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2009.01.31 16:38
Re: Misc. stuff
After seeing Lost this past week I was inspired with a new way to think about Quondam and what I've sort of being doing there already--experiment with architecture within a/the space time continuum. For example, where some building model have already been collaged together, it's not just being playful but also seeing what it's like when architectures from different places and/or different times cross paths. Another example is how the Axis of Life of the Ichnographia matches the Benjamin Franklin Parkway is like where two different space/time architectures actually lock together (hence the Ichnographia Quondam). Anyway, I'm just starting to work on this stuff now, so not much more to mention. I'm just today in the final stretch of nicely redrawing a plan of the Palace of Versailles, and I'm looking forward to seeing how and where that will fit in within Quondam's space time continuum--remember, here a Versailles, there a Versailles, everywhere a Versailles, sigh!

2009.02.01 10:37
Venturi's Lieb (No. 9) House to be moved (or demolished)
Gordon loves it even more like that.

As does Aldo.

architectures in the space-time continuum

2009.02.02 14:37
Venturi's Lieb (No. 9) House to be moved (or demolished)
I'd say that the Lieb House is now a museum peice. That's how the building's context has now changed. Villa Savoye hasn't moved, but its context has changed as well. It hasn't been a residence in many years, and it too is now a museum peice.
It was asked above what's going on at Guild House. According to "on the boards" of the VSBA website, Guild House is undergoing rehabilitaion. Just in passing, the physical context of Guild House changed drastically within the first decade of the building's existence. Spring Garden Street was much different/dense in the 1960s and bad zoning decisions changed the street into low-rise warehouses. It's kind of difficult to appreciate Guild House 'in context' now.
For what it's worth, I'm becoming much more interested in architectures within the context of the space-time continuum.

2009.02.09 09:14
Re: Reenacting paintings
Finally read the article, and yes it would have been more complete if the notion of reenactment was also addressed, as reenactment involves all the issues: reproduction, cloning, authenticity, degrees of separation, even, to some extent, space-time. I'd say the degrees of separation issue is here the most important in that, like you mention, the reproductions come extremely close to the original, and can even occupy the space of the original, but the reproductions can never be the original. I'm reminded of that aspect of calculus where the curve continues to more and more closely approach + or - 1 but never reaches the actual integer itself.
"Bifuracted authenticity" is an interesting notion, but, in terms of authenticity, it's a little misleading--there is still really only one authentic work (the reproduction Marriage of Cana even in original context is still a reproduction). Nonetheless, it brings to mind notions of the Baroque--"Within his double theater Bernini capsulized the beginning of Western culture's new bifurcation of the real and the illusory, introduced mirroring as a henceforth dominant (post) Baroque (stylistic) theme, and, at base (or should I say at the ultimate end), inverted reality into a reenactment of its own illusory mirror (--is this perhaps also the genesis of historiography?)." Plus, the mystical notion of bilocation, or is it actually something scientific as in the space-time continuum? Is the match of the Campo Marzio Axis of Life and the Benjamin Franklin Parkway an example of "bifurcated authenticity"?
So, generally, my take on the article is that 'reenactment' is missing and really should have been included. Greenaway essentially performed two reenactments--one the reenacted natural lighting in situ, and two the reenacted lighting on the reenacted painting at another/nearby site--and Factum Arte reenacted the Marriage of Cana at its original site.
Here a Versailles, There a Versailles, Everywhere a Versailles, sigh--going Baroque in the space-time continuum!

