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An Appeal for Some Entrepreneurial Chutzpah

Khan Shatyr Entertainment Centre | Projects | Foster + Partners http://buff.ly/PhjTlv 
If you get a blank page look until you find Projects / Khan Shatyr Entertainment Centre Astana, Kazakhstan 2006-2010 or Google it.
Now my city will have four times the size of this, the largest structure of all. But it will have only three levels.


And it will be about the area of the original City of London, capable of comfortably accommodating 7-10,000. (A shade over a mile square.)
I await the architects, planners and entrepreneurs who see beyond the profits of serving retrograde notions and reconstitute the virtues of an integral city that can be walked from edge to edge. I live in one. Was born in one. People flock to what I see daily out my window. What we do not see is that that magic can now be replicated, but only by following much of what is laid out here - the iteration of what I used to call the cyber community but now simply call the city or my city. I have seen it in my minds eye since the days in the 1960s when I walked up the hill in Athens to the offices of C. A. Doxiadis to saturate myself in the notions of ekistics. 


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The remarkable video at the link above is of a performance of "Sto perigiali" Mario Frangoulis and Mikis Theodorakis in 2001.

Frangoulis and Theodorakis are joined by musicians, including two bouzouki players, and a very large audience that is completely familiar with the words. The audience joins in at Frangoulis' prompt.

This is my very favorite Theodorakis melody. Those who know Theodorakis only for his "Zorba" music are in for a treat. When I was in Athens in 1966, for a short period of study with Constantinos Doxiadis, I knew nothing of Theodorakis. But about five years later, my friend Irene Vassos sang "Sto perigiali" to us. I have never gotten the tune out of my mind.

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Stephen C. Rose (1936-) was born in New York City and raised there. He currently lives there. He was educated at Trinity, Exeter, Williams and Union Theological Seminary. He served in the Student Interracial Ministry in Nashville. He founded and edited the prize-winning Renewal Magazine in Chicago and studied with C. A. Doxiadis in Athens. His first books "The Grass Roots Church" and "Who's Killing The Church" established him as a prominent critic of American Protestantism and American religion. He was and remains a civil rights activist. He has interviewed and done in depth pieces on Saul Alinsky and Martin Luther King, Jr. He won awards for editorial courage and for two documentary films. He has written and published many songs and musical works including "We Are All Americans". During the late 90s and early 2000s he worked for UN agencies, most recently editing CHOICES Magazine at UNDP. Since 2000 he has written several books for distribution via K…