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    world that is not where bodies live said the white man in the Swiss hotel room https t co MFtApVAyMs 2015 12 26 Ours is a world that is not where bodies live said the white man in the Swiss hotel room https t co MFtApVAyMs Fred Scharmen What other than Jello can I make in an Jello mold My sister got me a lot of vintage Jays swag https t co pZPSa9VAC1 2015 12 26 What other than Jello can I make in an Jello mold My sister got me a lot of vintage Jays swag https t co pZPSa9VAC1 Jordan Hale Javier Arbona Geographer Author javier The Rise of the Darists At long last Rice University School of Architecture s Plat 2 5 is out Actually it s been out for the last few months I have an essay called The Rise of the Darists In this essay dar is an abbreviation for design as research I explore what the rise of post critical forms of research discourses imply for architectural practice and its relevance to today s social needs Here s a quote Locating the boundaries of Dar is not simple but we may approximate its major threads and limitations Dar fuels the noticeable proclivity to fortify projects with large data sets and algorithm fueled software The translation of these data clouds into any number of scales and forms from parametrically derived undulating pavilions to urban farming master plans yields a popular impression of formal and rhetorical rigor underlying the project s gestation Although intricately related to a history of research practices in architecture Dar exceeds these Examining the idea of research in architecture doesn t fit into a single essay so perhaps this can be just a start But in this piece as a rapid scan I wanted not to examine all the history of research in architecture which would have been impossible but the recent replacement of theory with the simulacrum of a research practice in design In addition design itself has risen of late to camouflage the crises of architecture In other words I look at a marriage of the rising stock of design with the mimesis of research I argue that the coupling of design as research is problematic because each term refers tautologically back to the other not only as a semantic trick but in practice as well I discuss how the problematic appropriation of research in architecture bundled with the business friendlier term of design has certain origins in neoliberal market ideology The fallacy of objective research that is instrumental for post critical forms of business and governance is best exemplified by MVRDV s Pig City proposal In conclusion as an alternative to dar I identify a kind of compass point in yes King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp s Frippertronics an example of an alternative coupling of design and research where each is autonomous and yet informative to the other I hope that leaving behind design as research we can turn a new leaf and examine more embodied affective and scalar forms of architectural practice I m really happy to finally post this essay I ve been stewing some of the ideas in this essay for a long time as a part of a text that by now seems to have died at the shores of the economic crisis for a certain book publisher Some of the work for this text emerged during preparations for the 2010 iteration of the architectural theory capstone course I co teach at California College of the Arts my thanks especially to fruitful conversations with students and with my colleagues David Gissen Clare Robinson and Tom Beischer Thanks as well to Yanni Loukissas Nick Sowers and Bryan Finoki for reading and commenting on the draft I worked with the journal editor in chief Mary Casper who was exacting and relentless and I truly appreciate all her attention And thanks as well to MVRDV for image permissions Any errors omissions or unheeded advice are my own fault I posted a PDF scan of the essay and a final draft which might be a bit easier to read on digital devices The Rise Of the Darists Final draft submission 2012 http platjournal com Propagate Click to email Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Posted on 2013 02 25 2013 02 27 by javier Posted in architecture design geography politics Tagged architecture history DAR design design as research media MVRDV Pig City research architecture scales studio studio practice theory 1 Comment Journeys to narcostates and military landscapes I want to bring to your attention two new and exciting items First I recently filed this OpEd for DomusWeb the website sibling of Italian architecture magazine Domus In the piece I imagine what I might do on an itinerary to El Paso Texas I have been to El Paso before very briefly on my way to California Of late some commentators and urban experts have hailed El Paso as a model of a new American urbanism and in this piece I treat that model as a series of misleading abstractions that conceal a highly corrupt and profitable narcopolitics Here is a pull quote What San Francisco was once to the world across the Pacific Ocean El Paso is to the adjacent Ciudad Juárez and the southern world beyond a fortified golden gate It appears that El Paso has outlandishly benefited from controlling one of the hardened valves through which globalization flows Besides El Paso is not a mid size city as the census and Joel Kotkin mis categorize it once understood as one should as the swankier side of a much larger transnational urban entity intrinsically tied to booming Juárez as its adjacent industrial labor zone Small wonder that El Paso has created ancillary jobs faster than the slumping average While Juárez consumes itself in a civil war over control of the border ingress point El Paso s business establishment is busy marketing the city as the safest big city in the United States For wealthier Mexicans El Paso is a short charter flight away for a day of shopping bypassing the violence In the spirit of bushy tailed California politicians visiting Texas for enlightenment