Toward an ‘African’ Architecture

Does ‘Africanism’ or looking at the world’s most diverse continent through a single, Western lens hurt attempts to fashion solutions to its most pressing questions? In his essay The Legacy and the Future of Orientalism (2006) written in reaction to intellectual interest in Edward Said’s book Orientalism (published 1978), Lidan Li criticizes the idea of … Continue reading Toward an ‘African’ Architecture


EDEN 3.0

Prologue On a desolate stretch of desert we once decided to create a new civilization. Beaten down from the numerous failures of the past, we were determined to get it right this time. And so it began, the long arduous task of creating anew by the sole survivors of the old. Part One: The Now … Continue reading EDEN 3.0

On Tafuri’s L’Architecture Dans Le Boudoir: The Language of Criticism and the Criticism of Language.

Tafuri’s essay seeks to propose a new method of architectural criticism as a response to the ‘death’ of modernism. In what Tafuri refers to the death of the avant-garde, it becomes necessary to establish a new framework within which to talk about architecture. What may appear to be a simple task is made much more … Continue reading On Tafuri’s L’Architecture Dans Le Boudoir: The Language of Criticism and the Criticism of Language.

On Spirituality and Architecture

There is an interesting fascination in an increasingly secular world with the spiritual in architecture. After the great progress of religious architecture from antiquity was revived after its halt during the middle ages by renaissance practitioners, the enlightenment brought a period of crisis in which scientific advancement pushed strongly against the religious doctrines that had … Continue reading On Spirituality and Architecture

On Metabolism

Metabolism seems to have been a manifestation of Japanese colonial ambitions, forced to be rethought and redeployed inwards rather than outwards due to their loss in the war. The projects envisaged an organic expansion and multiplication of spaces, borrowing the biological theme of metabolism and later metamorphosis.  Their projects have similarities to Archigram’s Plug-In City … Continue reading On Metabolism

On Archigram’s Plug In City

What struck me most about Archigram’s Plug-in City was its attitude towards work and authority. In many ways their attitude was similar to Cedric Price’s and radically different from Constant’s. Plug-in-city accepts the reality of these institutions and therefore makes space for them within their city. Price accepts the state of work even though the … Continue reading On Archigram’s Plug In City

On The Essay ‘Inchoate: An Experiment in Architectural Education.’

The text encourages a method of architectural education that permits constant questioning of ideas in architecture that seek to establish themselves as norms within the discipline. In many ways, it echoes a lot of the sentiment of Somol and Whiting's  'Notes Around the Doppler Effect', in that it advocates a reexamination of the idea of … Continue reading On The Essay ‘Inchoate: An Experiment in Architectural Education.’