26 October

1817 birth of Jean Charles Adolphe Alphand

"...Re: Stirling's Muses" Part 1
1997.10.26     5605

Baroque beginnings?
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Re: Monkeys and designers
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research assisance
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2004.10.26 11:41     3749g

Confessions of an Architect
2004.10.26 11:51

Philadelphia model development
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parkway interpolation
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New Jersey coast architecture
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Collage Architecture
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Really, what boundaries have you pushed?
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97102601   Quondam collection elevations   2296i16

2002.10.26 11:06
Re: Monkeys and designers
You raise an interesting point. I've never heard of the 100th monkey notion, but I have from time to time wondered about the fact "that designers, that have never seen the work of another, and living across geographic bounds, can create similar art." In the mid-1980s I thought (to myself) that wavelengths, somehow literally and/or figuratively, had to do with an otherwise serendipitous creative/cognitive commonality. The wavelengths (if I try to expand this 'theory') emanate from individuals and these same wavelengths are picked up by other individuals, and in either case heightened sensitivity is involved. Like the 100th monkey notion, as more individuals incorporate a wavelength that is out there, the stronger the wavelength 'signal' becomes. Admittedly, this idea is easily flawed, and I only mention it now as something I used to think (about).
While your question (rightly) centers on creative similarities between disparate artists/designers, a related phenomenon in our time is the effective role of the hired publicist. Recently, I mentioned that Frank Gehry's cardboard furniture was featured in a 1972 issue of Life magazine. I have my own collection of 1972 Life magazines that I received by subscription back then and which I've been taking apart over the years, but I also recently purchased a lot of them via eBay, thus my renewed knowledge of what is in these magazines. I wanted to show the Gehry feature but I didn't bookmark it. So, instead of looking through all the magazines again, I looked up the article in a Gehry bibliography, and I was surprised to find that there were over a dozen 1972 publications that featured an article on Gehry's cardboard furniture. In this case, the 100th monkey is more specifically the 100th magazine editor contacted by a publicist.

2004.10.26 11:41
"It does exactly what it's supposed to do."
What's that?
Subliminally turn every visitor into a starry-eyed over-consumer.

2004.10.26 11:51
Confessions of an Architect

I cant stand the sight of blood

2007.10.26 16:26
Collage Architecture
It's interesting how Robert Venturi's collage perspective of the National Collegiate Football Hall of Fame (1967)

predates Archigram's Instant City (1968) by one year.
One could say that Venturi's collage is an updated POP...

...version of the earlier collages by Mies van der Rohe.


13102601 QGroup along Germantown Avenue IQ3 IQ6 plans
13102602 QGroup along American Street Qgroup site plans IQ3 IQ6 plans
13102603 Museum of Knowledge (reduced .9732) Chandigarh plans

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15102601   Section House working model Governor's Palace elevation   2448i05

15102602   IQ grid 2200 wide bands Northeast Philadelphia   3392ui49
15102603   IQ band grid Northeast Philadelphia DTM Philadelphia Apraksin Neighborhood   3392ui50




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