Update: Primitive Hut

A proposal has been issued by David Curtis, Pi-Des for a full-scale Primitive Hut for a site in St. Paul, Oregon. Other potential sites include the Los Angeles, California area, Desert Center, California, and Portland, OR area.


Primitive Hut is a de-mountable shelter system that accommodates 6-8 people. It has integrated rain water capture and filtration. It has modular toilet components. It has a perimeter water sprinkler system for fire suppression. It has a central heating/cooling element.

The entire enclosure is perforated, like a rain-screen system. The upper level has a privacy/thermal curtain. Suspension sacks may be used as lounging, sleeping furniture or they may be used to store gear. The floors are similar to trapeze nets. The entirely perforated system allows for constant fresh air access.

This system is more like “stacked” camping than traditional housing.

It is a new type of housing.

The roof-top has a triangular walk that can function as an emergency evacuation area during flooding.

With sufficient notice, the system may be de-mounted and transported out of the path of wildfires.

The system, when de-mounted, fits in a standard pickup truck bed.

Pi-Des intends the system be airdropped into disaster zones to provide triage nodes in areas most affected.

David Curtis 31 October 2022

Note: Artist rendering, prototype is subject to change in its assembled form. Colors/materials/geometries are conceptual only, they do not represent the final materials. Artist reserves the right to adjust the prototype as needed.

Kim Gordon at Mississippi Studios

Kim Gordon’s microphone doesn’t seem to be working.

She taps it with her finger.

(Someone) comes out to check the cables.

This goes on for some time.

But it is ok.

It is enough really, for her to even be standing here, getting the tech figured out.

(The warm up act, Brainwashers, was great too. They made a bunch of electronic noise that was throbbing and mutating. Someone called him “Steve”. So I guess it was Steve and the person with Steve.)

Video of cities, shot from various traveling vehicles is projecting on a large screen behind the band.

There is a gap, on stage, between the monitors,

it allows Kim Gordon to stand directly in front of us.

We have the only chairs.

She is leaning forward and basically singing directly down into our skulls.

I do not want this to stop.

I can’t really understand what words she is singing.

But this is, ok,

and I can look directly into her eyes as she is doing this,

and her pants are sparkly,

and her white t-shirt is a little unflattering.

But all of this, is ok,

and her band mates are appropriately cool and competent.

I cannot even reach for my smartphone.

It doesn’t seem appropriate, when one is two feet from Kim Gordon.

So a really great show, it can’t be better.

(Towards the end) She rubs the guitar strings on the leading edge of the stage,

and hands the still sounding guitar to a glazed-over person to my right, who eventually passes the guitar to my wife, who then hands it to me.

Kim Gordon’s guitar hovers on my outstretched hands.

I tap my right knuckles a little on the strings to see if I can hear it.

I pass the guitar, Kim Gordon’s guitar, to the person next to me, and I think of Jesus for some reason.

That person hands the guitar back to Kim Gordon, but it is a bit of a stretch, so I get to put my hands under it again as Kim reaches out to take it back.

Kim Gordon goes back stage.

(I don’t think I have ever been so close to a singer before on stage, except for maybe Missy from Breech, but that is different because I have sung Karaoke with Missy, and danced with Missy.

I did get to fill up Eliza Rickman’s water bottle/sound maker, one time before she performed in Las Vegas. We stood at the water cooler together, watching the small plastic animal shaped toy fill up slowly.)

We stand around waiting to use the toilet.

I walk over to buy the album No Home Record.

David Curtis 9 12 2022, edits 10 30 2022

Kim Gordon photo by Natalia Mantini


Boa Constrictor House #1

A custom design build for a client in Portland

Dimensions: 6′ wide, 2′ deep, 1′-6″ tall. Exterior grade plywood, pine structure, polycarb liner, stainless steel hinges, latches, and aluminum girts. Hardwood pulls. Galv vents not shown.

