2010年5月29日 星期六

告別台大洞洞館


2010. 5/30 自由
淨身送行 告別台大洞洞館
台灣大學哲學系與人類系館 (別稱洞洞館)即將拆除重建,一場「建築的告別式」洞洞館計劃昨日舉行開幕典禮,師生、校友一起擦拭、清洗圓筒狀琉璃瓦,象徵送別陪伴師生近50年的洞洞 館。(記者廖振輝攝)
台灣大學哲學系與人類系館 (別稱洞洞館)即將拆除重建,一場「建築的告別式」洞洞館計劃昨日舉行,透過照片、裝置藝術向陪伴師生近50年的洞洞館告別。 (記者廖振輝攝)
台灣大學哲學系與人類系館 (別稱洞洞館)即將拆除重建。 (記者廖振輝攝)

〔記者陳怡靜/台北報導〕如何向一棟房子說 再見?台灣大學師生昨在校內舉辦別開生面的建築告別式,他們穿起黑色服裝、擔任送行者,「洗淨」牆面琉璃瓦、「拆卸」建築內裝、手持釘槍和電鑽做最後的 「妝點」,每人再獻上一朵花,向承載師生五十年回憶的「洞洞館」說再見。
拆除前 師生最後的獻禮
洞洞館是台大知名的建築物, 泛稱在一九六二年到一九七○年間落成的農業陳列館、哲學系館與人類系館三館,其中最早落成的農陳館由建築師張肇康設計,哲學系館與人類系館則為後人仿照。 張肇康畢業於哈佛大學建築系,曾與國際知名建築師貝聿銘合作建案。
三座洞洞館組成中國傳統建築的ㄇ字型外觀,也被稱為「洞洞館三合院」,最 大特色在於牆面上的洞洞,每個洞都鑲嵌進筒狀琉璃瓦,將現代材質融入中國傳統建築中。
為建設新的台大新人文館,哲學系館與人類系館將於今年 七月拆除,原址重建新大樓。
由於洞洞館承載了台大師生五十年的回憶,曲終樓拆,師生十分不捨。台大歷史系校友、藝術家施昀佑因此發想「洞洞 館計畫」,透過建築的告別式,「淨身、妝點、告別,就像禮儀師為往生者清洗大體、仔細妝點,讓朋友瞻仰最美好的遺容。」
施昀佑和另名校友藝 術家劉偉申號召超過百名師生與義工,從今年一月開始,先清洗洞洞館外觀,拆卸內裝後的管線與石綿瓦、取下玻璃後的窗框成為展示品,長期受灰塵與黴菌侵蝕的 外牆面也恢復潔淨,屋頂的隔熱磚成了綠地上的步道地磚。
「然後,才能了無遺憾地告別。」施昀佑在創作理念中自述;劉偉申也說:「選擇這種寧 靜的告別,將建物保存在人們心中,被記住的是牆、窗、結構、工法,是穿透琉璃瓦的暮光,也是它卸下重擔…。」
台大哲學系教授林義正昨也出席 洞洞館告別式,他感嘆:「在這裡教了二十多年,是不捨!」但他坦言,洞洞館其實已不敷使用,不但沒有消防法規的逃生口,通風採光也不佳,「有面牆還有西曬 困擾,曾聽說有教授熱到暈倒。」
校友拍攝的數百張洞洞館照片,也同時在公館地區的十一家商店展出(網址:http://dongdongguan.wordpress.com/)。

2010年5月8日 星期六

36 Hours in Houston

1986年我們沒這種資訊 遊樂此市


36 Hours in Houston

Denny Lee/The New York Times

Flashback Funtiques, a trove of Texas Americana.

Published: May 9, 2010

A SNARL of superhighways and skyscrapers, Houston is easily dismissed as a corporate campus — home to Fortune 500 giants like Halliburton and Waste Management and a company formerly known as Enron (currently known as Enron Creditors Recovery Corporation). And the view from an airplane isn’t exactly inviting: a flat and featureless plain of generic towers sprawling into the horizon. But in recent years, this Texas megalopolis has been inching back to its urban core. Cool art galleries have sprung up in once blighted neighborhoods. Midcentury modern buildings have been saved and restored. And former factories have been turned into buzzing restaurants and bars. Yes, oil money still reigns supreme, but it now competes with culture.

