You are right by stating that “Architecture could play a pivotal role,” and not “Architects could…” If I may quote FLLW “The American Institute of Architects should be conceived as the American Institute of Architecture…” i.e. promoting an “architecture of the logos rather than a logo architecture, as a Professor of Architecture at my alma matter used to say…and that was long ago!
Thanks so much for sending us your wonderful creation and congratulations on the success of the documentary! We know that each work of art reflects the heart and soul of the artist. Sharing your work is an example of what makes Bernie’s campaign so unique — hundreds of thousands of individuals coming together to create something new that reflects each and every one of them — a Political Revolution! We appreciate your generosity and will send this on to appropriate campaign staff — and we thank you very much for your continued support!
It took me some time to tell you about the Venice Art Walk and the exhibition about Jasper Johns, a milestone in art. Whenever I saw a show about his work in New York, I thought he was genial.
Vanguard today does not exist. It’s gone. Everybody is into performances, with most subjects quite worn out, particularly the ones in which “destruction” is the watchword. It is fashionable to axing and smashing as a symbol against the art establishment but, who is the establishment? Curators, collectors, museums, galleries, the art market. It seems that the anti-establishment love to be published in newspapers, to contract curators, to accept from the government pay for a show at the Venice Biennale created on site, to have critics talk about them, in short, long etcetera.
This is just a touch of what’s going on here. There are also valuable things, but in general, the matter that counts is quantity, to create events in which you’ll have to go to thirty different places. There is a great void.
I can’t deny that in this system somebody is pulling strings and elevates an artist to the category of “GENIAL! from one night to the next day. Quoting a sentence of Jean Baudrillard, “Art has now become no more than the metalanguage of banality.”
Well, Ricky, you have become a great critic and communicator. I love it and also seeing Ruth that accompanies you all the time and contributes, without doubt, her sagacity in all what you do.
I am sending you my website link in case you don’t have it, which includes my notes in the newspaper and the audios in which I participate. www.laurafeinsilber.com
Man, thank you. I’m actually taking a date to see the Broad “Soul of a Nation” exhibit. I’ve been seeing the advertisements in Santa Monica. I looked at your Vimeo project and was like….deep. As a black man, it has a great impact on me. So really…thank you!
Kris Leroy, Firstcom Music
On OLLI-CSULB / Skiball 2019 Classes
Fabulous, impressive, eye-opening. Sustainable farming is the future and motivates me to create my own garden. An experienced architectural couple – want to learn more.
Great Class. Rick’s videos are wonderful. Both educating and inspiring. I attended your How to Look at Architecture class at OLLI during the Spring Session 2019. I enjoyed it very much.
Catherine Paez, Sr Business Systems Analyst
Fascinating documentaries with interesting ideas.
A wonderful presentation of an important art form. I particularly enjoyed the city portrait he presented and wished to attend his classes before my visits to those cities. His cinematography was an important adjunct to his lectures.
I really enjoy Rick’s classes. He is a great filmmaker. His selection of music was also excellent.
Very interesting and enjoyable. The films, which he made, are great.
Very good. I loved the broad appeal of the videos and Rick lectures. Thoroughly enjoyed myself each class session.
It was excellent. Rick’s lectures and videos were a great method to share his wealth of information. I could sit and listen to him all day.
This is my second class with Rick an I have seen great improvement of materials, subjects, and videos. I find Rick’s classes very interesting.
Great doc. You are becoming great both in content and technically. Competence and creativity, a fantastic mix. Congratulations! I only knew of Marcello Guido’s name as a “deconstructivist,” ex-student of Zevi. Thanks to your film, his underestimated work is exposed. I value his linguistic research, even if it is somehow away from my sensibility, yet I can appreciate the quality ant patient rigor.
Architect Viviana Campajola
Marcello Guido’s architecture sweeps me off my feet – That you would have discovered him from us in the US is quite extraordinary.
Fantastic! Some of his work reminds me of Zvi Hecker. The world moves ahead in all fields. Each person has a style that carries within the signs of the times. Deconstructivism carries within it asymmetry, that was an important component of modernism.
Architect AA, Israel.
