9 August

1487 Alessandro Leopardi was banished from Venetian territory for five years for forgery

1541 first mention of Jean Goujon

1757 birth of Thomas Telford

experiments with the Philadelphia model/virtual history
1997.08.09     2093 3900

racing thoughts new urban landscapes
1997.08.09     2093 2250 3141m 3239 3600b 3705c 3730b 3730q 3900 4401 4300 4403c 7801

Alexander Severus
1998.08.09     2540 2660 2682 2776 2869 2893

Bye House in a new context
1998.08.09     2219 5500b

hypermural @ the Altes Museum
1998.08.09     5800

Koolhaas' Seattle Library
2000.08.09 14:28     3900c 4402e 4403f 5600i

the new Quondam
2000.08.09     3142b 3232 3730d 3770b

Bilbao "Affect" 001
2000.08.09     3770c 4300b 6100

The Idea of History, etc.
2001.08.09     4555

Ahavath Israel     1937
Erdman Hall
Mill Creek Project, Phase 1     1956
Mill Creek Project, Phase 2     1963
Richards Medical
Oser House     1942 4032
2002.08.09

Re: Congregation or Synagogue ?
2002.08.09 15:20     3121c 3900e 4031 4045 4048 4060 4061 4079 4086 4088 4115

killing two birds
2002.08.09 17:27     3728e

Re: Bib. for Cyrillona’s Mariology?
2003.08.09 13:32     3728f

"How Did This Happen Revisited"
2005.08.09 14:58    

A Quondam Banquet of Virtual Sachlichkeit: Part III     2006

Adam (sans Eve) in the Garden of Satire
2008.08.09 07:30
2008.08.09 07:46

The Philadelphia School, deterritorialized
2012.08.09 13:09     3900n 4000f

Palais Imperial de Dolma Baghtche
2016.08.09 17:25     3314k
2016.08.09 20:45     3314k


2002.08.09



2000.08.09 14:28
Koolhaas' Seattle Library
As to the Koolhaas phenomenon, you may be a bit extreme in your assessment (even though "extreme-ism" is perhaps one way to explain Koolhaas). I know him and his buildings only through books (excluding seeing an OMA building in Berlin that Koolhaas may not have had anything to do with). I can identify with the "vagueness," but it is exactly that vagueness that gets him all the attention. Haven't you noticed that by and large people don't like direct answers when it comes to design solutions? (I realize I'm potentially going out on a limb with that line of thinking.)
Interestingly enough, I have met with two of Koolhaas's former partners, Elias Zengalis and Eleni Gigantes. From what I can gather, there is an unrelenting drive to be MODERN MODERN MODERN among the present European "stars". Ironically, I believe that Americans (of the USA primarily) are extremely MODERN, and most of the time they don't even think about it. Today's American cities are in a constant battle with their own MODERNITY, which I'm sure you know all too well. American cities are extremely assimilating (absorbing) and at the same time extremely metabolic (equally creative and destructive).

2002.08.09 15:20
Re: Congregation or Synagogue ?
I revisited Ahavath Israel today, and sadly the facade has been changed, I was told circa 2000. The whole portion of the facade above the recessed entry is no longer brick, but now a salmon colored, textured CMU. This is yet another building to have changed since I last took pictures of it.
It dawned on me last night that both Wright's Beth Sholom and Kahn's Adath Jeshurun are hugely triangular in plan. Wright mailed the preliminary drawings to Rabbi Mortimer Cohen on 15 March 1954. Kahn's design is dated 1954-55. Since Beth Sholom and Adath Jeshurun are neighboring congregations, it wouldn't surprise me at all if architectural rivalry between the congregations was going on, and that Kahn even saw the Wright plans before he came up with his design. Has anyone heard of this possible connection before?

040809a Philadelphia base plan
040809b Ichnographia Campus Martius
040809c Ichnographia Campus Martius, actual scale
040809d Philadelphia and Ichnographia plans, registered at Axis of Life/Benjamin Franklin Parkway
040809e Philadelphia cropped to fit within Ichnographia border
040809f Parkway palimpsest Ichnographia database


08080901 Circle Squared Museum model

2012.08.09 13:09
The Philadelphia School, deterritorialized
Back in 2003, in to see in Philly, a quondam thread at archinect/forum, I wrote, "There's more obscure early Kahn in the Philadelphia area, kind of like going on a treasure hunt." Since then, someone has actually gone on that "treasure hunt" and published the findings on flickr.

13080901 Philadelphia, mesh grid
13080902 Philadelphia mesh grid Tiber river
13080903 Philadelphia Tiber Logan/Hadrian registration
13080904 Philadelphia ICM Logan/Hadrian registration true north
13080905 Philadelphia mesh grid Tiber Porticus Neronianae



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