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2008.10.25 11:20
front-line ideas + regional tradition = potential for a design culture of thinking/making?
"Eternal Wrest" is mostly about "reenactment with a twist".
See Emmanuel Petit's "Incubation and Decay: Arato Isozaki's Architectural Poetics--Metabolism's Dialogical "Other"" also in Monster.
quick response, good trip
I know of the Metabolists, but not their writing/ideas per say. More recently I’ve read what Isozaki says in retrospect regarding the Metabolist movement, and there he actually raises the issue of destruction not having been part of the original Metabolist credo, although, as he now sees it, destruction should have been a part of it. What I most like about metabolism as a process is that there has to be both creation and destruction in order for the process to work (otherwise none of us could even literally live). Moreover, I see humanity today demonstrating a high (and rising) degree of metabolic imagination.
On the occasion of the World Design Conference held in Tokyo in 1960, a group of young 30-something Japanese architects proposed “metabolism” as a new ‘ism’ for architecture and urban planning. Their idea was quite simple: architecture and the city should constitute an open living organism that grows through metabolism, instead of an enclosed, static machine.
Arika Asada and Arata Isozaki, “From Molar Metabolism to Molecular Metabolism” in Anyhow (1998).
What the Metabolists failed to realize is that metabolism (as a physiological operation) is a creative/destructive duality, hence, metabolism does not define a continuous organic growth, as much as growth integral with equal measures of destruction.
Schumpeter called capitalism “creative destruction,” which, if correct, essentially labels capitalism as being metabolic. There is no question that we live in very metabolic times. Unfortunately, most (product) designers today (seem to) remain oblivious to the fact that what is great design today will soon enough be tomorrow’s trash.

2008.10.23 13:07
PhD advice
I'm not really sure why I do what I do right now, especially since the rewards are practically non-existent. I do continually read, draw, create archives, and investigate unbuilt buildings and unbuilt neighborhoods, however. Think, write and talk about it all, not so much lately though.

2008.10.23 12:26
PhD advice
Ultimately, though, it is the accomplishment of giving architecture something it didn't have before that actually matters most. No?

2008.10.23 10:31
PhD advice
...the real matter is what the PhD program/degree manifests, and, for the most part, that's recognition received for the work done. I personally have provided architecture with things it previously did not know, but, because of my independence, it isn't anything that I can "take to the bank."

2008.10.23 09:41
PhD advice
But figure out what you don't know, that you would really like to know, and go after that. ...it would be something that the discipline doesn't know. What does architecture not know that you think it really should?
--can be done without PhD program

...immersing myself in a topic and trying to make sense of it.
--can be done without a PhD program

...objectivity, rigor
--can be done without a PhD program

--can be done without a PhD program

...intellectualized atmosphere
--PhD program required

--PhD program required (but not entirely)

...a PhD is a degree.
PhD program required

2008.10.22 14:23
Poetry and Architecture?
lame duct
Read it straight through 25 years ago.
The exploding quartz pyramid supplied the most currency.
"Mister Mysterious Pyramid"
Overall, it inspired all kind of things in my subsequent creative endeavors. [which I find as I re-read now]
Even became an Akhnaton and Nefertiti buff.
Do I still know the names of their daughters?
Meritaten, Meketaten, Ankhesenpaaten, Neferneferuaten, Neferneferure, Setepenre
"Don't touch my Tuts!"
Looking back, it was then
like reading an online forum thread

2008.10.22 12:59
Poetry and Architecture?
I asked several years ago if there were any other architects who have read The Changing Light at Sandover. There's a very different architecture to it. Very virtual realm.

2008.10.22 11:55
Poetry and Architecture?
test (poem?) by whomevers
1999.04.17 07:44

[architecture as interface comes with the architecture of schizophrenic interfacing...]

[buildings constantly move, doors can be windows, windows can be doors, stairs to Pilate are climbed annually on knees, walls may soon all talk, floors will mostly remain flat, ceilings with sprinklers are virtual skies that harbor emergency rain, roofs probably more than anything manifest architecture's shape, lights, camera, Africa, machines to create architecture with, furniture and painting as one, utilities that never fail (sic), plants, of course, grass gets high, sidewalk, siderun, sidecrawl, sidesit, sideroll-over, driveway complete with Jeep, garage sale as museum,..]

and through the fanlight
flies the fanmail
like a pigeon
with a fantail

2008.10.22 09:39
Interesting ADA / Universal Design / Accessibility solutions
What [is] reenactment but the rituals of nostalgia? Ah, like the custom of the groom carrying the bride over the threshold reenacts the rape of the Sabine women. It says so right in Livy's Romulus).