© 2022 David Curtis
© 2022 David Curtis
© 2022 David Curtis
galv vent prior to install on right side of enclosure

Telephonic Harassment

Picture of a frog, selected from results of a key word image search for: frog

Chad Miller, AIA, NCARB, Colorado, telephonic-ally harassed (user accounts with various names) from approximately 6/18/2022-6/20/2022 on the forum of the social networking site Archinect.

Mr. Miller falsely accused an anonymous user account, aka: X, of being someone named “Alexander Watanabe”, in multiple posts, over several hours. Mr. Miller repeatedly made belligerent, demeaning comments on anything X wrote on the site.

Mr. Miller then falsely accused X of making a “homophobic joke”. Mr. Miller had offered that he was a “girl next door sort” to which X replied that the girls next door to X, one just had hip surgery, and the other was recently divorced.

Mr. Miller then proceeded down some rabbit hole.

Mr. Miller and/or others, including an anonymous user account allegedly belonging to Richard Balkins, Astoria, OR, attempted to doxx another user. Mr. Balkins has been de-platformed previously from Archinect, but then returns under various other user names. Some of the users have multiple accounts with different user names.

Mr. Miller repeatedly demanded X reveal the identity of the person controlling the user account.

(Control of a user account is not a fixed position. Sometimes accounts can, in theory, be hacked, or have unauthorized users. Content can be manipulated or removed by moderators.)

Archinect allows users to be anonymous, the vast majority of the forum users are anonymous.

Archinect has a history of enabling telephonic harassment, and of de-platforming users. Some users engage in gaslighting sorts of posts that they obviously do not want traced to their real names.

X then shared (an) identity, a link to a website, implying the site was related to X, perhaps hoping it would get Mr. Miller to change his behavior, but Mr. Miller continued the telephonic harassment of X and others.

Watching this from a screen (the author sometimes reads the forum posts, even though said author is not a registered user there) the author decided to do a keyword search for “Chad Miller, AIA”.

Author learned the name of his alleged employer, the Blythe Group, an architecture firm in Grand Junction, CO, to let them know that one of their employees is engaging in telephonic harassment, and defamation.

Author suggested to the Blythe Group via their website form that if author was a potential client, author would not hire them based on the posts being made by their employee, Mr. Miller.

(Author frequently collaborates with architects and engineers on design work)

The next day Peter T. Icenogle phoned author.

Author spoke with Peter T. Icenogle, AIA, director of Architecture. Mr. Icenogle seemed unaware of Archinect, or that Mr. Miller was posting there.

Author suggested to Mr. Icenogle that Mr. Miller’s posts could negatively impact the firm, given they would likely show up high in internet search results of his name.

X had commented on Archinect to Mr. Miller: “You know your posts here reflect back on your firm, you know this, right?”

Archinect’s response to this was to de-platform (a user account Mr. Miller was harassing) and delete several related posts.

In doing so, Archinect is protecting the abuser, Mr. Miller, and giving him a platform.

The de-platforming of X seems to be discriminatory and/or retaliatory in nature. Archinect de-platformed X and deleted the posts. Archinect has done this numerous times, to numerous people, over a several year span.

Author called the police department in Grand Junction, CO, where the Blythe Group is based, to ask about filing a police report of Mr. Miller’s online harassment. The dispatcher suggested author file the report in Portland, OR, where author lives.

Author filed the report with the Portland police today.

Author, Portland, OR


Primitive Hut + Triage Field

Update 8 5 2022: Screenshots from the Rhinoceros modeling of Primitive Hut a de-mountable dwelling system by Pi-Des. Pi-Des prepares for the first 3D mockups of system components, structural analysis, and fabrication detailing. Pi-Des hopes to have first runs of the system available for purchase soon. If you are interested in reserving a primitive hut, please email: dcpides@gmail.com.

