Archive for July, 2013

A political book written by a traditional architect denounces the disengagement of architecture from the real world as a sheer phenomenon of our era. In From Bauhaus to Our House, Tom Wolfe bemoaned the fact that early European Modernism had stifled the development of an American architectural expression, at the very time that America was […]

Aparentemente, y por fortuna, atrás quedó esa dinámica en la que un exclusivo nicho ocupado por los grandes dicta las pautas creativas que deberán dominar la escena del momento.  De hecho, tal vez, las mejores expresiones artísticas de la actualidad están gestándose fuera de los círculos legitimados. Por ejemplo, Eno platica que, en su opinión, […]

It must be considered that there is nothing more difficult to carry out, nor more doubtful of success, nor more dangerous to handle, than to initiate a new order of things. For the reformer has enemies in all those who profit by the old order, and only lukewarm defenders in all those who would profit […]

By Jacques Rancière …This proposition evidently implies a presupposition concerning the meaning of ‘aesthetics’. The thesis is the following: aesthetics is not the theory of the beautiful or of art; nor is it the theory of sensibility. Aesthetics is an historically determined concept which designates a specific regime of visibility and intelligibility of art, which […]

“There’s no fun, no risk and no imagination in luxury design” For some, the relentless tyranny of luxury rolls on from business class lounge to hotel lobby via restaurant interior and beachside condo. A continuous experience of glistening surfaces, with the spaces in between plugged with walnut-dashed limos. These are the weird scenes inside the goldmine of […]

Karl Marx thought that the evils of the industrial age could be cured by changing the ownership of the “means of production.”  John Ruskin thought it best to eliminate all mechanical technologies, starting with print.  Lewis Mumford thought that the sins of mechanization would be redeemed by electricity, and Marshall McLuhan that (analog) electronic communications […]

“Digital Neofeudalism” Notes on Mario Carpo’s The Alphabet and the Algorithm AMIR DJALALI The introduction of digital technologies in the mid-nineties was experienced in architecture in a rather peculiar way. While almost every architect adopted computers as the main platforms for their work, the term ‘digital architecture’ still refers almost exclusively to an architecture made of […]

Train Your Tired Brain If you’re stressed out and tired, it’s hard to learn new things. Change perspectives. Improve mental flexibility by rapidly trying on new points of view. This exercises your mind. For example, what would a potential customer think about this idea? Your boss? Your competitors? Reboot. Take a break from work every hour, or […]

Algunas lecturas que no deberían faltar en las paredes que rodean el escritorio: “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t do than by the ones you did do, so throw off the bowlines, sail away from safe harbor, catch the trade winds in your sails.  Explore, Dream, […]

She was among seven young architects who launched the firm with Walter Gropius, founder of the Bauhaus art and architecture school in Germany, and their ambitions were grand. “The atmosphere was very exciting, to remake the world,” she said in “Still Standing,” a 2006 documentary about the firm. As for herself: “I was determined to […]