Monday, April 17, 2017

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April 17, 2017
By Michael Smith

Amanda DeCort (click here) is blunt about her belief in the ability of architecture to raise a community’s spirit and in her belief that the attitude of Tulsans toward downtown treasures has changed.

“I think that interest took a nap for a while, so it’s been fantastic to see all of the excitement about downtown, and the appreciation for the architecture, and now the residential living in that area as well,” said the executive director of Tulsa Foundation for Architecture.

“We’ve stemmed the tide from tearing down buildings and making new parking lots (in the past). We missed the boat on that for several decades, but expectations have changed.”

It’s a sense of community that DeCort has helped to create through her historic preservation efforts while working at City Hall and now through TFA events like the wildly popular downtown walking tours.

Now, she said she hopes to further grow that sense of place and of pride in a city’s design aesthetic, with an innovative film festival.

The Architecture & Design Film Festival begins Thursday at Circle Cinema, presenting 20 films focused on the best architecture and design from around the world over four days....

April 4, 2017
Bu Michael Smith

...‘Eero Saarinen: The Architect Who Saw the Future’ (click here)
Eero Saarinen’s son is the director of photography, using the latest drone technology to film this April 22 documentary that follows him around as he visits his father’s most iconic works, including the Gateway Arch in St. Louis. It’s followed by director Peter Rosen answering questions....