Rhinoceros model by David Curtis 2022, environment image from Blade Runner, 1982
Rhinoceros model by David Curtis 2022, environment image from Blade Runner, 1982

Primitive Hut and Triage Field

Primitive Hut, Triage Field © Pi-Des 2022

According to the California fire service, 2018 was the deadliest and most destructive wild fire season on record, with just under 2 million acres burned, under 8000 wild fire incidents in the state alone, and approximately 100 fatalities recorded. 

On August fourth of 2018, a national disaster was declared in the northern part of the state: by November, strong dry winds aggravated existing fire conditions and CA erupted in a new batch of fires. 

What the 2018 wild fire season made obvious was that we need to adapt to these harsh conditions and respond when climate disasters displace people. 

In the midst of the wild fire destruction in 2018, David Curtis began conceptualizing Primitive Hut, a de-mountable system that can be transported out of the active fire area and reassembled as needed. It acts as a Triage Field that provides an area of refuge should one not have time to evacuate the site. Triage Field is an integral fire suppression device for emergency use. It has other technical capabilities that are currently classified.

© Ro1 2022 © Pi-Des 2022


David Curtis: Who enables Fox News?

So I have to admit that I don’t actually watch Fox New. (I don’t watch MSNBC either)

But I see it, excerpts from it, in the Twitter feed. So I got a little bit curious, what is maintaining that thing and, it looks like Disney made some deal to purchase Fox, but it apparently didn’t include the news outlet so, the quote unquote news outlet continues.

And it’s in a physical place, they are headquartered in New York, in the Rockefeller Center, which appears to be managed by a global real estate firm, a pretentious Canadian firm Ivanhoe (Cambridge). So I reached out to them in an email and said: Hey maybe it’s not the best idea to be working with Fox News given they are a propagandist for the Republican party masquerading as a news outlet…so they kind of snootily responded that they are a “global real estate entity and they don’t engage in political debate.”

So I figured oh: Who owns that place? And it appears, three, that there are entities, and one, you know, Rockefeller Center is owned, it’s global (hideous things), and one of them is Mitsubishi Estate, so and I looked at their balance sheet and they have a shit load of money, so anyway, so there is no obvious way to communicate with whatever that is, Mitsubishi Estate. There is a person that is positioned at the top of that structure, uh, what he exactly does is not immediately evident.

It would be interesting to engage with those entities and make the argument that historically its not going to work out so well if they continue to enable propaganda that benefits the, I guess, it is corporate fascism? I don’t know. It’s basically corporate fascism, corporate fascist people who think that if they go to this “magical place” they will be rewarded in the after life. Um, so there we go.

(end transcript)


Protest at SF Mission Police Station

I participated in a peaceful protest with thousands of people in the SF Mission. We stood in front of the police station. SF had not yet lifted the 8pm curfew. When 8pm came some of the protesters announced they were leaving peacefully. About a tenth of the protesters remained after curfew. I did not witness any violence. There was a moment when someone threw a bottle of water down from an upstairs window or rooftop of one of the buildings immediately north of the police station. A man in the crowd picked up the bottle while others urged protesters to remain peaceful. I stood at the steel barricade past curfew. I wore a black skate helmet and heavy gloves. A 23 year old woman spoke at length to the officers. She told them it was their fault we had to be out there. That she just wanted to be living her life in peace.

Bring them to Justice (update 6/4/2020)

iPhone video by X shot at SF Police station

Thank you, to the people of Oakland. In solidarity with the people of Minneapolis.

I received word yesterday that the four former police officers have all been charged for their roles in the death of George Floyd.

I was with you at a barricade last night (May 30th) in Oakland at 14th Street, just East of City Hall. After we complied with the police demand that we “move back”, in the street, the police THEN shot at us with a tear gas canister. We held our position and I pretty much wanted to rip the cops fucking head off at that point. But I kept my shit together. Thankfully, one of the protestors was able to cover the tear gas canister with some traffic cones and water.

I would like to express my thanks also to the people of Minneapolis.

The police failed you, by allowing an officer to violate his oath, by committing a public execution of George Floyd.

To add insult, rather than immediately arresting the offending officer, his employment was terminated, and reports indicate he is at a residential location surrounded by police officers. Reports are he is in custody today.