I imagined what I would put on an itinerary in order to explore the distinctly Texan urban visions that El Paso amasses in all of its volatile mixture of deregulation paranoia religiosity and fossil burning Read more at Domus Second my collaborator Nick Sowers and I are going to offer a walking tour in the Marin Headlands as part of a Sunday program called Desire Trails Nick and I are two thirds of a group called Demilit that we started along with Bryan Finoki aka Subtopia Demilit is a little bit over a year old but we already have a good track record and have been exhilarated to be working together This is what we promise to do on September 25th 2011 DEMILIT has crafted a walk soundtrack out of a series of audio recordings taken from current organizations with leases in the Headlands The auditory accompaniment intends to reveal some of the least noticed ways in which the military past infiltrates the present particularly in the repair and reproduction of nature A dispersed forest megaphone Sousveillant recordings Discussions archived in vibrations of leaves A voice that lingers forever in the bowels of missile silos The event is totally free which we love doing There will be an additional organic meal after the walk which is optional and will be served at the Headland s mess hall a kitchen with a stellar cooking reputation We look forward to meeting you and discussing our work further Checkout the whole lineup of artists offering tours RSVP for the walk and to order a ticket for the lunch Propagate Click to email Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Posted on 2011 09 01 2011 09 01 by javier Posted in California geography work Leave a comment Reaching Out for Who The Connected States of America Is this an example of cartography as the authors profess Carlo Ratti and his team are back Ratti directs MIT s Senseable City Lab delivering very elegant visualizations or an incarnation of neo realist art You think you re looking at data You re really looking at something else But what We need to figure that out To start Ratti explains their latest Senseable project a cell phone cartography of the United States in a July 2 OpEd Phone Call Cartography AMERICANS are more connected now than ever Mobile phones allow people to maintain relationships with friends family and colleagues across long distances If you analyze aggregated cellphone traffic as researchers at M I T AT T and I B M did with United States data from July of last year interesting patterns emerge The gist of the findings On a macro geographic level of counties and states connections sometimes defy geographic boundaries like state lines revealing hidden maps of regional spaces Surprising Hardly You might intuitively know this For example you might live in Cincinnati Ohio but shop across the Ohio River in Covington Kentucky Maybe you often call the owner of a gun store you patronize Covington is known in part for its gun shops and lower sales tax than Cincinnati For many intricate reasons Cincinnati on a map looks one way yet feels like another place in lived experience Sure it s nice to have good visuals that demonstrate the complexities of how people interact with their environments and with other people assuming the new maps are accurate Photo by senseable mit edu on Mit Sometimes borders even look antiquated and mysterious Visualizations are a way to imagine communities a tricky word that Ratti used in his OpEd above along other better lines This post below on Good explains a bit more This Is the Connected States of America Business GOOD This is what our state lines might look like if we drew them based on who actually talks with each other at least according to cell phone data gathered by MIT These are the geographic clusters of who texts with whom within an area from the MIT Senseable City Lab s Connected States of America mapping project But now the magic has worked The demo has turned the raw data of the connections into a community that imbues the reader or user of the interactive maps with a warm and fuzzy feeling of belonging to something more real than the borders imposed by government bureaucrats Not sure what I mean These communities are our new neighborhoods in a Jane Jacobs vein In that neighborhoody way they are reassuring and natural It s incumbent upon us to ask questions about the raw data for this now has deep implications in terms of our political unions loyalties and economies Who do your taxes support Who s interests are not represented in the political sphere when they live across the river in a less powerful Congressional district for example Is this warm feeling new AT T has paid for efforts to manufacture such emotions before as was the case with the enormously successful Reach Out and Touch Someone campaign above We therefore should bear in mind that MIT s project is sponsored in part by AT T and uses AT T s call data Or at least that is what I can gather from all the articles on this topic but I d be happy to be disabused of such notion We should also bear in mind then that when we visualize these communities we re really seeing some version of AT T s communities Do you suppose that Metro PCS call patterns look like AT T s And what of the relationship between being an AT T customer and belonging to a trans boundary space Is that good or bad Who represents these communities in the political sphere the community s own people or AT T s suits Some might argue that simply seeing AT T s calls is problematic because we don t know anything about the content of those calls themselves leaving us guessing about why those patches of community are forming Why would I be calling that gun store so much anyway And who initiated the call anyway Indeed even Ratti and his team might be aware that the data is not an end all be all though they should remind reporters of that more often Some of the comments left on their project support these same points I am making I agree with such