It makes me emotional and breathless. His design language will take time to get absorbed. It is obviously the work of an artist. Great documentary. Spikey, colorful and angular.
The film is beautiful and generates curiosity about the architecture of Marcello Guido. The architecture I don’t like. It generates feeling s of insecurity and lack of understanding of the surrounding environment. It is inhuman.
Thank you for your good documentary and your effort to present the projects of Marcello Guido. However, I think, your documentary is better than his work.I suggest that Marcello should learn a little bit from Louis Kahn’s “what a thing wants to be” and not so much of “what the architect wants the thing to be”.
Firstly – I compliment you and Ruth for your videos on art and architecture – I have watched several – they are all extremely thoughtful and beautifully made. But — I am critical about the work of Marcello Guido. I think it’s great in modern parts of cities, or as an installation in a piazza, or as an interior intervention. However, when it’s a new built structure in or near those amazingly beautiful ancient cities and towns in Calabria, I find it invasive and disrespectful of the history. When Coop Himmelb(l)au did that rooftop structure in Vienna in the 80s, it was so sensitively designed – so perfect. I don’t see a similar elegance or sensitivity in Guido’s work when it is juxtaposed with historic structures.
I absolutely loved seeing your images/videos of Israel. It struck me how similar a lot of things visually are to other cities. It really did give me an understanding of the terrain.
I really did enjoy the clips of the museum that had an overlay of airplanes flying in the background. The movement of the airplanes really did help accentuate the movement of the camera and the shape of the walls of the museum. Also… I really loved the music. Your choice of music was fun, adventurous and at times nostalgic.
What a beautiful video of Israel and of your love affair with Ruth. The cinematography was so lush and colorful, and it was so wonderful to see a little of Gabby’s life and meet her sweet animals. I loved seeing the architecture and the markets and the gorgeous beaches. I particularly loved your reenactment of meeting Ruth and taking the bus to Nazareth.
Dear Rick and Ruth — I feel I have just been in Israel — from the 1940s ’til the present — adored your re-enactment of your first meeting [such a blessing to us all] — and deeply moved by the memorials [admired your superimposed graphics !] as well as the gentleman’s remembrance of the happenings to his family and yours in the 1940s [appreciated the subtitle translation!] and you got in an abundance of Ruth sightings! — Cannot resist sending this link to some others.
I am impressed by your wonderful documentation. It took a long time to review all your impressive photos. How could you take photos like the panoramic view of the Pantheon in Rome? This is a stunning picture.
All your videos are treasures — so it is an over-the-top comment to say “As We Saw It-Part 2: Paris Builds” is the Greatest! Yet that is what I am feeling – so powerful — and the way you have shown what was there in the past — and then these new ideas in the making and in their completion — Extraordinary visual experience — unfurled with equally breathtaking music. Congratulations —
Bravo for Part Two. A totally different experience than Part One. At first, I was worried there was too much camera movement, but it made sense when I saw the old Pathé films of Les Halles. Don’t know if that was your plan, but it worked. I think you’re on to something with these architecture films. Looking forward to the next installment. As always the music was spot on.
So extremely moving are the expressions of the need to keep up the fight for and protection of Israel – and so fine the accomplishments of the architects and communities throughout Israel. And seeing part of the 20th-century history of Israelis’ on-going injustices faced and challenges overcome is a very strong statement of the much needed constant reminder. And Ruth and Rick, your own history including your wedding in 1966 [ which Rick’s voice-over describes as the most important decision in your lives] is a blessing. How fortunate the world is that you made that decision!
In both films, the timing and juxtaposition of the sequences and the extremely thoughtful/creative pairing of the music with the visual images provide just the right speed and feeling by which to allow the meaning of life’s tragedies and accomplishments to reach one’s inner core before moving on to the next. Your sensitivity governing every moment of these two films is right on target and the result is that each film is essential, elegant and pure poetry.
Golly, Rick — It took me more than a month before I watched this — but right now on this Saturday I did — and it is marvelous — cannot take one’s eyes off the film clips and architecture — with the music this is totally captivating !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you thank you thank you !!!!
