OLLI-CSULB Class, May 2017

On Pellegrin

Very impressive. You dared, and you met on your way high-level visionaries that significantly enriched your personal and professional world.

Ruth Shafrir, Architect, Israel

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I would love to see the film on a large screen. You made a pioneering work, very important for the history of the 20th Century architectural thinking.

David Sharir, Painter, Stage Designer, Israel

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I watched your masterful film on Luigi Pellegrin.  How inspiring. His thoughtful, deeply considered projects on paper and in real life are amazing to see – and the seemingly impossible number of them is stunning. Thank you for bringing this to my attention.  Fuel for thought. And hopefully to share.

Carol King, Author, Design Journalist

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Totally blown away by your presentation. After reading it, very much in awe of your amazing talent, not only of the videos you’ve produced but of the written word. I salute you!!!

Diane Jacobus, Protocol Consultant

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Thanks for the links. Fascinating story about someone I had no information on. Amazing work and an unusual life and work style. I will forward this to Bart Prince in case he has not seen it.

Ernest Burden, Architect, Author

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I think that the video is beautiful, to watch again and again. I showed it to some om my six-year-old students and they loved it! You made a great work, it doesn’t bore (in these times one gets bored quickly). My son and daughter watched it willingly.

Chiara Pellegrin, Artist, Rome

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Thousand thanks!

Paolo Pellegrin, Photographer

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Thank you for the marvelous memory that deeply connects us. It was wonderful to watch again our maestro in unseen interviews.

Monique Sarah Levy, Architect

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I didn’t know this architect. WOW, what a trajectory! A well-structured video.

Efraim Saragovia, Architect, Developer

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The film brought me back 34 years when I was a student of architecture in La Sapienza and I got electrified by Pellegrin’s outstanding personality. As Furio Colombo puts it at the end: “He provoked curiosity and you wanted to know more.”

Arza Ben Or, Architect

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I was moved by the film. I will spread it among my friends. When you come to Italy, we can organize a screening at the MAXXI or at the Accademia di san Luca, with your introduction.

Luca Zevi, Architect and Urbanist

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Thank you for the film and the fascinating writing. It is a pitty that in the last few years the world is not open to value people with vision like him – and not only in architecture.

Jacob Kauffman, PhD

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I just finished watching your film of Luigi.  What an enormous amount of work and effort you put into this endeavor. So many emotions and memories came to the surface for me personally, and at the same time, I remained in awe of his impact on the world and everyone who knew him from a more global perspective. Bravo Rick,  Bravissimo.

Deborah Harlow

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On Leonardo vs. Coronavirus

Very beautiful documentary. I liked the text, the images, the editing, and the main idea, which coincides with mine: this pandemic will change the society hopefully for a between world.

Ileana Costea, Proffessor of Architecture, CSUN   

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Congrats on your documentaries. Architecture is in need of champions. We could live where every structure was an artwork! It would be so great for humanity! 

Michael Newberry, Painter, Idyllwild

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I adore your films, they are an authoritative approach that you found mixing architecture, culture, history and your work!

Maria Luiza Aboim, Director, Brazil

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You have become a great critic and communicator.

Laura Feinsilver, Art Critic, Argentina

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On Dear Bernie

You present many good ideas for improving the design of cities.  Nicely done!

Professor Daniel Stokols, UCI

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On Architecture + People in San Diego

This “People +Architecture in San Diego “ s fantastic.  Robert Wellington Quigley’s design for the public library, the conference happening with all the people dancing and hugging, and the stunning visual ode presented by Kahn for the Salk Institute — each one punctuated by the most suitable music.  I so admire all so the way you capture the street scene surrounding the library, giving the context and period of its setting.

It is such perfection, thrilling!  Rick, I hope you are entering your works in all appropriate competitions and film festivals.  You are, and have long been, a master oppressed your craft of filmmaking, with your goal to show cities and their architecture/art/lifestyle/people. BRAVO !

Karol Soucek King, Design Journalist

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On Off-Leash in Long Beach

I loved the mini-doc! The dogs sequence is hilarious, and the choice of music spot-on!

Sandro del Rosario, Filmmaker and Animator

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Fun! Thanks for sharing. Nice use of drone. I also like the fast motion effect around 2nd minute.

