An open letter to Ivanka Trump (5/5/17)

It’s a good day to share this open letter to Ivanka Trump once again: please read and repost if you are inclined to agree that it is beneficial for the US rejoin the Paris Agreement.

Maia Kumari Gilman

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7 May 2017

Dear Ms. Trump,

I am an Architect and once worked on one of your grandfather’s Trump building projects in New York when I was an intern. Forgive me for being forward; this has made me feel a particular connection to your family’s work in the real estate world of New York.

The building site I worked on is at approximately 4.43 feet above sea level, by current map estimates. Although there are ground floor lobby spaces that could accommodate a storm surge or monthly higher tides, there are still mechanical spaces below, and elevator access above, through which the residents of the building need to access basic utilities, services and vertical transportation. Most of the residents are long term, and elderly.

As an Architect, this concerns me. And even though an intern on that particular project, I feel a connection to the site, the building and its…

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My Art Opening & Book Signing – Tonight!

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Planetary Protection

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Heading out for the weekend? This Saturday/Sunday only, my books are free!

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Getting Personal…

I'm working on a new bio, inspired by Dan Blank. It's taking shape...here it is: I design, write and paint to reveal deeper connecting rivers of light that flow through our problems and carry us to solutions. I am interested in the weave of words, images and form as they fix our focus on what … Continue reading Getting Personal…