Very, very interesting. But you raise a question that remains unanswered and perhaps unanswerable. How can architecture build homes for the masses – the billions. In other words: cheap, green, robust, and FAST (as well as aesthetic). Ironically workplaces (offices, factories, clinics etc.) are an easier challenge as every project can be unique and still answer the needs of thousands. But homes for the millions and you end up with block apts. or affectations that are difficult to maintain and keep in good repair. Question – could an ingenious computer algorithm help to take a basic design and create endless varieties of apartments in the same building while the external of the building is not deadly boring?
Answer: The answer to the last sentence is yes. At the Technion School of Architecture’s Immersive Visualization Lab , headed by Dafna Fisher-Gvirtzman, they are working on it. My personal view to the future of housing question is what I call “the IKEA” method. Architects should create structures within which the dwellers may assemble their chosen components, including exterior ones. The result would be unpredictable. Of course, one should start with full scale experimentation.
The collage of images accompanying the radio interview is fascinating! Rick, you use your knowledge on architecture and design as a a point of departure on thinking about the future of humanity on our Earth, which is getting smaller every day that goes by…
I was very impressed by you video ! It is first of all inspirational and very well-presented beside that informational and interesting (you can’t stop looking !)
Dan Klinger, IT Manager, Faculty of Architecture, Technion Faculty, Technion, Visualization Laboratory.
Bravissimo to make architecture vibrate. I like everything said in this interview and I feel in tune with your approach when I design. I miss the architectural debates that we had in Rome. Now I know that when I want I can go to watch one of your videos and reconnect.
The personal documentary which describes your “return to nature” after 51 years (Ruth looks gorgeous!) with the topography of old trunks resembles the geological layers of the Earth, and the manzanita tree in two colors – gray and red – peeling towards winter, are impressive. It is all so beautiful that really makes me feel like joining you on a trail of that idyllic forest.
What a perfect celebratory destination for the two of you — deep in Nature at Nancy Pearlman’s Lautner retreat — where truly the planets are uncommonly aligned. How I have very much needed to see this — this very morning — EVERY morning — a prayer and a homage for Life in all its forms — Thank you with all my heart. And Nancy, I through Rick and Ruth Meghiddo have now had a most beautiful introduction to your property from my armchair.
I am writing to you immediately after having watched the video with pleasure and benefit. It provides a good idea of what the Cathedral is and for me it has been of great interest to see the way such a diverse parish approaches it. It is really moving to observe the faithful making use of a project so important in my career, as the Los Angeles Cathedral has been. Besides this, I consider very appropriate the choice of Mercedes Sosa’s music. Thanking your attentiveness in sending me the video, and congratulating you for your work, I send you a cordial greeting,
Thanks for being in touch… that chronicle is fascinating. I hope you will get a chance to visit the exhibition after it opens on June 12th (2017) and that you will let me know when you plan to come so that we can meet.
Dear Rick – “The Wright Way – An Overture” is stunning and inspiring — such an ideal video for one’s contemplations as we celebrate our country’s July 4th –Also, I now feel that somehow I did not entirely miss being present at Mary and Erick Lloyd Wright’s celebration of Eric’s grandfather’s 150 birthday — for you have presented many of that afternoon’s speakers to me — Eric Lloyd Wright, Robert Clark, Dion Neutra ….and also given glimpses of the time when both you and Ruth were architecture students in Europe and then when you came to the United States and made the immense commitment to document all the Frank Lloyd Wright architecture that you could. I am forwarding this to some other friends who will be thrilled to click on the link below to see your recent outstanding and very moving 17-minute video .
In considering the future of humanity and the role of architecture in giving it spatial form I think the pronouncement of Pellegrin that “change does not come out of us architect but comes out of you” the societies composing humanity, puts FLLW in its correct perspective. For a bit of welcome humility, I think Louis Sullivan had one up over both FLLW, and Pellegrin, when he wrote in his Kindergarten Chats: ” … The architect is a product of the body social, a product of our civilization … So I come at once to his true function namely the double one: to interpret and to initiate …. such buildings as shall correspond to the real needs of the people … and shall be an ethical totality”. I will not say that Sullivan’s buildings are more ethical interpretations of true human needs than Wright’s ones, they only seem, to me, to be more urbanely and integrally so.