Nataša Prosenc Stearns, Visual Artist and Filmmaker

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On Shirin Neshat – Magic Realism Without Smiles

Congratulations on the release of your doc.  Your film is visually spectacular, creative and provocative; I can’t wait to see her work.

Mikki Dickoff, director, writer, producer of social justice films

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Shirin Neshat did not arrive in Buenos Aires, I was lucky to see her work at the biennials of Venice and Sao Paolo, and in New York. Her work is fabulous, unforgettable. Congratulations for your work in spreading it. Beautiful video.

Laura Feinsilver, art critic

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After I saw this short film, together with the memory of my visit to her exhibition at the Guggenheim a few years ago I understood why western art’s world embraces this Iranian artist. She answers exactly to what the public expects from an Iranian artist: aesthetics, being in touch with tradition and social folklore and literature. The central characters of her work, mostly women, are beautiful.

David Sharir, artist

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Christine Wagner, Producer

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This is a beautiful film and a lively tribute to a wonderful artist, congratulations!

Terri Braunstein, artist

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On Architecture and the Politics of Ideas

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!
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Maurice Amiel 

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!
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In solidarity, Nicholas, Team Bernie

Excellent work. Thank you for sharing.

Efrain Saragovia Architect, Hollywood, FL

On Off-Leash in Long Beach

I loved the mini-doc! The dogs’ sequence is hilarious, and the choice of music spot-on!
Sandro del Rosario, Filmmaker and Animator
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Fun! Thanks for sharing. Nice use of a drone. I also like the fast motion effect around the 2nd minute.
Nataša Prosenc Stearns, Visual Artist and Filmmaker
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On Venice Art Walk

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
Laura Feinsilver, Art Critic
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Thanks for your inspired and inspiring art walk doc – EXCELLENT, I have screened Natasha’s (Maidoff) films.
Gerry Fialka, Director
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On Black Power Art

I watched your Black Power Art film and really loved it. Great archival footage and beautifully edited and directed.  I look forward to seeing all your work.
Micki Dickoff, Director
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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
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On OLLI-CSULB / Skiball 2019 Classes

Skirball Website – 2019

OLLI/CSULB Class – 2019

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.
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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 Class !!!  You can teach us so much! 

On Marcello Guido: Architecture in Motion

Thank you, Rick. Beautiful. Really fascinating. Thank you!!!
Architect Marcello Guido
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.
Carol Kink Soucek
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.
Architect Aram Schlosberg
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.
Architect Uri Blumenthal
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”.
Architect Helmut Schulitz
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.
Francesca Garcia-Marques, Hon. AIA/LA
I liked the film very much, but I am not an admirer of Marcello Guido’s architecture. It reminds me of contemporary music, which is stentorian.
Architect/Developer Efraim Saragovia

On As We Saw It – Coda: Israel Vignettes

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. 
Curtis McElhinney, Photographer & Videographer
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.
Camryn Manheim, Actor
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.
Carol Sousek King

On As We Saw It – Part 7: Emotional Rome

I was really moved do watch the film Emotional Rome.
Luca Zevi, Architect
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.  
Helmut Schulitz, Architect

 On As We Saw It – Parts 1 and 2: Parisians Paris; Paris Builds.

These videos are truly wonderful!!!
Francesca Garcia-Marques
Marvelous!!! Thank you for making me travel in such a way!!!  Without doubt the architects’ acute eye and passion for art.
Laura Feinsilber, Art Critic, Buenos Aires
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 —
Carol Susek King
Congratulations Rick on another great review!!’
Joey Krebs – The Phantom Artist
Ricky what beautiful work! And I’m not praising the architecture but your skills as a filmmaker!
Maria Luiza Aboim, Brazil.
I am very impressed not only by the exciting buildings shown but particularly by the way the film communicates the architecture.
David Sharir
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.
John Giannini, Cinematographer / Spaghetti Farm Productions

On From Six Million to Seventy Years 

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.
With love and admiration, Carol Soucek King
Great work! I’ll pass it on.
Veronica Nourafchan

On Radio Day       

Excellent!  Seamless narrative. I liked the endless stream of images.  Difficult to assemble.  Much work.
Robert Payne , Director
Great interview/video on Radio Day — super images, very educational.
Gershon Weltman, Vice President, Perceptronics Solutions, Inc.
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 !!!!
Carol Soucek King, Pasadena


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?
Tsvi Bisk, Strategic Futurist 
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…
David Sharir, painter, Tel Aviv

Fantastic interview!

