TODAY’S SPECIALS: updated daily

March 8, 2011

Leb, the counterman, won’t be in for a week or so. But he’ll still be checking your posts. So, come on in!

March 30, 2011

johmkariyannis has posted a comment on torossian stephane.

Leb the counterman has finally returned to the cafe and he’s in a rather subdued mood. Business has been light, to put it mildly. Since the opening about two months ago, the regulars he was counting on have not shown up, with the exception of John Young (who made several substantial comments) and Steven Holl (who offered a short quotation—clearly a gesture of support). Leb said that their status as regulars is revoked, “little as that will matter to them.” The good news is that new stalwarts have emerged, as we can see from the recurrence of certain names below. He admitted that he overestimated the desire of architects to have discussions about ideas impacting all levels of architecture, either because they don’t have the time or interest. In either case, he grumbled, it does not bode well for the future of architecture. I think he’s right. All around us, in every field of thought and work, from science to politics, from art to economics, lively debates are going on about how changes in the world are effecting different fields of knowledge and practice, while architects coast on the same old assumptions about architecture’s relationship to the world, human and natural. Anyway, he has decided to keep the cafe open, at least as long as there are a dedicated few who stop by to talk.

April 7, 2011

Michael Bell has made a comment on TODAY’S SPECIALS. Michael is one of the regulars (who was recently demoted, but is redeemed by this heartfelt, explanatory comment, Michael is one of the top Professors at Columbia University’s GSAPP, specializing on the relationship between the nature of materials and design.

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Earlier Specials:

JANUARY 29, 2011:

CRANKY OLD MAN is our first customer! Check out his comment on scutanddestroy.

(He’s a bit lonely, I think.)

JANUARY 30, 2011:

With no customers, its really not possible to post any Specials. Hope you understand….

JANUARY 31, 2011:

cygielski has made a comment on Gustavo B.

chicagoski has made a comment on Gio.

Leb, the counterman has made a comment on Gustavo B.

February 1, 2011:

D Pearson has made a comment on scutanddestroy.

Kuniaki has made a comment on Pedro Esteban.

Diego has made a comment on pdx.

John Young (socially conscious architect, founder and webmaster of Cryptome [ref 1, ref 2], the precursor of Wikileaks) has made comments on pdx, Diego, spencer, torossian stephane, Pedro Esteban, Gio and Gustavo B. He is a regular.

aes has made a comment on D Pearson.

February 2, 2011

Chenoe Hart has made a comment on Pedro Esteban.

aes has made a comment on torossian stephane, and another on Nick Porcino.

Lebscafe (Leb, the counterman) has made comments on Gustavo B, Gio, pdx, and D Pearson. He’s also added a comment to Sebastian Vidal.

February 3, 2011

Stephen has made comments on tor0ssian stephane and Gustavo B.

February 4, 2011

Steven Holl (architect and Professor at Columbia University  [reference 1, reference 2]) has made a comment on Maurits. He is a regular.

February 5, 2011

Funny how the counterman gets depressed when no one shows up at the cafe. The food on the MENU get cold. He watches people passing by. He cleans the counter for the umpteeth time. He starts to talk to himself. But he doesn’t feel sorry for himself. Maybe someone will show up tomorrow. Maybe. Probably!

February 6, 2011

Chenoe Hart has made comments on Maurits, Sebastian Vidal, and spencer.

lebscafe (Leb the counterman) has made a comment on Maurits.

February 7, 2011

chicagoski has made a comment on Gio.

Simon has made a comment on Gustavo B.

ianslover has made a comment on pdx.

lebscafe has made a comment on nick and on pdx.

February 8, 2011

Maurits has made a comment on Maurits.

February 9, 2011

D Pearson has made a comment on D Pearson.

February 10, 2011

We’re open all night. There;s still time to stop by and choose something from the MENU-1….

February 11, 2011

pdx has made a comment on pdx.

Tom Abraham has made a comment on Gustavo B.

February 12, 2011

Diego has posted a comment on pdx.

February 13, 2011

D Pearson has posted a comment on pdx.

General has posted comments on Gio, spencer, and pdx.

nick has made a comment on nick.

lebscafe has made a comment on scutanddestroy.

February 14, 2011

Leb the counterman, hanging out alone, sarcastically mused that he hoped everyone was too busy with their lovers to stop by today.

February 15, 2011

Nema. Does Valentine’s Day last two days?

February 16, 2011

lebscafe (leb, the counterman) has made a longish comment on nick.

February 17, 2011

Leb, the counterman, is growing more and more despondent. Sitting in the empty cafe, with the Menu neglected night after day after night, who can blame him? The regulars he counted on haven’t shown up. A few stalwarts have come back a few times—that’s heartening. He spends time going over and over the Menu. Maybe there’s something wrong with what it offers. Or maybe people are too busy with other things. Or maybe they’re way beyond discussions, even about the issues confronting architecture on the Menu. If someone would just say so, it would help. But there he goes again, muttering to himself. Honestly, I’m worried. Any suggestions, thoughts, ideas?

February 18, 2011

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February 19, 2011

Chenoe Hart has made a comment on TODAY’S SPECIALS: (updated daily) and on nick.

Mik has made a comment on chen and on Mario.

nick has made comments on TODAY’S SPECIALS (updated daily) and on nick.

D Pearson has made a comment on nick.

February 20, 2011

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February 21, 2011

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February 22, 2011

Gio has posted a comment on Gio. [Just click on Gio and you’re there!]

February 23, 2011

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February 24, 2011

Spencer has made comments on pdx, Diego, Gio, Gustavo B, and spencer.

February 25, 2011

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February 26, 2011

spencer has made comments on nick, Nick Porcino, and spencer.

February 27, 2011

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February 28, 2011

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March 1, 2, 3, 2011

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March 4, 2011

EDJPM has posted comments on chen and chen 2.

March 5, 2011

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March 6, 2011

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March 7, 2011

D Pearson has made a comment on chen 2.




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