In 1950, Italy became the leaders of a revolution in exhibition design. After years of war and fascism, the country sought to forge back its cultural identity with the help of avant-garde curators. It was an architectural movement in museum design that reinvented the display of Italian art in historic spaces.
To cite Carlo Scarpa, “If art is education, the museum must be the school”. The whole country discovered a new experience with art, a change from the old school approach to art and its history. It was called it “Saper vedere” which means “learning to see”.
Offering an alternative to the classic gallery-esque "white room”, or the historical contextual “period room”, these Italian architects experimented with the idea of an odd scenography; introducing the notion of strangeness, by removing the exhibited artwork from the heavily ornamented walls and isolating it from its context so it could shine on its own for the visitor to fully experience.
To name a few of the great architectural set designers, there were the architectural group BBPR in Milano, Franco Albini in Genoa, and Carlo Scarpa who mastered the art of the “allestimento” in Firenze, Verona, Possagno, Palermo and more. In a radical yet incredibly light and moving way, they opened the path to the modern museum scenography we know today.
Vista desde la calle, Procuraduría General de Justicia del Distrito Federal, av. Niños Heroes esq calle Dr Liceaga, Doctores, Cuauhtémoc, Ciudad de México 1961 (destruido, permanece el Auditorio Maestro Carlos Franco Sodi)
Arq. Enrique del Moral
View from the street, Attorney General of the Federal District, av. Ninos Heroes at calle Dr. Liceaga, Doctores, Cuauhtemoc, Mexico City 1961 (destroyed, Auditorio Maestro Carlos Franco Sodi remains)
John Samir Zawahri was born on June 8, 1989 in Lebanon to Samir Zawahri and Randa Adbou. The couple married in 1985 but separated on 2 occasions, first in 1993 and then again in 1998 due to alleged abuse by Samir. At the time of the rampage, John was living in an apartment with his mother and had limited contact with his father. In 2006, while attending Olympic High School in Santa Monica, a teacher noticed John researching information on firearms and instructions for making explosive devices. It was quickly discovered that he had also made repeated threats against students, teachers, and campus security officers. The matter was turned over to the police and a search of his home led officers to find bomb-making materials. Zawahri was admitted to UCLA’s Neuropsychiatric Institute but released a short time later to the surprise, and dismay, of many Olympic High School staff members. After graduating high school, he was briefly enrolled at Santa Monica College from 2009-2010.
On June 7, 2013, the California Highway Patrol received a report of shots fired at a home in Santa Monica, California. Officers arrived on the scene to discover the residence on fire and summoned the fire department. After extinguishing the blaze, the bodies of two men were discovered inside the house and later identified as 55 year old Samir Zawahri and 24 year old Christopher Zawahri, John’s father and older brother. It was quickly determined that at least one of the men had been shot to death before the fire started. Police would soon realize that this was only the beginning of a deadly shooting spree perpetrated by Zawahri. After setting fire to the house, Zawahri carjacked a woman at gunpoint. When a passing motorist attempted to intervene, John used the AR-15-type semiautomatic rifle that he had machined himself out of aluminum, to shoot and wound her. He then ordered the driver of the car to take him to the Santa Monica College campus. During the drive to the college, he fired at a city bus, injuring 3 people, and a police cruiser. Once Zawahri reached the college campus, he shot into a Ford Explorer, killing 68 year old Carlos Navarro Franco and critically wounding his 26 year old daughter Marcela Dia Franco. Marcela would die from her wounds two days later in an area hospital. As he made his way to the college library, Zawahri fatally shot 68 year old Margarita Gomez. Once inside the library he fired upon a group of students and then turned his attention to library employees who had barricaded themselves in a storage room. Most of the people in the area had been able to hide or escape unharmed after hearing gunshots and screams. Police responded to emergency calls and exchanged gunfire with John inside the library. He was fatally wounded by the officers and died a short time later. Santa Monica police officers then spent over eight hours searching the college campus for additional shooters and victims but found none.