objections to this work and I ve heard them before But I think there is a bigger problem here that involves corporate funding lack of transparency and the immediate media hype that Ratti is able to move coup BoingBoing The larger issue at the same time gets obscured by the reasoning that the infographics are step one and the qualitative analysis comes next The data dump is political in and of itself Why Consider this While AT T shares its data with MIT it fights to limit the access of FOIA requests to its information a case that AT T lost in the Supreme Court Meanwhile AT T is also active in sponsoring community building of another sort While many are demanding equal access to the essential tools of communication in a tele connected world AT T actively works to break up these efforts so that it can tier services at its own benefit AT T is a cartographer in a truer sense AT T draws new lines to align community representatives like GLAAD and the NAACP with its TMobile merger see below AT T gave cash to merger backers Eliza Krigman AT T is lining up support for its acquisition of T Mobile from a slew of liberal groups with no obvious interest in telecom deals except that they ve received big piles of AT T s cash In recent weeks the NAACP the Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and the National Education Association have each issued public statements in support of the deal If the communities Ratti shows us have a degree of reality to them they are just as much subject to corporate manipulation as they are to seemingly unmediated social bonding or spatial opportunities of proximity Could qualitative research address this kind of issue while also working with data that may be proprietary and potentially not available to other independent researchers and while also funded by corporate money Back to the original question What are you really looking at when you re looking at The Connected States of America I d say you re watching an ad produced for AT T but I d like to hear arguments otherwise Photo by porticus org on Porticus Note A new post at the SingularityHub equally fetishistic about the revelations in these maps claiming that somehow this is more real than arbitrary historically determined lines And AT T s connections are what exactly Natural Are Nations Less Important Than Phone Calls New MIT Map Redraws The U S According to Communication Singularity Hub by Aaron Saenz August 10th 2011 Comments 0 Who we talk to may be a better measure of how to draw our maps than the arbitrary lines laid down by history MIT s Senseable City Lab has used hoards of data compiled by telecommunications giants like AT T to craft a map of how the United States is linked Propagate Click to email Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Posted on 2011 07 09 2011 08 11 by javier Posted in geography Tagged data datavis media ratti senseable city Leave a comment A lovely atmosphere for dissertating Obviously everyone is running to this space to write their dissertations You can barely get a chair UCBerkeley Propagate Click to email Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Posted on 2011 02 01 2011 02 01 by javier Posted in architecture Leave a comment Reading the Bay Area or a ReadingSF Updated This is the start of a reading list perhaps with more titles to come as inspired by Christopher Hawthorn s Reading LA The idea is simple to create a community around discussion of San Francisco s urbanization But if it is somewhat clear why there is a ReadingLA the first step here is to even begin to articulate what is cohesive about the San Francisco Bay Area Is there a robust body of literature on San Francisco s architecture and vernacular landscape or its urbanism John King indicated somewhere that there wasn t and perhaps he is right But San Francisco like any city merits a read on its own terms and that s what maybe is interesting about starting to study the texts on this city a search for a theory This community could take shape online as well as offline The list has expand drawing titles that may not conform to preconceived notions of what an urbanism

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  • architecture | Javier Arbona
    a world that is not where bodies live said the white man in the Swiss hotel room https t co MFtApVAyMs Fred Scharmen What other than Jello can I make in an Jello mold My sister got me a lot of vintage Jays swag https t co pZPSa9VAC1 2015 12 26 What other than Jello can I make in an Jello mold My sister got me a lot of vintage Jays swag https t co pZPSa9VAC1 Jordan Hale Javier Arbona Geographer architecture The Rise of the Darists At long last Rice University School of Architecture s Plat 2 5 is out Actually it s been out for the last few months I have an essay called The Rise of the Darists In this essay dar is an abbreviation for design as research I explore what the rise of post critical forms of research discourses imply for architectural practice and its relevance to today s social needs Here s a quote Locating the boundaries of Dar is not simple but we may approximate its major threads and limitations Dar fuels the noticeable proclivity to fortify projects with large data sets and algorithm fueled software The translation of these data clouds into any number of scales and forms from parametrically derived undulating pavilions to urban farming master plans yields a popular impression of formal and rhetorical rigor underlying the project s gestation Although intricately related to a history of research practices in architecture Dar exceeds these Examining the idea of research in architecture doesn t fit into a single essay so perhaps this can be just a start But in this piece as a rapid scan I wanted not to examine all the history of research in architecture which would have been impossible but the recent replacement of theory with the simulacrum of a research practice in design In addition design itself has risen of