14 July

1428 Michelozzo signed the contract for the exterior pulpit at Prato

1735 death of Robert de Cotte

1856 death of Michael Gottlieb Bindesböll
1859 death of Auguste Ricard de Montferrand
1883 death of Heinrich Freiherr von Ferstel
1888 death of Antoine Étex

the pleasure of (being lost in translation) architecture
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PMA + Quondam?
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homo ludens and the Ichnographia
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one very Philadelphian daze
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Re: Parametric Design
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Re: houses saved by deconstruction or HABS
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bored with modern & contemporary, yet?
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2008.07.14 12:52
2008.07.14 17:02

NEW and BORING toilet central
2009.07.14 11:06

Rant Magazine... "Artist"/Designer? submittals
2009.07.14 15:51
2009.07.14 20:53

inspiring Maya Linked Hybrid edge
2009.07.14 20:38     3155d 3261b

Why is everyone bashing OMA and Rem Koolhaas?
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2013.07.14 12:10     5600x

East Jerusalem Light Rail Attacked
2014.07.14 13:30    

religious architecture by non-religious architects
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2014.07.14 16:17

Noah's Ark replica opens in Kentucky biblical theme park to “compete with the Disneys and the Universals”
2016.07.13 19:31     3314j
2016.07.13 20:41     3314j


from cia.gov



2003.07.14 14:47
Re: houses saved by deconstruction or HABS
Cabinets and Museums--virtually the same exact thing. Think about it.


2008.07.14 10:06
bored with modern & contemporary, yet?
"Then I thought, might it not be interesting if homes were treated/designed like BIG BOX stores."
It could well be argued that the Villa Savoye is a fitting representation or acme even of the paradigm shift in residential architecture toward overall minimalism. The skeleton of a minimalist building is even more minimal (or see Farnsworth House). Then came the decorated shed with minimalist decoration. And in the virtual present gemmating decorated sheds infringing upon minimalist remains.


2008.07.14 12:27
bored with modern & contemporary, yet?
For many years now, I remain inspired by the design and detailing work of William Jay. For example, the interior mouldings of the Telfair House (now Telfair Museum) are impressive in scale yet possess a simple elegance. When studied closely, however, you discover they are not carved or milled, but rather (imaginatively) composed of a variety of typical (even today) moulding pieces. And when you find curved doors that match the curved wall that they are in, you soon learn that Jay employed local shipbuilders as craftsmen. Made me realize that fine detailing wasn't necessarily something difficult.


2008.07.14 12:52
bored with modern & contemporary, yet?
I've come to think that one of Jay's greater talents was his creative (and sometimes even original) use of limited resources. Being creative with limited resources might just be a very desirable talent again.


2008.07.14 17:02
bored with modern & contemporary, yet?
...and yet much of Michelangelo's architecture was all about the improper use of mouldings...

2009.07.14 11:06
NEW and BORING toilet central
So, doesn't everyone deserve a toilet that will kiss their ass?
He laid the first stone of the historic Bastille (Paris) April 22, 1370. The building was finished in about four years. This work brought upon him the animosity of the people. He was condemned by the bishop of Paris and himself imprisoned in the Bastille, March 1, 1382. He mustered an escape to Dijon, where he died soon after.
In my studio you will be asked to design a building that everyone will hate to the point where you, the architect, will be imprisoned within it.


2009.07.14 15:51
Rant Magazine... "Artist"/Designer? submittals
Contemporary spy architecture enables the ordinary draftsperson to dream of colorful Istanbul... Modern architects in cozy houses and cramped apartments can experience the excitement of an international airport. However, this clearly escapist architecture often comes in an esoteric package. The better quality spy architecture demands from the usurper at least a small understanding of power politics, international intrigue, modern technology, and military strategy.
Spy architectures speak foreign languages, quote literature, fly aircraft, practice Oriental martial arts, and generally are very sophisticated in the ways of the world.
Given its relatively short history, spy architecture has nonetheless spawned a large number of thrills. Only time and closer critical scrutiny will determine which classic spy architecture, if any, should enter a canon of great architecture.


2009.07.14 20:38
inspiring Maya Linked Hybrid edge
...the Athenian master craftsman and inventor, Daedalus, was given a commission by King Minos of Crete to build a labyrinth, a prison for the man-bull monster, the Minotaur. Later, Minos imprisoned Daedalus and his son, Icarus, in the labyrinth. The two escaped on wings made by Daedalus of wax and feathers, but Icarus flies too close to the sun, his wings melt, and he falls into the sea.


