15 August

1070 Lanfranc made archbishop of Canterbury

1248 first stone of the choir of the cathedral of Cologne laid

about the Virtual Museum of Architecture
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Ottopia done

Quondam as an example of architectures of schizophrenic spontaneity
1999.08.15     3784e

Learning from Lacunae: a progressive inquiry of the acquisition of knowledge via reflection on what is not there
2000.08.15     3770c 3815 3899w

Helena: calendrical coincidences
2001.08.15 11:01     2070 8210e

damnatio memoriae, next coins
2001.08.15 11:15     3711 8210e

X-games architecture
2001.08.15 19:50     3786c

Re: Venturi pot at eBay
2001.08.15 11:15     4018b

death of the original Ezeri Mester
2003.08.15 11:03     3727c 5010

Re: berlin wall reenactment
2003.08.15 11:26     3786g 5015

A Quondam Banquet of Virtual Sachlichkeit: Part I
2005.08.15     2005

has the sun finally set on oma?
2008.08.15 08:36     3333g 3736r 3749o 4813 5808h
2008.08.15 10:33     3333g 3736r 3749o 5808i

Adam (sans Eve) in the Garden of Satire
2008.08.15 08:52     3333g
2008.08.15 09:11     3333g
2008.08.15 09:41     3333g

Art vs. architecture
2013.08.15 10:03     2387 3304j
2013.08.15 16:36     2387 3304j 3736y
2013.08.15 16:44     3304j 3732c 3749x 3771h 3785g 3794d

The ‘Starchitect’ Image
2014.08.15 07:51
2014.08.15 19:57     3736ab
2014.08.15 20:11

The Militarization of U.S. Police
2014.08.15 08:39     374a

The Discovery of Piranesi's Final Project
2022.08.15     8001d

OMA   Unicorn Island   Chengdu

Elding Oscarson Architects   NCCA National Centre for Contemporary Arts   Moscow

Ottopia done
Ottopia... ...the schizophrenic geography of O’s physical and mental travels. ...one of spontaneity as opposed to thoughtful architectural renditions of O’s named “locations”. as a result, Ichnographia Ottopia comes to represent architectures of schizophrenic spontaneity.
...a correct and fitting description of slap-dash architecture with the name “architectures of schizophrenic spontaneity.” ...now concisely work on defining and practicing architectures of schizophrenic spontaneity. Perhaps turn Quondam into architectures of schizophrenic spontaneity.

2003.08.15 11:26
Re: berlin wall reenactment
... so I'm now wondering if the Iron Curtain was the last prior "biggest construction project in the world." Then, also, was/is the Great Wall of China the biggest construction project ever?
A rebuilding of the Berlin Wall in Berlin in plastic would not be much different than, for example, a reenactment of a Civil War battle.
The Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia appears to be reenacting both Third Empire Paris as well as Piranesi's virtual Campo Marzio.
It will (probably) still take some time before Las Vegas loses it's 'status' as reenactment capital of the world, however.
It's interesting to see all the various directions that "degrees of separation" can go when it comes to reenactment.

2008.08.15 08:36
has the sun finally set on oma?
The sun will finally set on OMA/AMO if Koolhaas becomes risk-averse.
How many other architects actually seek out the risk? It is indeed Koolhaas' continual seeking-out-the-risk that sets Koolhaas as an architectural designer apart. The "envelop" really doesn't get pushed without taking a risk, and Koolhaas knows that full well.
Apropos, I cannot think of a riskier work of architecture than CCTV.
risk : 1. exposure to the chance of injury or loss; a hazard or dangerous chance

2008.08.15 10:33
has the sun finally set on oma?
The Guggenheim Las Vegas was a risk in a town that is all about risk. Apropos again, contextual even.


