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High-Tech Crimefighting, Cuba's Forgotten Art Schools, And Intiman's Reopening

Steve Scher
07/12/2012 at 9:00 a.m.

Seattle City Council Considers Shot–Tracking Technology: This afternoon, a Seattle City Council committee hears about acoustic gunshot–detection technology that helps law enforcement track and respond to gunfire. Does high tech help fight crime? We'll consider the latest technological upgrades in policing.

Cuba's Architectural Surprise: After the revolution, Fidel Castro and Che Guevara started a school to reinvent Cuban architecture. They chose the Cuban architects Ricardo Porro, Vittorio Garatti and Roberto Gottardi to run the schools. But soon, they fell out of favor and were attacked for ideological impurity. The brick and masonry school buildings stood for years in various stages of disrepair, symbols of the promise and failures of the Cuban regime. Architect and author John Loomis has been rummaging around the ruins to tell the story of this corner of the Cuban regime and the architecture of politics.

Apartment Gardening: If you live in the city, you might want to grow your own food and eat fresh herbs. But you also might live in an apartment with no lawn. Does that mean farmer's markets are all you have? No! You can grow your very own garden in your apartment. Gardener and writer Amy Pennington tells us how.

Art Of Our City: Seattle's Intiman Theater reopens this weekend. Intiman closed abruptly 15 months ago after the company revealed it owed more than $1 million to creditors. But instead of a regular season of plays, the new Intiman is offering audiences a four–play summer festival. Andrew Russell is the man at the artistic helm of the Intiman Summer Festival. In this edition of the Art Of Our City, Russell talks to Marcie Sillman about why Intiman chose to produce a repertory festival, and why the theater company needs it to be a critical and financial success.

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John Loomis speaks tonight at Seattle's Central Library at 7:00 p.m.


Jim Byrne is a professor of criminal justice and criminology at University of Massachusetts, Lowell.

John Loomis is author of "Revolution of Forms: Cuba's Forgotten Art Schools." Loomis is an architect, educator and author whose other writings have appeared in Design Book Review, Progressive Architecture and many other publications. In 2002, he co–chaired the Association of Collegiate Schools of Architecture (ACSA) International Conference in Havana.

Amy Pennington is the creator and owner of GoGo Green Garden, a business where she builds, plants and tends edible gardens for city people in their backyards. She also runs, a website that pairs city gardeners with unused garden space. Her new book is "Apartment Gardening: Plants, Projects and Recipes for Growing Food in Your Urban Home."

Andrew Russell is artistic director at Intiman Theatre.

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