2002.03.13 11:36
Re: Managing Email Lists
...the nature of design itself is always a play with and/or against limits. There are always limits, even within the most free environments, but limits are pushable and stretchable, just like they can resist or snap back when pushed very hard, and sometimes stretched limits can snap back so hard that they actually propel.
"All reality is relative to the vastness of its container."

2002.05.28 10:47
Re: virtual buildings
In terms of virtual buildings (like Quondam) online, the building has to first come to you before you can go through it. Granted the visitor to a virtual building first sends a request for the virtual building to come. That's the way the Internet works right now--you can't go into a website until the website data comes to you. Relativeness is not the issue as much as inversion is.
Could it be that the more extreme a situation is, the less relative it is?
Could it be that the more extreme a situation is the more it begins to invert itself?

2003.06.24 19:25
Index Architecture
This book should be in audio format. That way you could listen while sleeping, and after about a week you could start talking like a Columbia grad without spending all that time and money. Now that would be radical!

2003.09.12 10:40
Re: more news from Philadelphia's Logan Circle
Getting back towards Logan Circle, I go into the Basilica of Sts. Peter and Paul, where I haven't been in over ten years, and haven't been in while empty in 25 years. For some reason, I found it to be enormous inside. I guess it just is enormous, and actually quite nice architecturally, very Renaissance Rome. I notice within one of the side chapels is the chair used by Pope John Paul II while he was in Philadelphia 1979. Since no one else was around and the railing to the chapel was only 2 feet tall, I decided to go sit in the chair myself. I found those few seconds sitting to be quite intense, so I got up quickly because otherwise I would have gotten way too comfortable.
Well, what do you do after having sat in one of the Pope's chairs? To be honest, I was in a very good mood the rest of the day.

2006.02.16 11:02
division isolation separation boundaries oh my!!
I'm gradually getting into an architecture that crosses boundaries.

The wall of Wall House 2 has been replaced with the main facade of the Gooding House, Venturi and Rauch, Absecon, 1977.

2006.03.01 11:45
Iconography, or the problem of representation
Architecture has not reached rock bottom, nor is it likely to do so too anytime soon. What is unfortunate, however, is how architects have for the most part been trained to deny a whole bunch of reality.
"This comparison is not about precedents, rather predictabilities."

2006.03.01 12:44
Ackerman, in The Architecture of Michelangelo, speaks of Michelangelo demonstrating his ingenuity best when dealing with architectural projects that involved many restrictions, restrictions mostly due to the projects already having been started by others and Michelangelo then having to work with many givens. The lesson I've taken away from this is to not deny the givens and then just maybe my own design ingenuity will come forth.

2009.10.20 23:24
Really, what boundaries have you pushed?
I've never personally been committed to a psych ward, but there was a time when I well knew all the steps to get someone committed, and have indeed succeeded in having someone committed many, many times. As a result, I have visited a variety of different psych wards on many, many occassions, and, hence, I have often visited that boundary between sanity and insanity. Of course, it is an unfortunate place, but, more to the point, it's never comfortable, and sometimes even down-right scary.
You don't play with the boundary there either. You don't push it, and you cetainly don't try to blur it. You learn to keep it steady and clear, for the benefit of both parties.

2009.10.20 23:28
Really, what boundaries have you pushed?
"Be regular and orderly in your life so that you may be violent and original in your work."
Gustave Flaubert

2009.10.20 23:55
Really, what boundaries have you pushed?
I think Flaubert was advocating an active position toward both life and work, rather that a passive position.

2009.10.21 11:40
Really, what boundaries have you pushed?
...maybe there's a subconscious trend.
August 1977
There's that open door at the end of St. Peter's Colonnade which opens up to a long corridor and ultimately the Scala Regia. As usual, a Swiss Guard was there standing at attention. I walked up the few steps anyway. The guard remained motionless until I reached the threshold, when he very subtly dipped that spear/ax thing about a quarter inch in my direction. Then I winked at him and returned back to the crowd.

2009.10.21 11:58
Really, what boundaries have you pushed?
I think there's a pretty clear distinction between pushing boundaries actively and pushing boundaries passively.

2009.10.21 12:08
Really, what boundaries have you pushed?

And the Laszlo Toth Award for Pushing Boundaries goes to...

2009.10.23 15:10
Really, what boundaries have you pushed?'s not clear what you mean. Is the rollercoaster a boundary? Or is riding the rollercoaster an experience of pushing boundaries?
food for thought:
Writing in a language never fully his own, Kafka pushes that language further and further in the direction of his own deterritorialization, to the point where it shakes free all literariness, taking on a concrete but strange--surreal? hyperreal?--materiality. Deleuze and Guattari actually characterize Kafka's mode of writing as a "new sobriety." They contrast the rigorous strangeness of his form of literary enunciation with the esoteric and kabbalistic mysticism of Max Brod, his friend and fellow Czech-Jewish writer, the latter attempting to effect a symbolic reterritorialization by artificially enriching the appropriated German language with arcane signifiers. Likewise, citing the parallel instance of two Irish writers, James Joyce and Samuel Beckett, Deleuze and Guattari compare Joyce's excessive, polyglot Irish-English with Beckett's parsimonious English and French: "The former never stops operating by exhilaration and overdetermination and brings about all sorts of worldwide reterritorializations. The other proceeds by dryness and sobriety, a willed poverty, pushing deterritorialization to such an extreme that nothing remains but intensities.
We happen to be fundamentally interested in challenging and advancing typologies. So from day one we were much more interested in "OK, this has to be a flexible theater. What does that mean? How do we do that? How do we make that happen.

2009.10.25 10:11
Really, what boundaries have you pushed?
Might we conclude that pushing boundaries is uncommon, and muddling-through, (drunken) rage, and even pretense are common?
Does pushing boundaries a least require a metabolic (destructive/creative, challenging/advancing) imagination?

2009.10.25 11:30
Really, what boundaries have you pushed?
Might we then conclude that passive is common, and active is uncommon?

2009.10.26 10:25
Really, what boundaries have you pushed?

Vatican Psycho (1972)

American Psycho (1991/2000)
Now imagine it's 1963 and you're seven years old and this is one of your favorite television shows.
See, there's an answer for everything.

2015.05.07 10:15
'The Final Review: Negaters Gonna Negate'

"In order to become limitless, you have to drink the blood of some guy you just shot. It's true. I saw it in some movie."



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