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Views from the Garden of Satire

Theatrics Times Two

Piranesi and Death Disposals


the architecture of being [FOG]
It appears that the title should actually be an architecture of being virtual because that title is exactly what [the] work represents.
...letters that are to be included in AAOBV, such as the skins analogy/question, delivery of content, facilitators, etc., virtual TV stations/channels.
...more collage than traditional exposition/display.

Learning from Girard Avenue


2002.03.10 20:43
there's no controlling nobodies
I thought There's No Controlling Nobodies might make an appropriate title for a publication comprised of letters from...

2002.04.17 13:00
Re: venturi and koolhaas
I think I'm going to start writing a 'weightless' digital book entitled either:
Simplicity and Contradiction in Architecture
Complexity and Straight-Forwardness outside Architecture

2002.06.20 17:46
my, what big eyes you have
...browsing through the December 2001 issue of Architecture magazine:
Rem Koolhaas/OMA's proposed (and controversial) San Francisco Prada store is no more. Citing financial difficulties, Prada Group NV has decided to can the project, nicknamed the "cheese grater" by those who disapproved of its perforated steel skin. On a brighter note, Rem has won a five year long plagiarism lawsuit. Former OMA employee Gareth Pearce sued the architect and his office, claiming they copied the scheme for the Kunsthal in Rotterdam from Pearce's 1986 thesis project for the Architectural Association. Pearce, who has also taken legal action against Kunsthal engineer Ove Arup and the city of Rotterdam, lost the case when a judge in the London High Court threw it out, calling Pearce's claim pure fantasy."
Anyone here reading that new book entitled The Architecture of Nimiety: an Abundance of Redundance in Architectural Education, Theory and Practice? I've heard conflicting reports that it is either exactly 197 words long, or 197 pages long, or 197 chapters long. One critic hailed it as "a monument to "déjà vu all over again," absolute proof that what comes around is usually what was missed the first few times it came around."

Somewhat Incompletely Louis I. Kahn

Adventures of the Great Isfahan

1. the notion of a publication entitled Post-Quondam Architecture which comprises crazy model collisions, etc.

Decline of the Whiskey Empire

Mnemonically Delineating Veracity

Pretensions of an UnArchitect

Architecture Not Now

Uninhibited Habitations

The Siamese Twin Basilicas

The Odds of Ottopia

2004.05.15 15:27
Koolhaas Library NY Times
Compare the new Seattle Library with Kahn and Tyng's design for a Municipal Building, Philadelphia, 1952-57 (as seen on pp. 30-31 of Louis I. Kahn: Complete Works 1935-1974).
Also look at the color sketck on page 27 which is evocative of other the other recent Koolhaas architecture of irregular shape.
Is a book entitled Learning from Early Kahn Philadelphia virtually in the works?

My Favorites of the Campo Marzio

Architectural Otherness

2004.08.30 11:35
Re: the building as burkha
I'm curious as to how much thought, if any, has been given to the design of all the security checkpoints that will eventually be a part of all the new buildings and memorial at Ground Zero. Even without research, I imagine none of the proposed buildings and memorial will exist without many security checkpoints. Perhaps Ground Zero could be surrounded by a new and smaller version of the Berlin Wall (creating an island of Freedom Tower), thus potentially narrowing the number of checkpoints down to three--Alpha, Bravo and Charlie. Even Wall Street would have real meaning again!
Or maybe my imagination has run away and Architecture of the Divided States of America is really completely fictitious.
walls = denial = burkha = ?
Did you ever see pictures of how the first manifestation of the Berlin Wall was a continuous line of armed Communist soldiers standing abreast side by side? Remember Hands Across America? "Ich bin ein Ground Zeroed!"