Friday

5:30 p.m.
1) PARK IT DOWNTOWN

Houston may be a sea of office towers, but this subtropical city is also surprisingly green. Hundreds of parks carpet the city, and one of the newest — a 12-acre park called Discovery Green (discoverygreen.com) — is quickly becoming the heart of the city’s still sleepy downtown. Opened in 2008, the park serves as a true public space; elderly couples stroll around the artificial lake as toddlers roll down grassy knolls. For sunset cocktails, follow the area’s young professionals to the Grove (1611 Lamar Street; 713-337-7321; thegrovehouston.com), a modern restaurant inside the park, which offers treehouse-like views of the skyline.

8 p.m.
2) GULF OF TEX-MEX

The city’s young chefs are working overtime to step out of the shadow of Texas barbecue. Among the most feted these days is Bryan Caswell, the chef and owner of Reef (2600 Travis Street; 713-526-8282; reefhouston.com), a seafood restaurant with a Southern twist. Housed in a former car dealership with soaring windows and ceilings, the restaurant creates a dramatic space for winning dishes like roasted grouper with corn pudding and grilled peach ($25). On a recent evening the dining room was humming with an eclectic crowd that included men in white suits eating ceviche, couples on dates and well-dressed families celebrating birthdays.

10 p.m.
3) SLICE OF AUSTIN

Sports bars and mega-clubs fuel much of the city’s night life, but a clutch of down-to-earth bars can be found along the tree-lined streets of Montrose. Poison Girl (1641 Westheimer Road; 713-527-9929; myspace.com/poisongirlbar) has pinball machines, a long shelf of whiskeys and a dirt-packed backyard jammed with 20-somethings in vintage Wranglers and Keds. Down the street is Anvil Bar and Refuge (1424 Westheimer Road; 713-523-1622; anvilhouston.com), which styles itself as a classic cocktail bar, though it can feel like a meat market on weekends. A handful of gay bars are also nearby, including the oldie but still rowdy 611 Hyde Park Pub (611 Hyde Park Boulevard; 713-526-7070).

Saturday

11 a.m.
4) DRILLING FOR ART

With all those petrodollars sloshing around, it’s no surprise that contemporary art has an eager benefactor in Houston. The grande dame is still the Menil Collection (1515 Sul Ross Street; 713-525-9400; menil.org), opened in 1987 to house the collection of Dominique de Menil, an heiress to an oil-equipment fortune. Blue-chip galleries include the Devin Borden Hiram Butler Gallery (4520 Blossom Street; 713-863-7097; dbhbg.com) and the Sicardi Gallery (2246 Richmond Avenue; 713-529-1313; www.sicardi.com). Scrappy artists, meanwhile, have carved out studios in downtown warehouses. Some of their work can be seen at the Station Museum (1502 Alabama Street; 713-529-6900; stationmuseum.com), which showcases emerging artists inside a big metal shed.

1:30 p.m.
5) GLOBAL GRILLS

While the city’s sizable Vietnamese community is now scattered, traces of Little Saigon still remain in Midtown, a mixed-use neighborhood dotted with banh mi joints. A retro-favorite is Cali Sandwich (3030 Travis Street; 713-520-0710), a ho-hum cafeteria with 1970s-style vertical blinds and prices to match: the freshly made sandwiches, including the barbecue pork, are $2.31. If you’re hankering for genuine Texas BBQ, drive north to Pizzitola’s Bar-B-Cue (1703 Shepherd Drive; 713-227-2283; pizzitolas.com). It may not be as packed as Goode’s barbecue empire, but Pizzitola’s is the real deal, judging by the wood pits that have been charring ribs out back for 70-plus years.

