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2000.12.16
architecture movements
Here's a list of just some of my favorite architecture movements:
The Altar from Pergamom to Berlin.
The Temple of Abu Simbal to higher ground.

Domitian's Naumachia dismantled to repair the fire damaged Circus Maximus.
The spiral columns from Greece to San Pietro Vaticano.

Cedar Grove from Frankford to Fairmount Park (Philadelphia).
Aldo Rossi's Teatro del Mondo floating into the Venetian lagoon.
...and my most anticipated architecture movement:
The Elgin Marbles returning to the Acropolis.

2002.04.05 11:18
Re: art as architecture as art
Lately, I've become very interested in architecture that has moved (from place to place). For example, the 17th century style Japanese (Philosophers) House in Philadelphia's Fairmount Park was created/built in post W.W.II Japan, then shipped to NYC for exhibition at MoMA, and then found its way to Philadelphia, which is probably where it will from now on remain. The house is constructed of a fairly rare Japanese cedar, and the recent installation of a new cedar roof cost something like 1.6 million dollars. You could say that this building represents a real someplace else (or at least is literally composed of things from someplace else), but what it probably more truly represents is its own journey as literally moving (i.e., non-static) architecture.


















2002.05.27 18:52
real/virtual existence
On this month's (May 2002) cover of the magazine Artforum is a picture of the Altar of Zeus from Pergamon as it is presently in the Pergamon Museum in Berlin. Not only is this architecture that has moved, but the (now over a century old) installation is a true example of the composite of the real and the virtual. A whole new virtual Temple has been reconstructed utilizing fragment remains of the original--a part real, part virtual building in a sense, or is it now a part Greek, part German building? For sure it is a mostly virtual building within a real building. It is also a part real, part reenactment building within a real building.

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