Alex Dahm 
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Re: “Architecture Review: The VCU Children’s Pavilion Looms Over East Broad Street

Can someone remind me in 30 years to make sure that "more sober masonry" is prominently included on the epitaph of Mr. Slipek's grave marker? As with most of Slipek's architecture reviews there seems to be an obsession with every building's design either being in lock step or in deference to the surrounding buildings. It certainly makes you wonder if Slipek would have leveled a similar criticism at the celebrated and much taller, brick Art Deco West hospital in contrast with the radically different old city hall, Hunton, Monumental church, and The GA building if he were a critic in 1940.

The Children's Pavillion is bold and functional, my son had an appointment there yesterday and the interior is very impressive. The Architects have done a great job making the interior feel open, inviting, and easy to navigate. The windows and interior layout make maximum use of the glass facade by featuring the Old City Hall prominently in public spaces. The parking facilities were well designed and thought out and it looks like the interface between the deck and the street grid should mesh well. Not every building has to kowtow to bygone design trends, especially at a time when construction practices, materials costs, code standards, and user needs are changing so quickly.

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Posted by Alex Dahm on 03/23/2016 at 3:07 PM

Re: “LETTER: Mural Project’s Aim Betrays Process of Art

I will never understand why some people in this city insist on being negative about the amazingly cool things that people work hard to bring here. Art can address so much more than divisive religious or political issues. If this Gary Llama person thinks that these pieces are devoid of meaning or artistic value for not addressing these scant two topics out of the infinite depth of human experience he must be as shallow as he is blind.

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Posted by Alex Dahm on 08/06/2013 at 6:33 PM

Re: “Art 180 Portrait Missing

Kadie, you are an excellent detective! But since my IQ is 13 I do thoroughly agree that the art on the median is not disturbing nature in the slightest, and is instead a welcome addition to the stuffy and backwards display memorializing persons who I understand to be combatants that fought against my beloved United States.

Posted by Alex Dahm on 04/04/2012 at 10:38 PM

Re: “Art 180 Portrait Missing

I hereby retract my accusation of Will Weaver. I was merely trying to satirically copy the format of his own post and take it to a similarly ridiculous conclusion. I do hope that this has not caused a scandal with any one and I want to publicly apologize to Will who I'm quite sure is a stand up guy. This who debacle has been propagated from day one on rumor, innuendo, and baseless accusations that have rarely been rooted in reality. The most likely fate of this piece is that youths stole it. Youths!!!!!

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Posted by Alex Dahm on 04/04/2012 at 10:30 PM

Re: “UPDATE: Chalking It Up

Getting permission to put large scale public art on private property is VERY different from writing or drawing on rocks in a public park. Its not a mixed message at all. The argument could also be made that the urban landscape needs art to be beautified and nature does not. One has been commissioned and condoned the other is not. The issue here is the respect of nature. I was taught as a youth to "take only pictures and leave only foot prints", a maxim that goes a long way to making sure that people can enjoy our natural resources equally and forever. As a former janitor I can tell you also that chalk doesn't come of as easily as is claimed by many commenters seem to think.

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Posted by Alex Dahm on 03/29/2012 at 2:12 PM

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