in Oppositions 3: Symmetry: Man's Aesthetic Response - Man's Contemplation on Himself
in Opposition 6: Symmetry: Man's Conceptualization of the Universe
in Opposition 10: Symmetry: Man's Observation of the Natural Environment
All three illustrated essays are by William Huff.
Re: Architecthetics Digest
What is perhaps most unique about contemporary aesthetics is that there are a whole lot of aesthetics to choose from. There is no predominate aesthetic on the planet today, especially not an aesthetic that predominates for any prolonged length of time and/or over any large portion of the planet. Then again... Maybe delusional characterizes the predominate, yet at the same time most denied, aesthetic of our time.
Repetition Repetition Repetion
The art of Andy Warhol had a whole lot to do with (the co-existence of) repetition and difference.
Housing (even somewhat) inspired by the art of Andy Warhol might well be fascinating.
13091601 UNEP Headquarters plan model scale corrected 2235i07 b
13091602 Stirling interpretations 2120i28
13091603 stage set for Palais des Congrès plan model 2403i28 b
The End of History?
I've done a lot of research into the 'architecture' of Helena and Eutropia and Constantine, first occurring within Rome (late 312-326) and then Palestine (325 and c.327) and then Trier (327). [I'm writing dates from memory, so I might be off a year here or there.] Constantine is credited with 'building' the church of the Holy Sepulcher (although a law of silence regarding Helena's role there was in place 326-c390); Helena is credited for the churches at Bethlehem and at the site of the Ascension (now the site of a Mosque); Eutropia is credited with the church at the Abraham/Isaac site at Hebron. The Stations of the Cross/Via Dolorosa are (somewhat much) later 'institutions', and nothing to do with Helena et al directly. The notion of Helena having found the True Cross is an historical event, however, I've come to the conclusion that it was a hoax (of good will) devised and implemented by Helena, Eutropia and Constantine. A hoax, moreover, that backfired because the Christian priesthood thereby gained a certain 'supernatural' power over the Imperial power. The Imperial law of silence regarding Helena's role at the Holy Sepulcher (instituted upon Helena's death 25 July 326) was how the Christian priesthood was put back in their place.
There was a Temple of Venus (built under Hadrian) at the site of the Holy Sepulcher, which was first torn down. It was as a result of this demolition that Helena 'found' the Cross.
All this building activity happened amidst Imperial/political wars/struggles--the Empire went from being a tetrarchy (290s) to Constantine being sole emperor 325. The building boom was also the result of the lifting of the legal persecution of the Christians (c.303-c310 in the West, 303-324/5 in the East) where the Christians were given back their property.
A lot of what you find in 'history' today regarding Helena and the Holy Land is still based on Christian legend. There is little 'main-stream' historical study of Helena and Eutropia via all the architecture they 'built' outside of my own, so the 'legends' persist. Of course, I could be wrong in my conclusions, but something tells me I've gotten very close to understanding what actually happened.
16091601 Herzog & de Meuron SUMC University Medical College Shantou
18091601 Lingaraja Temple elevation 207bi01
18091602 Our Lady of Reims plans elevations 207ci01
18091603 Santa Maria Della Grazie plan elevation section 207di01
18091604 Tempietto model 207ai04
18091605 San Giorgio Maggiore plan elevation section 2082i03
18091606 Il Redentore plan elevation section 2083i01
18091601 Le Corbusier Neelam Cinema Chandigarh
19091601 Acropolis of Contemporary Art plan axonometric 247bi09
19091602 Villa Mairea plan elevation working data 216bi03
19091603 Tuberculosis Sanatorium plan working data 215ci02