late to camouflage the crises of architecture In other words I look at a marriage of the rising stock of design with the mimesis of research I argue that the coupling of design as research is problematic because each term refers tautologically back to the other not only as a semantic trick but in practice as well I discuss how the problematic appropriation of research in architecture bundled with the business friendlier term of design has certain origins in neoliberal market ideology The fallacy of objective research that is instrumental for post critical forms of business and governance is best exemplified by MVRDV s Pig City proposal In conclusion as an alternative to dar I identify a kind of compass point in yes King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp s Frippertronics an example of an alternative coupling of design and research where each is autonomous and yet informative to the other I hope that leaving behind design as research we can turn a new leaf and examine more embodied affective and scalar forms of architectural practice I m really happy to finally post this essay I ve been

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  • design | Javier Arbona
    these so often come to be associated only with impurity or seen as the antithesis of proper architecture a sign of its dysfunction if you will Smoke certain odors vapors and such often signify a lack of progress in air handling albeit other times marking progress in a developmental sense and bad health The flip side of this last idea is to actually have the presence of vapors and clouds in a space in order to make it alluring mysterious or somewhat edgy and decadent To paraphrase from the article I ve been working on this is the nature of the smoke that pervades music videos night clubs and rock concerts a bit of a safe danger in a controlled place This is also a type of air use by the way that also stumps theorists and architects because it usually pertains to entertainment perceived as a lowly terrain for serious designers So air in architecture has been difficult to say the least You ll have to see what I wrote later on about projects that play with these dualities of dirty air that is also made alluring and dream like Anyway that s a small dose of one of the ways that I found this book to be quite exciting and in fact entertaining I hope others will as well Propagate Click to email Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Posted on 2010 04 17 2010 04 17 by javier Posted in architecture books design geography news Tagged air gissen nature smoke 2 Comments In un stable domesticity For your clippings files my friends a recent news item I wrote for Frame Magazine on Stability a work by Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley reflecting the tradition of experimental performances cum architectural interventions that revolve around making changes to daily life Propagate Click to email Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Posted on 2010 04 01 2010 04 11 by javier Posted in architecture artists design everyday exhibitions work Tagged art design domesticity frame intervention performance Leave a comment Fabricating the Digital Contemporary Moment A Book Review Going through the projects in Lisa Iwamoto s newly published survey Digital Fabrications Architectural and Material Techniques Princeton Architectural Press 2009 144 pages gives me the impression that much of the contemporary outlook in architecture especially in its schools has a lot to do with the rediscovery of Gottfried Semper Here we have a frenzied revelry in the assembly of various independent components an exploration of the textile properties of materials and a recovery of skins as something wanting a glorious independence from mundane structures The book publishers on their part quietly present this book in a small note before the index as a part of the Architecture Briefs series This means basic principles in design and construction But Iwamoto rightfully went further than this directive Iwamoto along with her partner Craig Scott have been one of the most ambitious young practices of recent years So almost in a manifesto voice Iwamoto makes the case that today s design approach should be conceived out of a rich interplay between digital files and on site fabrication This encounter we re led to believe makes it possible to in fact close the gap between the textile and the structural not separate them sometimes intermixing the two without any distinction However it s hard to buy that part when so much of the work featured operates in the safety of a gallery space or as a temporary pavilion and usually both without major seismic climate or equipment loading concerns True as Iwamoto is quick to point out the installation scale and the one to one experimentation going on in offices and schools of architecture affords students experiences with unprecedented construction difficulties and provides a petri dish of sorts to test structural limits That s been amazing to see But the ambition is to go out and up in scale and do so faster and cheaper than if working primarily with manual labor Whether that s technologically or administratively possible or economically feasible is still very questionable The driving logic of digital fabrication according to Iwamoto is one that brings the design mind and the ultimate product closer One part of that logic means that materials can be exploited for their inherent structural properties and therefore skin and structure become one Although the book is divided into five chapters that separately focus on an overarching logic of making i e folding or tessellating what unifies these works is their surface property and their smoothness In short this outlook is about domesticating a project no matter what sort of programmatic thorniness into a strong clarity of unit aggregation Be they ribs bricks folds polygons or whathaveyou these projects promise to sweep