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turning of a page in architectural history


2016.04.13 11:20
Los Angeles, the Industrial City
Reminds me of a "road trip" I took through Northeast Philadelphia almost 17 years ago:
1561   1561b   1561c   1561d


2016.04.13 19:35
Here's a dose of design inspiration from Superstudio, the radical 1960s "anti-architecture" collective whose influence continues today
2011.02.17 13:01
Generic Architecture
the myth
the reality
hope floats

2016.04.19 19:14
Rem Koolhaas to deliver keynote on day 3 of AIA National Conference
2006.03.16 12:25
Complex Iconography and Contradictory Content in Architecture
The last Palestinian Governor of Galilee and Koolhaas are the only people mentioned so far that I have ever met or seen in person. I discussed urban planning with the Governor for about ten minutes in 1977--I at least remember he said, "The three different areas must be autonomous."--and Koolhaas heard me discuss "content" with Venturi and Scott Brown 29 September 2001.


2016.04.21 11:20
A tour of OMA's Pierre Lassonde Pavilion
There are more photos, and this is my favorite:

2016.05.09 09:35
Vanna Venturi House's new owner plans to preserve property
I seriously wonder whether it's really all that important for the Vanna Venturi House to be preserved "as it has been maintained thus far." This building is already so well documented and so well known by so many people that haven't even been there that preservation seems thusly to lose much of its point.


2016.05.09 19:32
Vanna Venturi House's new owner plans to preserve property
...right now I'm only thinking about the Vanna Venturi House, and not (yet) thinking of any broader implications. I just couldn't think of any real compelling reasons why it's important that the house remain preserved "as it has been maintained thus far." Can you think of any compelling reasons why it's important that the house remain preserved "as it has been maintained thus far?"
Or, let me put it this way: can you think of any compelling reasons why it's important that the house remain preserved "as it has been maintained thus far" that isn't based on somehow maintaining control?
Regarding documentation, the modern era itself could well be called the era of overwhelming documentation. Centuries old buildings are preserved primarily because they are among the relatively scant remains/documentations we have of past times. Conversely, the Vanna Venturi House is (literally) voluminously documented, indeed to the point where the documentation has a much more far-reaching influence than the building itself.
Personally, if it were my design, I'd make the working drawings of the house available for sale so that who ever wanted their own version of the house could actually build/have one. And it'd be preservation without control, because I'd like to see how different buyers might make changes or additions to the design to suit their own taste or needs.


2016.05.12 11:16
Chandigarh: Corbs swansong or an Urban revolution?
And speaking of Le Corbusian swan song, 25 years ago.



2016.05.13 08:29
Artist Daniel Buren spruces up Gehry's Fondation Louis Vuitton with colorful intervention
reminded me of this...

"All the world's a next stage."

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