14 May

1675 Sir Christopher Wren's design of St. Paul's cathedral in the form of a Latin cross was finally accepted

1726 Henry Flitcroft entered the office of the Board of Works

1784 Between 1783 and 1784 Gustavus III visited Rome and bought a series of bronzes together with other objects which were sent to Sweden by Francesco Piranesi who, in an undated letter which must have been written before December 1784, announced to Fredenheim: ‘J’ai déjà envojé les 20 petites figures en bronze en caisses le 20 du May passe come aussi les 4 poinçons de la Reine Christina, les habits, et les livres de S. M.’. The twenty bronzes were those that the King had chosen in April 1784. Piranesi’s disappointment that Gustavus III did not visit his studio is palpable in one of his many letters to Fredenheim. He accused the sculptor Sergel of not having encouraged the King to visit Piranesi’s studio where he could have found works of art of a standard fit for a king. In several letters he berates Sergel, whom he accused of having been over-influential in the King’s choice of works of art. Piranesi’s criticisms passed quickly from the artistic to the personal, and on 14th May 1784 he inveighed against Sergel to his friend: ‘C’est ici Mon cher Ami, que je dois me plaindre de ce Sculpteur enflé, superbe, qui ayant reçu toutes mes politesses comm’un tribut dû a son mérite au lien de ses récompenses a bouleversé tous mes affaires, s’est moqué de presque tous les artistes, et n’a cherché qu’un vil intérêt. Voilà tout ce qu’on dit de lui par la ville’. --Chiara Teolato

1990 at Court Gardener's House - Römischer Bäder     1833

Campo Marzio - contiguous elements, etc.
1998.05.14     5398f

Encyclopedia Ichnographica
1998.05.14     e2500 3303e

...Quondam noticed?
1998.05.14     3773 3784c

1999.05.14     e2607 3303e 5319f 5399b

2000.05.14     2235 3770b 3791

Papers of the HTAFCC
2004.05.14 13:31     3790 4014h

bilocation, bilocation, bilocation
2004.05.14 14:39     3790 8210m

Koolhaas versus the Actor
2005.05.14 12:19     9001h

14 May
2006.05.14 12:35     3336y

OMA USA splitting from OMA Europe??
2006.05.14 13:08     3303e 3336y 3749k 3770n
2006.05.14 17:46     3336y
2006.05.14 19:31     3336x

Quondam's 10th Anniversary
2006.05.14 14:54     3336y

2006.05.14 15:13     3336y

"I see sham pane, but no glasses."
2007.05.14 14:43     3335s

New Architectural Styles
2007.05.14 17:53     3335s 3747i

True discussion/argument among classmates
2008.05.14 07:59     3303e 3333p 3749n 3770s

Do architects read?
2009.05.14 17:47     3303e 3332n 3749q

14 May
2013.05.14 11:39     3303e 3732c 3785f
2013.05.14 21:31     3741d 3771g 3792g 4710b

14 May
2014.05.14 10:48     3308s
2014.05.14 13:16     3741d 3768e

Redrawing History

Artist Daniel Buren spruces up Gehry's Fondation Louis Vuitton with colorful intervention
2016.05.14 08:40     3314d 9006y

OMA   Unicorn Island   Chengdu

2006.05.14 13:08
OMA USA splitting from OMA Europe??

The Architecture of Split Ends

07051401 Altes Musuem without columns perspectives   2374i03

2008.05.14 07:59
True discussion/argument among classmates
Humans are perfectly capable of knowing the truth, however, humans that are openly truthful remain a rarity.
If real truthfulness didn't exist, then there wouldn't be anything to lie about.

2009.05.14 17:47
Do architects read?
Here's a little of what I read this morning:
"Posthumous fame seems, then, to be the lot of the unclassifiable ones, that is, whose work neither fits the existing order nor introduces a new genre that lends itself to future classification. ... This is what society can least come to terms with and upon which it will always be very reluctant to bestow its seal of approval."
"Mother, I must marry her! She's going to be a famous Posthumous-Modern architect!"