you away with their unquestionable beauty and order It might sound like I m resisting that sweep but I must plead guilty to really liking it in some contexts and with certain caveats Time and again projects like Tom Wiscombe s Dragonfly or IwamotoScott s own InOut Curtain drive the point home maybe to a fault that any number of design considerations can be sieved through a software and amalgamated into a self supporting surface This loose cohort of architects and their disciples is taken by explorations of lattices cellular patterns and self similar repetition to name a few If this book is to serve practitioners and students as the publisher promises interested in these lines of investigation or perhaps in being seduced by them then the book clearly succeeds and does well in introducing some of the principles behind all this But what if you re not sure you want produce architecture in this way yet still are interested in digital fabrication Indeed there still is quite a bit of instructional material in here However it s one thing to adopt the mechanism and it s entirely different to end up with something that resembles the wing of a dragonfly or some Alice In Wonderland derived pattern It s yet another issue to take many of these projects into a more permanent programmed urban scale Are these projects actually about the directness of their constructability and a control of material economy the so called streamlining as seems to be insisted upon Actually if we take a glimpse at the work of small studios like Machinehistories outside the covers of this collection we start to note that not all has to be so peaceful and direct in the translation from file to material Besides can this total building agenda be recalibrated Need architects shy away from the legitimate decorative potential in this work bifurcated from the overall structural system of a building There is some kind of disconnect here between the promise and the delivery Most of the projects in the book remain in a gallery or school hall setting and the few that push against the harshness of nature in a more permanent way such as are not all that complex in terms of mechanical building systems or program complexity These are some of the hanging questions that this otherwise luscious book has in store at least from my perspective I have a suspicion that there s something else beyond these surfaces and may also lead the reader to ask How did we get here Answering that question is beyond the scope of the Architecture Briefs series and also might go against the streamlining impetus but it shouldn t escape the mind of these designers or those who come after It s not just Semper s ghost that lurks around these projects but also the accumulated discussions of the past decade or two about for instance landscapes of intensities as Stan Allen called them the Deleuzian fold and the smooth and striated Bringing in these intellectual histories into the process might disrupt the clarity and directness of the work leading one to question wether the scalability of these works though maybe technically possible might even be objectionable on other bases It may very well be unavoidable to add some measure of political interference in the transmission line as these techniques get broadcast out of the screen and beyond the summer pavilions and gallery installations For many many years now and time to blog this will not suffice to ramble about it nor do you want me to discussions in architecture about meta concepts like the projective landscape the Deleuzian fold and Deleuze and Guattari s smooth and striated full disclosure I often partake in Iwamoto and Scott s academic panels at Berkeley and CCA respectively and know them professionally and socially However this narrative usually has us believe that the only obstacle faced by these practitioners is client reservedness and conservatism But is it The argumentation usually has us believing that the mechanical will save the day and that these constructional principles aided by technology are scalable In other words no extra man power affordability organisation But one of the paradoxes of computation as a social force is the scales of service that it tends to generate and architects often neglect this everything might be numerically controlled but quality control and the administration of the construction becomes more complex not less Which leads me to ask does it matter What if we embrace these projects for what they are If we embrace their qualities as drapes as skins as perhaps Semper could inspire us to we can forget about their desire to be total buildings Digital Fabrications Architectural and Material Techniques By Lisa Iwamoto 144 pages 175 color illustrations Princeton Architectural Press publication date 8 1 2009 Series Architecture Briefs Going through the projects in Lisa Iwamoto s newly published survey Digital Fabrications Architectural and Material Techniques gives me the impression that much of the contemporary outlook in architecture especially in its schools has a lot to do with the rediscovery of Gottfried Semper Here we have a frenzied revelry in the assembly of various independent components an exploration of the textile properties of materials and a recovery of skins as something wanting a glorious independence from mundane structures The book publishers on their part quietly present this book in a small note before the index as a part of the Architecture Briefs series defined as basic principles in design and construction But Iwamoto rightfully went further than this directive Iwamoto along with her partner Craig Scott have been one of the most ambitious young practices of recent years So almost in a manifesto voice Iwamoto makes the case that today s design approach could should be conceived out of a rich interplay between digital files and on site fabrication This encounter we re led to believe makes it possible to in fact close the gap between the textile