amusement park architecture

1960s amusement park architecture
1968-69 Archigram's Instant City
1970 Expo 70 Osaka

2009.03.01 10:11
Is Inaba doing POMO?
Archikilo's Surge-Protector City


"Don't tell anybody, but reenactment can be such a circus."

2009.12.17 09:41
Diller Scofidio and Renfro blob up the Hirshhorn, yay!
765, it just so happens that exactly 10 years ago I sent an email entitled "Reenactionary Architectures" to Roger Conover, the architecture editor at MIT Press. So, in the spirit of reenactment, here it is again:
To: conover @ mit . edu
Subject: Reenactionary Architectures
Date: Fri, 17 Dec 1999 11:24:48 -0500
Roger Conover:
I am writing to inquire whether a book proposal for Reenactionary Architectures would be of interest to The MIT Press. As a series of individual yet thematically connected essays, Reenactionary Architectures explores the notion of reenactment throughout architectural history while also recognizing the pervasive role of reenactment in architecture today. The central text of Reenactionary Architectures is "Inside the Density of G.B. Piranesi's Ichnographia Campi Martii," a paper I delivered this past November at the Network for Theory, History and Criticism of Architecture's (NeTHCA) INSIDE DENSITY colloquium in Brussels, Belgium that is currently available online at (links no longer active)*. The last section of this paper, 'reenactment architectures', provides a loose outline of what Reenactionary Architectures is about. (Note: the 'reenactment architectures' section comprises four web pages, and a hypelink at the bottom of each page connects to the next page. Additionally, the abstract to "Inside the Density..." is attached as an addendum to this email.)
You may recall that we briefly corresponded via email over two years ago with regard to a proposed book on Piranesi's Campo Marzio. Reenactionary Architectures is now the major (albeit unexpected) thesis to have come from my Campo Marzio work. If you are interested in receiving a full book proposal, please inform me as to the acceptable submission protocol, e.g., would you accept a Microsoft WORD document sent via email, or should all proposal material be sent as hardcopy via regular post?
Thank you for your consideration, and I look forward to hearing from you soon.
Stephen Lauf
* 1460 1461 1462 1463 (Museumpeace)
I don't recall having heard back from Conover, but I have published extended notes of "reenactionary architectures" within A Quondam Banquet of Virtual Sachlichkeit: Part III (2006), specifically "The Speeches" pages 180-242.
a study in/of degrees of separation
more riff-off than rip-off
"kinetic architecture"
now look who's reenacting
OMA Serpentine Pavilion
OMA Prada Pavilion (in Korea)
SD&R Hirshhorn
FAT is very much a reenactionary architecturism practice.




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