F FOR FAKE: HOW TO STRUCTURE A VIDEO ESSAY

February 27, 2016 / 0 comments

If you want to make video essays, there’s no better film to study than Orson Welles’ 1973 masterpiece, F for Fake. There are a million lessons to take away from it, but today, let’s see what it has to teach us about structure. NO SPOILERS. For educational purposes only. You can donate to support the…

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THE ARCHITECTS LAUGHS LAST

February 5, 2016 / 0 comments

The Architect Laughs Last – [also feature in OSA zine]   Here a group of architects called TALL from SCIArc argue for fiction, which when compared to the AR article  by Catling [see Ellies post: ‘Damned if You Do, Damned if You Don’t: What is the Moral Duty of the Architect?’] , is an entirely…

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“NEW MEDIA” AND THE OBSOLESCENCE OF ARCHITECTURE

February 5, 2016 / 0 comments

Exhibition pavilions have always offered a fertile ground for architectural experimentation. Aimed at a public eager to be bewildered and amply financed by nations or large enterprises competing for attention, the temporary nature of such pavilions invites for daring structural solutions, experimental building materials, and innovative spatial concepts. In the second half of the twentieth…

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THE CITY THAT PRIVATISED ITSELF TO DEATH

February 5, 2016 / 0 comments

I wonder what in 100 years from now it will be, London. The city that privatised itself to death. Abandoned to nature, maybe, the whole place a massive, feral version of that mimsy garden bridge over the Thames currently being planned by the giggling classes. Poor London, the ancient and forgotten metropolis, crumbling slowly into…

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PAPER ARCHITECTURE

February 5, 2016 / 0 comments

Beatriz Colomina has been a pioneer in expanding understanding of the relationship between the media and architecture, including through the touring exhibition Clip/Stamp/Fold, which examined “little” architectural magazines from the 1960s and 1970s. While in Melbourne to present her lecture “From ZANG TUMB TUMB to Twitter,” she met with Nicole Kalms and Ari Seligmann to discuss the importance of new media in cementing architectural ideas…….

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LOST JUDGMENT

February 4, 2016 / 0 comments

  FROM SKIRTING BOARDS TO SUICIDE “Answer the question; just answer the question.” That’s the first homily issued to students. “First say what you are going to say, then say it, then say you have said it.” That’s the second one. And yet confronted with this EAAE question,1 This apparent belligerence is not just a reaction to the…

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ARCHITECTURE IS NOW A TOOL FOR CAPITAL

February 4, 2016 / 0 comments

Article from the Architectural Review As large housing estates are being demolished and the age of great social democracies recedes, taking with it any notion of an architecture for the public, OMA partner Reinier de Graaf asks if there is any alternative to building capital It is almost a year since Thomas Piketty published his…

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ARCHITECTURE < SOCIAL MEDIA

February 4, 2016 / 0 comments

Architecture has yet to acknowledge the impact of social media on our experience of physical space. In the fall of 1999, Elizabeth Diller and Ricardo Scofidio opened their redesign of Brasserie, the restaurant in the basement of the Seagram Building, in New York. They had recently won a MacArthur “genius” grant–the first architects ever to do so–but Brasserie…

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THE FOUNDING AND MANIFESTO OF FUTURISM

February 3, 2016 / 0 comments

We had stayed up all night, my friends and I, under hanging mosque lamps with domes of filigreed brass, domes starred like our spirits, shining like them with the prisoned radiance of electric hearts. For hours we had trampled our atavistic ennui into rich oriental rugs, arguing up to the last confines of logic and…

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THE PROBLEM OF PERSONAL IDENTITY IN TWO PAGES

February 1, 2016 / 0 comments

The problem – Is a person the kind of thing that can die on earth and be alive somewhere else? To understand this consider a thought experiment. If we make a perfect copy of you—complete with your thoughts and memories—is that copy really you or just a duplicate? (If you think the copy is you, then the…

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