Saturday, June 25, 2005

From steel beams to android dreams

Paul has been blogging away about our Chicago experience, which has been wonderful and we still have Oak Park ahead. To think about this city that pulled itself up out of the ashes, dared to turn a whole river around to salvage its drinking water (not worrying about downriver consequences), and out of a peculiar necessity of marshy topography invented the skyscraper, giving us names like Louis Sullivan and Daniel Burnham to make places and spaces for names like Montgomery Ward and Marshall Field--to think about these layers and accretions of American capitalism gone boom and bust and boom (perhaps) again, as abandoned warehouses are serially converted to condominiums--all of that would be dizzying enough. But there's more: at Navy Pier, robots of alarming realism.

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