Despite leaving a 3 page letter that expressed remorse over killing his father and brother, Zawahri did not give a motive for the shootings. Police have alleged that an undetermined family dispute started the rampage. Investigators also believe that mental illness may have played a role but no details have ever been given in regards to this.
Originally posted on The Crime Library Facebook page under my mod name Malicious Intent.
ANTMFunny: All right, Stiffy Doo… may I call you Stiffy Doo?
Adam “Stiffy-Doo” Smith: That was the critique I got all season, but I was like whatever. It’s Tyra - she can nickname me whatever she wants! I didn’t think I was stiff, I guess that’s just my demeanor.
ANTMFunny: I never really understood how you were supposedly so drunk and so stiff at the same time.
Adam: I was never actually drunk for the photo shoots. That was one of the only things I was actually pissed about [watching the show.] They edited it like, “Oh, now that Adam’s sobered up, his pictures are better,” but I only ever drank in the house.
ANTMFunny: Got it.
Adam: Well, actually I drank before one shoot. Getting back to your point about Keith trying to sabotage me, Keith got me to drink before one shoot where they had hinted that we’d have to be naked. Keith was nervous about getting naked [ANTMFunny: I see no reason for Keith to be nervous about getting naked] so we each did a shot. The cameramen tried to get it on camera, but we hid it from them.
ANTMFunny: Which shoot was that?
Adam: The No Glove/No Love shoot.
ANTMFunny: Oh yeah, that one made a lot of sense.
Adam: It was such a weird time. We walk in and there’s a fishbowl full of condoms, and then there’s Miss J and Yu Tsai talking about AIDS. Next, we’re wearing feathered gloves. I was like, man, this is fucking bizarre.
ANTMFunny: What’s not to get? You’re putting on metaphorical condoms and then having “self-love.”
Adam: [laughs] That was the biggest joke photo shoot. The Cory-bot shoot was ridiculous, too - those two are probably the easiest to make fun of.
Adam: [laughs] Yeah, okay, I’ll tell you the Romeo story. It’s his birthday, and everyone was pretty drunk, he was probably the drunkest. He claims he was blacked out, I don’t if we’ll ever know the true answer to that. He was being pretty ridiculous, he was in the bedroom and trying to grab Keith’s dick. He was just joking around, but he was out of control. [Adam then recaps a lot of what we saw on the show.] The producers were trying to get me to walk away to my room. I actually did walk away to my room, and was like, “All right, we’ll handle this tomorrow,” but then Romeo said something like, “That’s right, you walk away, you pussy!” and I was like “Why did you have to say that? I’m not going to have you out here looking like a tough guy on camera while I walk away.”
Adam: I don’t think he ever actually meant to hit me. They’re very clear on the zero tolerance violence policy. I think since I was not reacting to him at all and kind of laughing in his face, he didn’t think I was taking him seriously enough, and then he just head-butted me. I was so shocked that he did it!… Everyone was very happy when he went home. We actually weren’t sure what would happen – would they actually stick to the rules? I think [otherwise] they would have kept him around for a while just for the sake of drama.
ANTMFunny: Yeah I don’t think they wanted to get rid of him yet.
Adam: Yeah, but they had to; they were very upfront with the no violence thing at the start of the competition.
ANTMFunny: Next question:
Adam: This is from when Mirjana was coming at me for being too drunk. This is when I really didn’t know her and really didn’t like her at all.
ANTMFunny: How drunk would you have to be for Mirjana to beat you at an athletic competition?
Adam: I don’t think she ever could. Mirjana’s not an athletic girl. I think I could be blackout drunk and still win.
ANTMFunny: There’s no event she could beat you at?
Adam: No, there’s no decathlon event where she could beat me.
ANTMFunny: You got flack for not being tall enough to model, did you ever consider borrowing Will’s heels?