2008.10.21 18:00
PhD advice
What are some of the things that architecture now knows because of a PhD?

2008.10.21 12:18
Interesting ADA / Universal Design / Accessibility solutions
I too could say you missed the point because it wasn't "oh look, Wright copied!" rather look at what it was that Wright further reenacted. Momo's design is actually a quite modern people mover within architecture, as opposed to (first) a vehicular mover. And, since it's a double helix, there's even something universal about it.

2008.10.21 11:53
Interesting ADA / Universal Design / Accessibility solutions
Discerning the likely precedents does actually matter because you can then better understand the design process. Momo most likely looked at the earlier Vatican ramp.
"There is a spiral 'staircase', designed by Bramante c. 1504, which allowed individuals on horseback access up to the Vatican's Belvedere Palace (which today comprises much of the Vatican Museum) from the street level several stories below."
It is not a stretch to connect horseback to automobile to wheelchair and their relation to ramps within architectural designs.
Wrights ramps (at the Guggenheim) are very evolved beasts.
The Mercedes-Benz Museum is by UnStudio, not H&dM.

2008.10.21 11:04
Interesting ADA / Universal Design / Accessibility solutions
...or maybe Wright looked at the Vatican or remembered the Gordan Strong Automobile Objective.

2008.10.21 08:58
Did Ruskin really say something like 'there would be no memory without architecture'?
So young, attractive, underemployed-West-Coast-transplant-architects go around quoting Ruskin? REALLY!?!
Now I'm imagining REALLY!?! with Seth and Amy meets Californication.
The guy I sat next to in fourth grade went into the movie business--lighting--first in New York and then Hollywood. Last time I saw him was circa Christmas 1985 at Dirty Frank's in Philly. Funny thing is he came back talking just like they do in the show.
Otherwise, love the soundtrack.

2008.10.20 17:24
Tripartite cantilevering Cloverfield of a stair: "Live Wire" by Oyler Wu Collaborative
...make that elaborated to excess appearance.
"...in essence the Baroque involved: a) a bifurcation of reality and illusion, b) pervasive mirroring (figuratively and literally), and c) reality reenacting its own illusory mirror."
Good design often amounts to a honing-in process.
Simply being overwrought doesn't get you to baroque, but an overwroughtness honed-in might just be the ticket.

2008.10.14 20:35
Learning from Las Vegas (ad infinitum): An Interview With Charlie Kaufman
"If you extrapolate [the] current situation and current trends and the way architecture is evolving, it's maybe slightly too strong to say that ultimately everything will be embedded in a casino."
--Rem Koolhaas on The Charlie Rose Show March 25, 2002 42 minutes into the show.
excerpt from "Bilocation Syndrome"

2008.10.13 23:59
the trajectory of the abstract animal in thirds
"All the world's a next stage."

2008.10.13 23:45
beach reads
"Hey, did you hear the one about another Colonial Williamsburg in Arabia?"

2008.10.12 17:03
'There are good and bad examples of every architectural style.'
...and don't forget "the biggest threat to design professionals is folks creating stuff in 2nd life and then thinking it can work in the physical world."

2008.10.07 18:18
"I'd say, socially, economically and geographically responsive architecture will trump 'all' and be the movement."
treekiller, who are these folks creating stuff in 2nd life and then thinking it can work in the physical world? Surely their numbers must be legion to constitute the biggest threat.

2008.10.07 17:07
"I'd say, socially, economically and geographically responsive architecture will trump 'all' and be the movement."
And has architecture really become more about spectacle than building? And, if so, are architects blameless?

2008.10.06 14:10
Mixing Design Elements of Different Style Homes-Your Opinion
This week I'm designing a pre-quondam and post-quondam mix residence.

2008.10.06 10:39
Mixing Design Elements of Different Style Homes-Your Opinion
forget utopian and go ottopian




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