I attended a lecture at the SoA tonight given by Dietmar Eberle (of the firm Baumschlager & Eberle), an Austrian architect of some renown. That was really great. My favorite parts were seeing the dean of the school gnawing on a pen in the front of the room before the lecture and Dietmar's explanation of how he rarely if ever considers program when designing a building, because, after all, many buildings designed to last will be used in different ways throughout their lifetime, so what's the point? Also, his design for the Vienna Airport expansion was interesting as were just about all the other buildings he showed us.
I just watched Contempt, a film by Jean-Luc Godard. Jack Palance was in it, and he died over the weekend, so I thought it would be appropriate. It was good, and now i really want to buy a villa in Capri.