AD has chosen Buffalo’s Lower West Side’s PS198 as the most beautiful High School in NYS – The Plane was inspired

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When I saw that Architectural Digest was doing a piece entitled “The Most Beautiful Public High School in Every State in America”, I was anxious to see if it would be one with which I am familiar.  Buffalo is internationally renowned for its 19th and 20th Century architecture but I didn’t have any expectations of seeing a Buffalo school chosen, so this came as a pleasant surprise for a few reasons.

First, when I think of Buffalo’s treasures, public high schools don’t jump out me.When I think of the wonderful architecture we have in Buffalo, I can visualize the H.H. Richardson complex with its soaring Romanesque spires, the sprawling green spaces of Olmstead’s parks system.  I can see the view from the top of the city’s art deco centerpiece, City Hall.  While living downtown, I would loiter in Sullivan’s Guaranty Building and Burnham’s Ellicott Square and try to act nonchalant while photographing the country’s earliest “skyscrapers”, built in the time when America was deciding what it was going to be; how it would look.

While FLW’s Buffalo body of work garners the majority of the attention, the 1895 Guaranty Building built by Adler and Sullivan is a better-kept secret. Considered one of the first skyscrapers, every inch of the building is adorned with elaborate filigree, carved terra cotta blocks, and art glass amaze mask what was sophisticated construction for its time.

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Grain Elevators: Lights are alright, Zeitz is better

The Zeitz Museum of Contemporary African Art in Cape Town, designed by Thomas Heatherwick will open to the public next week.  The structure served the better part of a century as both a grain elevator and Africa’s tallest building upriver of the pyramids and it has been reincarnated as the first major contemporary art museum in Africa dedicated to African art.

While cities like Montreal, Pittsburgh, and Buffalo struggle to figure out what to do with these massive and obsolete buildings, Heatherwick has architected a beautiful and environmentally conscious option (aside from a rock wall or a light show).


Charlie Hankin is doing it right

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Charlie Hankin is renaissance man: artist, comedic writer, animator, painter,  who knows how to lay down the funny.  As evidenced in his New Yorker cartoons, which are arguably some of the best they have ever printed.  Check out his work.

What do James Van Allen, Fidel Castro, Liz Taylor and Ted Williams all have in common? Besides …

Besides the obvious?  The American space scientist and discoverer of the Earth’s magnetosphere, the Cuban revolutionary come communist dictator, the legendary movie Star often called the most beautiful woman to have ever lived and the last man to ever hit .400, World War II hero and frozen-head friend of Futurama, The Splendid Splinter himself, all share a unique and suprising distinction …

… their obituaries were all penned by authors who were dead long before they were.

Stephen Hiltner of The New York Times explains why.



Part III on the Plane’s piece on the Equifax Hack: The Tracking Industrial Complex

Logo_black_on_WhiteIn Part three of our four-part feature on the technical, historical, cultural and economic context of the Equifax hack and what it may mean for all of us.  We now know that almost 200 million American, British and Canadian citizens’ personal information was stolen by hackers.  In the shadow of major attacks on corporations like Wendy’s, Target and The Home Depot, it is easy to become desensitized to the facts and figures involved, but scale aside, the story of the Equifax breach and the company’s behavior in the wake of its disclosure is one that should not so quickly be dismissed.

Part I: The Tech

Part II: The Hack.

Part III: The Tracking Industrial Complex

ISLE OF DOGS | A Major Motion Picture from Wes Anderson and Fox Searchlight

We can’t be more excited to see Wes Anderson’s new feature, Isle of Dogs, starring Adrien Brody and scheduled to be in theaters on March 23, 2018.  Fox Searchlight released the official trailer today and it looks more visually stunning than what we could have imagined when we heard about the project. If you enjoy Wes Anderson’s work, dogs, animation, the brilliance of Brody or the whimsical and sometimes haunting soundtracks of Andersen’s films, you will probably want to check this one out. I’m praying Bill Murray shows up as one of the dogs.

ISLE OF DOGS tells the story of ATARI KOBAYASHI, 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When, by Executive Decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump called Trash Island, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies across the river in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. There, with the assistance of a pack of newly-found mongrel friends, he begins an epic journey that will decide the fate and future of the entire Prefecture.


Isle of Dogs website here and awesome Facebook page here and a must-follow Twitter feed for Wes Anderson’s Isle of Dogs