Ivy Lane club version of the Arthurian round table at Windsor. That would look more spectacular but I think the elder Johnson's hall was not large enough. Such a structure would resemble a cock-fighting pit of Boswell's time. Leather wrapped steel tubing, gaily striped partial canopy and custom chairs allow for warm camaraderie. The tubing connects (quite inefficiently) to a reduced scale fireplace (by use of a fire chest placed inside it), small pokers in the chest are used to make hot negus, or ale.
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Try serious reading during your dinner break at the atelier with a toddler around. Johnson's Lives of Sundry Eminent Persons, a wonderful volume, do start with Francis Drake.
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Design No. 432: Samuel Johnson, A Bookseller's House
atelier ying, nyc
One of my ugliest drawings, to be perfectly honest, but perhaps of some architectural merit.
From Johnson's Journey to Scotland, a print of a church under construction gave me the idea of a scale shift to marry tall naves with low tavern interiors. The idea of the LongTangs of old Shanghai are brought to Johnson's 18th century narrow street alleys, lanes and narrow steps. This would also be the layout of your typical Japanese traditional house, a 9 x 9 configuration. The combination of wooden beams with skylights for the interior are a conceit of Johnson's attick of his dictionary days with the scale of Boswell's coffee houses. This fantasy fort is dedicated to Johnson's dictionary team of Scottish amaneuses. And is a tongue-in-chic rebuke of Johnson's English vanity in dealing with the Scottish, who gave him immortality.

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Design No. 431: King George III - a Nikon Observatory
atelier ying, nyc
What would happen if you took a Nikon F-3, added the film winder and went in the direction of more bulk, more weight, more everything? You could then add an observatory on top, gut the interior for a multi-floor structure, fit an instamatic as a resident studio inside one of the rooms and corridor, leaving the rest to be a working gumball machine. The direction of more cholesterol is certainly in a plate of fatty roast pork, paired excellently with a sweet Madeira.
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Design No. 430: Yoshitomo Nara, Camera Confessional
atelier ying, nyc.

I've always admired the artist Nara's portraits of children . He seems to have studied renaissance portraits. I like to think that I draw with similar tools that he uses. This confessional & camera objectifies his famed homemade art studio. I like that he makes an art of constructing drawing studios. I need a studio. So a confessional is a meditation space to dwell in whilst composing a photograph.
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Design No. 429: Johnson - the Rambler #141
atelier ying, nyc
Starting off a brand new design series with this 18th century 'library book'. I used to read Adolf Loos essays and draw tiny conceits for each one. Here I'm dipping into the middle of The Rambler. So if you fancy a plate of beef cleverly dressed, you should have a useful silver comfort box. The lid opens to reveal a snuff container, a spice mixture to add more infusion to your Negus (it also keeps moths and the 'effluvia' away via breathing holes. A painted portrait of Johnson's father is under the lid. A salt cellar is in a separate back compartment with a sheathed ivory toothpick. A watch chain keeps it close by. The lid is monogrammed with "&c." Johnson here in #141 admonishes the dangers of levity vs. wit in conversation. This objet d'art is meant to extend the levity at the dining table.
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Design No. 428: Die Zauberflote, a Gentlemen's Pocketbook for the Theater Auf Der Wieden
atelier ying, nyc
Fashioned to look like Papageno's cage with gaily colored feathers, this 18th century gentlemen's pocketbook folds out like a lap desk to amuse the dying Mozart as he followed his opera's progress at his bedside with his pocket watch. The important point is that this was Mozart's first opera composed for the populace and not composed for the Court. So popular elements affected the opera's composition. Like a World War One military rations kit for a soldier in the trenches but fashioned all from gold, it has a slim book of poetry, a pocketknife containing a pair of gold scissors & tiny spoon, a sleeve of imported chestnuts, a packet of dried beef, a flask of wine (part of Papageno's daily meal) and a compartment for a portrait miniature of his father Leopold, sentimentally referred to here in the first subject of Tamino's act one aria, "Dies Bildnis". I'm tying this design's sentiment also to the great quintet from Idomeneo. I hope to not have to follow tomorrow night's Met opening with only a pocket watch.
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Design No. 427: Idomeneo - a tiny, grand theater for Leopold Mozart
atelier ying, nyc
This theater's elemental structure is after the Victorian toy theaters that families owned. It is both grand and tiny. To the front audience it is a wider, grand space with a large vertical height, whose area is pitched and rises to the front to create a deep pit and cellar area for fantastical special-effects, a large concern for the father and son opera team. To the back section's audience it is a tiny theater framed in by the backspace which creates a very nice shoebox acoustic. To the sections on either side who do not see the opera but only hear, it is the feeling of a grand space, not unlike a Colosseum. This theater for Mozart's Idomeneo, allows us perhaps to feel the need Leopold had to make sure his son's opera was both serious and great, which carried to special-effects and cuts as well as additions of bravura passages to arias such as "Fuor Del Mar" which is what inspired me, hearing the original and cut versions. Please also see my other designs for Idomeneo, nos.371, 373 and 374.
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There's so much to love about Chestnut season. A little salt on them, like for boiled eggs, is perfect to bring out their flavor, and I'm still on the fence as to whether port or black coffee is its best accompaniment. A demitasse spoon is the perfect chestnut spoon.
That hoary old chestnut Die Meistersinger is in my ears tonight.