and the structural not separate them sometimes intermixing the two without any distinction Nonetheless it gets harder and harder to purchase that claim when so much of the work featured operates in the safety of a gallery space or as a temporary pavilion and usually both without major seismic climate or equipment loading concerns True as Iwamoto is quick to point out the installation scale and the one to one experimentation going on in offices and schools of architecture affords students experiences with perhaps unprecedented construction difficulties and provides a petri dish of sorts to test structural limits That has been amazing to see But the ambition is to go out and up in scale and do so faster and cheaper than if working primarily with manual labor Whether that s technologically or administratively possible or economically feasible is still very questionable Although the book is divided into five chapters that separately focus on what is argued to be an overarching logic of making i e folding or tessellating what unifies these works is their surface property and their smoothness In short as an architectural thesis this outlook is about domesticating a project no matter what sort of programmatic thorniness into a strong clarity of unit aggregation Be they ribs bricks folds polygons or whathaveyou these projects promise to sweep you away with their unquestionable beauty and order It might sound like I m resisting that sweep but I must plead guilty to really liking it in some contexts and with certain caveats Time and again projects like Tom Wiscombe s Dragonfly or IwamotoScott s own InOut Curtain drive the point home maybe to a fault that any number of design considerations can be sieved through a software and amalgamated into a self supporting surface This loose cohort of architects and their disciples is taken by explorations of lattices cellular patterns and self similar repetition to name a few If this book is to serve practitioners and students as the publisher promises interested in these lines of investigation or perhaps in being seduced by them then the book clearly succeeds and does well in introducing some of the principles behind all this But what if you re not sure you want produce architecture in this way yet still are interested in digital fabrication Indeed there still is quite a bit of instructional material in here However it s one thing to adopt the mechanism and it s entirely different to end up with something that resembles the wing of a dragonfly or some gorgeous Alice In Wonderland derived pattern It s yet another issue to take many of these projects into a more permanent programmed urban scale Are these projects actually about the directness of their constructability and a control of material economy the so called streamlining as is insisted upon Actually if we take a glimpse at the work of small studios like Machinehistories outside the covers of this collection we start to note that not all has to be so peaceful and direct in the translation from file to material Besides could this total building agenda be recalibrated Need architects shy away from the legitimate decorative potential in this work bifurcated from the overall structural system of a building These are some of the hanging questions that this otherwise luscious book has in store at least from my perspective I have a suspicion that there s something else beyond these surfaces and may also lead the reader to ask How did we get here Answering that question is beyond the scope of the Architecture Briefs series and also might go against the streamlining impetus but it shouldn t escape the mind of these designers or those who come after It s not just Semper s ghost that lurks around these projects but also the accumulated discussions of the past decade or two about for instance landscapes of intensities as Stan Allen called them the Deleuzian fold and the smooth and striated Bringing in these intellectual histories into the process might disrupt the clarity and directness of the work leading one to question the promised scalability of these works which may be technically possible but might even give pause on other bases It may very well be unavoidable to add some measure of political interference in the transmission line as these techniques get broadcast out of the screen and beyond the summer pavilions and gallery installations full disclosure I often partake in Iwamoto and Scott s academic panels at Berkeley and CCA respectively and know them professionally and socially Going through the projects in Lisa Iwamoto s newly published survey Digital Fabrications Architectural and Material Techniques Princeton Architectural Press 2009 144 pages gives me the impression that much of the contemporary outlook in architecture especially in its schools has a lot to do with the rediscovery of Gottfried Semper Here you have a frenzied revelry in the assembly of various independent components into elaborate skins an exploration of the textile and foldable properties of materials and a recovery of surface as something wanting a glorious independence from mundane structures The book publishers on their part quietly present this book in a small note before the index as a part of the Architecture Briefs series which means basic principles in design and construction But Iwamoto rightfully went further than this directive Iwamoto along with her partner Craig Scott have been one of the most ambitious young practices of recent years IwamotoScott So almost in a manifesto voice Iwamoto makes the case that today s design approach could perhaps should be conceived out of a rich interplay between digital files and on site fabrication This encounter we re led to believe makes it possible to in fact close the gap between the textile and the structural not separate them sometimes intermixing the two without any distinction However it s hard to purchase that part of the claim when so much of the work featured existed in the safety of a gallery space or as a temporary pavilion and usually both without major seismic climate or equipment loading concerns True as Iwamoto is quick to point out the installation scale and the one to one experimentation going on in offices and schools of architecture affords students experiences with unprecedented construction difficulties and provides a petri dish of sorts to test structural limits The driving logic of digital fabrication according to Iwamoto is one that brings the design mind and the ultimate product closer And it s been amazing to see this going on But the ambition is to go out and up in scale and do so faster and cheaper than if working primarily with manual labor Whether that s technologically or administratively

