among other things, Minerva is the goddess of weaving

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2011.02.23 10:19
name a box and egg building

2011.02.23 06:33
7 Wonders (and a half) of POSTMODERN architecture?
Might the whole idea of Strada Novissima (1980) have been inspired by Venturi's Eclectic Houses (1977)?

Seven x Two Wonders of the Post Ages?

Curator examining rare postage due.

2011.02.11 10:40
Le Corbusier, Oeuvre Complète 1957-65.
Dal Co and Forster, Frank O. Gehry: The Complete Works.
John Hejduk, Adjusting Foundations.
El Croquis 131/132 and El Croquis 134/135 (OMA/AMO/Rem Koolhaas).
James Stirling - Michael Wilford & Associates: la Nuova Galleria di Stato e Stoccarda.
van Berkel and Bos, MOVE.
Liane Lefaivre, Leon Battista Alberti's Hypnerotomachia Poliphili.
Oppositions 18.
Lotus International 35 or Learning from Las Vegas (first edition).
Luigi Ficacci, Piranesi: The Complete Etchings.

2011.02.10 11:40
7 Wonders (and a half) of POSTMODERN architecture?
...the poster is too large for scanning. You can find a smaller color version within the front inside cover of Architectural Design 52 1/2 1982, plus the full text on pages 2-3, and some color images of the Strada Novissima and all the architect's design sketches for their respective facades on pages 18-19.
The poster above was issued as a subscription supplement to the January 1981 issue of Architectural Design, and probably isn't all that easy to find these days.

2011.02.09 11:03
7 Wonders (and a half) of POSTMODERN architecture?
from the flatfiles...

Everybody knows Sebastiano Serlio's figurative trilogy: Scena Tragica, Scena Comica, and Scena Satirica.
And yet there seems to be a 'missing scene' from Serlio: the stage set befitting plays for actors. I mean that stage set which does not simply transfigure the real world into fiction but which makes of fiction palimpsest texts.
Demetri Porphyrios

2011.02.07 11:06
Tacet - Silence in Architecture
You'll have to provide some examples, because I don't fully agree with your 'of course' assessment. I can see what you say being true in terms of how a night sky completely devoid of man-made light literally offers the universe, but there's also the joy of exercising focus while searching through a thousand puzzle pieces (all the stars) to find the ones you want (Mars, Jupiter, Saturn).
Mars, Jupiter and Saturn are relatively easy to find on a clear night in the city (where you don't see all the stars), because, after the Moon and Venus, they are brighter than the rest of the heavenly bodies.

2011.02.07 07:18
Tacet - Silence in Architecture
Quiet's cool because it actually lets you hear noise from far away, albeit quietly. Whenever I hear the freight train that's a half mile away, that means it's about to rain. Lunchtime out front offers the happy cacophony of many children in a school yard, reverberating from on top of the other side of the valley. Hearing the constant flow of the Roosevelt Boulevard (US Rt. 1, twelve lanes of traffic also on top of the other side of the valley) at night when the windows are open really puts you to sleep.
Quiet's spectacular precisely because of the things it lets you hear otherwise.

2011.02.05 18:07
Bjarke's Moonlit.
The subject/theme of Volume 14 (2007) is 'Unsolicited Architecture'.
'Architecture to go beyond itself'--the exploration of new domains and terrains--has been our motto since Volume was conceived in 2005. Time for a next step: how to practice beyondness? How to materialize this discourse, when it seems to be working against all economic and industrial odds? Volume presents the UNSOLOCITED practice--a powerful idea generator, a solid business plan and an ideal design approach. These are essential tools to permit architects to reclain their professional autonomy.

2011.02.02 10:38
UAE Parliament to Ehrlich Architects

I wonder if Louis Kahn's design for the Parliament for West Pakistan, 1965, provided any inspiration for the Ehrlich Architect's design.

2011.02.01 11:38
Umberto Eco's The Limits of Interpretation is almost completely available online. I've read half of it over the beginning of winter holidays, and plan to read the rest soon. As mentioned above, I see the texts of pages 54-62 germane to a critique of Aureli's "Instauratio Urbis: Piranesi's Campo Marzio versus Nolli's Pianta di Roma":
"...a convenient opposition between interpreting (critically) and merely using a text. To critically interpret a text means to read it in order to discover, along with our reaction to it, something about its nature. To use a text means to start from it in order to get something else, even accepting the risk of misinterpreting it from the semantic point of view."
Eco, p. 57.
Aureli and Eisenman use Piranesi's Ichnographia Campus Martius as a defense of their own beliefs of autonomous and/or absolute architecture, and indeed manifest misinterpretations (e.g. "Piranesi reinvented Rome as a city without streets.", Aureli, p. 137.) because they continue to ignore critical interpretations that have manifest many discoveries as to the actual nature of Piranesi's Ichnographia Campus Martius

2011.01.31 12:39
what is our current architectural style called
Gehry's Winton Guest House Style

apparently inspired by Morandi's still-life paintings
The Gehry-inspired-by-Morandi Style?




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