The other offending officers must be brought to justice.

The officers who were adjacent to him during the crime are complicit.

Those officers must also be brought to justice.

The precinct that houses the offending officers must be brought to justice.

No peace exists until the officers are brought to justice.

David Curtis


80% of Americans

80% of Americans lack the cognitive skills to understand that a third party exists. The Media will not present a third party to them even when it exists. The algorithms will not show the 80% whatever scraps of a movement remains.

The keepers of the algorithm via “free” apps, extort third party activists with offers to “promote” content in an attempt to bleed them, so they cannot build to a significant level to ever seriously threaten the duopoly.

America, it costs a billion dollars to run as an independent for POTUS. Unless you fix that the whole discussion is moot.


America, I’m not that in to you.

In Marin, the Republic of California, April 16, 2020.

Declaration of the Republic of California,

When in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bands which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which Laws of Nature provide, a respect for the opinions of humankind requires that they should declare the cause which impels them to the separation.

We hold this to be self-evident, that all humans are created equal, that they are endowed with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.–That to secure these rights, Governments are instituted among us, deriving just powers from the consent of the governed, –That whenever any Form of Government becomes destructive of these ends, it is the Right of the People to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new Government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their Safety and Happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that Governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience has shown, that humankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same Object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute Despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such Government, and to provide new Guards for their future security.–Such has been the patient sufferance of these States; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former Systems of Government. The history of the present US president(s) is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute Tyranny over us. To prove this, let Facts be submitted to a candid world.

The US President has violated his oath by allowing thousands of humans to perish needlessly from a global pandemic, he directly avoided taking immediate, clear and obvious actions.

When steps were taken by the US Congress to remove him. A partisan, corrupt Chief Justice of the Supreme Court failed to act.

POTUS has lied repeatedly to the American people and has cost lives.

POTUS was installed by agents of organized crime families.

POTUS has been compromised by agents of foreign and domestic actors.

The US Congress has been compromised by the same agents.

I, therefore, appeal to the peoples of the world for the rectitude of my intentions, do, as a free human, solemnly publish and declare, That these United States are, and of Right ought to be Free and Independent States; that they are Absolved from all Allegiance to the United States government, and that all political connection between them and the United States, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as Free and Independent States, we have full Power to levy War, conclude Peace, contract Alliances, establish Commerce, and to do all other Acts and Things which Independent States may of right do.

David Curtis, the Republic of California


Pandemic Will Likely Worsen Through June 1. Update 5/6/2020 8:01pm PST

A Servpro worker takes off protective gear after working on deep cleaning the Life Care Center of Kirkland, a long-term care facility linked to several confirmed coronavirus cases, in Kirkland, Washington, U.S. March 13, 2020. REUTERS/Lindsey Wasson

5/6/2020: The curve has not indicated any downward trend yet.

5/4/2020 WaPo & NYTimes reports based on a leaked “draft government report” show bad case scenarios that WH has not presented: “200,000 new cases per day by June 1” Based on this scenario, and publicly sourced graphs, we could see deaths in the seven figures in the US alone. We will, with 100% certainty, see deaths in six figures in the US alone.

NEW: Los Angeles estimated roughly 4% of the county has antibodies for coronavirus. That indicates some 220,000 – 442,000 people in L.A. may have been infected. –>55x what current numbers indicate.

Reminder: total confirmed cases in entire U.S. now is at 800,000.

The DEM/GOP leadership seems likely complicit in that they did not prepare for this.

4/17/2020 A study released from Stanford University suggests the number of cases could be 40 times higher than current official reports.

SF Chronicle reports today a study indicates there may be reason to suspect the current official numbers are off by a factor of 10 or more. It is apparent even from the public data the pandemic will continue for a minimum of four months.

Official word is to expect a resurgence of the virus next year.

It seems unclear if the pandemic was intentionally launched. It is certain it is being intentionally exploited. We suspect it was initiated or at minimum anticipated by private/public actions.

