13 August

1366 Giovanni di Lapo Ghini's model of the cathedral of Florence superseded
1373 Thomas Arundel promoted to the bishopric of Ely

1608 death of Jean Bologne

1998.08.13     3787

Museum Collecting
2001.08.13     3704b 3724c

in (the obscurity of) fame's shadow?
2002.08.13 14:30     4011r 4011u 4011v 4013l

Kahn and Philadelphia Jewry
2002.08.13 15:20     3787c 4011j 4011r 4011u 4011x

Re: universality / particularity
2002.08.13 16:54     3784g 8210j

Ridgeway House

Re: Is Bonsai an art?
2004.08.13 13:57     8210n

Adam (sans Eve) in the Garden of Satire
2008.08.13 08:40     3333h
2008.08.13 17:09     3333g

has the sun finally set on oma?
2008.08.13 15:38     3333g 3705n 3710d 3736q 3754g 3770u 5808h
2008.08.13 15:57     3333g 3705n 3710d 3736q 3749o 3754h 3770u 5808h
2008.08.13 17:15     3333g 5140c
2008.08.13 17:26     3333g
2008.08.13 17:48     3333g 3736r 5808h

product endorsements by starchitects
2008.08.13 08:53     3333h

when thought matters
2008.08.13 16:37     3333g 3716g 3784j 4401d

13 August
2013.08.13 15:56     3304h 3304i 3704f 3705s 3710h 3791n

Inspirational Images
2014.08.13 16:56     3705t 3710j
2014.08.13 17:24     3705t 3710j

Eisenhower memorial, politics as usual
2014.08.13 17:07     3705t 3710j 3754k 3783g

What's good architecture?
2015.08.13 11:51     3312

ongoing work and a little learning
2015.08.13     3115c

The Discovery of Piranesi's Final Project
2022.08.13     8001b

Nieto Sobejano   Extensión Museo Castillo de la Luz   Las Palmas de Gran Canaria

Churtichaga + Quadra-Salcedo Arquitectos   The HUB Flat   Madrid

2002.08.13 14:30
in (the obscurity of) fame's shadow?
Two of the (lesser known) Kahn buildings I visited and photographed last week are the Radbill and Pincus buildings of Philadelphia Psychiatric Hospital, now called Belmont Rehab. Like most hospitals these days, Belmont is an accumulation of different buildings now all together via demolitions, additions, and expansions. Two facades of the Radbill building have recently been renovated (they somehow remained original for the most part), and one side of the Pincus building is original and in good, stable condition.
These buildings are pretty obscure Kahn architecture. I had known these buildings fairly well during the early 1990s, but not as Kahn buildings, rather because my brother was often a patient there then. I didn't learn that they were Kahn buildings until 2000 when I purchased a used copy of Architecture In Philadelphia: A Guide. What intrigues me now is that these buildings date 1949-53, which is exactly the same time as the Yale Art Gallery,1950-53. Basically, I'm asking why is the Yale Art Gallery so very well known, while Radbill and Pincus barely register a single blip of recognition?
I suppose an easy answer is that the Yale Art Gallery is a far superior building, and that Yale is more likely to publicize its architecture (and the art in it), for sure more likely than a psychiatric hospital anyway. It might also be that a stigma was somehow always attached to Radbill and Pincus, the same type of stigma attached to its patients (worse then, but still existent today as well).
Radbill is largely clad in slate, and has odd sun-baffles (if that's what they are supposed to be) projecting over the windows on the facades facing west. The slate panels started falling off about a decade ago, so only two slate facades remain (and they're the ones now restored). One can compare the use of slate paneling here with the use of slate paneling at the Bryn Mawr dormitory (1960-64).
The multi-purpose room of the Pincus building is probably the most recognizable Kahn at Belmont today. Two of its walls (but now just one wall) were rows of floor to ceiling windows, and each window had a movable (sliding up and down) panel so that the fenestration pattern was adjustable. It looks like the panels were made stationary a long time ago, and the fenestration is now a fixed checker-board pattern. I do (now) recall that a slide image of this room and its windows were seen by me during some design lecture my first year of architecture school (1975).

2002.08.13 16:54
Re: universality / particularity
I am fascinated by the story of the last attempt to restore the Temple of Jerusalem (circa 350s) by emperor Julian the Apostate. Julian was the son of one of Constantine's half brothers, husband to Constantine's youngest daughter Helena (who they now believe was also buried with her sister Constantina at what is today Santa Costanza at Rome), and brief reviver of Paganism and Hellenism within the eastern half of the Roman Empire. I'm not intending to be disrespectful, but I can't help but believe that Julian sanctioned the restoration of the Temple only out of spite to his immediate Christian Imperial ancestors--Constantine, Helena, and Eutropia built all of Christianity's first great churches on Christianity's most sacred sites, and Julian, clever devil that he was, simply wanted to do them all one better! As I mentioned here before, the full story of the last restoration (attempt) of the Temple of Jerusalem is an interesting story all on its own.

07081301 Villa Stein des Monzie in Terrain elevations perspectives   2383i02

2008.08.13 15:38
has the sun finally set on oma?
This appeals to me. The overlay of generative elements and the resultant hyper-figure/hyper-ground.

I like this too.

2008.08.13 17:48
has the sun finally set on oma?

OMA's take on domestic flexiblilty, 2005.

2008.08.13 16:37
when thought matters
It was the Hypnerotomachia Poliphili and its profanation of love. "Religion of materiality" and capitalism as today's real religion.
The symbolic isn't dead, merely profaned. Just look at higher education as the symbolic profaned via its high price.
As to architecture profaned, I'm thinking of something along the lines of how html and the internet profaned publishing.
The assimilating imagination and the metabolic imagination are the more profane imaginations, whereas the osmotic imagination and the electro-magnetic imagination are the more sacred imaginations. They can all be utilized when it comes to design.

2013.08.13 15:56
13 August
Art is not an architecture, but art can certainly strive to be done architecturally.

14081301 inverted Motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters plan at Medical Mission Sisters site Ury model   2206i25
14081302 Motherhouse of the Dominican Sisters northeast of Ury Farm plans model   2206i26

2014.08.13 17:07
Eisenhower memorial, politics as usual

a novel take on memorialization
I vote
all of the above

2014.08.13 17:24
Inspirational Images
The notion of design happening in a vacuum inspired an image:

14081301   Nieto Sobejano   Extensión Museo Castillo de la Luz   Las Palmas de Gran Canaria
14081302   Churtichaga + Quadra-Salcedo Arquitectos   The HUB Flat   Madrid

15081301 Altes Museum GAUA model plans 1100x550   2429i132   b   c   d
15081302 Altes Museum Customs Office of the Neue Packhof Berlin model layers renemed etc. GAUA site plan   2120i45   b
15081303 Custom Office/Packhof GAUA models plans 1100x550   2429i133   b   c   d
15081304 GAUA site plan IQ06   2429i134

18081301 Eclectic Houses Egyptian 2 model work   223ai11
18081302 Monchengladbach Museum plan work   222ai02
18081303 Museum of Decorative Arts plan   224ei03

20081301   Neue Nationalgalerie model work   2191i12

2014.08.13 16:56
Inspirational Images



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