6 December

1783 birth of Augustin Nicolas Caristie

1813 birth of August Sicard von Sicardsburg
1897 death of Frantz Wellens

Sears & Roebuck Merchandise Distribution Center
Powerhouse     1920
Firehouse     1922

Learning from Lacuna - plan of action
2000.12.06     2198

Frank Gehry
2011.12.06 21:36     2238 3749u 3768d 3771e 3774e 4015r

How We Hate on Architecture Now
2013.12.06 10:22     3771j 3773n

"Are we human?" Curators Beatriz Colomina and Mark Wigley announce concept for 2016 Istanbul Design Biennial
2015.12.06 11:50     3313h
2015.12.06 21:42     3313h

2013.12.06 10:22
How We Hate on Architecture Now

This is the concept sketch for the next stadium I design.

2011.12.06 21:36
Frank Gehry
2008.08.23 21:06
peter's canon
Personally, I like seeing all the study models of various projects by various architects. I like it because it clearly demonstrates just how pliant architectural designing can be. And I seriously consider the notion that it may well be Gehry that best introduced architectonic pliancy to the profession.
Is architectonic pliancy in somewhat sharp contrast to Eisenman's method? Up to a certain point (in time) I'd say yes. And when Eisenman's work started exhibiting some measure of pliancy, that's where I start to see Gehry's influence.
Have Gehry's designs of late become somewhat predictable and/or seemingly uninspired? Perhaps the pliability metaphor applies here too; perhaps the pliancy has been lost for being stretched too much and too far.
pliant 1 : yielding readily without breaking   : bending or folding easily
About a month ago, I purchased Constructing a New Aganda: Architectural Theory 1993-2009. The first essay in the book is "Architectural Curvilinearity: The Folded, the Pliant, and the Supple" (1993) by Greg Lynn. Upon seeing this title I immediately thought of the post above. I have little doubt that it was a long ago reading of this essay (as I used to own several books by Lynn, although now all sold off at eBay around 8 years ago) that lodged the connection of Gehry's architecture and pliancy somewhere in my brain. With the 2008 post, however, I was thinking more along the lines of the pliacy demonstrated by the plan of Gehry's Wagner House (1978)

031206a Center City Philadelphia plan with Ara Martis Complex embedded (raw)

08120601 Durand scanned plans, ancient, medieval, raw
08120601 Durand scanned plans, ancient, medieval with Courthouse Plus Ultra

13120609 IQ09 composite plan data

14120601 Palace of Versailles @ Karastan 1100x550 plan orthagonal /domestic
14120602 Villa Savoye @ Ury 1100x550 site plan /domestic
14120603 Houses Under a Common Roof @ District Q 1100x550 site plan /domestic
14120604 Priutt-Igoe Housing NNTC 1100x550 plan /domestic
14120605 Governor's Palace Chndigarh/NNTC 1100x550 site plan /domestic
14120606 Bruder House District Q/NNTC 1100x550 plan /domestic
14120607 Maison l'Homme District Q/NNTC 1100x550 site plan /domestic
14120608 House 10: Museum Campo Rovine/NNTC 1100x550 plan /domestic
14120609 NNTC Hejduk plans
14120610 House 15 Campo Rovine/NNTC 1100x550 plan /domestics
14120611 Wall House 2 Campo Rovine/NNTC 1100x550 plan /domestic

and the 3-dimensional execution of this plan as well. I have also wondered if the peeling wall detail of a 1970-4 Venturi and Rauch project is percursor to Gehry's pliancy.




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