Note: This opinion is based on private independent intelligence source(s).

Entities are using chaos technique to disrupt competitors as they gather market resources. This is part of a 100 year strategy to maintain best positions before the bigger less controllable collapses. This has been a clear global pattern since at least late 2000.

David Curtis, reporting for dc_us

Recent (this quarter) actions directly align with a futurist manifesto that was published in 2009. (The Next 100 years: A Forecast for the 21st Century by George Friedman)


I ( ) contacted Senator Harris and requested the government publish accurate estimates regarding coronavirus impacts. It seems mission critical that first responders have accurate estimates. The estimates originating from the WH conflict with all public data. DC

WH indicates they consider 100,000 to 200,000 deaths best case, public data suggests worst case could be 3-6 million deaths.

There is little reason to accept the WH numbers as valid at this point unless they can provide the data that support them. Public data suggests 100,000 to 200,000 deaths does not align with any current data nor projections. David Curtis for dc_us 2020


Desert Concrete by dc_us

Concrete veneer of an existing stone retaining wall based on FLW’s desert concrete

“I wanted to make the existing stone wall more planer by adding concrete veneer. I also wanted some of the existing stones to be visible to show the original construction, so the contractor came up with the technique of attaching wadded paper to the form boards so apertures were cast into the finish surface.” dc

We collaborated with Beth LaDove on the paving and landscaping design.

Crops from Paris & other

Circulation within tower leg, Eiffel Tower. iPhone pic by dc

…we walked up one of the staircases to the first viewing platform. I recall writing years ago about the replica tower in LV and how it has tube structure within its lattice work that reduces the amount of negative space pushing through the structure.

Fondation Louis Vuitton, iPhone pic by dc

The decision to go with glass has eliminated the oil canning issues present in some of Gehry’s sheet metal clad iconic works. It also allows the ample structure that accomplishes these shapes to be in the foreground. The night before I had gone through the sequence of gesture sketches in the documentation of a book on the Guggenheim in Bilbao.

iPhone pic by dc
iPhone pic by dc

Budapest: the many occurrences of missing stone veneer, usually revealing concrete structure with various globs of perhaps mortar, sometimes worn ends of spray foam. Frequent signs for “Escape Rooms”. A taxi driver points to a building where the KGB operated. Frequent branding of “New York”…on hamburgers, cafe, t-shirts. Something about the elevator door reluctantly closes. Blue and white interiors. A tv in the kitchen/dining room/couch area. I have no memory of the sleeping rooms.


Rem Koolhaas, but he was Latino

image sample, the Stellenbosch Heritage Foundation

Rem Koolhaas, but he was Latino, sat next to me on the jury.

(Discussing the project)

He had a robotic torso.

(It) looked like a bicycle frame.

I could see electrical wires that replaced his spinal cord.

I couldn’t help asking him about it.

(He said): The doctors told me it was possible…but you don’t want it.

© David Curtis 2015


Aldous Harding, Designer

iPhone pic by author

Aldous Harding visited SF last night for one of the precious US dates on her current tour in support of her album Designer.

She plays in Los Angeles tomorrow to another sold out show.

My wife and I made the mistake of lingering on a sofa near the merchandise table during the opening act. So despite the small venue, I was further from the musicians than I wanted to be once Aldous began. But the sound was wonderful. I kept looking over to the sound man to see him enjoying it as much as I was.

I did get to see Aldous before the show, as she was heading out to the front of the club twice. She had a look one has when trying not to forget something or perhaps when one’s mind is elsewhere.

Most of the songs were from the new album.

Weight of the planets diagnoses someone inaccessible due to imagined or real duty.

The mildly threatening lyrics of Treasure .

I think there was at least one song from the Party album.

The encore was a cover of Gerry Rafferty – Right Down the Line. Sung slowly as if by a quiet Kate Bush.

It ended too soon. I wanted to volunteer for the tour (as is often the case) but dutifully went home to my family.