Adam: Haha, I don’t think I could have pulled off heels like Will can. I could have used some inches though for sure. I was taller than all of the girls barely… wait, sorry, I’m not taller than Raelia. Raelia’s huge. But when the girls wore heels, I was the shortest one in the competition.
ANTMFunny: We saw you bark and jump around a lot on the show, do you do that in real life, too?
Adam: [The producers] always want high energy. When we’re coming off the bus or we’re coming into the room to be greeted by the judges, production would be like, “Oh no, cut cut! Do that again with more energy!” So the joke was that I’d freak out and go, “OOOAAHH! [does a primal scream] and production would have to say, “Do that again with less energy.”
ANTMFunny: Did any of the girls think they actually had a chance of winning or was it discussed that Tyra would probably choose a guy?
Adam: That was never a point of discussion, but in my head even from just watching the last season, I think most people would think she’s going to pick a guy to win this season no matter what. When I made the house, I thought I had a 1 in 7 chance of winning. But yeah, I never heard the girls really say that or complain or anything. Maybe there was a chance if, like last season, someone like Jourdan is head and shoulders above the competition.
ANTMFunny: Yeah, I don’t think Tyra wanted to give it to her, but then she was like, “Damn, Jourdan has to win.”
Adam: Yeah, she had six best photos. I mean, Lenox had three best photos. If they had continued to give Lenox best photos, they kind of saw the direction it was going in. I’m a novice, but in my eyes, Lenox is an awesome model and after three best photos, they were like, “Uh oh, can’t do that anymore or we’re going to have to let Lenox win.”
Adam: No, not yet, but I am going to blow up the photo of me and Tyra and put that somewhere in my house.
ANTMFunny: Maybe you should put it in your bedroom. Are you concerned that Tyra thought you might be awful in bed during your Fierce Fantasy Headroll lesson?
Adam: I don’t think I was doing that bad at the fierce headroll whatever! The producers also took a shot at me during casting week for my ideal day. I think they said “10:01 sex, 10:03 breakfast.”
ANTMFunny: It was underreported, but it also made it seem like you had sex for six and a half hours between 3:30 and 10.
Adam: [ignoring my tantric sex reference, and probably rightfully so] I was pretty scared of my mom watching that first episode. My parents are pretty good sports, though. They obviously know me, they know I’m fucking around a lot. [ANTMFunny: You’ll have to ask Adam whether “fucking around” means joking or sexing.]
ANTMFunny: Was there really a romance with you and Shei? And is she a better kisser than Soy the bulldog?
Adam: Haha, I think [the producers] wanted there to be a romance since Mirjana and Denzel was all they got, but no. I kissed Shei in the confessional twice, just making out drunk for the camera. There was nothing more. I figure I’m not going to have sex with any of the girls, but I will make out with them. I got Shei, I got Lenox if you count the acting challenge, I got Mirjana also at the end of the [stilt] runway, but they cut that out. [ANTMFunny: With a lamp shade over his face?! I should have asked about that.] Only three of the girls were over 21. I just turned 27. I got family watching: grandparents and aunts and uncles. I don’t need to be banging any 18 year olds on national TV. [ANTMFunny: Cough cough, Denzel.]
ANTMFunny: Did you get “gorgeous porn star” Jamie Rae’s phone number at least?
Adam: You know, I really wish I would have! I got her Instagram though. All of the girls I was laying the groundwork with [in semifinals] were cut before the house. They didn’t show this girl Amanda who was smoking hot and another girl Emily. I think I was on the same page as most of the guys. We were all upset when they cut this girl Kate Up… what was her name? Kate Compton, I almost said Kate Upton. I thought that maybe it’s a blessing in disguise since I won’t be distracted.
ANTMFunny: What’s Miss J like?
Adam: She’s weird… I guess she can be funny sometimes? You know, for the first runway show, I had only watched cycle 20, so when everyone was freaking out at the big unveiling of Miss J, I didn’t know what was going on. I had no idea who Miss J was. Maybe if I had seen past seasons I would have warmed to her character more. There was one point where I didn’t even know what she preferred to be called. I was talking to the camera and I stopped to ask about pronouns. I was like, “Wait is she a he or she? I’m being serious!” and the camera guy was just laughing at me.
