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Las Vegas as the “virtual” oasis

the Campo Marzio’s beginning and its end

virtual Altes Museum

hyper-surface architecture

The subsidies use the effect the way, the one that the thoughts and that one had used the way, the one that the thoughts to the effect the way, subsidies.

20 hypermarquees for Ottopia

the museum as a communication machine

the hyperbole of Piranesi's architectural imagination is coded by a hyperbole of architectural scale

Quondam to be a museum of hyper-architecture

hyper - the most experimental, the most radical, in a word, hyper. ...building collages, revisionist hyper-texts, reenactionary texts, outlandish exhibits

"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!"

hyper building additions, religious conversions (Hurva goes Christian, etc.), the NOT THERE imagination

I see both Le Corbusier's Olivetti project and OMA's Algiers hotel, plus it reminded me of the undulating plane question I posed to Sarah Whiting at Inside Density

the new idea of rotate-extruding building sections

Go Go Home museum

World Trade Center NY tower addition

Buddha tooth temple

Casino Collagio

Wavelength Casino and Hotel

Towards a New Product Placement

"the free ottopology of Ottopia"

the work of Frank Furness, particularly the half castle bank facade

the notion of hypersurface versus a new hyperform architecture

living in a large 3D painting, in a hyper painting, being in a hyperzone, within an environment of many unknown factors

the Baroque involved: a) a bifurcation of reality and illusion, b) pervasive mirroring (figuratively and literally), and 3) reality reenacting its own illusory mirror

a 'hyper' contextual building, i.e. dealing with both London (and even royal) contexts as well as Philadelphia's theoretical architectural 'contexts'

in hyper-contextual terms, the display refers to the two rapes that generated Rome: the rape of the Vestal Virgin Rhea Silvia by the god Mars, which in turn produced Romulus and Remus, and then the rape of the Sabine women, an attack planned by Romulus in order to further populate his newly founded namesake urbs

I think a case can already be made for the classification of a Hyper Baroque, which is the European style corresponding to the century between roughly 1650 and 1750

Hyper Size is perhaps the best description of what comes after S,M,L,XL

Quondam as a hypermuseum--turning Quondam into a place that takes the notion of (architectural) museum a step beyond

Ichnographia Quondam as the plan of a hypermuseum(?)

the hyper-diversity of relative reality is architecture today

Hyper Architecturism... ...document... ...display of all the ideas and manifestations of CAD play, especially the mesh surfaces and extruded rotations. ...including model manipulation and collage/collision

hyper infinity (diversity) of architecturism

a new (hyper) textual sense will emerge from utilizing the text freely, such as collaging texts and auto-translating the texts--again, being hyper architectural with the texts

begin with the (skin) questions: "so what then is architecture...?"

the Il Campo Marzio then being the completion of the puzzle (and beyond), thus providing Hypersize Sagacity with its opening premise

[No Doubt the Artist Suffered] from Architecturism

architecturism   1 : act, practice, or process of architecture   b : manner of action or behavior specific to architecture   2 : abnormal state or condition resulting from an excess of architecture   3 a : doctrine, theory, or cult of architecture   b : adherence to a system or a class of architectural principles   4 : characteristic or peculiar feature or trait of architecture

Maybe the best plan for the Mall now is for it to be redone every twenty years or so--American [metabolic] Dreaming at its best?

All the same, I believe it is safe to say that Las Vegas is the reenactment capital of modern times. It wouldn't surprise me in the least if one of the next waves of new casino construction comes to reenact Las Vegas of the 1960s, or, if I were ever the 'planning commissioner' of Las Vegas, I'd begin efforts to construct colossal wave pools all around Las Vegas so as to reenact Atlantic City. Reenactment is hyper-reality for sure.

It might now not be prudent to make a case based on artificial versus authentic, because that distinction is completely blurred anymore. For example, Wildwood, New Jersey is full of themed hotels that artificially evoke other places on this planet and even sometimes other places in the solar system, yet it is now exactly this concentration of artificiality that gives Wildwood its unique identity (ie, authenticity).

At this point, I'm seriously wondering whether the specialness of reenactment is that it combines both the authentic and the artificial. For example, authentic Chinatowns (like the one in Philadelphia) are full of artificial, albeit unsanitized, theming. Yet for the generations of Chinese citizens living there, it is their reenactment of 'home'.

When new, the Great Pyramid at Giza very much manifested an artificial and themed environment, and for sure was one of the most entertaining sights/sites that has ever appeared on this planet.

In terms of then gauging "hyper-size" (ie, in terms of hyper meaning beyond, excessive, etc.), the comparison is (or at least seems to be) between what is usual next to an inflated example of the same something usual.

Rebuilding the towers, each up to the height of 9/11 impact, each with a gigantic staircase spiraling down, and each filled with a core of places of prayer and worship (with a mosque at each acme), would be reenactionary architecturism, especially for pilgrims that fly (via helicopters) to the tops and then walk all the way down.


...houses that have morphed into museums... ...the palace at Trier, a(n Imperial) house that morphed into a double basilica... ultra is the Latin for 'more beyond', or more hyper

The backer(s) of are not a sure thing either, so the Virtual Guggenheim is still hyper-virtual (if I may again coin a phrase).