Alexis J. Estevez, Director, Producer, Editor
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 KlingerIT 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.
Monique Sarah Levi, Architect, Israel 
An emotional congratulation for the intelligent Transformation of your interview. The result is a formidable video. Is one of the best I have seen.
Miguel Kerner, Architect, Bologna, Italy
Fantastic! I will forward it to other people.
Elran Levi, Attorney, Israel
At Long Beach VA's Community Living Center

At Long Beach VA’s Community Living Center

On Architecture Photography at the Long Beach Veteran Affairs’ Community Living Center

Dear Rick, I want to thank you and Ruth for coming to visit us last Wednesday. The group really enjoyed your presentation. Several of them are trying out the panoramic shots that you presented.
Kathreen Huss, Veterans Digital Photography Therapy Group

VA Long Beach, October 2017

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On Idyllwild Idyll
Your personal documentary: clearly you know what you are doing, which is refreshing. I enjoy watching it.
Judith Lautner, President, The John Lautner Foundation
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.
David Sharir, Painter, Tel Aviv
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.
Carol Soucek King, Pasadena
Love it, a beautiful way to capture the sights and sounds, I particularly like the bark scenes, really made us see more to them. Well done Rick!
Michael Newberry, Painter, Idyllwild
Rick, It was delightful to revisit Idyllwild through your eyes this morning. It is one of my favorite California get-away places. To see it after the hurricanes and floods is reassuring.
Jean Katz, Los Angeles
Jacob Kaufman, Tel Aviv
Great Great Great!
Sagiv Architects, Tel Aviv
I love your inspiration and the movement of the film. Your double exposures  are incredible!
Patrizia Medicina, Los Angeles

On L.A. Cathedral

Dear Rick Meghiddo:
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,
Rafael Moneo , Los Angeles Cathedral’s Architect, Madrid.
Pritzker Prize for architecture in 1996 and the RIBA Royal Gold Medal in 2003.

On  The Wright Way – An Overture 

Dear Rick,
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.
All best,
Barry Bergdoll, curator of Frank Lloyd Wright at 150: Unpacking the Archive at New York’s Museum of Modern Art. – MOMA.
Rick, thanks for sending the video, “The Wright Way”.  It is very well done and I put it on my Facebook page so others can view it.
Keeping the cause alive is good work.  Thanks for your effort and talent.  James
James Schildroth, Architect, Wiscasset, Maine
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 .
Carol Soucek King, Pasadena
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.
Maurice Amiel – in Cultural Weekly
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.
David Sharir, Tel Aviv
I had seen “The Wright Way” – it Is Amazing!!! Now I started watching some of the others you made – and I was hooked.
Francesca Garcia-Marques, Assoc. AIA, Hon. AIA/LA, CID
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.
Jean Katz, Los Angeles
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.
Hanna Wear, Chief Associate, Eric Lloyd Wright & Associates, Malibu
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,
Carmine and Carlo Sarno, Naples
OMG.  Absolutely breathtaking!  You are quite amazing.  I loved every moment of The Wright Way.
Diane Jacobus, Long Beach, CA
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.
Bernard Lege, Paris
You made a big job! My sincere congratulations
Massimo Dalla Torre Architetto, Rome
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.
Maria Elena de las Carreras de Kuntz, Los Angeles
Wonderful! Congratulations!!!
Mark Sudock, Long Beach, CA
Splendid, creative and enlightening! Congratulations.
Patrizia Medicina, Los Angeles
Rick, this film is wonderful and especially how you show your own connection to it. Congratulations!
Shirin Raban, Los Angeles
Congratulations for such an eloquent documentary. Frank Lloyd Wright is immortal.
Efrain Saragovia , Miami
I love your film It is full of information and inspiration
Dalia Otner, DNJ Design, Los Angeles

On The Broad: Art and People under a Veil

-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!
Maurice Amiel, Toronto
Retired Professor of Environmental Design at the School of Design, University of Quebec at Montreal
Wonderful Rick Meghiddo !!! — This is breathtaking — like the Broad itself ! An absolutely splendid documentary of our new Los Angeles treasure.
Carol Soucek King, Pasadena
This is a beautiful video.  Does justice to the spirit of the building, the collection and the Broads.
 Sandy Bleifer, Venice, CA

On the “How to Look at Architecture” class at OLLI/CSULB, April-May, 2017

– 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.
Linda Fell
 – 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!