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Design No. 426: One-room tavern/fortress in James Court, for Boswell
atelier ying, nyc
A modern tavern on Boswell's own street in Edinburgh is a structure of 4 volumes stacked against a large wall, resembling a pack of chewing gum, with children's slides inside, a set of narrow stone stairs (so narrow they protect you from soldier's swinging swords) and service areas at the ground level. The highest room has the best air, is most secure and serves dinner first to the highest class person via a pulley outside the wall. After eating, he can slide down to the lower rooms and converse with the occupants in each, thus enjoying the tavern's 'companionability', as expressed in McLaren's book, "Highland Jaunts" (1954). Design, concepts, text, photograph & drawing are copyright 2017 by David Lo #atelierying #davidlo #amazingarchitecture #architecture #archidaily #architect #archilife #archilovers #design #archisketcher #arch_more #operafan #operalover #architexture #art #architecturelovers
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I'm not in Edinburgh, but Johnson's "Highland Jaunt" to Caledonia is in my thoughts over a modern version of a tavern meal of pork, salted greens and conch broth (the soup here is free) accompanying my beef and egg rice ($5.50 usd incl. tax). Of course, Boswell had beefsteak, bread and beer. But we both get a waiter. The excellent book by Moray McLaren compares 1773 Edinburgh with 1954 Edinburgh. It's a doubled pleasure as I'm nostalgic for both time periods. A design for all this as inspiration is running through my mind. Design, concepts, text, photograph & drawing are copyright 2017 by David Lo #atelierying #davidlo #amazingarchitecture #architecture #archidaily #architect #archilife #archilovers #design #archisketcher #arch_more #operafan #operalover #architexture #art #architecturelovers
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Dr. Johnson's Dictionary
atelier ying, nyc
A 1783 edition of his dictionary in two volumes, printed one year before he died.

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Design No. 425: Samuel Johnson Gough Square Tower
atelier ying, nyc.

A closer view of this design. A central military tent a la Napoleon suspended from above and underneath this a Viennese café provides a public/private open space. A relaxation room derived from Winston Churchill's teletype room of WWII where he kept up with world news, but instead of this, Johnson has an small foyer with an aisle of book carts instead to trawl for new words. And a courthouse robing room with lockers for his six assistants. Numerous Garret windows and bathroom windows all provide more than adequate circulation.
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Design No. 425: Samuel Johnson Gough Square Tower
atelier ying, nyc.

I love interludes. To me they can represent an idyllic period of time. But also a
finite space like a connecting pathway or anteroom where you experience the shifting views of a street. As such, they can also bring on emotions, deja vu or presque vu.
Being a Samuel Johnson fan, a few of his emotional needs are addressed here with this fantasy space, a Gough Square tower, which houses garret-like workspaces for his six amanuenses. As in most of my work, honor and homage abounds for all concerned: the layout of the spaces for Johnson's workers are inspired by the humble writing space of John Le Carre. The tower floor is loosely reminiscent of the inner Temple courts of the area, and Johnson has a central dispatch station with the character of a cigar factory lector, a military commander's tent, and a cafe bar by Adolf Loos.
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Design No. 424: John Mortimer, Glyptodon Palanquin
Atelier Ying, Nyc.

I'm obsessed with odd subjects like palanquins. Taking inspiration from my son's drawing of a bullet train, I've transformed the fantasy of being transported inside a shell, an igloo, a hut and here the large dome-shaped shell of the glyptodon dinosaur into the palanquin idea, a traditional transport for nobility.
This is a perfect space for a private session between a barrister and his instructing solicitor or their client.
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Design No. 423: Apartment House Peering Camera
atelier ying, nyc.

A John Hejduk Apartment House inspires this Peering camera entry in my series. Atelier Bow-wow started the idea of views to bring in the street, so to say. I'm simply bringing it the quiet intimacy of a camera's scale. A furnace describes the camera body inside the space. By making the eyepieces small, by obstructing views and creating partial views the peering idea is exhibited, and a tendency to study is more this camera's function, rather than the traditional one of the camera. Learning from Atelier Bow-wow's method (imho), these cameras dissect the main subject in their own incomplete ways.

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Design No. 422 : "Peering" Camera: Lyons Corner House
atelier ying, nyc.