The Overture on Frank Lloyd Wright with the fabulous photographs – I had never been exposed to so much visual information on the work of the American genius and of his organic thinking. I really hope that you may be able to produce a long film (and book?) about Wrights legacy as a basis for the future of architecture.
I just finished watching your 17-minute video introduction to Frank Lloyd Wright, who I remember so well from meeting him at the University of Wisconsin, visiting Taliesen in Spring Green, WI. and spending time in a couple of his buildings in Madison, WI. and in Oak Park, IL. You captured what I knew, and added a lot more. The musical overlay worked so well in the video. Of all the interviews, I appreciated the one with Ken Burns the most. Yasher Koach on a terrific production. I hope you connect with a wide audience.
This is an interesting project you are working on. You have some great old footage. I will make sure that Eric gets to see it too. Thank you again for coming to our little birthday party last month. It was a great group and the energy was really on.
Dear Rick, we are happy to have read your blog – we wish you the very best. Congratulations for the beautiful video to celebrate Wright’s 150th birthday. We are sure that it was a very demanding job to put together content, images, and meaningful works. The result is excellent, and also very moving, with many historic recalls. It is a video structured in a harmonic and organic complexity.All the best in art and in spirit! Brotherly and organically,
Dear Rick, the more documentaries you make, the better they become. This one is beautiful and interesting. It brings much pleasure to watch all the images you made on Wright houses. However, for me, although he was the greatest architect of the 2oth Century, he did not bring a solution to the problem you show at the beginning, the world’s population growth. I am very pessimistic regarding this problem in terms of ecology, economy and human needs because the growth is much faster than the change of mindset that is needed to confront it.
Dear Rick, thank you for your documentary on Frank Lloyd Wright. What a great way of using filmmaking. I also watch your blog on the Los Angeles Cathedral. I loved it and it deeply moved me. It is an architectural work that reflects the many faces of the Church. You really captured the spirit. I always find out that the Jews who grew up in Hispanic Catholic places have a great understanding of Catholicism.
-The video as the heart and mind of the piece is of a quality that one can only hope to establish the standard for the next ones: well-conceived with balanced coverage of conception, construction and occupation…and of great visual quality.
A piece that is a pleasure to read and watch, from the eye and mind of a passionate observer of the built environment. Thank you!
– Outstanding! Rick’s videos are fantastic – so unexpectedly professional Greatly appreciate his knowledge and insightful observations. I hope he does another class with more of his videos.
– Realize that there is a lot to being an architect, important to have a well-rounded background in the arts. The instructor is an expert in the field, with a lot of experience.
– Fantastic! Encouraged me to get out and experience in person the buildings. Was exited to be introduced to so many beautiful works of art. Especially loved the music in the documentaries. Wish I had a playlist. Thank you for teaching this class! I appreciate your time, expertise and kindness.
– Wonderful course with the existing instructor. He successfully brought architecture to us by speaking to familiar venues! His website is also very informative. Well-paced sessions and very organized.
– Excellent! His videos were so inspiring that they lead to many questions afterward. He graciously answered all questions. How I loved this course! Everyone I spoke to in the class seemed to agree with me too.
– Very organized and planned. Extremely knowledgeable. Fabulous documentaries. A big plus!!
– One of the very best classes I have taken. Rick has a remarkable eye and has created evocative videos. I especially enjoyed the videos detailing the development and construction of buildings.
– Very interesting, well organized, well presented. Rick is very knowledgeable and an interesting instructor. The videos are terrific, but I would have liked more “lecture” about what things to look for in viewing architecture, rather than just questions and answers.
– Excellent course with much food for thought.
– Excellent. The instructor is very knowledgeable with a worldview of architecture. Enjoyed his video documentaries and his commentary.
– The best class I have attended at OLLI! The class was respectful of the instructor. They did not interrupt.
– Fantastic!! A perfect blend of film and discussion. More classes by Rick!!
– Outstanding!! Well organized and thought out. Instructor was extremely well prepared and very will ing to entertain comments and questions. The films were stunning, poignant and interesting, with well-selected music and background information. Kudos to Rick Meghiddo! Brilliant work!