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  • geography | Javier Arbona
    Rise of the Darists At long last Rice University School of Architecture s Plat 2 5 is out Actually it s been out for the last few months I have an essay called The Rise of the Darists In this essay dar is an abbreviation for design as research I explore what the rise of post critical forms of research discourses imply for architectural practice and its relevance to today s social needs Here s a quote Locating the boundaries of Dar is not simple but we may approximate its major threads and limitations Dar fuels the noticeable proclivity to fortify projects with large data sets and algorithm fueled software The translation of these data clouds into any number of scales and forms from parametrically derived undulating pavilions to urban farming master plans yields a popular impression of formal and rhetorical rigor underlying the project s gestation Although intricately related to a history of research practices in architecture Dar exceeds these Examining the idea of research in architecture doesn t fit into a single essay so perhaps this can be just a start But in this piece as a rapid scan I wanted not to examine all the history of research in architecture which would have been impossible but the recent replacement of theory with the simulacrum of a research practice in design In addition design itself has risen of late to camouflage the crises of architecture In other words I look at a marriage of the rising stock of design with the mimesis of research I argue that the coupling of design as research is problematic because each term refers tautologically back to the other not only as a semantic trick but in practice as well I discuss how the problematic appropriation of research in architecture bundled with the business friendlier term of design has certain origins in neoliberal market ideology The fallacy of objective research that is instrumental for post critical forms of business and governance is best exemplified by MVRDV s Pig City proposal In conclusion as an alternative to dar I identify a kind of compass point in yes King Crimson guitarist Robert Fripp s Frippertronics an example of an alternative coupling of design and research where each is autonomous and yet informative to the other I hope that leaving behind design as research we can turn a new leaf and examine more embodied affective and scalar forms of architectural practice I m really happy to finally post this essay I ve been stewing some of the ideas in this essay for a long time as a part of a text that by now seems to have died at the shores of the economic crisis for a certain book publisher Some of the work for this text emerged during preparations for the 2010 iteration of the architectural theory capstone course I co teach at California College of the Arts my thanks especially to fruitful conversations with students and with my colleagues David Gissen Clare Robinson and Tom Beischer Thanks as well to Yanni Loukissas Nick Sowers and Bryan Finoki for reading and commenting on the draft I worked with the journal editor in chief Mary Casper who was exacting and relentless and I truly appreciate all her attention And thanks as well to MVRDV for image permissions Any errors omissions or unheeded advice are my own fault I posted a PDF scan of the essay and a final draft which might be a bit easier to read on digital devices The Rise Of the Darists Final draft submission 2012 http platjournal com Propagate Click to email Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Posted on 2013 02 25 2013 02 27 by javier Posted in architecture design geography politics Tagged architecture history DAR design design as research media MVRDV Pig City research architecture scales studio studio practice theory 1 Comment Journeys to narcostates and military landscapes I want to bring to your attention two new and exciting items First I recently filed this OpEd for DomusWeb the website sibling of Italian architecture magazine Domus In the piece I imagine what I might do on an itinerary to El Paso Texas I have been to El Paso before very briefly on my way to California Of late some commentators and urban experts have hailed El Paso as a model of a new American urbanism and in this piece I treat that model as a series of misleading abstractions that conceal a highly corrupt and profitable narcopolitics Here is a pull quote What San Francisco was once to the world across the Pacific Ocean El Paso is to the adjacent Ciudad Juárez and the southern world beyond a fortified golden gate It appears that El Paso has outlandishly benefited from controlling one of the hardened valves through which globalization flows Besides El Paso is not a mid size city as the census and Joel Kotkin mis categorize it once understood as one should as the swankier side of a much larger transnational urban entity intrinsically tied to booming Juárez as its adjacent industrial labor zone Small wonder that El Paso has created ancillary jobs faster than the slumping average While Juárez consumes itself in a civil war over control of the border ingress point El Paso s business establishment is busy marketing