Lawrence F. London, Jr.
Title: Harold Strub
A versatile architect with strong communication skills and broad experience in Canada and the developing world--the tropics, the midlatitudes and the Arctic--summarily described as to vocation and avocation. Author of Bare Poles: Building Design for High Latitudes, a guide to designing for people in subarctic, arctic and antarctic regions.
- 1996, Bare Poles: Building Design for High Latitudes. 208 pages, 150+ photos, drawings, tables and maps. Carleton University Press, Ottawa, ISBN 0-88629-278-6.
- Front cover layout.
- 1992, Swim by an Arctic Fox, Alopex Lagopus, in Alexandra Fiord, Ellesmere Island, Canada. Canadian Field-Naturalist, 106(4).
Practiced at these locations:
Transported by musical genius such as:
- Sarah Chang, violin, 15 years of age, unparalleled ear, intelligence and motivation as displayed in EMI Classics compact discs: Debut 54352, age 9, quarter-size violin; Violin Concerto in D Tchaikovsky 54753, age 11, three-quarter-size violin; Violin Concerto No.1, Paganini 55026, age 12; Symphonie Espagnole, Lalo and Concerto No.5 in A Minor, Vieuxtemps, 55292, age 14.
- Kiri Te Kanawa, soprano, Chi il bel sogno di Doretta, La Rondine, Puccini, CBS Masterworks MK37298 Verdi and Puccini.
- Frederica von Stade, mezzo, Non so piu, Le Nozze di Figaro, Mozart, London 410 150-2.
- The late Om Kalsoum, mezzo, Baid Annak, Sono Cairo 107, among others.
- Alfred Brendel, piano, Piano Sonatas, Beethoven, Philips 411 470-2.
Transfixed by writing genius such as:
- V. S. Naipaul: A Bend in the River, The Enigma of Arrival, Finding the Centre.
- Tracy Kidder: The Soul of a New Machine, House, Among Schoolchildren, Old Friends.
- Judith Thurman: Isak Dinesen: The Life of a Storyteller.
- James Gleick: Genius: The Life and Science of Richard Feynman; Chaos: Making a New Science.
- John McPhee: In Suspect Terrain, Oranges, Assembling California.
- Jonathan Weiner: The Beak of the Finch.
Two family peaks:
- Emil Strub, my great-grandfather, designed and built many of the funiculars and cog railways in Europe at the turn of the last centrury. Above Interlaken in Switzerland his Jungfraubahn bores through the Eiger until it reaches the saddle below the peak of the Jungfrau. He invented a cog railway system that is still in use today. I have his pickaxe. It is inscribed "Jungfraubahn Director Strub".
- Cordelia Strube, my baby sister, wrote the novels Alex and Zee and Milton's Elements to explore her characters' strengths via their weaknesses in straight-from-the-shoulder prose. Harper-Collins published Teaching Pigs to Sing in August 1996.
- Nearly inaccessible sections of the Great Wall ruins high above and north of the haze over Beijing, China.
- White picket fence and green sward at Porsild's scientific station overlooking the icebergs in Disko Bay, Qeqertarsuaq, Greenland.
- Verandah overlooking Tent Bay and the Atlantic during a tropical storm near Bathsheba, Barbados, West Indies.
- From the icecap down to the arctic oasis at Truelove Lowland, on foot, Devon Island, Northwest Territories, Canada.
One recommended geophysicist:
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