A writer explores Johannesburg’s maligned downtown area to find its hidden gems, including Deco. As a longtime resident of another maligned downtown (Atlanta), I totally sympathize. People make it out to be so scary when it’s not at all. -Wendy
Once downtown has been braved though, it’s worth taking the time to look just that little bit closer at the environment around you. This is because, hidden among the profusion of alienating Brutalist structures, you’ll find some real little gems, particularly of the Art Deco variety, which hint at the affluence and grandeur of the city at the height of its gold rush heyday.
So next month I’ll be attending the 2014 HighEdWeb Conference in Portland, Oregon (never been, BTW). The conference is for professionals dealing with unique web issues facing colleges and universities.
This year I’m actually presenting, doing a session on the potential of Tumblr to assist higher ed. institutions to bring their assets — like photos, archival material, artwork, etc. — to the masses. (More on my session here.) I’ll also be doing a poster session having to do with Storify and how communications / marketing pros can use it to show off their work.
Anyway, wanted to mention that and also say, I hope I can get the follower county up to 24,000 before it starts, and I also urge people to pin themselves on my Deco fans map (instructions here) so I can show off what just a single person (let alone a university) can do as far as reaching people with a common interest. I still can’t believe so many people follow this on Tumblr, Facebook and Twitter.
From Canada’s Globe and Mail, a write-up of Napier, New Zealand, which has one of the largest concentration of Art Deco architecture in the world.
In total, about 160 buildings (140 of which remain) were erected in the Art Deco style, led by Frank Lloyd Wright-influenced architect Louis Hay, and when construction was complete, Napier held a carnival celebrating the birth of what they called the most modern town in the world.
I will be getting back to the blog soon. As I posted a couple of weeks ago, work has put me and my whole office in the center of a media storm (Ebola). Just as I was about to start posting again, now one of the patients being treated at our hospital is being released. Great great news but so much communicating to be done.
Just as I was about to get back to the blog, the media frenzy I’m caught in at work has gone into overdrive again, as it looks like the two Ebola patients we’ve been treating in our hospital are being released today, having recovered from the disease. Press conference, million tweets, press releases, live video, all sorts of things to be done. But hopefully that settles by tomorrow and I can get back to Art Deco. I have so much stuff stored up!
Apologies for the lack of new posts. The reason is quite mundane: I do communications and marketing work for health sciences at Emory University, where the two American Ebola patients are being treated. So I’ve been busy monitoring social media, reading lots of email, posting items, etc. Reading crackpot comments too. When I’ve not been doing that, I’ve been reading Harry Potter fan fic and a Walter Moors book to distract myself. And one of my cats has been sick. Hopefully things resume some normality soon.
Article on a plan to create a uniform color code for a street in Mumbai (formerly Bombay) with a lot of Deco. Official “believes painting the Art Deco buildings in soft pastels will help increase tourism potential” but they are still working out how to get residents on board with this (and I suppose how to pay for it.) -Wendy