turning of a page in architectural history

2016.10.06 19:52
Architecture Without Reference
Just want it to be clear that a precedent and a trend are not the same thing, nor is setting a precedent and setting a trend the same thing.

2016.10.06 20:40
Architecture Without Reference
Eisenman's Berlin tower is basically an extreme arch, whereas CCTV is a 3D loop with an extreme cantilever. They're two very different things, and there really is no precedent for what CCTV does as a building (even if one might see a reference to Eisenman's Berlin tower).

2016.10.06 21:23
Architecture Without Reference
Coincidentally, over the last three days, I've been compiling a dossier on trend spotting. Nothing's online yet, but here's a very small sampling:
2005.08.16 11:28
the agnostic design of spiritual space
I have some ideas about how to design sacred space, and they have to do with making it osmotic and electromagnetic. Some of Kahn's best architecture is osmotic and electromagnetic.
2005.08.23 13:28
Tiring architects VS Real Architects
The late period of artists is often under-rated. Picasso's Late Period was mostly disliked while he was alive--seen as repetitious and unimportant. Yet, with Picasso dead, the late works are not so unimportant anymore, in fact they manifest one of Picasso's most creative periods.
Frank Gehry may be in a wonderful position if he continues to do architecture for another decade or so, because, when he isn't around anymore, his late works might just manifest his most creative period.
I like to look at and study the late periods of artists because of all the facile-ness and confidence and even (if you're lucky) the "I don't give a damn" found there.
Philip Johnson produced an interesting late period, and he did change 'styles' with every new project, yet his overall style has always been reenactionary architecturism.
2005.08.23 16:30
AMO asks for your response
Can you say why publicity cannot be a foundation of architecture?
2005.09.08 10:54
are the origins common ? can we prove it ?
Do a thesis on the commonality of brainwashing within architectural education within say the last two to three decades. Brainwashing in the sense of becoming blind to what is otherwise self evident. For example, is the Villa Savoye really a house? Yes, it's design intention was for it to be a house, but that's not what it really turned out to be, is it?
2005.09.08 12:04
are the origins common ? can we prove it ?
I was yesterday thinking of the Villa Savoye as a museum, perhaps specifically a museum of Modern architecture even? What seems to be most common among creation/origin myths is indeed duality. The first paragraphs of Genesis, for example, are replete with dualities, and the notion of (generally good and evil) twins is found in creation/origin myths from all over the globe.

2016.10.07 09:59
Architecture Without Reference
A little more from dossier: trend spotting:
2009.09.18 16:26
Your Ideal City mash up....
"...Piranesi's truly unique urban paradigm--a city "reenacting" itself through all its physical, sociopolitical, and even metaphysical layers--may well become the most real urban paradigm of the next millennium."
"Here a Versailles, there a Versailles, everywhere a Versailles, sigh."
"Pilgrimage, Reenactment and Tourism"
Ichnographia Quondam
2009.09.18 16:54
Your Ideal City mash up....
Neuschwanstein + Las Vegas + Atlantic City + an Indian Reservation + Monte Carlo + Dubai + Angkor Wat + Pompeii = "My kind of [unprecedented?] town."

2016.10.07 10:58
Architecture Without Reference
And, again, a little more from dossier: trend spotting:
2006.02.19 14:42
Iconography, or the problem of representation
Bad Hair Day Architecture

Yeah, reality bites.
Venus Fly Trap Architecture

Gosh, reality really bites.
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2007.02.19 13:19
what is today's movement?
Client: "How do you package your architecture? Can you package an architecture just for me?"
Architect: "To stage or not to stage? That is the question."
2007.02.19 13:34
what is today's movement?
Client: "Can you design me an architecture that reenacts Duchamp's Large Glass? I want something in facets."
Architect: "Madam, that would be a crime. And besides, you don't look good in the nude."
Client: "Well then, can you design me an architecture that is regional and relates to fashion."
Architect: "Of course, Madam. It will look something like this...

2007.02.19 13:52
what is today's movement?
Client: "I would like you to design for me a powerless architecture."
Architect: "Madam, I have to be honest with you. You're looking for Dime-a-Dozen Architects. They have offices everywhere."
2007.02.19 16:57
what is today's movement?
Client: "Can you design for me a confused architecture?"
Architect: "I can try."
1. to perplex or bewilder
2. to make unclear or indistinct
3. to fail to distinguish between; associate by mistake; confound: to confuse dates
4. to disconcert or abash
5. to combine without order; jumble; disorder
6. Archaic. to bring to ruin or naught.
2007.02.19 21:04
what is today's movement?
"In the future, everyone will be a starchitect for fifteen minutes."

Gosh, are there really subliminal references to 'readymades' here and there in all of the above?

2016.10.07 20:50
Architecture Without Reference
And, again, a little more from dossier: trend spotting:
2005.12.16 13:18
Time for more Fights: DI Rankings 2006
Mein Architekten

2016.10.08 13:55
Architecture Without Reference
And, again, a little more from dossier: trend spotting:
2015.03.22 21:35
Pondering the cultural value of Frank Gehry's Winton Guest House
Let's hope so. The whole point of looking at precedents is to learn from and be inspired by them, and subsequently execute a design that adds something more to them.

2016.10.15 12:04
If the Moon were replaced with some of our planets
After the moon, Venus, Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are the brightest celestial bodies of the night sky, so Saturn is readily visible to the naked eye (although the rings are only visible through a telescope). I'd say that virtually everyone on Earth has seen Saturn, but most didn't know that's what they saw.

2016.10.18 19:57
Peter Zumthor didn't like his own "conventional renderings" for LACMA (and will release new images)
Images like this, I suppose.

Not bad.

The zinc mines in Allmannajuvet in Sauda, Ryfylke were in operation from 1881 to 1899. The mining operations brought life to the village with as many as 168 employees and the export of ore on ships heading abroad. The operation was a forerunner of subsequent hydroelectric development and industrialisation in Sauda in Ryfylke.
As part of the establishment of the National Tourist Route Ryfylke, Swiss architect Peter Zumthor designed new facilities to be built at Allmannajuvet gorge: an exhibition gallery to show the history of the mines in a striking new way, a café and service facility, and parking for visitors. In order to reach the entrance of the mine, a spectacular road was constructed along the wild river. The new facilities will be completed and open in 2016. A new trail into the mines is planned for 2017.




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