2009.02.17 07:58
Bilocation Syndrome
a purposeful walk
during the thick of reenactment season
through a space-time continuum

2009.03.16 11:28
Venturi's Lieb (No. 9) House to be moved (or demolished)
Historical analysis within a space-time continuum is more ongoing productivity and less end-product.
"architectures in the space-time continuum"
architectural history in the space-time continuum
Pergamon, wo bist du?
I'm beginning to wonder which is more immovable, a building or an opinion.
"[This museum should be regarded as a kind of reliquary containing various mementoes symbolizing not only the eternal brother-conflict, but also the military and diplomatic encounters, exchanges and betrayals of recorded history.] An old woman conducts a party through the museum, pointing out relics from the battle career of her hero Wellington, the Iron Duke. There are exhibits under glass and pictures on the walls. A flag, a bullet, a military hat; Duke Wellington on his big white horse; three soldiers crouching in a ditch; a pair of Naopeon's jinnies, making believe to read a book of strategy; and a sex-caliber telescope through which the Duke trains on the flanks of the jinnies."

2009     Savoye Shadows Annexation   2408
2009     Villa + 15   2409

2009.09.01 17:53
fashion tip (of the iceberg)
arbitration and arbitrariness blurred
reality being relative to the vastness of its container
arbitration and arbitrariness come into focus as instinct
realms juxtaposed
"the time it takes to do this" as continuum
i.e., " compose this novel in a real/virtual manner. Do you assume this intention needs support from the living?"
background music: ...sounds a blur (in a good way) between Saussure and the debunked Blavatsky, but to no surprise as I have heard the two in the same breathe before.

atemporality at work?
[Kazys Varnelis blogged:]
this is one of a large number of plans from archive...

This is one of a large number of plans from Archive of Affinities. Although on the surface these reveal a similarity to Colin Rowe and Fred Koetter's postmodern collage techniques as explored in their Collage City, we can also see some crucial differences here that reveal this project to be part of network culture.
Chief among these is that, on the one hand, these plans demonstrate a forced relationship between unlike elements and, on the other, these plans lack any trace of rupture or artifacts of their collision. This is a paradoxical inversion of postmodern design, in which elements would be chosen for their contextual nature, but when collided would retain traces of their violent encounter while also announcing their inability to ever produced a whole.
In other words, what we see is atemporality at work, not a postmodern revival.
See archive of affinities

atemporality at work?
Kazys, I too have been following the latest 'designs' featured at Archive of Affinities, and I'm somewhat reminded of some of the 'designs' that came out of Quondam between 1999 and 2008. Seeing as you see the designs from Archive of Affinities as 'atemporality at work', I'm curious what you might think of the (not all too dissimilar) designs at Quondam.
Go to and check out the following:
Ur-Ottopia House
Ludi 002
Good-Bye House
Mikveh PMP
Dominican Fortress
Mosque Q
House of Shadows Bye
Gooding Trice House
Le Composites
Cut & Paste Museum
Headquarters of D.A.T.A.
Villa Plus Ultra
Courthouse Plus Ultra.
With a few exceptions, the buildings are 're-combined' at the same scale, and offer an 'other' (fictional?) rendition of architectural history. If nothing else, I'd like to have a better focus of what it is exactly that these building designs might represent--postmodernity or perhaps atemporality.

atemporality at work?
[Kazys nominally replied:]
This post was originally an entry in my microblog, but I'm promoting it since I think it brings up a lot of questions. I'll be posting a follow up soon. For now, see the comments.
Sometime mid-October Kazys removed his nominal reply, and thus it is now uncertain whether he will ever "follow up."

2012.10.02 11:23
aspatiallity at work
space time continuum
space time discontinuum
aspatial atemporal discontinuum
aspatial atemporal continuum
(xsquared + 2xy + ysquared) x (xcubed + 3xsquaredy + 3ysquaredx + ycubed) marks the spot, maybe.
the expeditious expedition
had flags and colors and birds
and waves of hands
and waves of seas
they embarked
with the goal to please
all reality is relative to the size of its container
all irreality is relative to the holes in the container
we are all mirrors that have to see ourselves regardless

For nearly two decades I've been saying that network...
[Kazys Varnelis blogged:]

For nearly two decades I've been saying that network culture in architecture isn't parametric or generative design. This is a great example.



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