A package containing Designer on vinyl was waiting when I got home on the dining room table. I’ve listened to it four times so far today. Five.


DC 4/23/2019


Silent Walk, Change the name.

Silent Walk 3

adapted from Peter S Lucking

(first published by Unshod Quills)

–  On Lipstick

prevalent among the Sumerians, Egyptians, Syrians, Babylonians, Persians, and Greeks.
Later, Elizabeth I with red mercuric sulfide.
For years, rouge
only promiscuous women
true societal acceptance
By 1915 push up tubes were available, and the first claims of “indelibility” were made.

Raw Materials
wax, oil, alcohol, and pigment.
beeswax, candelilla wax, or the more expensive camauba. Wax enables the mixture to be formed into the easily recognized shape of the cosmetic. Fragrance and pigment are also added, as are preservatives and antioxidants, which prevent lipstick from becoming rancid.



Complicit Defamation

Update 6/17/2022: How does one reconcile a site like Archinect that pretends to be a forum for “connectivity” and “new ideas” but then heavily moderates speech and routinely de-platforms and censors the peers that try to speak on it? It seems really conflicted and hypocritical of Archinect.

Paul Petrunia

Sites allow anon comments to drive traffic. They don’t care about ethics. They wait for the comments to moderate themselves. Meanwhile the defamation has already happened and the sites remain complicit.

©2018 David Curtis


Sasha Grey, Neu Sex signing

sample from book cover

Sasha Grey, Neu Sex book signing at Martha Otero 5 May 2011.
It is difficult to imagine a more appropriate, or intimate setting for this signing:
Correct neighborhood, residential scale, eye-level hedges, the serious door man…
Inside, three smallish white rooms, share a continuous gabled ceiling. A small, crooked line of interested humans, wait for autographed copies from the author, Sasha Grey.
I glance around the room, but the queuing for the signing takes precedence, I get in line.
My peripheral vision and hearing realizes it is her, or something like her, in a black full length dress.

I’m having difficulty focusing due to the heat and humidity, compounded by the gallery lights. It’s 90 degrees F. in West Hollywood today.

Then I actually look at her. Until now she has been a series of virtual images, so it is a bit odd to compare both printed photos with a live human, without really getting a good look at either.
But this is a book signing. I wait my turn.

Nearer the table I blurt: “Do you take plastic? Checks?”
Agent: “No, cash only.”
DC: “How much are the books?”
Agent: “$40”
DC: (to guard) “Is there an ATM nearby?”
Guard: “I don’t know, around the corner, at the gas station, down Melrose, there’s a (bank name) across the street”
(I leave for 15 minutes then return)
DC: “I would like to buy one book, please.”
Agent: (takes cash, slides book to SG)
SG: “Hello, what is your name?”
DC: “Hello…David…I am envious of your book.”

SG: “Oh, (writing) I think I messed up your name.”
DC: “That’s OK, I need a new name anyway.”
SG: (laughs)
DC: “Are you happy with how the book turned out? (I haven’t seen it yet)”
SG: “Yes”
DC: “Is this wall (painted wall behind SG) part of the show?”
SG: “Yes, it’s by the artist James Jean”
DC: “Jeans?”
SG: “Jean, he did the paintings of me in the other room.”
DC: “Are you still looking to hire a photo assistant?”
SG: “Eventually.”
DC: “I’m from LV, I’m sharing some space in Holsum with some people,
an architect, an art director and some artists/representatives.
Las Vegas has about 25% vacancy now in commercial so there are some deals.
(DC hands SG a card)
Well, thank you. Congratulations on the show.”
SG: “Thank you.”
(dead link to martha otero website)
I should perhaps discuss the actual work being shown at some point.
The photographs are self-described obsessive documentation of the artist during her porn mode.
She documents behind the scenes intimate moments existing separate from the scenes viewers are likely to consume in the porn films…cleaning up what looks to be vomit off the floor… a funny face in between shots.
In her book she observes that “men are incredibly insecure when it comes to their sexuality”.
There is a central piece on the main gallery wall, milky white with grayish impressionist solo figure.
I keep revisiting it for some reason.
To the left, a multi-colored work with a carnival theme insists repeated views.
I’m glad to see the works on walls but perhaps happier they exist now in a book to be revisited. I am glad to have visual confirmation that the artist is flesh and blood.
David Scott Curtis, 5 May 2011 from Las Vegas, NV

