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inside-out Altes Museum
...a construction using the Altes Museum model whereby the exterior walls of the Altes Museum are used to create an interior courtyard. ...first invert the plan. ...a whole new buildings through the manipulation of existing model data.

more daring @ Quondam
...far more manipulative of the model and 2D data in the collection. ...collaged-distorted designs demonstrating the true possibilities of "virtual" space and museums of architecture. definitions of museums are also being created in the process--a "virtual" museum can go beyond the "mission" of a real museum.

merge building models
...merge building models into the site models of the various museums, and from there create/design virtual exhibits.
...furthest venturing into the virtual museum metaphor so far. ...a new range of display possibilities using the Philadelphia model as the site for virtual architectural exhibits. ...the Great Pryamids superimposition was just the beginning. ...morph any building or section of the city in the name of a virtual architectural exhibit. This seems unprecedented and has implications for virtual exhibits and museology.

[hyper]murals @ the Altes Museum new murals for the porch at the Altes Museum. This will reenact the original and now destroyed murals. Also incorporate murals into the upper balcony area.

animated gif @ the Altes Museum
...presentation at Quondam of a new virtual animated mural for the porch of the Altes Museum. Along with the animated mural, there will be historical information regarding the original mural, as well as the contemporary commentary on the mural, e.g., from Vidler to Venturi-Scott Brown. There is still the question of the content for the mural. I'm generally thinking of a collage approach using a variety of images and image types. ...the Bauakademie or German architectural history, or ever Schinkel's architecture, are all potential subjects. ...whether to take a slapdash approach or try creating something along the lines of a marquee which could incorporate a narrative. ...decided that the mural will comprise line data (in various colors) of perspective details of the Altes Museum itself.

Museum of Architecture for Venice project for a museum of architecture in Venice. ...resurrect this project as Ur-Quondam. is a continuation of the Schinkel-Corbu-Stirling legacy, especially to Schinkel's Court Gardener's House. ...exhibit of the building filled with a collage of rooms (plans)...

individual building comparisons
...comparing Hurva Synagogue and St. Pierre as religious architecture, and comparing the Dominican Convent and the Altes Museum because of their almost exact same size and the similar enclosure of repetitive units.
The Hurva-St. Pierre comparison is about similar scales in plan, but very different scales in elevation. As religious buildings, their comparison may shed insight upon their respective fulfillments of religious programs. Also the idea of comparing Hurva Synagogue to the Pantheon
The Dominican Convent-Altes Museum comparison will allow the creation of a new composite building which may be very original. The inside-out Altes Museum idea may work with this investigation as well.
...also Sober House 1 and Good-Bye House.

infinite collection of Quondam
...Quondam's collection is already infinite. "Playing" with the collection through the many capabilities of CAD...

Quondam over-riding interest in things that are incomplete (i.e., unbuilt projects)... ...might somehow relate this theme of incompleteness directly to Quondam. ...displays as fragments or even non-sequiturs. There is also the idea of mixing up the collection as per the idea for the period rooms at the PMA.
Does this mean starting a lot of projects and display them incomplete. Of course, I want to see all the projects complete, but there is also much data within models that just never gets recorded. ...the displays at Quondam as ongoing displays of the whole process of putting models together and putting the museum together. This modus operandi might just work.
...also Quondam as a place of architectural inspiration--a place of the muses. ...getting into the habit of always creating new drawings. The real goal with Quondam should be to create an incredible and extremely large collection of architectural drawings. There should be drawings of everything, and each item should be dated.

virtual place
It is perhaps the pervasive and very reliable archival and repository nature of virtual place that makes it at an advantage over real place. It could be described as an historian's dream come true in that all transactions and data creation and transmittals are recorded in time. Time and its immediate connection to action is one of the supreme (if not the supreme) features of virtual place in cyberspace.

new work @ Quondam
...slowly build a "virtual place," a kind of Quondam Ichnographia that eventually reflects Quondam's essence and modus operandi.

new ideas, Quondam
Display the Villa Savoye multicolored and with images (line work) on the walls.
Two Villa Savoyes collaged together - each could be a different color scheme and even a slightly different scale.
Replace the Ionic columns of the Altes Museum with the Parthenon columns (rescaled?). 2120d
Exaggeratingly stretch the Bye House in either direction.
Play with distorting the Dominican Convent.
Distort the Wallraf-Richartz Museum in the z direction.

Subtext reenactment - the idea of having an almost secret place "beneath" the Encyclopedia Ichnographica, where the Campo Marzio is being reenacted in 3d using the model collection. Essentially, constructing an "analogous city" a la Canaletto's Capriccio and Aldo Rossi.
Houses Under a Common Roof in place of the Porticus Septa Julia.
Morphing the Altes Museum into a long (linear) porticus.
Replacing the Sepul. Hadriani with a tripod from the Altes Museum roof (or even the layered structure from Stirling's Cologne Museum).
Abstract model of the Villa Savoye: remove the glass wall from the ground floor, make the entire first floor solid except the ramp hall, remove the floor of the kitchen terrace.
Virtual Altes Museum - a scheme for a new program for the Altes Museum involving keeping the building forever as is, and additions to the building should only be virtual.

distortion of plans, etc.
...spent some time today playing with the Bye House plans (and also the Wagner House). ...uneven scale/rotation distortion, then began to see dramatic results when simply moving various parts of the plan. Essentially, whole new buildings emerged. perform these manipulations on the 3d models.
...pushing the envelope of acceptable design practice. ...a totally new type of design methodology...
...the opportunity to create completely new buildings, which in turn may become whole new virtual environments. ...perhaps the makings of some revolutionary architecture...

