3 March

1499 Nicolas Biard began directing the construction of the château of Amboise, France

1524 contract between Van Boghem and André Nounton, quarry master of Dinant, for the erection of the monument of Franciscus, Archduke of Austria, in the church of Coudenberg in Brussels, Belgium

1703 death of Robert Hooke
1751 death of Batty Langley
1792 death of Robert Adam

letter to India - the formula
1999.03.03     3123b

future of architecture
2004.03.03 22:25     4600e

Iconography, or the problem of representation
2006.03.03 10:18

Thesis Semester [blog] 25 years ago
2006.03.03 11:08

I want to write about architecture....How?
2006.03.03 11:27     4711f

God's will as urban planning?
2006.03.03 12:05
2006.03.03 13:05
2006.03.03 14:31

Has anyone read Platform?
2006:03.03 11:48     4600g

3 March
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2 March
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2004.03.03 22:25
future of architecture
If you're an architect in 2104, and you're already over ten years old, and at this point you're still not famous, do yourself and the rest of the world a favor and stop designing inferior crap that then only makes the world more inferior.


2005.03.0314:24
Versailles, sigh
or Welcome to Suburbobliviopolis.

2006.03.03 10:18
Iconography, or the problem of representation
more reenactionary architecturism:
UN Studio in Artforum March 2006.

The archetypal form of the ancient Mesopotamian ziggurat (and related structures from antiquity) is the basis for UN Studio's design, which transforms that sacred, symbolic structure into a contemporary model combining public and private programs.

Hail Ziggurat!

2006.03.03 11:08
Thesis Semester [blog] 25 years ago
I keep on forgetting to mention my project for advertising class. The professor doesn't seem to get it; he called it far-fetched, even. Anyway, for the rest of the semester (and probably beyond) I'll be implementing this subtle/not-so-subtle promotion/ad campaign for an architecture museum that doesn't really exist which is publishing a trilogy of books to mark it's forthcoming tenth anniversary.


2006.03.03 11:27
I want to write about architecture....How?
Ah, the design of a banquet...
A Preprandial Aperitif
Cucumber Slices, Caviar and 'Sociables' Crackers
Spinach and Mushroom Salad
A Glass of Blue Nun Wine
Sketches cum Napkins
A Trip to the Rest Room
Coquille St. Jacques
Pears Helene
The Speeches
Dried Fruit and Nuts
Australian Port and a Cigarette
The Ride Home
Plop Plop Fizz Fizz
I wonder how many others have figured out that the title of QBVS was initially inspired as antidote to Tafuri's "we end up with a kind of typological negation, an "architectural banquet of nausea," a semantic void created by an excess of visual noise."

2006.03.03 11:48
Has anyone read Platform?
I like how the real estate cliche "location, location, location" is expanded in the travel industry to "packaging, packaging, packaging."
Maybe that's the same metaphor/cliche for "star" architecture these days.
"In the future, everything will be an advertisement."
--Rita Novel
"So what then is architecture? Is it a hard, 'simple', 'natural' protective shell that enenders the continuation of life? Or is it a soft formlessness forever redesigning an applied shell it doesn't naturally have?"
--QBVS1, p. 148.

2006.03.03 12:05
God's will as urban planning?
"God's Will as urban planning?" asked the Roman Senators when they heard of Constantine's intention to found Constantinople as Christian Capital of the Roman Empire.
At least Constantine already had good architectural talent in his blood. With a mother like Helena, and even a mother-in-law like Eutropia, he at least knew what he was doing.
Just for fun, look up the city of "Eutropia" in Calvino's Invisible Cities.


2006.03.03 13:05
God's will as urban planning?
Careful on the pre-existing part. Constantine's Constantinople was very much a newly constructed city, founded 324 and dedicated 330. Yes there was Byzantium there first (which it would be interesting to know the history and urban fabric of), but Constantine did build a whole new city over (or beside?) Byzantium.
I'd also do a lot more research before making claims about Constantine's Constantinople being "inclusive/socioeconomically and culturally varied." My own curiosity asks just how much Latin was excluded in the new Greek capital.


2006.03.03 14:31
God's will as urban planning?
I'd guess it's fairly certain that any and all paganism was excluded from Constantine's Constantinople.
It's on record that, coinciding with the time Constantinople was being built, Constantine began outlawing certain pagan sects/cults, especially those where the priesthoods engaged in...


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