Adam: Is she a transsexual or is he just going by “Miss J”?
ANTMFunny: He actually got that nickname from someone on the first season.
Adam: There was a Mr. Jay, right?
ANTMFunny: Yeah, well there were two Jays, so then this uptight Christian girl – well woman, I suppose, she was pretty old [ANTMFunny: Sorry/notsorry, Robyn!] – called one Mr. Jay and one Miss Jay just to differentiate them and it stuck.
Adam: The funny thing is he doesn’t come across as gay really to me! Especially at first, just in his demeanor or speech or the way he dresses. I didn’t know if he was gay or transsexual.
ANTMFunny: I don’t think we still know if it’s a genuine identity or just a character after 21 cycles, to be honest! But I would agree that he used to be funnier back when the show wasn’t entirely a joke, he added levity to the situation. Whereas now, you don’t need as much levity, I guess, unless it’s Franco.
Adam: Yeah, I agree, Franco is definitely the funniest of all the judges.
Adam: Oh man, I share your view on Franco, I think he’s an incredible character, like a gay Arnold Schwarzenegger. He should be a staple on the show.
ANTMFunny: Is he similar to how he comes across on the show?
Adam: He is exactly like that. I was cracking up the first night we were introduced to him. Maybe he’s acting for a reality show, but I’m pretty sure that’s him. If Tyra were smart, she’d bring him back for Yu Tsai’s job next season.
Adam: I didn’t know until someone pointed it out, and then once I did see them kind of… I never saw them kiss, but some people say they did, but I did notice them canoodling. Good for him. Banging Tyra Banks on the side! Classic. He’s the man.
ANTMFunny: All right, what was the single funniest moment of the show for you?
Adam: The hardest I laughed while on the show… can I say something that wasn’t on TV?
Adam: At some points when we’re drinking, they’re just like, “All right, we got enough footage for tonight, we’re not going to show you binge drinking on tv, just go have fun.” So we weren’t on camera and we were playing Never Have I Ever. It was “never have I ever sucked a dick” and the girls put down their fingers. Raelia puts down her finger and she goes, screaming of course, ‘cause she’s loud, “I sucked a penis before, I love sucking penis! I sucked a penis before and I’ll suck it again!” Then, from behind the walls, you hear a producer yell out [in a deep voice] “OH YEAHHHHHHHH!” She got embarrassed because you forget that they’re even there, but they’re always watching. Everyone just died laughing.
ANTMFunny: Is that how we missed the Will/Matthew kiss?
Adam: I wasn’t actually there, but this is the story I was told after: Matt was saying, “I’ve got no filter, I’ll say whatever, I’ll do whatever, I don’t give a fuck!” And Raelia said, “All right, I dare you to whip your dick out.” And he just did it. And then Romeo’s like, all right, I dare you to kiss Will, and he just went over and kissed Will. The next morning, they turned it into a bisexual thing. That was kind of weird. I’ve chilled with Matt a lot here in LA - he parties on my level – and from what I can tell, I don’t think he’s bisexual. But yeah, for whatever reason, they didn’t have it on camera. There’s usually only one camera guy working late at night and if he’s on break or in a different room… If they did get it on camera, they 100% would have shown it.
ANTMFunny: I think so, too.
Adam: There was a lot of stuff like that on camera, though, and I guess they had to cut it out. They could have made a quality show if it didn’t have to be on the CW network.
ANTMFunny: And if they gave up the pretense of it being a modeling show, maybe…
Adam: Yeah. The cast was great, everyone was funny. Watching the show, I was like, man, we had better footage – they could have made this so much better.
ANTMFunny: All right, Adam, thanks for being so generous with your time. Komsayameda!
(This interview has been condensed and edited.)
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