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1996.06.08
large, fantastic architectural plan
...creating a large, fantastic architectural plan, perhaps like the Ichnographia Campus Martius. ...an urban context, or one emormous building, or perhaps some strange campus of buildings. Projects like Hadrian's Villa and the Villas of Pliny come to mind... ...also find inspiration in other Piranesi projects like the Collagia.
(1996.06.27) ...Parkway Interpolation is already a fantastic plan...
...manipulate any and all of the existing plan data...


1997.12.23
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.


1998.06.15
new work @ Quondam
...slowly build a "virtual place", a kind of Quondam Ichnographia that eventually reflects Quondam's essence and modus operandi.


1998.07.18
Ichnographia as base for Quondam models
...the idea of placing the model collection into some kind of context--an imaginary context--and now the idea of using the Ichnographia as the base plan for the context. Moreover, the "program" of the Ichnographia could inform the museum context. For example, the Porticus Septorum Juliorum is analogous to Plecnik's Houses Under a Common Roof (although not close in scale), and the houses are simply placed there. This opens up the opportunity to place other models in other analogous situations.
This idea takes on even greater implications with including Parkway Interpolation as well as the whole Center City Philadelphia model.
Like the Ichnographia, the whole design could manifest a message, and that message could well be a critique / enlightenment of architecture today, starting with putting Acropolis Q at the Garden of Satire.


1999.01.21
Ottopia
Another major aspect of the exhibit will be Ottopia--a schizophrenic Ichnographia.


1999.01.25
ideas
Ichnographia Ottopia - placing the Giza Pyramid on the axis of death at true north orientation, Infringement Complex within the same area...

1999.01.28
infringement complex 2, etc.
...begin applying all kinds of elevations to the Center City model. Perhaps it is the Philadelphia model that is mixed with the Campo Marzio. ...soon going to be working on Ottopia... ...using the data already available. ...a free approach to everything.


1999.02.21
moving ahead
...designing and presenting Ottopia... ...experimentation using and collaging my 3D model collection. present "buildings" that have never been seen before, and these building will become part of Ottopia. ...generate a Nolli type map of Ottopia, making use of all the 2D data presently available. ...the plan of Ottopia doesn't have to make any sense, in fact, if it is to be a real reflection of schizophrenia, then it really shouldn't make any (common) sense.


1999.10.30
charette
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[virtual] house of schizophrenia [?]
or
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2000.05.06
Ottopia, etc.
...begin composing Ottopia with the houses for Otto distributed upon a collage of mesh surfaces; from there begin modeling of the Otto houses. Given the strange terrain, hopefully the house designs readily develop in schizophrenic ways, plus "otherwise" architectural ways. ...envisioning a use of mesh surfaces for other design features such as roofs and additional landscapes.
The greatest challenge will be to actually design a schizophrenic environment. For starters, lots of repetition and places vast distances apart come to mind... ...not at all sure whether a Piranesian (a la Campo Marzio) Ichnographia narrative will become part of Ottopia's plan.
...introducing mesh surfaces among pieces (sections) of the Philadelphia model, and thereafter redesigning a new metropolis. This Philadelphia manipulation could be part of Ottopia... ...Ottopia can be any number of built environment landscapes, and not just a "meshland"...

2000.08.02
Quondam - a virtual place in architectural history
...the notion of Quondam being a [virtual] place in architectural history because it is both real and virtual, precisely "quondam". The centerpiece of this "place in architectural history" is the Ichnographia Quondam, literally Quondam's large plan. It is within the IQ that designs will develop and reside?


2000.08.09
Bilbao "Affect" 001
Ichnographia Quondam.
project: The Working Title Museum
site: east bank of the Schuylkill River, Quondam


2000.08.20
Ichnographia Quondam: agenda
Part of the reason for getting a collection of mesh surfaces organized is to then begin further work on the Working Title Museum within IQ.
...wondering where I might place the House for Schinkel site(s); perhaps somewhere along the Petronia Amnis.


2000.09.16
ideas
Atypical Plan - this could be the title of a digital collection of "crazy" plans in the same manner of the Houses for Otto, Infringement Complex, and the Schizophrenic Folds plans.
In addition to Atypical Plan, I thought of NSEW as a book of atypical elevations.


2001.01.15
Quondam as hypermuseum
Ichnographia Quondam as the plan of a hypermuseum?
...the manifestation of designing and practicing (architecture) in cyberspace ideas...


2001.01.30
Hyper Architecturism
Hyper Architecturism documents all the ideas and manifestations of CAD play, especially the mesh surfaces and extruded rotations. Of course, the play will include model manipulation and collage/collision.
The concept of "hyper architecturism" also applies to Piranesi's Campo Marzio... ...generate a new Ichnographia Quondam...


