The Discovery of Piranesi's Final Project
Stephen Lauf

12 October 1778   Monday
Finally some relief by 2:30 in the afternoon.

47 y.o. Francesco Piranesi 1805
Le Antichità della Magna Grecia   Parte III

Bowls and Vases of the same type as those on the previous plate. in Pompeii.
Drawn and Engraved by F. Piranesi Year 1805

12 October 1812   Monday

Morning cloudy as yesterday, wind SW, temperature 55°, a bull's eye again. I spent the forenoon with a committee of J. Tyson case at Abington Meeting. While there the wind came from NW with dark clouds. Air much cooler yet temperature rose to 63, while the sun shone PM.

12 October 1994
The first 2000 years A.D. are primarily made up internally with the entire digestive system, specifically the large and small intestines. The small intestines function in the digestion and assimilation of nutrients, and the large intestines serve chiefly to extract moisture from the by-products of digestion and evaporate them into feces. So perhaps we are just about to leave the 2000 year era of digestion and assimilation.
Assimilation comes after digestion and has a number of interesting definitions:
a. the conversion or incorporation of nutritive material into the fluid or solid substance of the body and being the last stage or series of stages in the process of nutrition following after digestion and absorption or occurring with the later.
b. the process of receiving new facts or responding to new situations in conformity with what is already available to consciousness--compare apperception.
c. socio-cultural fusion wherein individuals and groups of differing ethnic heritage acquire the basic habits, attitudes, and mode of life of an embracing national culture--distinguished from acculturation.
The meaning/symbolism of the circle/square overlay is its demarcation of change or revolution. It is a point of entering a next stage, a next realm, perhaps even a higher plane. The circle/square junctures represent a passage.
The concept of the circle/square junctures will be introduced in conjunction with placement of the Renaissance/Reformation at the navel of the Timepiece.
In 1990, when I told Leslie Deis this theory and explained to her where the present was now cutting through the body, I showed her, and she commented how the present is cutting through very operational parts of the body (in terms of the internal organs).
In the definition of kidney the word metabolism came up and I wonder if it will be a good word to describe the concept of the third millennium?
a. the sum of the processes concerned in the building up of protoplasm and its destruction incidental to life: the chemical changes in living cells by which energy is provided for the vital processes and activities and new material is assimilated to repair the waste - there is constructive metabolism - anabolism - and there is destructive metabolism - catabolism.
b. the sum of the processes by which a particular substance is handled (as by assimilation and incorporation or by detoxification and excretion) in the living body.
c. the sum of metabolic activities taking place in a particular habitat or environment, e.g. "complex processes of historical metabolism involving the whole range of man's culture, social, and economic existence" - Walter Abell.
d. the second primary meaning of metabolism is metamorphosis, which means change of physical form or substance.

12 October 1999

pieces/palimpsest 31

pieces/palimpsest 32

12 October 2005
Daniel Birnbaum, "The Hospitality of Presence: Problems of Otherness in Husserl's Phenomenology" in Peter Weibel, Olafur Eliasson: Surroundings Surrounded.
I read Birnbaum's essay last night and it appears that Husserl would have benefited from the realization that all memory (both his 'primary memory' and his 'secondary memory') are by default mental reenactments. That Husserl ultimately saw perception and primary memory (i.e., retention) as the same (i.e., simultaneously present and thus together constituting the nature of presence itself) then unwittingly suggests that perception is also a mental reenactment of the phenomenon being perceived.
Jimmy Venturi's new website...
I can't say that the writings of V&SB made me think differently about architecture (having first read Complexity and Contradiction in Architecture while a sophomore in high school 1971-72), rather they just made me think more about architecture. Did the writings of V&SB allow me to go in new directions for design? No, CAD allowed me to go in a new direction for design, and it was CAD that allowed me to redraw Piranesi's Ichnographia Campus Martius which ultimately lead to my thinking regarding St. Helena as architect and reenactionary architecturism. It was Kahn that first lead me to the Campo Marzio, however.

12 October 2015
Introducing Liberland, an aspirational libertarian micro-nation along the Danube
from the competition data: "Liberland’s territory has a mild climate similar to Los Angeles, but is prone to Danube river flooding."
The Danube flooded at what is now called the Liberland territory 17-18 May 1924. My grandmother once told me that, while she was giving birth to my mother, the town alarm starting sounding, so she had to ask what's going on. "The Donau broke [its banks], and they're calling all the men to go and build reinforcements."
Although my mother was born 17 May 1924, her birthday was always acknowledged as 18 May. The birth was correctly recorded within the town's civil records, but it was tradition to register the birth with the Church the next day, and that day became your official birthday. This odd one-day-off birthday applied to all the relatives of my mother's generation and all the relatives of my grandmother's generation (that I knew). No one was ever able to tell me why it was done this way, but I've later (in life) surmised it had something to do with infant mortality at birth or soon after being much more common in centuries past, and when an infant survived at least one day, then you registered the birth with the Church.

12 October 2021

12 October 2022   Wednesday
Took a walk around the farm.

12 October 2023   Thursday


In creating the design of the exhibition, its architects Yura and Katya Plokhov relied on the ideas of the architectural theorist Stephen Lauf, the author of the concept of "The Timepiece of Humanity," in which the body of the "Vitruvian Man" is interpreted as a historical gauge. In the exhibition, you can see an illustration to the original gauge/diagram from the text, as well as listen to selections of Lauf's texts through headphones.

"The construction of the exposition is almost completed..."

I'm not entirely sure, but I believe this is where The Timepiece of Humanity gauge will be displayed.

Bianconi's Doctoring Piranesi   next season: "lacuna repletea"

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