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2007.11.10 16:15
The End of Boxes
The Beginning of Boxes?

Louis I. Kahn, Norman Fisher House, construction completed June 1967.

2007.11.10 18:21
The End of Boxes
The Beginning of Blobs?

Le Corbusier, Electronic Calculation Center Olivetti at Rho-Milan, 1963-64.

2007.11.11 16:10
The End of Boxes
Conjecture: Kiesler's Endless House project may well have inspired the 'blob' elements within Le Corbusier's Electronic Calculation Center Olivetti at Rho-Milan for there are more endless-house-like elements within the Olivetti Center design.

2007.11.11 17:30
The End of Boxes
from Oeuvre Complète, Vol. 7:

The design is an interesting combination of box, blob and mat.

2007.12.01 08:31
Consumerism and Monumentality
canon : the body of rules, principles, or standards accepted as axiomatic and universally binding in a field of study or art
axiom : a self-evident truth that requires no proof
That memory, whether it be lucid or vague, functions primarily as a reenactment is axiomatic.
The operative word/notion within the definiton of canon is "accepted," which adds substantial subjectivity. Thus canons, in and of themselves, are not axiomatic.
Canons emerge via power play.
power play : an action, stratagem, or maneuver, as in politics or business, by which power is concentrated or manipulated in order to subdue a rival or gain control of a situation.
That canons emerge via power play may well be axiomatic.
Is it axiomatic then too that novel canons emerge via novel power plays?
[Did you just read a novel axiom?]

2007.12.03 08:05
Guess Who
..but what about the subcategories of profane and sacred space?
fertile space
conceptual space
assimilating space
metabolic space
diaphragmic space
networked space
osmotic space
electromagnetic space
all-frequency space

2007.12.03 09:19
Guess Who
Both the profane and the sacred are human "being". Take away the qualifying hierarchy and you'll see the whole picture, which is much more.
After reading The Sacred and the Profane perhaps pick up Slovoj Zizek, The Puppet and the Dwarf: The Perverse Core of Christianity. It might help fill out the "whole picture."
...the subcategories of profane and sacred space:
fertile space
conceptual space
pregnant space
assimilating space
metabolic space
diaphragmic space
networked space
osmotic space
electromagnetic space
all-frequency space
for a school I'd go:
inside -- assimilating space and all-frquency space
outside -- metabolic space

2008.01.20 13:06
I want to write about architecture....How?
"I better stop before I start writing a reenactment novel here."
I read Remainder this past Friday; the episodes between Ludwig II and Josef Kainz came to mind--truth is stranger than fiction. Ludwig, too, was a very, very wealthy young man.
"Hey, did you hear the one about another Colonial Williamsburg in Arabia?"
"Gosh, that'd be like reenactment cubed."
"I know, and then they'll start slipping into the fourth dimension."
"Here a Versailles, There a Versailles, Everywhere a Versailles, sigh."

2008.03.09 15:23
The Discreet HARM of The Bourgeosie...
Shock the architects themselves; that's where the real creative fun is. An over-flowing font of inspirations, even.

2008.03.09 15:49
The Discreet HARM of The Bourgeosie...
struggle = yawn, then snooze
easy = shock

2008.03.09 16:26
The Discreet HARM of The Bourgeosie...
No, seriously, a struggle results in feeling tired, where as, something spontaneous and quick, wakes you up.

2008.03.09 16:34
The Discreet HARM of The Bourgeosie...
Virtually all architects are highly proficient at generating sticker-shock architecture.

2008.03.10 16:40
The Discreet HARM of The Bourgeosie...
"It would be more appropriate for us architects to shock the senses first - worry about style later."
Ah yes,

the Horse Radish House.

2008.03.22 10:54
taking sexy back
multiple choice:
seminating imagination
ovulating imagination
fertilized imagination
conceptual imagination
pregnant imagination
pre-natal imagination
imagination of embryonic development
all of the above

2008.03.22 14:53
Eisenman vs Zumthor theoretical approach
assimilation: absorption
extreme assimilation: purge
metabolic: creative/destructive duality
pre-natal: synaptical
all-frequency: synapses
still-born: delivery and that's it
pregnant: delivery forthcoming

2008.04.02 17:02
what is gothic that is not ornament? what is baroque, if not ornament?
Gothic is a passion play, whereas Baroque is a double theater.

2008.04.04 13:56
I can't answer for others, but lately my architectural theories involve a conjunction of Erlebnis und Erfahrung.

2008.04.05 10:32
Page 68 of Privacy and Publicity: Modern Architecture as Mass Media is loaded, and the dyslexical error therein provides a spark capable of igniting an explosion. More truth may in fact lie with the notion that the attributes of memory and remembrance are indeed interchangably fluid rather than strictly opposed. Le Corbusier's 'doctoring' of photography (as discussed in the chapter after page 68) even seems to be a perfect example of the interchangable fluidity of memory and remembrance.
--Balloon and Prick: Modern Reading as Virtual Architecture, (forthcoming).
currently on my 'book table':
Privacy and Publicity: Modern Architecture as Mass Media
The Limits of Interpretation
The Changing Light at Sandover
The Architecture of Humanism: A Study in the History of Taste
The Fifties
The Rise of Scientific Philosophy
Promises, Promises: Essays on Psychoanalysis and Literature
Difference & Repetition
Man and Time
The Anaesthetics of Architecture
The Diaries of Paul Klee
Edmund Husserl's Origin of Geometry: An Introduction
"The Boudoir in The Expanded Field"
The Production of Space
Art in America,
April 2008
Artforum, April 2008
51N4E space producers
Shrinking Cities
Festival Architecture
Future City: Experiment and Utopia in Architecture
Yves Brunier, Landscape Architect

...perhaps a sign of being neither student nor architect; sondern etwas anderes.

2008.04.05 16:49
S,M,L,XL is indeed a kind of "browsable" book that predates the internet in its breadth, and, for me at least, has stimulated publishing via the internet.
As far as I'm concerned, the internet makes "creating a fixed/fluid, massive, all-encapsulating text" even more possible.

2008.04.09 11:22
to clarify, when I wrote...
It may be well worth noting that the publication of S,M,L,XL closely coincides with the dawn of the easily-browsable/easily-publishable hypersized Internet. Ends and beginnings are both extreme situations was in response to:
I don't think there's been a book [since S,M,L,XL] with such broad influence since. What do you think?
...meaning that, since S,M,L,XL, it's from the Internet that broad influence now emanates.

2008.04.09 14:23
You know, for me (like for most architects), architecture has always been a sort of tourist site.

2008.04.14 17:20
Architecture & intellectual property
I'm still not sure whether "Patent Office" within Content is legally serious or not, but it is a very good documentation of OMA/AMO's 'intellectual property'.
It's also strange how authorship is now-a-days sometimes seen as something negative, although 'intellectual property' is all about legal 'authorship'.

2008.04.15 18:10
Floor Plans

Institute of Indigestion
You R what U eat Department



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