23 April

1441 Giorgio Orsini superseded Antonio di Pietro Paolo as architect of the great cathedral of Sebenico, Dalmatia

1522 birth of St. Catherine de Ricci

1742 death of Jacques Jules Gabriel

1950 death of Julian Abele

scale and architecture
1996.04.23     2205

regarding St. Pierre at Firminy-Vert
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regarding the Museum of Knowledge
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regarding the Governor's Palace
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regarding the Parliament for Islamabad
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regarding the Palais des Congrès
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regarding the Wallraf-Richartz Museum
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regarding Capital Park West
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gigantism of Piranesi's Campo Marzio
1996.04.23     2919 3133b 3400b

Plotina - the wife of Trajan
1998.04.23     2567 2706 3051 3303

the Ichnographia as "theme park"
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2000.04.23     3142b 3303

Re: losing losing it (whatever it is)
2002.04.23 13:35     4403g

inspecting the summer rental
2004.04.23 13:39     4715

2005.04.23 12:09     3303 3600d

Steven Holl's building facades and urban patterns
2006.04.23 10:32     3303 5401c
2006.04.23 12:45

Featured Discussion: Volume
2007.04.23 13:41     2358
2007.04.23 15:41     3712 3901 4661
2007.04.23 17:08     2209 2358 3303 3712 3770o 3899c 3901 4115 4236
2007.04.23 20:46     3749l 3770o

23 April
2013.04.23 12:34     mp6604b   c   d   e   f   g   h
2013.04.23 19:59     3303 3303b mp6604i

interview with/in a labyrinth 3/1
2013.04.23     3155e 3261c

Philip Johnson Was a Nazi Propagandist
2014.04.23 13:00     3258d 5401g
2014.04.23 14:00     3258d 3600f 3705t 7801f
2014.04.23 15:38     3258d

23 April
2014.04.23 13:10     3308p mp6608v

Archinect's critical round-up for the new Renzo Piano-designed Whitney Museum
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2015.04.23 13:04     3216 3310s 374ae 4600q

2014.04.23 13:10
23 April

...list of directories... ...almost, infrastructure, annexation, facade, trend, physiology, morphology, iconoclasm, infringement, nimiety.

2005.04.23 12:09
"If someone in the museum was truly interested in my work they would let me cut open the building. The desire for exhibiting the leftover pieces hopefully will diminish as time goes by. This may be useful for people whose mentality is oriented toward possession. Amazing, the way people steal stones from the Acropolis."
Gordon Matta-Clark, February 1978.

2006.04.23 10:32
Steven Holl's building facades and urban patterns

You know, I always wondered what the urban pattern of Ronchamp was.

2006.04.23 12:45
Steven Holl's building facades and urban patterns
There doesn't seem to be any denying that Holl looked at and continues to look at the historical precedent of Le Corbusier's Ronchamp. Architects don't like to reveal their inspirations, so the bullshit starts coming out instead. The bullshit is essential to keep the myth of creative genius alive.

"A lecturer of mine told me that Holl draws from the urban patterns of the site for the facade articulations of his buildings. Is this true? In any case, I don't see the justification. Can anyone shed some light on this?"

2007.04.23 15:41
Featured Discussion: Volume
It seems to make sense that de-territiorialization ultimately registers a re-territorialization, but it is the effect of de-territorialization (on one's thinking) that is the most important aspect here. And I guess you could say that new mode of thinking is what then shapes the new "territory".
I have no idea if this is so, but I wonder if this composition might be an example of de-territorialized architecture.

