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Architectural Ficciones II – Moscow

I – Xerox/Fax You close your eyes in New York, and open them in Moscow. The waiting chamber is a pastiche of contemporary kitsch, with grace-notes of pretention. You wash and dress in a small boudoir with ample mirrors, maybe … Continue reading

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Mixing Politics with (dis)Pleasure: Patrick Geddes, Architecture, Evolution and the New Right

The American right’s current infatuation with the writings of Ayn Rand raises, once again, the Medusa’s head of Malthusian “social Darwinism.”  Rand’s writings themselves are an odd conflation of Emersonian self-determination and social-Darwinist “principles” (if they can be considered such), … Continue reading

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Morphogenetic Metaphors in Architecture – The Quixotic Contributions of Conrad Waddington

For historians and theorists interested in the intersection of biology and architecture, the work of the British developmental embryologist Conrad Waddington is the physical equivalent of a black hole; important, yet allusive – better known through its affects, than from … Continue reading

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Learning from Las Vegas & the Demise of Utopian Architecture

There was a fantastic universal sense that whatever we were doing was right, that we were winning….             And that, I think, was the handle – that sense of inevitable victory over the forces of … Continue reading

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Architectural Cyborgs – Nanotechnology and the Potential for Living Architecture

The real destiny of the machine [is] to merge itself with natural organisms. –       Jack Burnham, Beyond Modern Sculpture, 1968 Prelude: In 1928, R. Buckminster Fuller presented the design for his Dymaxion House to the American Institute of Architects (AIA) … Continue reading

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The Crisis of Architecture and the New Imaginary

Architecture is in crisis, but this is nothing new; architects and architectural historians and theoreticians have been proclaiming the crisis of architecture now for over a century.  Essays, books, courses and projects have all focused, in one way or another, … Continue reading

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The Original Sputnik Shuffle – Reflections on the Apollo Spacesuit

I recently found the following clip on YouTube:   While this short video should be appreciated for both its humor and its strangeness, there is much more content behind it than appears at first perusal.  It seems to date from … Continue reading

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