[architectural] pliancy, apt

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2008.09.28 13:05
How can a building be 'critical'?
To ERr with SuperGlue
Bilocation Syndrome
Going into Eclectic Shock/Therapy
Surgical Double Theater
Waiting Room: Anxious, Reading, Liszt
Operation a Success; Patient Dead
Malpractice Case: Houses
Eternal Wrest
chapters of Architecture in Critical Condition

2008.09.24 17:13
How can a building be 'critical'?

Eventually I'd like to see Museumpeace in a cell at Eastern State Penitentiary. And then call it Crime and Punishment, and be done with it.

2008.09.24 14:34
How can a building be 'critical'?
Stephen Lauf, Architecture in Critical Condition (Quondam, 2008).
from the series:
Architecture in Undetermined Condition
Patient is awaiting physician and/or assessment.
Architecture in Good Condition
Vital signs are stable and within normal limits. Patient is conscious and comfortable. Indicators are excellent.
Architecture in Fair Condition
Vital signs are stable and within normal limits. Patient is conscious, but may be uncomfortable. Indicators are favorable.
Architecture in Serious Condition
Vital signs may be unstable and not within normal limits. Patient is acutely ill. Indicators are questionable.
Architecture in Critical Condition
Vital signs are unstable and not within normal limits. Patient may be unconscious. Indicators are unfavorable.

2008.09.23 21:37
"He, whom all things should serve, serves some one of his own tools"
I certainly have my uncharted territories!

2008.09.20 15:08
life-changing books
The Sexuality of Christ in Renaissance Art and in Modern Oblivion
Originally published in 1983, Leo Steinberg's classic work has changed the viewing habits of a generation. After centuries of repression and censorship, the sexual component in thousands of revered icons of Christ is restored to visibility. Steinberg's evidence resides in the imagery of the overtly sexed Christ, in Infancy and again after death. Steinberg argues that the artists regarded the deliberate exposure of Christ's genitalia as an affirmation of kinship with the human condition. Christ's lifelong virginity, understood as potency under check, and the first offer of blood in the circumcision, both required acknowledgment of the genital organ. More than exercises in realism, these unabashed images underscore the crucial theological import of the Incarnation.
For me, it made the 80s a whole lot more fun.

2008.09.18 21:03
H & deM in TriBeCa: 56 Leonard
and talking about trusting opinion...
mirror, mirror on the wall

2008.09.18 16:32
H & deM in TriBeCa: 56 Leonard

OMA, Idea Vertical Campus, Tokyo, Japan, 2004

2008.09.13 08:20
the concept of surface
thinking of the separate surface...

...and the contiguous surface...

...and again
the concept of surfing

2008.09.12 08:36
the concept of surface
And then some zay zat timing is everything, as in when you may enter and when you may not manifests culture's system of priviledges.
knock knock
who's there?
Ha Ha
Ha Ha who?
If you penetrate S/Z you'll find that laughter is a most effective form of castration.
And then there's...

...the concept of surfing.
I like how the root of concept(ion) means to grasp.

2008.09.11 08:58
the concept of surface
"Is not the 'architecture' of the human body an envelope rammed full of 'attributes' that DO NOT show their 'implementation' on the outside? For example, breasts with nipples hardly reflect either the lungs or the pumping heart inside, likewise the one-piece torso offers little 'superficial' indication of two cavities inside. And further, isn't the sublime singularity of the navel very much like the exact opposite of the twisting, turning, asymmetrical intestines just inside? [And just think how literally close the activities within barber shops and beauty parlors come to the activities inside the brain, yet who would dare say that these two activities share the same "function"?]" 2000.04.04
"So you’re tired of just reading about 4-D space and want to go see it for yourself? This book tells you how to get there. Unfortunately, it is also a blueprint for insanity.
Monroe describes a fairly effective method of inducing a state in which one has the feeling of being able to leave one’s body, move through walls and so on. Although he never refers to the fourth dimension, the idea of investigating the sort of “astral travel” he describes with an eye to interpreting the observed phenomena in terms of hyperspace is a tempting one.
The technique is basically to “wake up inside your dreams.” It is not uncommon for one to have this experience during a daytime nap: that is, that one is awake and aware although one’s body is still asleep. If one begins to look for this experience it begins to happen more often, and then astral travel is not far behind.
I worked on this for a few months once, but finally had to give it up as the experiences were so deeply frightening and disturbing. To be fully conscious and aware, and to know that one is in a dream world where anything can happen, to try to wake one’s body up and not be able to--aaauugh! Indeed, reading the book, one gets the impression that Monroe finally scared himself into a heart attack.
But forewarned is forearmed, and perhaps some intrepid reader will be able to make something of the old theory that we have souls that move in hyperspace."

2008.09.11 07:50
the concept of surface
Tad Hertz, Coming Apart at the Seamless: dissecting architectural superficiality, 2008.09.11.

2008.09.10 10:46
Not Interested in Architecture anymore..
...and it looks like if you're not interested in architecture anymore, you can always write a volume of cut-n-pasty poetry. Call it "It seems I prefer architecture profaned" Reenacted even.

2008.09.05 09:53
MVRDV masterplan in Tirana
"In September 2001, while seeing a display of quartz crystals (each labeled as to its geographic origin) compiled over 100 years ago, I thought it would be cool if the buildings of any global location started to match the formations of the local quartz. It was after seeing Harz Mountain quartz that the idea crystalized."
2004.10.05 14:54
--excerpt from "Ur-Geo-Mimicry" in Architektur von Vorläufer

2008.09.05 09:38
MVRDV masterplan in Tirana
the next design...

2008.09.05 09:00
New Haven visit
"At the Yale Center for British Art in the large window of the top floor gallery facing closest to the New Haven Green in the general lower right corner of the window glass are the scant remains of what looks to be a mosquito embedded in the glass. I call it Teeny."

2008.09.05 08:43
MVRDV masterplan in Tirana
It's not geo-mimicry, it's jury-mimicry!

"Hey, let's design a reenactment of this painting."
"Yeah, we'll do it like abstractly, and when other architects see the scheme they'll start reenacting a design jury."
--excerpt from "Scalping Double Theater Tickets" in The Further Adventures of the Broke Baroque Style.




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