Posts Tagged: authenticity

Multiple Discovery, Idea Theft, or Tweaking?

Having an original idea is everything in architecture. Its history is one of innovations and breakthroughs; of new ideas, materials, and applications. Originality is what distinguishes architecture from ordinary building construction, where the ad nauseam repetition of sameness is business-as-usual. Builders can copy with impunity, but

Multiple Discovery, Idea Theft, or Tweaking?

Having an original idea is everything in architecture. Its history is one of innovations and breakthroughs; of new ideas, materials, and applications. Originality is what distinguishes architecture from ordinary building construction, where the ad nauseam repetition of sameness is business-as-usual. Builders can copy with impunity, but

Skin-Deep Beauty

Rambla de Canaletes, Barcelona. 8:30 AM. The morning light is shining through the window openings of a façade that has been left standing all by itself. The façade originally belonged to a building that contained several floors of dwellings over ground-level shops; a

Skin-Deep Beauty

Rambla de Canaletes, Barcelona. 8:30 AM. The morning light is shining through the window openings of a façade that has been left standing all by itself. The façade originally belonged to a building that contained several floors of dwellings over ground-level shops; a

Collective Intelligence, or Collective Stupidity?

The above image is circulating on the internet accompanied by all sorts of captions of all sorts of cities on all sorts of continents, showing us how images, so easily appropriated and manipulated today, are deployed toward all sorts of

Collective Intelligence, or Collective Stupidity?

The above image is circulating on the internet accompanied by all sorts of captions of all sorts of cities on all sorts of continents, showing us how images, so easily appropriated and manipulated today, are deployed toward all sorts of

Gaudí in Red Alert

“Gaudí en alerta roja” is the title of an online petition currently the source of much debate in Barcelona. Its proponents, a group of luminaries from the local architectural and cultural establishment, argue that Gaudí’s work should be left “alone”

Gaudí in Red Alert

“Gaudí en alerta roja” is the title of an online petition currently the source of much debate in Barcelona. Its proponents, a group of luminaries from the local architectural and cultural establishment, argue that Gaudí’s work should be left “alone”

Everyday Camouflage in the City

[Originally published in Lotus International # 126. Earlier versions published in proceedings of Second Savannah Symposium “Authenticity in Architecture” (2001) and in On Site Review #9] Introduction “Finally the journey leads to the city of Tamara. You penetrate it along streets thick with

Everyday Camouflage in the City

[Originally published in Lotus International # 126. Earlier versions published in proceedings of Second Savannah Symposium “Authenticity in Architecture” (2001) and in On Site Review #9] Introduction “Finally the journey leads to the city of Tamara. You penetrate it along streets thick with

Rocket Architecture

[Originally published in Canadian Architect, February 2001] Clockwise from top left: Nike, Aerobee, and Universal launchers The ensemble of structures illustrated here could easily be mistaken for recent work by a number of contemporary architects, were it situated in the vicinity

Rocket Architecture

[Originally published in Canadian Architect, February 2001] Clockwise from top left: Nike, Aerobee, and Universal launchers The ensemble of structures illustrated here could easily be mistaken for recent work by a number of contemporary architects, were it situated in the vicinity

Winnipeg: One Great Situation-Normal (1)

[Originally published in Winnipeg Art Gallery exhibition publication Sit(e)ings: Trajectories for a Future] “Incredible…one can actually order ‘a cup of coffee’ here without having to specify in greater detail the particular brewing method, the type of coffee bean, the darkness of

Winnipeg: One Great Situation-Normal (1)

[Originally published in Winnipeg Art Gallery exhibition publication Sit(e)ings: Trajectories for a Future] “Incredible…one can actually order ‘a cup of coffee’ here without having to specify in greater detail the particular brewing method, the type of coffee bean, the darkness of