2007.04.23 17:08
Featured Discussion: Volume
Firminy church by Le Corbusier
Hurva synagogue by Kahn
composition 1a : the act or action of composing : the formation of a whole especially by different things being put together
To confuse or not to confuse, that is de-territorialization?
The church/synagogue composition came as a result of seeing how the plan of the church fit almost perfectly within the sanctuary(?) of the synagogue. And, since I had a model of both buildings, I just wanted to see the superimposition in 3D. And upon seeing that I thought, "Gosh, that kinda looks like a mosque." Trust me, de-territorialized thinking isn't necessarily brilliant, although for the most part uninhibited.
Anyway, back to Volume....The reporter on the radio just said, "Heavy volume on Passyunk Aveune..." Hey, traffic would make a great theme for a heavy issue. Trafficking in Architecture--I wanna write about stolen goods.
I think Passyunk is an old 'Indian trail'. Wow, Philadelphia's Indian trails, talk about de-territorialization.

2007.04.23 20:46
Featured Discussion: Volume
"It turns out that humpback whales riff off each other, remixing one another's songs, and developing trends and fashions in their singing over time." Who told them about composition?!?

09042303 Ichnographia Quondam section 8 model

12042301 William Jeanes Memorial Library scan plan scaled
12042302 William Jeanes Memorial Library sections, elevation scaled
12042303 Acadia National Park Headquarters Building scan plan scaled
12042304 Acadia National Park Headquarters Building scan section scaled
12042305 Trenton Jewish Community Center Bathhouse plan with circle/square junctures

2014.04.23 13:00
Philip Johnson Was a Nazi Propagandist
Perhaps from now on a story like this will arise every time a Johnson building is featured in the mainstream news. What's weird though is that it's as if a Johnson building getting mainstream media attention is automatically equal to a Johnson building getting "good publicity," but "good publicity" is not allowed for anything that has an association (however remote) with Nazi sympathies. If the New York State Pavilion wasn't in the current news, the article would not have happened. It's the combination of strange (guilt by) associations that harbor their own kind of almost perniciousness.
Johnson's domestic architecture of the 1950s makes for an interesting study, especially in relation to what Kahn was doing with domestic architecture at the same time, and what Le Corbusier started doing subsequently. I like the Wiley House, despite what Venturi wrote:
"In the Wiley House, for instance, in contrast to his glass house, Philip Johnson attempted to go beyond the simplicities of the elegant pavilion. He explicitly separated and articulated the enclosed "private functions" of living on a ground floor pedestal, thus separating them from the open social functions in the modular pavilion above. But even here the building becomes a diagram of an oversimplified program for living--an abstract theory of either-or. Where simplicity cannot work, simpleness results. Blatant simplification means bland architecture. Less is a bore."
Wow, I never imagined bad publicity could be so much fun (to rewrite).

2014.04.23 14:00
Philip Johnson Was a Nazi Propagandist
But there is definitely enough 'room' in cyberspace to build a museum for every atrocity.

2014.04.23 15:38
Philip Johnson Was a Nazi Propagandist
Actually, the more I investigate and study the architecture of Philip Johnson, the more I find a very good if not also somewhat rare architectural talent. He's certainly not an architect's architect, but he's very much an architecture's architect, and that's where the rareness of his talent lies. Look at this quotation from Kramer's article (linked above):
"...what characterizes his work is a series of brilliantly performed charades in which other people’s ideas, other people’s tastes, and other people’s styles have been appropriated, exploited, deconstructed, and repackaged to advance the prosperity of his own reputation and influence." Take away the notion of charade (because Johnson was never trying to fool anyone about the character of his designs) and the notion of advancing his own reputation (because Johnson was more concerned about the advancement of architecture) and we're left with: "other people’s ideas, other people’s tastes, and other people’s styles have been appropriated, exploited, deconstructed, and repackaged" which is not something particularly easy to do because it requires a very sharp eye and a very facile imagination (toward manifestation) which is exactly what amounts to talent

14042301 Zany House 001 plan 22002 context
14042302 Zany House 002 plan 22002 context
14042303 House in Laguna 001 plan 22002 context
14042304 5233 Arbor Street plan 22002 context   2166i24
14042305 Battery Park City plan 22002 in situ
14042306 City Hall Redux plan 22002 in situ

16042301   Museum of Shadows plans working model site plan 2200x1100 Campo Rovine IQ60   2452i04   b




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