2013.08.15 16:44
Art vs. architecture
Looks like my next project is to design a Comfort Zone Inn. Here's the program:
The Comfort Zone Inn is a behavioural state within which a person operates in an anxiety-neutral condition, using a limited set of behaviours to deliver a steady level of performance, usually without a sense of risk. A person's personality can be described by his or her comfort zones within a Comfort Zone Inn. A Comfort Zone Inn is a type of mental conditioning that causes a person to create and operate mental boundaries. Such boundaries create an unfounded sense of security. Like inertia, a person who has established a comfort zone in a particular axis of his or her life, will tend to stay within that Comfort Zone Inn without stepping outside of it. To step outside their Comfort Zone Inn, a person must experiment with new and different behaviours, and then experience the new and different responses that occur within their environment.

13081501 Center City Philadelphia IQ9 model   2093i22

2014.08.15 08:39
The Militarization of U.S. Police
I'd say the 'militarization' is a 'logical' byproduct of manufacture and sales of weapons being one of the top-most businesses of the US. Police forces all across the country just became part of the weapons industry's ever-expanding marketplace.

2014.08.15 07:51
The ‘Starchitect’ Image
t a m m u z, you get it and I concur. I never before imagined that I would see a similarity between Savannah and Dubai.
MK, thanks for providing five examples of place making projects. From what I can thus discern, the architecture of starchitects is not divorced from place making projects.
Thayer-D, you're an idiot who jumps to self-serving albeit incorrect conclusions. As tammuz has already made clear, object buildings are very well capable of contributing to the sense of a place, and that was my point about Historic Savannah being largely composed of object buildings. To davvid's earlier question, object buildings are not in opposition to place making buildings, and to that end I'll confidently say that Guggenheim Bilbao and the Seattle Public Library are two prime examples of starchitect designed place making buildings.
2014.08.15 19:57
I just looked for the Zenghelis quote and I think this is it:
"And there is a catch: while [Quinlan] Terry was taking a polemical position against modernism, he was not taking into account the fundamental demands that his architecture was making on craftsmanship, not ordinarily modernism's calling. Craftsmen are hard to find, as craftsmanship is a time-consuming art that is gradually disappearing in an age that finds it unaffordable. This is the political side of the flaw.
The stylistic flaw stems from the fact that the architectures invoked have certain immanent and distinguishing properties that are unassailable, like proportion, size, construction, and materials. Once these are violated the architecture collapse. If one examines architecture before the Modern Movement, it becomes instantly evident that questions such as proportion, the relation of the horizontal to the vertical, of floor to ceiling heights, and the volume of space are intrinsic and fundamental to its integrity. At the same time, these are properties that no developer will pay for today."
If that's not the quote you were paraphrasing, then let us know. Otherwise, this Zenghelis quote and your paraphrase are not really saying the same thing. Zenghelis is being critical of 'stylistic' Post-Modernism.
2014.08.15 20:11
And a little on Savannah. One of the reasons it's Historic District is (more or less) cohesive is that Savannah surrendered when the Union army approached in the Civil War. Thus it did not get burned down like Atlanta. Another reason is that so much of it has been restored within the last half of the last century. Prior to the 1960s, much of the Historic District was a rundown slum. Jim Williams (of Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil) alone restored over 50 homes in the Historic District. One night in 1983 Jim gave me a top to bottom tour of Mercer House, his home, and not only was he meticulous in everything he did, he also had unbelievable good taste.

14081501   Elding Oscarson Architects   NCCA National Centre for Contemporary Arts   Moscow

15081501 Parkway Interpolation IQ register 5500x2750 site plan   3392ui42

17081501 surface models work   2462i11
17081502 Horti Valeriani Whitemarsh Hall plans   2141i06

18081501 Eclectic Houses Castle model work   223ai13
18081502 Eclectic Houses Venetian Gothic model work   223ai14
18081503 Eclectic Houses High Gothic model work   223ai15

18081501   OMA   Unicorn Island   Chengdu

19081501 Philadelphia and environs map cropped to iq   2093i95
19081502 iq16 Philadelphia Camden   2093i96
19081503 iq20 Philadelphia Camden   2093i97
19081504 iq24 Philadelphia street map overlay   2093i98
19081505 iq28 Philadelphia street map overlay   2093i99

20081501   Mount Pleasant plus Hadrian's Villa etc iq26 plans image   2109i10




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