Bush telegraph

I do not know if this is good translation from Japanese to English, but the other day I saw news regarding crime of “bush telegraph” on the internet.  The web site name is Tabe-log (http://tabelog.com/).  You can look up many of any kinds of restaurant in Japan.  The data-base is being made by the user of the site.  People evaluate a place where they had lunch or dinner and make the rating.  My wife and I sometimes use this web site to discover new places to eat.

How dose this web page connect to crime ?  Some notorious companys proposed something like this; if a restaurant paid some money, they would make some positive comment on Tabe-log site in order to control the rating, OR they made some negative comments on the competitor’s Tabe-log.  Actually this did work.  In Tokyo, there is a restaurant that never became popular, but one day suddenly there was a long line in front of the restaurant.  I do not know the detail, but this manipulation of rating is criminal activity.  However, how come the information in the internet is so sure?

I do not sincerely trust something like bush telegraph even not in the internet.  It CAN be a FACT but not everything.  In my experience of using Tabe-log, there is something when a restaurant have a lot of comments.  You should be careful about reading those comments.  Because I do not or cannot spend a lot of money for lunch or dinner, I would visit the restaurant that I liked in the Tabe-log.   Then, if it is good, no problem.  If it is no good, it would be the tuition then.

Similar thing often happend with book sales in Japan.  There is always sales ranking about popular books at that time.  When 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami came out, people were buying them.  Some of people bought just because it was so popular.  I just couldn’t understand this mentality because Haruki Murakami’s ways of sentences are often quite difficult to read.  Fans of his novels would understand because there are connections among his novels and the ways of thinking somehow similar.  What I want to point out here is some Japanese only care about fashion or trend, not contents.

I felt this was awkward.  When I was in the US, people seemed not much care about what others thought.  Of course there is book sales ranking at Barns & Noble, but I do not think the ranking affects what people would read like Japanese case.  So, I think this is caused by nationality.  I believe that Japanese tend to mind how and what the surrounding thinks.  This is probably because Japan is surrounded by sea or separated from other continent by oceans.  A lot of Japanese TV commentators said, “Compared with the US and Europe, …” , which I think meaningless.  Maybe this is one of a reason why Japanese have difficulty to create something from nothing, but Japanese is really good at improving something.

Well, I stop writing here because this could be endless to think.  This is a part of my brain when I heard “Bush telegraph (kuchi-komi)”  I hope you enjoy my entry.

From 8


Bertrand Goldberg: Architecture of Invention

Last weekend, I finally have gone to the exhibition of Bertrand Goldberg: Architecture of Invention.

At first, I was amazed by how beautifully the great show had been designed with the respect of Renzo Piano’s Modern Wing museum design. The details of walls were consistent with identical trims, and they were softly rounded throughout the galleries with flat mirrored gateways. You can see the space here. I could appreciate John Ronan Architects design reflecting Goldberg’s fascination with curved forms and geometries. Especially, I liked the signature curved wall of concrete at the entrance of the show.

The exhibition had the Goldberg’s work including drawings, models, and photographs, along with his graphic and furniture designs. One drawing that caught my eye at first was the Marina City Theater Roof and Partial Concrete Frame Development drawing.

Marina City Theater, Chicago, IL, Roof and Partial Concrete Frame Development Drawing, 1961-1962

I wonder how difficult it would be to calculate and draft curved roof back then without computer aid.  It was very interesting to see the drawing of the theater in that regard. There were so many beautiful and interesting drawings that took a while to go through. Due to Goldberg’s rounded forms and geometry, most of perspective illustration drawings looked very futuristic and visionary that can be easily appear in Science-Fiction graphics like Archigram.

Health Sciences Center, Stony Brook, NY, Early Perspective, 1971-1973

River City IA, Chicago, IL, Perspective Sketch, c. 1986

San Diego Theater, La Jolla, CA, Perspective, 1967-68

Then, I could find a photo collage work of Delaware Senece Hotel perspective drawing. When I looked closely I was able to see where the fine-cuts were made and how it was done. It was a very delicate work as all were.

Delaware Seneca Hotel, Chicago, IL, Collage Perspective, c. 1974

In addition, his model studies and presentation models were very fascinating to look at. Among them, ABC Office Building model was huge, and I was surprised by the condition of the model for its age.

ABC Office Building, New York, NY, Elevation, Plan, and Model View, 1988

Then, when I saw River City I model, it was a very detailed model with impressive labored work. All the cuts and tiny rods were in right place with three identical tall towers. I couldn’t imagine the amount of time someone had to spend to make them, not one, but three. Restless spirit! However, together, it looked rigid and spectacular personally in my opinion.

River City I, Chicago, IL, Model, c. 1977

I am sure you could find many more interesting works of his at the exhibition although it will end this weekend. (Jan. 15th, 2012) Through Goldberg’s history from North Pole Ice Cream stand (1938) to River City (1980’s), I could witness his consistency and ambitious presentations with creative spirit.

For more information about the exhibition, ArchitecutreChicago Plus has a great post that cover a combination of Goldberg’s exhibitions at The Arts Club of Chicago, and The Art Institute of Chicago.


85 fluKus !!

Welcome to 85 fluKus.

This is basically our casual journal to exchange opinions between 8 (Tatsuya) and 5 (Joseph) regarding our interests as an entity.  We just started 85 fluKus as a design group; however, we do not know what exactly we want to be involved with.  This blog should help to think what and how 85 fluKus might commit to our society.

The subject of each post will be really subjective by the writer.  It can be anything, but it has to have a point or a perspective.  A good one should be something that you discover or feel excitement over your daily life.  Of course a subject can be something that you want to bring on a table to discuss. 

As an example, I am going to write something now.  What I would like to talk here is the reason why we pick “blog” rather than “Twitter” .

The idea behind using this blog is to create database of our interests.  So, I think blog can be used as an idea note for 85 fluKus.  Besides blog has search function so that we can look up when we want to know what we thought about it. 

Twitter, on the other hand cannot use like this.  I think Twitter is good on some ideas keep moving.  Maybe because of Twitter’s character, the contents will not be deep enough to discuss.  Twitter is good at informing something to unknown people at the moment.  Unfortunately we do not need that kind of speed for now.  I think Twitter provides horizontal movement, but Blog can supply vertical movement like “digging ideas”, which we need.

The other reason is “time”, I think.  8 and 5 are living different countries.  We have 15 hours time difference.  Twitter is usually reflecting “now”, while blog can be timeless.  Blog is more stable to consider a subject because of the number of word that we can put.  And sometimes an idea needs to sleep.  This means whatever we wrote can connect what is written now.  As a result we might discover something new.  We desire this exciting moment!!

Well, in fact this is not really good example yet at least showing the point.  And I have to remind that 8 does not use English on daily basis.  So please do not tease 8‘s post regarding his English.

Lastly this blog is opened to everyone.  If you have any opinions about any of our posts, please feel free to leave comments.  We will reply them.