2009.07.14 20:53
Rant Magazine... "Artist"/Designer? submittals
This is the Chinese box or mirror-facing-mirror effect. Just as Dante tells the story of how his trip through the universe brought him to the point of telling the story of the trip, which has to be told, and so on, and Proust discovers after three thousand pages that he must write three thousand pages about the discovery that he must write, and so on, so Joyce indicates that in ten years he will write the book in which we are told that in ten years, and so on.

13071401 Olivetti Headquarters, Milton Keynes plan scans section scans conference room adjusted


2013.07.14 11:31
Why is everyone bashing OMA and Rem Koolhaas?
Literally 10 minutes ago I read, "A book which does not contain its counterpoint is considered incomplete."* And yes, immediately after that I thought about whether I could perhaps try to write that way...
There's a small account of a new OMA/Koolhaas designed, multi-million $, Korean residence/museum almost at completion in July's Vanity Fair magazine--which I read waiting in a dentist office. I'm sure that house will be 'News' soon. I wish I knew the Frick House (2001) better.

*Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius


2013.07.14 12:10
Why is everyone bashing OMA and Rem Koolhaas?
Q: What comes after museum?

A: Pre-shrine

2014.07.14 14:20
religious architecture by non-religious architects
I'm not sure if John Hejduk became more religious toward the end of his life, but his architecture certainly did. There are a good number of religious building designs toward the ends of both Adjusting Foundations and Pewter Wing, Golden Horns, Stone Veils. Cathedral (1996) is considered one of his last works.


2014.07.14 15:45
religious architecture by non-religious architects
you can start by reading Hays' essay in Sanctuaries: The Last Works of John Hejduk--I read it like five years ago and honestly don't remember any real specifics, but Cathedral (1996) is fully featured there, yet I kind of remember thinking Hays' analysis didn't give Hejduk's architecture full justice. (I don't own the book, so I can't say more at this time.) Nonetheless, it is at least one place to read about Hejduk's work. Otherwise, you just have to 'study' Hejduk's last books and basically 'read' all the drawings. Not too long ago I noticed that Hejduk's religious architecture elaborates Le Corbusier's church at La Tourette and St. Pierre at Firminy-Vert, and that's the line of inquiry I'm following in my own 'research'. Other than that, I believe Hejduk died of cancer (in 2000), and thus I have wondered whether his illness played a part in the ongoing appearance of religious architecture in his work toward the end of his life. (Perhaps Hays makes reference to all this as well.)

2014.07.14 16:17
religious architecture by non-religious architects
Some thoughts on 'religious' architecture from the very early 21st century:
2001.10.28 11:35
husker du?
Former design-l lister Rick McB sent me a link to yesterday's NYTIMES article "A Memorial Is Itself a Shaper of Memory" which muses on the future fate of the World Trade Center site --
Rick wondered if the article might relate to reenactment and architecture. Here's how I responded: I assume by "my thesis" you mean the notion of reenactment and architecture. While human memory itself is very likely the proto-type of all reenactment, memorials themselves are not necessarily manifestations of reenactionary architecturism. Keeping and displaying the ruins of the World Trade Center towers is not an act of reenactment. Rebuilding the towers, each up to the height of 9/11 impact, each with a gigantic staircase spiraling down, and each filled with a core of places of prayer and worship (with a mosque at each acme), would be reenactionary architecturism, especially for pilgrims that fly (via helicopters) to the tops and then walk all the way down.

2002.12.27 13:47
Re: WTC design reflections
I'd venture (safely I think, for sure), that one aspect missing from all the latest WTC proposals is any sign of religion connected to the designs, at least overtly. Religion, albeit fanatically, was expressly the reason in the first place for all this redesigning, and religion now, one could say, is kind of fanatically absent from the process. Or, for the sake of being internally contrary, is religion really absent? Is it worth it, for example, for history to record the religious beliefs of the architects now displaying proposals? In that regard, I hope there is at last one Muslim among the group.
While religion might be for the most part absent from thinking about the site now (officially at least), the notion of worship is nonetheless still present. I wonder how many houses of worship the WTC site could comfortably accommodate among the rest of what is (commercially and commemoratively) proposed. Do any of the new proposals specifically address pilgrimage? Or is pilgrimage only something (to be) attached to the forthcoming memorial proposals?
There are memorials everywhere all over this planet, and, unfortunately, most are soon and easily forgotten--when's the last time you went specifically to an old memorial to specifically remember what is there being memorialized? There are comparatively few memorials on this planet that are pilgrimage sites as well. I hope New York City doesn't lose the monumental pilgrimage site it now has.



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