12051401 Retreat House plan   2237i02
12051402 Retreat House model opaque display on   2237i03
12051403 Retreat House model opaque display off   2237i04
12051404 Retreat House elevations raw   2237i05

14051401 Ichnographia Campus Martius plans along the Equirria   5311c

2013.05.14 11:39
14 May
Could the above be an outline for an architectural fiction or something? Yikes, a series of 365 architectural fictions, each entitled Calendrical Coincidence.
Read lots of interesting things in the last 12 hours... ...collect the best quotations later today.

2013.05.14 21:31
14 May
Three other variations on the theme remain for special comment. This trio have in common the idea, typical of synthetic eclecticism, of creating a new building type by combining elements from two of the most famous buildings of antiqity, the Parthenon and the Pantheon. Thus, perhaps, something new is created, something taking of the universally acknowledged excellences of these archetypes. It is too much to say that the combinations surpass either of the paradigms, but it cannot be denied that the resulting contrasts of form are productive of novel and provocative aesthetic effects. Similar juxtapositions of well-known and heavily associated forms were a commonplace in the projects of imaginative architects at this time, such as Boullee, Gilly, and Valadier; and Robert Mills proposed a combination of a Doric colonnade and an obelisk for the Washington Monument.
Carroll L. V. Meeks, "Pantheon Paradigm" (JSAH: 1960.12, 142).
Aldo Ross's Modena cemetery design of 1971 has been one of the most widely discussed architectural projects of the past decade. Now under construction, on the basis of a revised plan of 1976, Rossi's cemetery demonstrates his use of established architectural types, in unexpected combinations, to convey specific ideas about architecture and life.
Some critics, such as Manfredo Tafuri, have taken the view that the meaning of Rossi's design cannot be verbalized. This articale seeks to demonstrate that the oposite is the case. Here, Rossi's sources and writings are explored in tandem, in order to unravel the complex message contained in his cemetery design. In particular, Rossi's debts to Piranesi, Boullee, Loos, Hannes Meyer, Le Corbusier, and de Chirico are discussed.
Eugene J. Johnson, "What Remains of Man--Aldo Rossi's Modena Cemetery" (JSAH, 1982.3, 38).
Eternal Wrest in Pieces
Just thought of that while typing the above.
His book is designed as a megastructure, and we all know now their fate today.
Read together, they avail us of the opportunity to be placed both "within" and "without" at one and the same time, which none of the books on their own would allow.
Chris Fawcett, "The Rites of Criticism" (JSAH, 1980.5, 155-6).
He asserts that as early as the 18th century, Piranesi discerned that a wholly organized world is not a paradise but a nightmare. The full consequences of these contradictions, however, were not worked out until the 20th century.
I trust that Tafuri's advise will be similarly ignored.
The great value of Architecture and Utopia lies not in its political prescriptions but in its wealth of insights into the relationship between architecture and social theory since the Enlightment. Therein also lies its great frustration. The book touches on a bewildering variety of topics from Abbe Laugier to Andy Warhol until it seems less like a sustained argument than a series of brilliant asides. The pace is a rapid as the scene in Godard's "Breathless" in which the characters race each other through the galleries of the Louvre.
Robert Fishman, "Utopia and its Discontents" (JSAH, 1980.5, 153-5).

14051401 ICM plans along the Equirria   2110i99

15051401 IQ12 model   3392ui22   b
15051402 ASouq 000 schematic plan ECCOlivetti Olivetti Milton Keynes plans   2440i00

16051401 Cubist ICM IQ52 plans   2436i56

17051401 Mesh Surface City Blocks model development   240ai08
17051402 House for Karl Friedrich Schinkel 008 schematic wireframe model development   2461i05

18051401 House 10: Museum House 14 House 15 Wall House 2 Silent Witnesses plans   2197i18

18051401   OMA   Unicorn Island   Chengdu

19051401   Hagia Sophia plan section elevation   2480i11
19051402   Hagia Sophia section elevation working data  

21051401   Mosque-Cathedral of Córdoba plan (elevation section working data)   207pi01


2014.05.14 13.16
14 May
Coincidentally, one of the items the mailman delivered today was a copy of Tracing Eisenman, which I successfully/cheaply bid on last week. To my surprise, the book is signed by Peter Eisenman himself, twice even.

Get it? Peter Eisenman tracing Peter Eisenman, literally.



e2607 e2608 e2611 e2743 e2743c e2744 e2759 e2844 e2909 e3106 3720n 3770j c0318 c0515

Quondam © 2023.05.13