On Architecture in a Nutshell

Dear Rick, congratulations, exceptional!!! I will publish your beautiful “Architecture in a Nutshell” in  www.systemichabitats.eu/systemic-habitats-expo
Michele Leonardi, Architect, Rome

On From Architecture to Urban Farming

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,
Carol Soucek King

On Farm Urbana in Downtown LA

– That’s a great video!  Really nicely put together, Rick!
Prof. Bill Tomlison, Irvine, CA
– Terrific work–thanks Ruth, Rick, Don, Bill, and Bonnie!   warm regards,
Prof. Daniel Stokols

On Who is She?

What a fantastic editing job!  Pure poetry — everyone involved must be thrilled with your capturing of this dance, Rick!
Carol Soucek King

On Jerusalem Journal

– 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.
Jean Katz, Educator
Dear Rick, you are deep, do not fall on superfluous gimmicks and remain consistent on things that interest you: love of Israel, places, architecture and people in their daily lives.
Idan Ben Shalom, filmmaker, Kibbutz Degania B
Stupendo video! Grazie per avermi portato im questi stupendi spazi di dissonante fluidità!
Monique Sarah Levi, Tel Aviv

On Empty Lot for People

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.
Jean Katz

On A Place for People in Los Angeles

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.
Elaine Quillian

On A Destination for Learning

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.
Judith Hecker, Ph.D., Los Angeles
I follow your videos with interest. The library video is one of the most intricate and deeply appreciative of the architecture as well as the architecture/urbanism integration and experience.
Prof. Robert Oxman and Prof. Rivka Oxman, Cesarea, Israel
The video is terrific. It captures both the beauty and grandeur, as well as the attractiveness to visitors and readers.
David Braunstein, Long Beach, CA

On Salon Sapiens

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.
Bill Stern
– 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.
Laura Feinsilver, art critic, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

On Normality Lo-Normali

Congratulations Rick
You are a creative person with a marvelous and sensible eye. Applause and much luck.
Martha Wolff, journalist, writer, filmmaker, Buenos Aires

On Tel Aviv Museum of Art

I love the movement of your camera, very pleasant to the eye. The angles are fabulous. It looks very professional. Congratulations.
Idan Ben Shalom, filmmaker, Kibbutz Degania B

On Jerusalem Journal

Dear Rick, you are deep, do not fall on superfluous gimmicks and remain consistent on things that interest you: love of Israel, places, architecture and people in their daily lives.
Idan Ben Shalom, filmmaker, Kibbutz Degania B

On Netflix Night

 Great reportage about Netflix Night IDA’s “Awards Spotlight” Night at Netflix, in Beverly Hills
 Pilar E. Galvez, Los Angeles

On Westwood LA

Alumnus aims to bring attention to architecture through film

By Savannah Tate Daily Bruin
My good friend Rick Meghiddo is an acute observer of places and cities
Dr. Yodan Rofe, Tel Aviv

On The Blue Boulevard Vision

Oh, the seductiveness of grand utopian vision!
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.
Dr. Yodan Rofe, Tel Aviv
This is most interesting, astoundingly daring and important. Congratulations to Ricky for producing such an excellent video which informs us about ideas we have not even dreamed of.
Rina Freedman, Los Angeles

On The Sands of Long Beach

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.
Diane Jacobus, Long Beach

On A Living Room for the City

What an amazing video.
so much unknown information.
the soundtrack is also very impressive.
Ron Ackerman, Israel

On Architects @ MOCA 

This is beautifully done.  Very provocative and fascinating.
Camryn Manheim, Actress, Venice, CA

On Crossing Borderlines

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.
Carol Soucek King