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2016.10.23 21:53
Tom Wiscombe redesigns the L.A. billboard (and is chosen over Zaha Hadid's proposal)
"I looked at this and knew it was Tom Wiscombe immediately."
Does this suggest that the new billboard is too idiosyncratic in its design. Does such a specific design style actually work against the billboard's function, i.e., advertising Tom Wiscombe somewhat more than what the advertisements endorse? Maybe that's what doesn't quite sit right--the support system for the advertisements is calling too much attention to itself, where really only the advertisements should be calling for attention.

2016.11.02 20:17
Long derided by architects, Prince Charles' model town Poundbury might not be all that bad after all
Architects should actually celebrate choice

2016.11.03 16:38
Long derided by architects, Prince Charles' model town Poundbury might not be all that bad after all
I wouldn't say this is a conversation about contemporary vs traditional architecture, as much as it's a conversation about choices, and architecture with regard to the culture of choice.

2016.11.03 19:18
Long derided by architects, Prince Charles' model town Poundbury might not be all that bad after all
I just wanted to be clear about how much your choice of style is directly related to local climate and/or local (architectural) tradition.

2016.11.10 19:04
7 November
Perhaps it is the cross rather than the square or the diamond that is architecture's most primative form. It is, no doubt, the most profound architectural elemant in Hejduk's terms of a double articulation of formal and tectonic development together with viewer-subject construction--the degree zero of the architectural sign. And it is under the sign of the cross that Hejduk brings his image-screen, his elevational chronotope, to its destination.
Hejduk's first steps toward that destination are intensely architectural, layering form upon form and manipulating them to a maximum. Cathedral is the most complex single object of Hejduk's career, gatherig up the most significant of his formal inventions and collapsing them onto a simple rectanglar volume, or perhaps a thick wall, with all the being-together of diverse formal elements on the vertical plane that his Wall apparatus captures. The original Berlin Masque building (which itself cannibalizes Retreat Masque and Wall House 3) operates as Cathedral's deep structure. Various other characteristics from Berlin Masque are there; Wall House 3 reappears, now as one element of another wall; the Collapse of Time tower is on the roof; the various Morandi-like light cannons, funnels, and tubes that he experimented with in his architectural "Still Lifes" return too. It seems obvious that Cathedral is intended as a summation, and in this regard it is telling that just after the Canadian Centre for Architecture completed the Cathedral model, Hejduk began working on A Gathering, his unfinished site plan for a giant Masque (or perhaps it is an entire town) that was to contain the footprint of every project he had ever made. It is as if in these works Hejduk is cataolguing all the ways he has tried to arrest momentaryily the unlocalizable architectural gaze.
K. Michael Hays, Sanctuaries: The Last Works of John Hejduk 2002

The result is an extraordinary artificiality, performance declaring itself such, marking itself unmistakably for perturbed and awed looking and hearing. ...
This is the prerogative of late style: it has the power to render disenchantment and pleasure without resolving the contradictions between them. What holds them in tension, as equal forces straining in opposite directions, is the artist's mature subjectivity, stripped of hubris and pomposity, unashamed either of its fallibility or of the modest assurance it has gained as a result of age and exile.
Edward W. Said, On Late Style: Music and Literature against the Grain 2006
Le Corbusier's last urban design 5511   b   c   d   e   f

2016.11.18 10:05
New Notre Dame School of Architecture building breaks ground
"classical western architectural design" except it's really just a watered-down version of Leon Krier style circa 40 years ago.

2016.11.19 17:41
Patrik Schumacher's Right-wing Agenda
I wouldn't discount a connection between "his anarcho - capitalism" and (his) Parametricism so quickly. Has there even already been an investigation of the two in relation to each other. The chapter headings of The Autopoiesis of Architecture: A New Agenda for Architecture vol. 2 seem to suggest there probably is some connection: 6. The Task of Architecture, 7. The Design Process, 8. Architecture and Society, 9. Architecture and Politics, 10. The Self-descriptions of Architecture, 11. Parametricism--The Parametric Paradigm and the Formation of a New Style, 12. Epilogue--The Design of a Theory. Could "his anarcho - capitalism" be the beginning of volume 3?

2016.12.07 10:33
5 December
...late styles undermine our pleasure, actively eluding any attempt at easy understanding.
...the prince stands for a pessimism of the intelligence and a pessimism of the will. The very first words of the novel are the concluding words of the rosary intoned by Father Pirrone--"nunc et in hora mortis nostrae"--and they set the tone of the entire book.
Said 104
Hejduk's late style?

2016.12.08 14:20
5 December
coc, if you have more thoughts on "late style" and "the case of architects" feel free to share. I'm here interested in trying to understand Hejduk's late works (and not so much his professional life), particularly the works from the last seven years of Hejduk's life.
The "wall house" theme has been a near constant throughout Hejduk's oeuvre, thus providing an interesting evolutionary gauge from early to late 'style'.
"now and at the hour of our dead" relates well to the profusion of religious (Roman Catholic) building designs from the last four or so years of Hejduk's life, including many church designs, most of which I see as continual reinterpretations of Le Corbusier's church at La Tourette.
This investigation of Hejduk's late style is an ongoing project.

2017.06.24 20:49
Please Identify My New Home

It's in the Multiple Choice Style, no doubt about it!



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