Towards An Architecture of Communication

Communication as a primary purpose of architecture was a primary element in the works of Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, Charles and Ray Eames and the Smithsons. Venturi and Scott Brown focused on looking at what was around them and then creating an architecture that responded to it. Their recognition that architecture is fundamentally … Continue reading Towards An Architecture of Communication

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.’

On The Essay ‘Notes Around the Doppler Effect and other Moods of Modernism’

Robert Somol and Sarah Whiting attempt to chart a way forward for architecture from a discipline that simply reflects and then is critical, thereby being reactive rather than proactive to one that is projective and in so being inviting and incorporating influences from other disciplines without becoming subservient to them. It is a delicate balancing … Continue reading On The Essay ‘Notes Around the Doppler Effect and other Moods of Modernism’

On The Essay ‘Prolegomenon for a Study Linking the Advanced Architecture of the Present to that of the 1970s through Ideologies of Media, the Experience of Cities in Transition, and the Ongoing Effects of Reification’

K. Michael Hays attempts to examine architectural theory at the beginning of the information and technology age in the 70s to the present through a focus on four schools of thought. The first is what he calls autonomy-typology favored by Aldo Rossi and Manfredo Tafuri that seems to struggle to reinforce an idea of a … Continue reading On The Essay ‘Prolegomenon for a Study Linking the Advanced Architecture of the Present to that of the 1970s through Ideologies of Media, the Experience of Cities in Transition, and the Ongoing Effects of Reification’