2001.02.05
clues and inverted meanings
Design a Ichnographia full of clues and inverted meanings.


2001.09.24
first installment
...uploaded the first installment of Ichnographia Quondam, which so far comprises an Axis of War and an Axis Mundi.

2001.10.24
ideas, etc.
Philadelphia and Rome as the capitals of reenactment.
"The Crossed Architecture of Piranesi"
Acropolis Q at the steps leading to the Garden of Satire.
Ichnographia Quondam is the large plan of a virtual museum of architecture.


2001.11.30
ideas
...interpretation of the Ichnographia via The Art of Memory as exercised by the ancients. The Ichnographia as placement of memory, and memory as progenitor of reenactment.


2002.06.23
ideas
Phila-Roma


2003.01.23
ideas
Campo Marzio and Philadelphia at Hadrian's Tomb / Logan Circle true north.
Reenact Kahn's Philadelphia via (enlarged) Campo Marzio (plans). Kahn's City Hall (framework) plus mesh surfaces.


2003.
02.13
review of art work(s)
...begin creating 3D CAD versions of my art work(s)... ...this is where Ichnographia Quondam comes into play in that it becomes the site/scenographia where all my art virtually exists.


2003.
03.05
working on Reenactionary Architecturism
...the Campo Marzio axis of life comparison with the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The areas of the two plans now blank are going to be creatively filled in with creative plan designs, and with plans from Quondam's collection, especially the museums. ...museums because this will lead to Museum Collecting Point One, but that project might incorporate the whole Ichnographia Quondam. ...utilize the spliced together plans as tableaux, even as double theaters or stage sets. The "existing" architecture of both realms will be called out relative to its relation to reenactment.
...documentation will center around "Mnemonically Delineating Veracity," plus selected notes and letters will also be integral parts of the projects. Parkway Interpolation is also a major aspect of the project, thus using the (proto) thesis notes again.
Reenactionary Architecturism 2003.1 centers on the notion that the Campo Marzio axis of life and Philadelphia's Benjamin Franklin Parkway are the same scale, beginning with the similarity in size of Hardian's Tomb and Logan Circle.


2003.03.11
ideas
...begin Unthinking An Architecture: Atypical featuring unique ichnographic capabilities... ...a lot of easy/fun play and unbridled creativity; the venue for a slapdash Campo Marzio... ...new dexterity as in doing (new) things atypically.

2003.07.24 22:35
Re: news from [Old] York
...in Philadelphia, where, by the way, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway matches exactly the long axis of Piranesi's Ichnographia Campi Martii, with the Philadelphia Museum of Art at one end matching the Nymphaeum Neronis, Logan Circle at the middle of the Parkway matches Hadrian's Tomb, and the tiny intercourse building at the other end matches the location of the Robert Indiana LOVE sculpture at the entrance to JFK Plaza.
Since it's inception in the early 1920s, the Benjamin Franklin Parkway was seriously considered a reenactment of the Champ Elysees from the Tuileries to the Arc de Triomphe. The Free Library and the Court House on Logan Circle even reenact the Palaces at the Place de la Concorde. I have never come across any reference comparing the Benjamin Franklin Parkway and Piranesi's Campo Marzio, but, who knows, maybe the Champs Elysees was somehow inspired by Piranesi's plan.


2003.09.01 14:09
Re: Evolutionary theory and architecture
...reenactionary architecturism: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania is where the Declaration of Independence and the U.S. Constituted originated, but the design of the city itself is very much a reenactment--there are other historical cities named Philadelphia (today's Amman, Jordan, for example), and Holme's survey/plan reenacts a Roman camp town precisely, even to the point where the cardo here today, Broad Street, is the longest straight urban street in the world. After the American Revolution, Philadelphia became the first, albeit interim, capital of the USA, and it's architecture then began to reenact the architecture of ancient Greece, which was used a paradigm of "democratic" design.
In the beginning of the 20th century, the design of Philadelphia's new Benjamin Franklin Parkway set out to reenact the Champs Elysees of Paris, and there indeed are replicas of the palaces of the Place de la Concorde at Logan Circle, the centerpiece of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. The design of the Benjamin Franklin Parkway as reenactment becomes even more compounding when it is recognized that its design, as unwittingly manifest today, matches exactly Piranesi's design of an axis of life within the Ichnographia Campus Martius.


2004.01.06
epiphanies
...a metabolic ichnographia in two states.


2004.04.25
continual work
Compose more architecture of Ottopia plans.


2004.12.16 13:01
Ichnographia Romaphilia
Ichnographia Romaphilia
by
John the Baptist Piranesi, Julian Abele, and James Stirling
presented throughout
Leaving Obscurity behind
The 2005 Horace Trumbauer Architecture Fan Club Convention
28 December 2004 - 17 January 2006

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