...hyper surface of the Ara Pacia... Ara Pacia as architecture as the delivery of content

humanity's present hyper-assimilating and increasingly metabolic imagination

For example, if I were commissioned to design content for some real (generic) building whose 'skin' was an electronic screen, I'd propose a vast series of 'webpages' that act as a museum of architecture, thereby making the building, at least on the surface, a 'virtual museum of architecture.' I wouldn't necessarily be advertising Quondam, rather I'd be cloaking real generic architecture with many architectures. It wouldn't really matter what goes on inside the building because that will probably change from year to year, and the 'bulk' of the building's real architecture will be literally superficial and ironically really virtual.
I could go on and on, like pondering what kind of content I would propose for a hospital that had screen facades, or electronic/iconographic houses that change decorations by seasons or holidays, or even imagining the imaging of a house of ill-repute.

virtual architecture via hypertext has no real need for a client, thus liberating all design possibilities

"And now for something completely hyper-different."

Check out Le Corbusier's plan for rebuilding Berlin (1961, i.e., just before the Wall) at the end of volume 7 of the Oeuvre Complète. In retrospect, it is almost bizarre in its intentions. Note the reenactment of Chandigarh's Palace of Assembly next to the Reichstag! And the gigantic pronged towers scattered in the east. Urbanism, architecturism and spacism all in one plan.
It's funny. I really like this plan, and would love to see it executed, but not at the cost of losing Berlin in the process. If Disney, for example, ever wants to (again) do a great thematic 'FutureTown' (they actually called it TomorrowLand, didn't they?) they should simply enact this plan, and maybe put a big wall around it. I think I'd even like to live there. A kind of beyond virtual Berlin, like a new double Berlin, again.
And here's something that's really interesting in its obscurity. Remember all those little sketches depicting bad modern building design that Leon Krier used to draw as contrast to his 'good' designs? I'm betting big money that Krier actually used the axonometric of Le Corbusier's Berlin plan (OC, vol. 7, p.234) as 'inspiration'. The 'lightening-bolt buildings just south of the Tiergarten are a dead give-a-way. Now I know why I always thought those sketches were actually the best buildings Krier ever designed.

Hyper Size: virtually small, virtually medium, virtually large, virtually extra large; a virtual bigness book.

"I want a McMuseum, hypersized."

Moreover, what are walls if not seminal architecturism?

Perhaps I'll someday compose a documentation on So-Called Architecturism.

Hyperbuilding, Bangkok, 1996

...ultra-modern "hyper buildings" by collaging the surface forms and standard office block shapes--"infringement complex" plus "surface shapes"

how does bilocation relate to de-territorialization? Is bilocation like a hyper inverted de-territorialization??]

Perhaps architects themselve are hypercritical, and that's where the real problem with architectural discourse lies.

I'm thinking of designing North Philly as hyper-suburban. Versailles plus ultra even.

In the future, 15 years of hypercritique will be famous.

Alas, travels in Hyper Reality... ...the proverbial "are we there yet?"

And in 1999, hyper-eclectic...Ur-Ottopia House

"Baby Jane is the hyper-version of a whole new style of life in America. I think she is a very profound symbol. But she is not the super-hyper-version. The super-hyper-version is Las Vegas."

"Old art invaded by new art: inappropriate combinations can enhance the aura of both... One step further, the inappropriateness itself becomes a form of art."

These days I'm starting to further arrange the museum collection (and its new additions) within a hyper Piranesian context.

Gooding Trice Villa within Olde City model     Villa Stein de Monzie and Wall House 2 in terrain     Ludi for Schinkel     Complex Religious     atemporality     Quondam Neighborhoods     Mesh Surface City Blocks     eventual cities     Plan Obus     NPApraksin District DTM Zone     ASouq Neighborhoods     Working Title Museums     Acropolis Q on the Parkway     Calder Museum / Duchamp Inn     Calder stabiles as virtual architecture     Schizophrenic Folds     extensive use of exaggeration within Center City Philadelphia     mix-up and/or redo the Campo Marzio plans, i.e., redesign the current plans

Eventual Cities 001

Eventual Cities 002

Eventual Cities 003

Form 000

Form 001

Maison Millennium 001

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Maison Millennium 003

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Palace of Ottopia

Schizophrenic Folds

Houses for Otto 3-10

Working Title Museum 002

Working Title Museum 003

Working Title Museum 004


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Palace of Knowldedge

Simmons Hall (plus ultra?)

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Good-Bye House

I. Kahn Collagio



Dominican Fortress

Mosque Q

Savoye Hystérique

060507b     Romaphilia Philadelphia plan   2360i07

Infringement Complex Plus Ultra

Le Composites

Jung Zaha House

Cut & Paste Museum

07030801   Romaphilia; selected landmarks   2370i02

09011502   IQ plan   2177i15

Almost Semiquincentennial House

[virtual] Museum Museum

30th Street Station Railyard

Salustiani Mall

Hadriani Mall

Complex Religious

NeuHaus 10 der Künste


NPApraksin District

ASouq 001

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ASouq Neighborhoods

Section House

Mies van der Hejduk Quondam House

Andalusian Houses

reMS Buildings



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