What does it mean to be a virtual museum of architecture?
...address the full potential of a virtual museum of architecture. The main issue is that Quondam's collection is "virtually" an infinite collection, meaning the base model data can be used to generate ever more data, be it new line drawings such as elevations, axonometrics, and perspectives, any number of renderings, and even whole buildings derived from a manipulation of the existing data. It is particularly the possibility of creating whole new buildings to add to the collection that makes a virtual museum of architecture (in this regard at least) completely unprecedented. The closest example of this "manipulative" attitude toward architecture is (ironically) again Hadrian's Villa where the form of remembered places was morphed into another style and an entirely other location.
...the analogous building idea is also a prime candidate for "new" buildings.

new exhibit idea for Quondam
...good for Quondam to have some kind of special 1999 theme, i.e., the last year of the 20th century and the last year of the second millennium. ...present "metabolic" buildings--these buildings would be manipulating the data already available. exhibit of [1]999 plans (crazy plans). ...and 99 buildings in 3d.

The most modern building of the 20th century (airport cities).
Acropolis architecture.
Documentation of the House for Schinkel projects.
The Roman triumphal arch as symbol of military victories and as symbol of ancient Rome's foremost architectural triumph/achievement.

Maison Millennium(????)
...collaged models gone crazy.

infringement complex
...a significant leap regarding the composing of metabolic buildings by collaging existing models. ...used Capital Park West... ...the resultant collage is fine, it was actually the process of creation/design that is more significant.
...underlayed the Palais des Congrès site plan to create a context. ...needed more underlay so then copy enlarged and rotated the site plan, and in cleaning up that plan real design possibilities came to the fore... There is every potential of creating Ottopia in this manner. ...immediately wanted to create a 3D base model for the collage complex.
...changing the elevations--just apply any number of other building elevations, or any other designs, e.g., the patterns.

infringement complex 2, etc.
...incorporate the same model but change the scale of each building (which may involve moving the buildings around as well). ...also altering the elevations using a number of techniques including ri patterning, applying perspectives from infringement complex 1, applying elevations from the group elevations. A third complex could have Campo Marzio plans as the elevations.

Hugh Pearman in two recent posts wrote:
"Architectural operating systems (as opposed to surface styling) are predominantly Gothic or Classical."
"What I called the 'architectural operating system' as a deliberate computer analogy -- might clarify rather than confuse, for me if nobody else."
I suggest a wholly other batch of "architectural operating systems" that derive from the morphology and physiology of our own bodies, the machines that we are instead of the machines that computers are.
Some architectures are extreme.
Some architectures are fertile.
Some architectures are pregnant.
Some architectures are assimilating.
Some architectures are metabolic.
Some architectures are osmotic.
Some architectures are electro-magnetic.
Some architectures are total frequency.
Figuring out what buildings/architects fit in which category(s) may well be the ultimate architectural parlor game. (hint: Classical is high fertility and Gothic is early pregnancy)

an alter-ego for Quondam
...utilizes the same collection and themes as Quondam, but nonetheless affords Quondam a "place" to be much more liberal, uninhibited...

1999.06.12 12:45
interview 2.6
The CAD work, or at least the 'expanding, stretching, compacting, morphing, collage (citying), schizo-analyzing' CAD work is a manifestation of the new dexterity engendered by the capabilities of CAD specifically and digital media in general. In simple terms, the unorthodox manipulation of CAD data reflects the many new ways of "drawing" that CAD allows. On a "theoretical" level, the manipulation(s) present new drawing/designing paradigms that for the most part did not exist before CAD/digital media.

Quondam on/off
...yesterday...the notion of an on Quondam and an off Quondam. The on Quondam is the regular Quondam and the off Quondam is where the museum will be experimental and offer an alternative history (of architecture).

2000.01.18 11:48
recalling virt. mus.
...the truth about directing ones own virtual museum of architecture is that one can do whatever one wants to do. In reality there is absolutely nothing that makes Quondam have to have a teleology, and it is just that reality of absolutely no imperatives, no rules, no obligations, and no need of approval that I hope Quondam begins to reflect.

2000.02.12 14:25
beyond the envelop (sketch)?
I'm now wondering if all the built environment of our planet is 'progressing' towards becoming a global (virtual) theme park, while cyberspace becomes the place where 'actual' 'real' data takes up residence.

a hyper architectures museum
/www is where all web/internet related material will be housed/compiled, and this may be where "virtual" issues are addressed.
/quondam is where the "former" quondam (a virtual museum of architecture) will be "exhibited" and elaborated upon. This is also where the new Not There will be introduced.
/com is where all commercial activity will reside, e.g., advertising, etc.
/a is an alphabetical mega list.
/hyper is where I can be the most experimental, the most radical, in a word, hyper. This is where building collages occur, where revisionist hyper-texts occur, and where reenactionary texts occur, and outlandish exhibits occur as well.
/architectures is where architectural designs will reside, as well as architectural ideas and discoveries.
/museum is the Quondam archive, the infinite collection.



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