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To the Best of Our Knowledge: Building Stories | [Jim Fleming]

To the Best of Our Knowledge: Building Stories

Ok, take a breath. Close your eyes. Recall the home of your childhood. Can you smell the cookies in the kitchen? Can you open a drawer in your bedroom? Do you see the sunlight through a window? Every building has a story. . . And not only a story, every building has a sound.
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Publisher's Summary

In this hour, the celebrated cartoonist Chris Ware has a graphic novel called Building Stories. It’s like nothing Steve Paulson has ever seen or read before.

Next, when Kevin Miyazaki was a child, there was something his family rarely discussed . His father’s family was interned in American camps during World War II. Now let’s not mince words here. His father’s family is Japanese and lived in Takoma, Washington. But after the attacks on Pearl Harbor, Japanese-Americans were rounded up and put into concentration camps. Kevin went on to be a successful fine arts photographer. But one day his family’s past merged with his art.

Then, J.G. Ballard’s futuristic 1975 novel, High Rise, is about a group of people living in a luxury high-rise apartment building where neighbors organize themselves according to their respective social classes. Literally. The lower class lives on the lower floors, the middle class in the middle and the upper class occupies the most luxurious apartments on the highest floors. Tribal-class warfare ensues.

After that, Mitchell Joaquim and the Terreform 1 team are looking for new, organic ways of building homes… and cities. About 4 billion of us live in cities right now. Predictions are, by the end of this century, that number will be closer to 8 billion. That means, for the foreseeable future, we need to build the equivalent of a city of one million people EVERY WEEK... hopefully without crashing our social and ecological systems. When Anne Strainchamps asked Joachim how we do that, he said part of the answer might be tree houses and… meat houses. Yes, you heard that right, MEAT houses.

And finally, ok, take a breath. Close your eyes. Recall the home of your childhood. Can you smell the cookies in the kitchen? Can you open a drawer in your bedroom? Do you see the sunlight through a window? Every building has a story. . . And not only a story, every building has a sound. Many sounds actually. [Broadcast Date: October 30, 2013]

Listen to High Rise by J. G. Ballard.

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