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Shimmering Vision of the Future Rises in Manhattan

Categories: Design

Acclaimed architect Frank Gehry has designed a spectacular new skyscraper that's currently rising in downtown Manhattan.  Located near the Brooklyn Bridge just south of Pace University, it's been named the Beekman Tower and will be Frank Gehry's tallest project to date. Topping off at 76 floors, it will surpass the Trump World Tower to become the tallest residential building in New York City. Unlike many of Ghery's projects done in a deconstructivist style, this tower follows the stepped back form of traditional new ... Read More

“The Class”: Step Inside a French High School

Categories: Travel

Last night I watched the film 'Entre Les Murs', directed by Laurent Cantet. This is a side of France most Americans have never seen. It takes place in the classroom of a rough Paris High School, a world apart from the chic areas of central Paris where tourists spend most of their time. In the class of dedicated teacher Mr. Marin, social tension between different cultures unfolds through quick dialogue. The students are from places such as China, Morocco, Mali and Tunisia. The teacher ... Read More