big sign now gone
With all the recent discussion here regarding Venturi, signage, semiotics, etc., I thought it worthwhile mentioning that the Venturi, Rauch & Scott Brown big BASCO building sign (in Northeast Philadelphia) is now gone. The demolition (which is what I assume happened) occurred fairly recently.
The building was bought by BEST soon after BASCO "built" the sign in the early eighties. Since BEST went out of business in the early nineties, the building and its big alphabet sign have been derelict.
It is indeed sad to see such a perfect example of "theory into practice" architecture relegated to the virtual existence of photographs.
Perhaps one lesson to learn here is that whenever architectural design is so closely tied to commercialism and consumerism, then its fate as something fleeting is almost guaranteed.
architecture in cyberspace?
Perhaps it will be unlike anything on earth, as B. boldly suggests, it may exist only the electromagnetic spectrum, the bandwidth beyond human comprehension as we perceive it, that is until we are reeducated from the ground up to see architecture that hovers, moves at the speed of light, appears and disappears as fast an on/off gate, is indistinguishable from humans who once "inhabited" it as other.
Can anything other than light travel at the speed of light? Would those electric waves of radiation and those magnetic waves of radiation that compose light be light at any other speed? Doesn't being at the speed of light pretty much make everything else incidental?
Does anyone know how the speed of brain synapses compare to the speed of light?
the concept of surface
Tad Hertz, Coming Apart at the Seamless: dissecting architectural superficiality, 2008.09.11.
12091105 IQ05 composite plans 2092i04
12091106 IQ06 composite plans 2110i91
12091107 IQ07 composite plans 2110i92
13091101 Neue Stattsgalerie plans elevations 2234i02 b
14091101 Antichita Capitoline plan image attached with ICM edge plan scan data etc. 206di09
14091102 Antichita Capitoline plan image attached with ICM edge plan etc. 206di10
14091103 Antichita Forum plan image attached with ICM edge plan scan data 206di11
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First SketchUp, now Gehry Technologies - Trimble makes another big acquisition
...wondering whether Trimble saw Gehry Technologies as competition or as something they were incapable of doing themselves. I imagine Gehry Technologies is altogether something unique, uniquely specialized and uniquely relevant within the industry that it couldn't help but be desirable.
The End of History?
"Most prevalent in our time: the assimilating imagination, the metabolic imagination."
It's still over a millennium before the osmotic imagination and the electro-magnetic imagination are the most prevalent. Humanity's furthest reach occurs almost exactly the year 4000. But then the ultimate cut-off happens 4371, which ushers in approximately 1780 years of all-frequency imagination. And after that humanity is simply a nimiety of keratin. »»»»
14091101 David Chipperfield Architects City of Culture Milan
14091102 Haugen/Zohar Arkitekter 22j Minnesteder Place of Memory Utoya-Oslo
17091101 Sober House 1 axonometrics perspectives 2286i11
17091102 Sober House 1 site plan model 2286i12
18091101 Notre Dame du Haut plan work 217ui08
18091102 Parc de la Villette NNTC District Q IQ64 plans superimposed 224ji09
18091103 Parc de la Villette NNTC District Q IQ64 plans 224ji10
18091104 Parc de la Villette NNTC District Q IQ64 plans Netherlands Architecture Institute Villa dall'Ava Villa Geerlings Maison à Bordeaux Netherlands Embassy Y2K House Seattle Central Library Flick House I NATO HQ CCTV Casa da Musica Apraksin Dvor 224ji11
18091105 Lustgarten Altes Box Museum IQ55/06 NNTC Ottopia model work plans 2334i06 b
19091101 Robie House Maison Dom-ino Whitemarsh Hall Maison Citröhan Maison du Peintre Ozenfant Immeubles Villa Schindler-Chace House Maison La Roche -Jeanneret Schröder House Pavilion de l'Esprit Nouveau Wolf House Villa Stein de Monzie domestic plans elevations 2138i08
19091102 Pavilion de l'Esprit Nouveau plan elevation 214ei02