1797 Alfonso Giraldo Vergaz was made director of the Academia de S. Fernando in Madrid
1844 death of Charles Bulfinch
1888 death of Jules Gailhabaud
Vincenzo Fasolo, "The Campo Marzio of G. B. Piranesi".
UNTHINKING AN ARCHITECTURE
A Mat/Slab/Blob Genealogy
MoMA to raze ex American Folk Art Museum building
Modern: Every so often someome chances upon the Golden number and its amusing properties. Wonderful. Usually entrances people who are no good at math and who are inclined to astrology, numerology and other quasi-scientific methods of revelation.
There's one thing that I still don't understand; what are the logic behind Deconstructivist Architectures? Although I've been trying to understand this movement by reading the books that deal with this subject, I still don't quite get it. If anyone can give me a short definition of Deconstructivism, I would really appreciate it. Furthermore, I'm curious to what architecture students have to say about this new phenomenon. Finally, to practicing architects out there, I'm curious if these ISMS have any bearing on their "real world" designs.
It is a mistake to represent Frank Gehry as a central figure in the Deconstructivist movement. Gehry is indisputably one of the best-known architects working today, but he is not (as Mr. Cullen suggests) the Deconstructivist figurehead. That uncertain honor goes to Peter Eisenman.Other architects working within the ideology of Deconstructivism include Bernard Tschumi, Peter Cook, Zaha Hadid, and Daniel Libeskind. In Violated Perfection: Architecture and the Fragmentation of the Modern, Aaron Betsky described Eisenman as ". . . the leader of a large group that wishes to feed the data produced by processes of modernization back into the system, hoping that these representational feedback loops will foreground self-destruction. Other than the fact that such a process leads to the death of architecture, of architects, of selves, the result is not clear." Critical writing on the subject (including Betsky's) is even less clear, but the upshot of the movement is formal manipulation carried out in the name of "textual analysis." The defining character of Deconstructivism is hard to verbalize but easy to show in drawings. Many key projects can be found in the A.D. Monographs What Is Deconstruction?, Deconstruction I, and Deconstruction II. I know of no introductory texts that are written in a language comprehensible by non-Deconstructivists.
I received email today that architectural historian Manfredo [click] Tafuri is dead.