Stuffed Shells begin at the finish of my drawing for a series of cameras where peering, as opposed to peeping, is the main function. The detective cameras of the 1800's are its ancestor. The architect firm of Atelier Bow-wow had a house with similar functions, which are now scaled down (and perhaps more typical) to a camera's scale, which allows one to examine the locus in quo, if one could merge detection with photography in a ruminating way. The novel, Rumpole and the Penge Bungalow Murders (a prized oddity of Rumpole fans) follow this path as an eccentric design pivot that will parlay other elements of early photographic history like Nadar's Le Geant. Rumpole has some chops at the Lyons Corner House restaurant, which doesn't exist anymore, sadly.

Lastly, drawing doesn't excite me, so I do it carelessly here, but pen nibs do, and Delta makes a superb nib that exceeds Pelikan, Parker and most definitely Montblanc.

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Haven't finish this design yet, but so wonderful to do it with a Victorian-era lap desk and antique dip pen.

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Design No. 421 : A Sherlock Holmes Portrait Camera
atelier ying, nyc.
Holmes' favorite blackshag tobacco, a pipe tamper and a cutty pipe are stored in the camera body. The IVF through the second story window depicts via a Victorian peepshow the famed detective's consulting room. A brownie shutter lever on the side draws the curtains in front of a sofa and Stradivarius for the VF to work. A gas lamp stores the ideal flash. A larger version has a generous developing bath (like the English Ferrotype cameras of the 1900's) to dip plates into, but this would change the structure of the camera. A pinhole would be the likely camera function, or a medium format camera like an autographic. A second room is an IVF that holds a portrait of Irene Adler. In Holmes' eccentric style a "connected" smoking pipe wouldn't be out of consideration (I have quite a few other pipes like this, for example please see design nos. 239, 309). Design, concepts, text, photograph & drawing are copyright 2017 by David Lo #atelierying #davidlo #cameradesign #cameranotebook #camera #amazingarchitecture #architecture #archidaily #architect #archilife #archilovers #design #opera #archisketcher #arch_more #operafan #operalover #architexture #art #architecturelovers #england #london #smokingpipes #sherlockholmes #books #chinatown #kodakautographic #earlyphotography

Design No. 420: Mortimer and Wodehouse at the Opera
atelier ying, nyc.

My thoughts slowly finding fruition in this design homage to prolific authors
John Mortimer and PG Wodehouse, who both employed a similar handling of similes, imho.
A Hong Kong styled tea set pulls out of the back of a Pollock toy theater that is a facade decoration with an aquarium bulb unit substituting for the ambient radio lamp. Below this a twin set of back to back bookcases house the authors books like a miniature partners desk.
The missing Opera radio program and dim sum of the tea set form a suitable unrequited state of a funerary homage.
Where would we be without our Saturday opera programmes, our wireless and our dim sum?
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Design No. 419: architectural anti-parasitic architectural interventions
atelier ying, nyc.

I for one do not think that parasitic structures will stand the test of time. And the collage of the old and the new is something I personally find disturbing, even if they are artful or skillfully done or chic. I don't think the original architects of the host buildings would appreciate a parasitic structure. At the risk of being un-modern. These are chic anti-interventions.
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Design No. 418: The Lost Journal of Boswell
atelier ying, nyc.

When there's a cabinet meeting in your head with Johnson/Boswell/Cornell/Mortimer and Boswell holds this meeting something would be precipitated over the usual beef and rice breakfast in a Chinatown tavern.
Opening a 1960's wig box from Macy*s one might chance upon a windfall: golf balls preserving two pieces of pewter, a tea pot belonging to Old Tom Rowley (or Morris) and a toy soldier figure. A map of Boswell's London near Gough Square shows various chambers buildings. The fictive Rowley's name plate pose as luggage stickers on the black with gold trim box cover. The used golf balls conjure up Boswell's lost Holland journal papers of the 1760's, as casually lost in play and recovered by a young boy on the links. The balls and papers 'preserve' relics of Boswell's history, his father was a judge who wanted his errant son to take up the law but the young Boswell sought a commission in the guards in order to retain his allowance.
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Taking a break with a Mortimer novel as the weather gets cooler. I've humming Norma choruses in my sleep so I need a change. A Chinatown-style chicken roll and coffee!
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Nothing better than some warm freshly boiled peanuts Chinese style, with cinnamon, star anise and some garlic cloves, eaten with green tea and some note taking with an Old Bailey hack. Design, concepts, text, photograph & drawing are copyright 2017 by David Lo #atelierying #davidlo #amazingarchitecture #architecture #archidaily #architect #archilife #setdesign #stagedesign #archilovers #design #classicalmusic #opera #archisketcher #arch_more #MetOpera #orchestra #operalife #operafan #operalover #rumpole #architexture #art #architecturelovers #chinesefood #nyc #england #rumpoleofthebailey

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