3 p.m.
6) POTTERY TO PINBALL

Malls rule in Houston — the biggest, the Galleria, offers 2.4 million square feet of global brand names. Off-brand shopping requires a bit more driving. For one-of-the-kind home furnishings, head to Found (2422 Bartlett Street No. 5; 713-522-9191; foundforthehome.com), which takes old industrial objects like hay feeders and turns them into architectural objets. Sloan/Hall (2620 Westheimer Road; 713-942-0202; sloanhall.com) carries an odd array of art books, bath products and pottery — some by Texas artisans. Peel (4411 Montrose Boulevard, Suite 400; 713-520-8122; peelgallery.org) blurs the line between art gallery and jewelry boutique. And Flashback Funtiques (1627 Westheimer Road; 713-522-7900; flashbackfuntiques.net) is a trove of Lone Star Americana, like old pinball machines and gas pumps.

7:30 p.m.
7) SOUTHWESTERN REDUX

Robert Del Grande is considered culinary royalty here, credited with pioneering Southwestern cuisine in the 1980s. So when his restaurant of 29 years, Café Annie, closed last year, there was a collective grumble. The hunger was soon sated: he opened RDG + Bar Annie (1800 Post Oak Boulevard; 713-840-1111; rdgbarannie.com), a multiplex of a restaurant with bars, lounges and dining rooms that attracts a glamorous crowd that seems to favor short party dresses, shiny handbags and aggressive amounts of gold. The menu is similarly bold and brash, with dishes like lobster meatballs with a rémoulade sauce ($16) and grilled rib-eye steak with a smoked Cheddar sauce ($40).

10 p.m.
8) TWO DIVES

A party corridor has formed along Washington Avenue. A favorite among nearby bobos is Max’s Wine Dive (4720 Washington Avenue; 713-880-8737; maxswinedive.com), with its long, inexpensive wine list. Seeking a wackier cast of characters? Night owls find the unmarked door that leads to Marfreless (2006 Peden Street; 713-528-0083; marfrelessbar.com), a dingy watering hole with faded carpeting and dark corners popular with canoodling couples.

Sunday

10 a.m.
9) BOTTOMLESS MIMOSAS

A cafe tucked inside a nursery may sound precious, but so what? Tiny Boxwood’s (3614 West Alabama Street; 713-622-4224; tinyboxwoods.com) does a fantastic Sunday brunch. Situated close to the posh River Oaks neighborhood, the sun-washed dining room and vine-covered patio draw a handsome and self-assured crowd that mingles easily around a communal table. Chalkboard specials include leafy salads ($10 to $14) and a delicious breakfast pizza made with pancetta, goat cheese and an egg, baked sunny side up in a wood oven ($13). Pick up a cactus on the way out.

Noon
10) MODERNIST DRIVE-BY

Despite Houston’s lack of zoning (or maybe because of it), the city has a remarkable collection of midcentury modern homes and office towers — some well maintained, others verging on collapse. Landmarks include the gridlike campus for the University of St. Thomas, designed by Philip Johnson. But many more are unknown, like the eerily abandoned Central Square building in downtown (2100 Travis Street) or the brawny Willowick tower, now condos, in River Oaks (2200 Willowick Road). Piece together your own architectural tour with Houston Mod (houstonmod.org), a preservation group that maintains a resourceful Web site with Google maps and photos.

2 p.m.
11) GLASS HOUSES

The skyline goes up, up, up every year. But notable architecture also takes place near the ground. The campus at Rice University — a neo-Byzantine maze of rose-hued brick and cloisters — got a new glass heart in 2008, when the Brochstein Pavilion (rice.edu/brochstein) opened near the central quad. A Kubrick-esque box with floor-to-ceiling windows, the pavilion houses a cafe and media lounge, and has a fine-mesh trellis that extends like a mathematical plane in space. The structure is only one story, but it feels much taller — proof that not everything in Houston has to be big.

IF YOU GO

Continental, JetBlue, Delta and others fly nonstop between New York City and Houston. A recent Web search found round-trip fares on JetBlue from $345 this month. A car is needed to get around.

Hotel Zaza Houston (5701 Main Street; 713-526-1991; hotelzazahouston.com) opened in 2007 with 315 rooms, offering playful design and polished service in the lively Museum District; from $179.

Opened last August, the Aloft Houston by the Galleria (5415 Westheimer Road; 713-622-7010; alofthouston.com) has 152 rooms in the Uptown district and includes a pool, gym and free Wi-Fi. Rooms from $99 weekends, and from $199 during the week; discounts are available online.

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