2004.11.25 11:51
Re: Deconstruction? no, afterlife
Reenactionary Bilocating Architecturism
Saint Catherine de Ricci and Louis I. Kahn
Nudist Camp at the Philadelphia Museum of Art
Marcel Duchamp and C. Paul Jennewein
Learning From Lacunae
Gordon Matta-Clark
De Spectaculis II
Quintus Septimus Florens Tertullianus and John the Baptist Piranesi
The Promenade Architecturale Formula
Le Corbusier
The Marriage of Twisted and Columns
Eutropia and Pieter Pauwel Rubens
Pilgrimage, Reenactment and Tourism
Flavia Julia Helena Augusta
Here a Versailles, There a Versailles, Everywhere a Versailles Sigh
Marie Antoinette, Ludwig II, and Lucretia "Eva" Bishop Roberts Cromwell Stotesbury Dougherty
and maybe
De Spectaculis III
Guy Debord

2005.03.01 13:08
Re: thoughts on body art....
Although I've never read the text myself, I'm pretty sure Adolf Loos in "Ornament Is Crime" has a lot of negative things to say about 'primitive' tattoos. This text became somewhat seminal with regard to the Modern Movement in architecture, and can be seen as precursor of the purist aesthetic of Esprit Nouveau (which later got sort of rehashed as The International Style).
Is "From White Cube to Tattooed Cube" yet to be written?

Welcome to Suburbobliviopolis

An Architecture of Removement

Rita Novel This Sontag

2005.10.11 11:50
Jimmy Venturi's new website...
Perhaps the latest chapter of Learning from Lacunae is "What a lot of architects pretend is not there."

2005.11.16 09:52
Las Vegas: An Unconventional History
Anyone else watch AMERICAN EXPERIENCE - Las Vegas: An Unconventional History? I was surprised at how much I learned from this 3 hour program. It was like "Learning from the City of Antithesis" -- very "if it's no where else, it's here."
Sin City and Bust! Talk about having your cake and eating it too!
Do you think above-ground nuclear bomb testing will ever be revived for it's tourist attraction fall-out?
Did that veteran showgirl really say that Vegas during the disco era was the best?!? Gosh, you learn something new everyday.

2005.12.05 11:38
The Greatest Thesis Titles EVER!
Schlachtfest Architektur: Tod eines Kritikers
Guten Appetit!!

2006.02.02 12:46
Thesis Semester [blog] 25 years ago
Today, 2 February is the (new) feast of St. Catherine de Ricci. Catherine died 2 February 1590. My thesis project is seminally a reenactment of Louis Kahn's design of the Motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine de Ricci. I knew nothing of St. Catherine de Ricci in 1981, but I know much more now, and much of that knowledge is within The Odds of Ottopia
My virtual thesis project for 2006 is entitled "Reenacting Roma Interrotta Sector VI". The design team of RI Sector VI was Romaldo Giurgola, Harold Guida, Sigrid Miller and Giancarlo Alhdeff. This project has everything to do with blending an 18th century sector of Rome with a 20th century sector of North Philadelphia.
Geography, advertising, dancing, German(town), and even fresh exchanges on architecture with Hal Guida--reenactment really is a good learning tool.

Complex Iconography and Contradictory Content in Architecture

2006.03.18 14:21
Iconography, or the problem of representation
This must be Bath, England or something.

"I hate to burst your bubble, but now we have to move to a megastructure called Stolen Thunder."

2006.05.28 12:28
Ludwig's dissertation on reenactment
Trumbauer Architecture Tours
Nudist Camp at the Philadelphia Musuem of Art
"a moldy paper on mildew"
The King pf Prussia Marble Trail
De Spectaculis II
The Marriage of Twisted and Column
Here a Versailles, There a Versailles, Everywhere a Versailles, Sigh
The Promenade Architecturale Formula
The History of Terrorism in Film
Pilgrimage, Reenactment and Tourism
A Quondam Lenni Lenape Land
Learning from Lacunae
Creating One's Own Virtual Museum of Architecture
Ichnographia Romaphilia
The Bilocating Barnes Foundaton
An Architecture of Removement
How Did This Happen Revisited

2007.01.24 12:19
for marcel breuer's admirers
... and get that great new book on the workings of inspiration. I'm pretty sure it's called Even You Can Be A Copy Cat.

2007.03.10 17:09
...and speaking of random tangents
"I think this room holds a portal to the fourth dimension."
I had very good reason for saying so, and the strangers I said it to agreed.

Today I'd call this show Random Tangents.



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