big pools with waterfalls

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2007.08.05 15:38
MTV Cribs? wait that's not a Mc Mansion
Of course I'd change the whole decor inside...

plus some art of the day


...but I'd keep the outside just the way it is. I love big pools with waterfalls.

2007.08.05 15:16
Koolhaas & Eisenman Discuss “Urgency” at the CCA
Is the middle class really shrinking, or is it just becoming more colorful?
Unethical and thoughtless buildings sound like a lot more fun to me.
Steve, are you happy?
Yeah, I'm imperfectly happy.
And for those moral minority architects under siege, I suggest a nicely designed security alarm system...

and rent this movie...

Good luck!
Read this while the movie theater was getting packed last night:
"Individual will and actions count for nothing against Nature's insistence on reusing molecules as quickly as possible, for all that counts is the continuation of life and not how it is lived. Moreover, Nature's perpetual re-creations assume destruction since new forms cannot emerge until more matter becomes available. Far from underwriting conventional morality, Nature is supremely indifferent to anything which does not directly contribute to the renewal of the material universe. Murder, war, and violent death in all its forms serve Nature's ends since they accelerate the release of reusable matter. Mercy, charity, and anything that qualifies as 'goodness' are unnatural since helping the weak to survive beyond their time merely slows the process."
You know, if that's true, then the truth really does hurt.

2007.08.04 17:32
Koolhaas & Eisenman Discuss "Urgency" at the CCA
I thought the point was Archaeologies of the Future.
'Opaque' perhaps, but never without clues. The way I see it Koolhaas's architecture becomes him while Eisenman becomes his architecture. [Vanbrugh is at the top of the list if that helps.]
"Pejorativity" is an important chapter in The Irrelevancy Style of Architecture.
My tendencies are more coincidental than anything else.

2007.08.04 16:41
Koolhaas & Eisenman Discuss "Urgency" at the CCA
You know who my favorites are, now that's a laugh. Koolhaas and Eisenman are definitely among my favorite architects, but what exactly is the relevance of anything I write here?
I always say exactly what I mean whether it's understood correctly or not.
I'm now super-excited by the irrelavancy of it all.
[now back to the 5th century]
Wait, reading the architectureweek article together with this and this is a perfect way to see just how much fun the Irrelavancy style can be. Like I said, I haven't been so excited in a long time.
hint: irrelevancy is a good thing, actually the best thing in a long time.

2007.08.04 14:41
Koolhaas & Eisenman Discuss "Urgency" at the CCA
About 180 more years of an architecture dominated by the combined assimilating and metabolic imaginations, and then roughly 500 years of an architecture dominated by a pure metabolic imagination. All the while the profane osmotic imagination remains in the background. So much for the physiology, morphologically a bi-polar structural cage will continue to branch and grow (till completion c. 3091).
--inside scoop from the ongoing embryonic development within.

2007.08.04 14:00
Koolhaas & Eisenman Discuss "Urgency" at the CCA
I thought urgency sounded familiar.
"I love Ro-co-co."
--Wolfhilde von Schlittenfahrt
[note to self:
Be the first to recognize the Irrelevancy style of architecture.]
The Koolhaas/Eisenman "discussion" at CAA should have been called Irrelevancy.

2007.08.04 11:48
Summer '07 Movie Central
Saw La Vie en Rose last weekend. Yes, very well acted. Struck by the abject poverty and threadbare existence of Edith's early life, and left wondering whether one can every really escape such a profound formation--though there's much to be said for the power of true art. Strange too how one can still be surprised by various aspects of the 20th century.
Borrowed Antonioni's Blow Up from the Free Library yesterday.
Going to see Bourne Ultimatum tonight. Looking forward to it, so it better be good. (I'll be reading The Misfortunes of Virtue until the lights go out.)

2007.08.03 15:03
Brad Pitt, Architect....
Finally a real starchitect! I hope he sucks up all the oxygen.
"If you think you're in control of legitimacy, you're not."
Hey Brad, you'll do just fine because architecture is really all about reenacting.

2007.08.03 14:50
Speaking of CAD
The learning of computer drafting (2-dimensional and 3-dimensional) and the subsequent obsolescence of my drafting skills is what led me to start working on art. I was most inspired by the way I saw CAD changing the meaning of manual dexterity, and began to investigate the meaning of modern dexterity in art.
--excerpt from a 1989 resume

2007.08.03 14:21
...and speaking of random tangents
coming apart at the seamless

2007.08.03 13:32
archinect poem off
Poetry Squared 62 in a rare incomplete state.

2007.08.03 13:27
Selling Out: Architects and their Archives
I Patch

2007.08.02 11:00
Film Director Ingmar Bergman Dies
[coincidental reading within the last hour...]
... This is why cinema is the most alive, the most exciting, the most important of all art forms right now. Perhaps the way one tells how alive a particular art form is by the latitude it gives for making mistakes in it and still being good. For example, a few of the films of Bergman--though crammed with lame messages about the modern spirit, thereby inviting interpretations--still triumph over the pretentious intentions of their director. In Winter Light and The Silence, the beauty and visual sophistication of the images subvert before our eyes the callow pseudo-intellectuality of the story and some of the dialogue. (The most remarkable instance of this sort of discrepancy is the work of D.W. Griffith.) In good films, there is always a directness that entirely frees us from the itch to interpret. Many old Hollywood films, like those of Cukor, Walsh, Hawks, and countless other directors, have this liberating anti-symbolic quality, no less than the best work of the new European directors, like Truffaut's Shoot the Piano Player and Jules and Jim, Godard's Breathless and Vivre Sa Vie, Antonioni's L'Avventura, and Olmi's The Fiances.
--Susan Sontag, "Against Interpretation" (1964).
I wonder what the Sontag, Bergman and Antonioni are discussing right now. No doubt something beyond the status quo, perhaps even beyond interpretation.




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