Re: old sites apposed with a new rite
Coincidentally, it was in the lower, archeological section under the nave of St. Gudule, Brussels on the last Saturday of November 1999 that I first thought of the notion that recently led me to write, "What I find interesting though, is that at least the sites and the days remain special. Kind of makes you wonder if the specialness is there regardless of what 'cloak' presently dresses it."
Could it be that my thinking was somehow enhanced the night before while having dinner at the top of the Atomium? Could it be that the Atomium is the most oversized reenactment presently on this planet?
Re: virtual buildings
In terms of virtual buildings (like Quondam) online, the building has to first come to you before you can go through it. Granted the visitor to a virtual building first sends a request for the virtual building to come. That's the way the Internet works right now--you can't go into a website until the website data comes to you. Relativeness is not the issue as much as inversion is.
Could it be that the more extreme a situation is, the less relative it is?
Could it be that the more extreme a situation is the more it begins to invert itself?
Re: story telling
Piranesi very much utilized/executed a 'narrative' approach to design via the Ichnographia Campo Marzio, which predates Cooper Union/Hejduk by about two centuries. Moreover, Piranesi's approach may well have been inspired/influenced by the mnemonic design methodology of Hadrian's Villa at Tivoli, which comes from 1900 years ago. Story telling/weaving/fabricating (like the above) is a very basic form of reenactionary architecturism.
Is reenactionary architecturism essentially an architecture that does not forget?
At the In Your Face symposium at NYU 29 September 2001, featuring Robert Venturi, Denise Scott Brown, Rem Koolhaas and others, I questioned Venturi about his unsureness regarding 'content' when it came to building facades that were also screens that present electronic imagery--Venturi pioneered this idea back in the 1960s with an unexecuted design for the College Football Hall of Fame. My point was that if architects design buildings where (some of) the facades are screens, that it might also be the 'job' of the architect to provide the content to be 'screened', or at least provide some sort of direction to how the screen facades might be fully utilized. After a full exchange with both Venturi and Scott Brown, the moderator of the symposium asked Koolhaas if he had any additional thoughts on this topic, to which Koolhaas replied, "I am not interested in discussing 'content'." Koolhaas has since then obviously changed his mind because the whole theme of the Koolhass/OMA/AMO exhibit presently at Berlin, and the title of Koolhaas' forthcoming book, is indeed Content.
Ludwig's dissertation on reenactment
Trumbauer Architecture Tours
Nudist Camp at the Philadelphia Musuem of Art
"a moldy paper on mildew"
The King pf Prussia Marble Trail
De Spectaculis II
The Marriage of Twisted and Column
Here a Versailles, There a Versailles, Everywhere a Versailles, Sigh
The Promenade Architecturale Formula
The History of Terrorism in Film
Pilgrimage, Reenactment and Tourism
A Quondam Lenni Lenape Land
Learning from Lacunae
Creating One's Own Virtual Museum of Architecture
The Bilocating Barnes Foundaton
An Architecture of Removement
How Did This Happen Revisited
07052801 Gooding Trice House plans
07052802 Gooding Trice House model
07052803 Gooding Trice House perspectives
12052801 Acadia National Park Headquarters Building site plan (scan)
12052802 Frug House 1 plans elevation sections site plan (scan)
12052803 Frug House 2 plans elevations section site plan (scan)
12052804 City Tower plans section (scan)
12052805 City Tower elevation (scan)
13052801 Market Street East Development Girard Trust plans models
13052802 Clay Workers Co-op plan scans
Hitler's Classical Architect
elegant 1 a : characterized by refined grace or dignified propriety esp. in appearance or manner : tastefully correct and refined d : characterized by scientific precision, neatness, and simplicity 3 : of a high grade or quality
ominous 2 : indicative of future misfortune or calamity : causing anxiety and fear : potentially disasterious
powerful 1 a : having great force or potency 2 : endowed with talent or ability
sinister 1 archaic : ominous of evil or wrongdoing 2 obs : conveying misleading or detremental opinion or advise 3 archaic : dishonestly underhanded 6 : presaging ill fortune or trouble
It is with these words/concepts that I would frame an analysis of the architecture of Albert Speer.
14052801 Wave Wall House 2 plan 22002 context
14052802 Casa Unbekannt plan 22002 context
14052803 Palais Savoye plan 22002 context
14052804 Villa Appositional plan 22002 context
14052805 Almost Semiquincentennial House plan 22002 context