I have watched the video “From Architecture to Urban Farming” and am truly very moved. I have been aware of Ruth’s path — but seeing its growth from her childhood and through your years of study and work as professional architects together underscores the meaningful nature of what you are doing. Ruth, your innovative response to our urgent situation even as you convey your love and care for the abundance given us by Nature if we will only follow your lead in productively working with Nature is most inspiring — and energizing.
Rick, the cinematic skill with which you capture all of this is perfect in every aspect. Thank you for sharing this — you have provided a wonderful salute to what we all hope will be an auspicious New Year 2017 — with so much admiration and appreciation and love,
– Rick, I very much enjoyed touring Jerusalem with you. The musical accompaniment was well suited to every frame, and your simple narration added a lot. I saw sites that I had seen in 1974, and many that were new to me. I appreciated what you wrote to accompany the video, adding to my understanding of what is on the video screen. ‘Yasher Koach’ on making a beautiful visual and auditory journal of your walks through Jerusalem. I hope it receives wide distribution.
Rick, thanks for posting this great example of theater, dance, & music in unused public space. By focusing the attention of the readers of Cultural Weekly on this event, you raise the possibility that it will be replicated in other parts of Los Angeles County and across the US. Thanks for your artistry in the video, and for acting as a cultural pioneer and inspiration.
I love the Ports of Cal and sadly watched it diminish. Now I go to King’s Harbor with a hammer and newspaper if I want to eat a fresh lobster. The slow death of San Pedro’s Harbor really confined me as it is such prime space. I know they ar planning to redevelop it butI hope it will not go in the direction that Long Beach did with it’s downtown watefront of pure commecialism. Thank you Rick for continuing to raise my awareness of the spaces tht I live in or used to live in after living in California for almost 40 years.
Beautifully done, Rick. I learned many things I didn’t know before. I especially liked your comments on the integration of old and new. It strikes me that sometimes, in our rush to accept the modern, we neglect the importance of and the natural feeling of comfort that comes from an integration of old elements with new ones. My compliments on this video as well.
I was extremely pleased to read Rick Meghiddo’s blog on Carol King’s intellectually invigorating series of salons. He accurately evoked the Kings’ Wonderland-like retreat in its unlikely proximity to a looming freeway overpass. In addition to the unexpectedly convivial setting, the success of these events is due as much to Carol’s astute choice of guests — not referring to myself, of course — as it is to her impeccable choice of speakers.
– It is a real pleasure to see the images of the place, more than that, it has given me the hope that still, in this globalized world ,there are people who believe in the spirituality nature can bring, that human beings are longing to be in contact with the “other” and establish a real communion of ideas, thoughts and concern.
Besides, as a friend of Rick Meghiddo, I am very proud of his work Many, many thanks.
What Prof. Burt is not telling us is that Israel’s cities are actually not that dense, Tel-Aviv has a density of about half that of central Paris, and many other cities are actually much less dense – so there is much room to grow into within existing city boundaries, as well as much land available in the Northern Negev, where better transportation connections and the price of land in the center will make development more attractive. The island environments are financially feasible at very high densities – and if we could build the same densities on land we wouldn’t need the islands anyway. The real, hard task for the next generation is rebuilding and reconfiguring the developed areas of the past 60 years and not investing precious resources in “colonizing” the sea. Not as sexy as these pipedreams, but much more satisfying in the end.
Rick, you’ve done it again. Taking me back to my youth and the days spent at the beach, learning to swim, surf, beach volleyball, and hanging out with friends. I’m not walking much these days, nursing a sore heel, but when I return it will be walking in the sand, remembering days past.
How wondrous, fascinating, inspiring! I am looking at this EXCEPTIONAL video you have made — so your evening with Elizabeth Gill Lui has already taken place, and I was very happy when she mentioned that you and she had gotten together. The keen intelligence, lifelong study and deep caring that you three artists all express made it a natural that you would be drawn to each other.
Rick, I adored seeing the pictures included in this beautiful synopsis of your and Ruth’s lives, always CROSSING BORDERLINES to make our world a better place.