about the Virtual Museum of Architecture
...the museum’s policies, goals, and objectives.
Non Ici (Latin for “not there”) is a new virtual museum of architecture--perhaps the first--and is based on a core collection of CAD models, construction of which began in 1987. As of 1996, Non Ici’s digital collection consists of over thirty individual models of primarily 20th century unbuilt buildings, a massing model of Center City Philadelphia, a substantial portion of Piranesi’s plan of the Campo Marzio, and hundreds of digital drawing files (plans, elevations, axonometrics, perspectives) derived from the core data.
Projects on the museum’s aganda:
01. Piranesi’s Campo Marzio
02. Le Corbusier’s Palais des Congres
03. Stirling’s art of interpretation
04. Giurgola and geometry
05. Religious buildings of Kahn
06. Venturi and Rauch’s Canton, Ohio
07. Houses under a common roof
08. The architectural promenade
09. Seroux redux
10. Scale and Architecture
11. unbuilt Chandigarh
12. Schinkel’s Berlin
13. The Danteum
14. Kahn’s Governmental complex for West Paki
15. unique and unbuilt domestic architecture
16. VSBA’s Frankfurt museum
17. unbuilt Arquitectonica
18. late Le Corbusier
19. any unbuilt Kahn
20. any unbuilt Stirling
21. any unbuilt Corbu
22. any unbuilt Venturi, Scott Brown
plan for the virtual museum
...create some kind of plan for the virtual museum...
a book entitled Not There
Not There--the phenomenology of a virtual museum of architecture.
Quondam web site, etc.
...it may well be that I start the website myself. ...the magazine--Not There--that Quondam will attempt to publish.
Not There will be a periodical directed at clarifying the multivalent potentials of a Virtual Museum of Architecture.
composite elevation drawings
Quondam - a virtual museum of architecture has been online since November 21 1996.
Quondam is an altogether new type of architecture museum. First, as a virtual museum, Quondam possesses the power to act as a museum without the agency of a building, and it may be the first museum of architecture solely in cyberspace. Second, virtuality, that is, potential existence, defines the fundamental theme of Quondam's collection of 3-dimensional computer aided design (CAD) models, most of which represent unbuilt architectural designs.
The objective of Quondam and its collection is to manifest new virtual possibilities--to enable "visits" to buildings that do not exist, to compare the scale of any number of buildings side by side, to analyze specific building designs by taking their "models" apart, and, perhaps, to learn something totally new by reassembling pieces of the "models" in new ways.
displayed in chronological sequence
...have the plan, section, and elevation data all at the same scale[?] ...a collection of building plans, etc. displayed chronologically (not by country, type, style, or architect)--just by date (and at the same scale).
...do the same type of chronological ordering for Quondam's entire collection.
...a history/museum of architecture displayed in chronological sequence...
segue to digital museum
Philip Johnson's estate in Connecticut... ...the New Canaan Johnson estate... ...an ideal setting and real museum of architecture (and art). ...segue to digital museum (Acropolis Q) as a virtual place/museum that is an experiment in architecture.
Quondam's inaugural exhibition, seeking precedents... ...finding inspiration, appeared online March 20, 1997.
seeking precedents... ...finding inspiration 3121
seeking precedents... ...finding inspiration 3121b
Not There: agenda for Quondam
Not There, an innovative chronicle of the motivation and cause of Quondam from behind the scenes. ...an easy going non-sequitur, perhaps an oddball adventure in 3d.
Not There, a focus on things that can only be done virtually, outlandish juxtapositions and scale/rotation distortions. ...the history of architecture in the midst of a whole new arena, i.e., dealing with buildings that are not there.
Gooding House and Altes Museum comparison and contrast
A gutted Gooding House compared to a gutted Altes Museum and the rustic hut.
Altes Museum - virtual redux
...a virtual re-design of the Altes Museum. ...actually just involves the Lustgarten. ...extending the base of the museum out as far as possible (like the plaza at Stirling's Düsseldorf museum) and placing a parking garage underneath, incorporating new design elements on the plaza and at its edges. ...introduce typologically shaped voids within the plaza as well.
new urban landscapes
...creating new urban landscapes with deformed models from Quondam's collection.
[new] Not There [city]
The virtual construction site of Quondam.
A real Collage City.
comparative museum types
...do something with the museums in Quondam's collection. ...experimenting overlays and collaging, and setting up a "museum" environment as a virtual place. ...[perhaps] employ the Berlin (Lustgarten) environment.
more analogous buildings
...designing and recombining them to create new "buildings."
inside-out Altes Museum
...a construction using the Altes Museum model whereby the exterior walls of the Altes Museum are used to create an interior courtyard. ...first invert the plan. ...a whole new buildings through the manipulation of existing model data.
more daring @ Quondam
...far more manipulative of the model and 2D data in the collection. ...collaged-distorted designs demonstrating the true possibilities of "virtual" space and museums of architecture. ...new definitions of museums are also being created in the process--a "virtual" museum can go beyond the "mission" of a real museum.
merge building models
...merge building models into the site models of the various museums, and from there create/design virtual exhibits.
...furthest venturing into the virtual museum metaphor so far. ...a new range of display possibilities using the Philadelphia model as the site for virtual architectural exhibits. ...the Great Pryamids superimposition was just the beginning. ...morph any building or section of the city in the name of a virtual architectural exhibit. This seems unprecedented and has implications for virtual exhibits and museology.
Museum of Architecture for Venice
...school project for a museum of architecture in Venice. ...resurrect this project as Ur-Quondam. ...it is a continuation of the Schinkel-Corbu-Stirling legacy, especially to Schinkel's Court Gardener's House. ...exhibit of the building filled with a collage of rooms (plans)...
individual building comparisons
...comparing Hurva Synagogue and St. Pierre as religious architecture, and comparing the Dominican Convent and the Altes Museum because of their almost exact same size and the similar enclosure of repetitive units.
The Hurva-St. Pierre comparison is about similar scales in plan, but very different scales in elevation. As religious buildings, their comparison may shed insight upon their respective fulfillments of religious programs. Also the idea of comparing Hurva Synagogue to the Pantheon
The Dominican Convent-Altes Museum comparison will allow the creation of a new composite building which may be very original. The inside-out Altes Museum idea may work with this investigation as well.
...also Sober House 1 and Good-Bye House.
the new Not There
The opening theme for the revised Not There begins with the "new ideal city," "analagous buildings" and the Capriccio, the kit of parts, and ultimately Not There, the site.
infinite collection of Quondam
...Quondam's collection is already infinite. "Playing" with the collection through the many capabilities of CAD...
... using the Philadelphia model as a base for new "construction" of unbuilt or demolished Philadelphia, for example, M/G's Market St. Gallery, Kahn's Planning Commission studies and his City Hall, the Furness buildings that are long gone, and the cast iron district torn down to make room for Independence Mall.
[hyper]murals @ the Altes Museum
...design new murals for the porch at the Altes Museum. This will reenact the original and now destroyed murals. Also incorporate murals into the upper balcony area.
The mural formerly on the left wall of the Altes Museum porch.
The mural formerly on the right wall of the Altes Museum porch.