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2014.08.22 21:03
22 August


The Venturi building most inspired by Kahn put into the actual building by Kahn that inspired Venturi.

2014.08.23 09:44
22 August
I might be getting Log 31 in the mail today. I ordered it at amazon almost two months ago, but for some reason they weren't able to restock it until recently. Thanks for the gesture anyway. Of course, the "focus on contemporary practitioners working openly with history" is of automatic interest to me--Quondam, as a virtual museum of architecture, is by default a contemporary 'practice' openly working with history. But, as Quondam (and its collection) developed, the notion of virtualizing an 'other' history of architecture also developed, and HQ of DATA (above) is a prime example of that. (Plus, there is the ongoing exploitation of the quickness and ease with which architectural graphic data can be manipulated via CAD--in the above case a 'to scale 'photo montage' in 3D'.) I just thought of another notion that might 'explain' some of the workings at Quondam: playing with history at the same scale.
Analogous Building, 1993:

Parthenon columns at Villa Stein de Monzie, 1993:

Broken Temple, 1993:

2014.09.11 09:45
The End of History?
"Most prevalent in our time: the assimilating imagination, the metabolic imagination."
It's still over a millennium before the osmotic imagination and the electro-magnetic imagination are the most prevalent. Humanity's furthest reach occurs almost exactly the year 4000. But then the ultimate cut-off happens 4371, which ushers in approximately 1780 years of all-frequency imagination. And after that humanity is simply a nimiety of keratin. »»»»

2014.09.20 09:46
20 September

There's definitely something Hejduk about this first image of Lequeu's Architecture Civile.

2014.09.25 10:58
Tate Modern 2 by Herzog & de Meuron
Riccardo, great images and thanks for the rendering/construction side-by-side presentation. There's a strong appeal to the building as it looks currently--kind of "Brutalism 2.0". Ever since both this design and the first scheme design were published in 2006, I thought there's definitely the potential for the ultimate building to be something uniquely 21st century. Looks like that's now for sure going to be the case.



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