SG at signing, video by DC

Guggenheim Forensic

I visit the corpse

wall trusses during construction, photo by David Curtis
forensic annotations

of the Rem Koolhaas designed Guggenheim Hermitage Museum in Las Vegas over the (native american genocide) weekend.

This project was originally designed and constructed in 2000-2001, I was a senior professional for the executive architect TSA of Nevada (the Stubbins Associates).

The internal partition truss (140′ long, fully clad, both sides in 1/2″ corten) was fully suspended from the underside of the hotel tower. It has been reconfigured, if not completely removed.

Retail shops have been inserted into what is left of the corten gallery shell.

A Hugo Boss store at the north end features one of the remaining exposed corten partitions. The remnant of the stone fireplace from the previous VIP lounge remains, a feature element in the new store.

On the exterior, nearly the entire work has been obscured by vinyl supergraphics of celebrity chefs.

Near the porte cochere, some corten remains visible as does a sliver of window, the laminated glass pin at the partition foot. The former, full height sliding glass and steel door is visible. A smaller, perhaps exit door has been cut in to it.

The (3) former rotating display walls are gone.

Vestige end display cases of glass occupy what would have been the ends of the rotating walls when paused in the East West direction.

One of the cases features a head shot of Grace Hartzel, perhaps a highlight of the remodeled interior.

On a positive note: The removal of the fully suspended East truss partition likely avoids an eventual structural collapse that the corten might have enabled. See also: rust is a thing.

And no, I did not work on this remodel.

I worked on the former museum from schematic design through construction admin. I flew to Rotterdam to provide OMA assistance during the completion of the construction documents. I sketched all the roof details on the plane in pencil. I still have them.

I later served as a Gallery Educator for the Guggenheim Museum after it opened under Anita Getzler.

© David Curtis 2018 (edits 11/12/2022)

Summer Design Studio 2022

David Curtis, principal at Pi-Des, leads a studio this Summer from Portland, OR.

An anticipated focus will be de-mountables.

Primitive Hut © 2022 Pi-Des
Primitive Hut © 2022 Pi-Des

David shares lessons learned from his 4 year development of Primitive Hut. There will be offshoots that focus on global just-in-time delivery system collapse responses, and 10-20 year pattern based projections that hope to best influence design practice decisions.

The studio will be remote collaboration, and some on site work, if needed.

The Pi-Des studio is based in NE Portland, OR in the Summer, and Desert Center, CA in the Winter.

Participating students may have introductory to advanced design experience, adequate sketching and or digital modeling ability. It is ok if you are a complete beginner, but you must be open to learning critical thinking, and design language.

David has 34 years of professional design experience, and is a graduate of the Knowlton School of Architecture. He has been in solo practice since 2007.

In addition to his architectural and product design work, he has run several art galleries, most notably a four year stint with the former artist-run Contemporary Arts Collective in the Arts Factory, downtown Las Vegas, NV. He also founded Apparatus studio on Commerce street, and the David S Curtis studio where he was a gallerist.

David was a senior professional for the Stubbins Associates on the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum, and a Design Director for the design architect on the Nevada State Museum, Clark County, NV.

He taught Community Design at the Art Institute of Las Vegas, Residential Architecture at The Community College of Southern Nevada, and Architecture at The Meadows School. He has been a guest critic at Parsons School of Design, and at UNLV. He was a Gallery Educator for the Guggenheim Hermitage Museum.

For more information please contact David at Pi-Des studio, 971 331 9699 mobile, or email: dcpides@gmail.com

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