the city as the safest big city in the United States For wealthier Mexicans El Paso is a short charter flight away for a day of shopping bypassing the violence In the spirit of bushy tailed California politicians visiting Texas for enlightenment I imagined what I would put on an itinerary in order to explore the distinctly Texan urban visions that El Paso amasses in all of its volatile mixture of deregulation paranoia religiosity and fossil burning Read more at Domus Second my collaborator Nick Sowers and I are going to offer a walking tour in the Marin Headlands as part of a Sunday program called Desire Trails Nick and I are two thirds of a group called Demilit that we started along with Bryan Finoki aka Subtopia Demilit is a little bit over a year old but we already have a good track record and have been exhilarated to be working together This is what we promise to do on September 25th 2011 DEMILIT has crafted a walk soundtrack out of a series of audio recordings taken from current organizations with leases in the Headlands The auditory accompaniment intends to reveal some of the least noticed ways in which the military past infiltrates the present particularly in the repair and reproduction of nature A dispersed forest megaphone Sousveillant recordings Discussions archived in vibrations of leaves A voice that lingers forever in the bowels of missile silos The event is totally free which we love doing There will be an additional organic meal after the walk which is optional and will be served at the Headland s mess hall a kitchen with a stellar cooking reputation We look forward to meeting you and discussing our work further Checkout the whole lineup of artists offering tours RSVP for the walk and to order a ticket for the lunch Propagate Click to email Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Posted on 2011 09 01 2011 09 01 by javier Posted in California geography work Leave a comment Reaching Out for Who The Connected States of America Is this an example of cartography as the authors profess Carlo Ratti and his team are back Ratti directs MIT s Senseable City Lab delivering very elegant visualizations or an incarnation of neo realist art You think you re looking at data You re really looking at something else But what We need to figure that out To start Ratti explains their latest Senseable project a cell phone cartography of the United States in a July 2 OpEd Phone Call Cartography AMERICANS are more connected now than ever Mobile phones allow people to maintain relationships with friends family and colleagues across long distances If you analyze aggregated cellphone traffic as researchers at M I T AT T and I B M did with United States data from July of last year interesting patterns emerge The gist of the findings On a macro geographic level of counties and states connections sometimes defy geographic boundaries like state lines revealing hidden maps of regional spaces Surprising Hardly You might intuitively know this For example you might live in Cincinnati Ohio but shop across the Ohio River in Covington Kentucky Maybe you often call the owner of a gun store you patronize Covington is known in part for its gun shops and lower sales tax than Cincinnati For many intricate reasons Cincinnati on a map looks one way yet feels like another place in lived experience Sure it s nice to have good visuals that demonstrate the complexities of how people interact with their environments and with other people assuming the new maps are accurate Photo by senseable mit edu on Mit Sometimes borders even look antiquated and mysterious Visualizations are a way to imagine communities a tricky word that Ratti used in his OpEd above along other better lines This post below on Good explains a bit more This Is the Connected States of America Business GOOD This is what our state lines might look like if we drew them based on who actually talks with each other at least according to cell phone data gathered by MIT These are the geographic clusters of who texts with whom within an area from the MIT Senseable City Lab s Connected States of America mapping project But now the magic has worked The demo has turned the raw data of the connections into a community that imbues the reader or user of the interactive maps with a warm and fuzzy feeling of belonging to something more real than the borders imposed by government bureaucrats Not sure what I mean These communities are our new neighborhoods in a Jane Jacobs vein In that neighborhoody way they are reassuring and natural It s incumbent upon us to ask questions about the raw data for this now has deep implications in terms of our political unions loyalties and economies Who do your taxes support Who s interests are not represented in the political sphere when they live across the river in a less powerful Congressional district for example Is this warm feeling new AT T has paid for efforts to manufacture such emotions before as was the case with the enormously successful Reach Out and Touch Someone campaign above We therefore should bear in mind that MIT s project is sponsored in part by AT T and uses AT T s call data Or at least that is what I can gather from all the articles on this topic but I d be happy to be disabused of such notion We should also bear in mind then that when we visualize these communities we re really seeing some version of AT T s communities Do you suppose that Metro PCS call patterns look like AT T s And what of the relationship between being an AT T customer and belonging to a trans boundary space Is that good or bad Who represents these communities in the political sphere the community s own people or AT T s suits Some might argue that simply seeing AT T s calls is problematic because we don t know anything about the content of those calls themselves leaving us guessing about why those patches of community are forming Why would I be calling that gun store so much anyway And who initiated the call anyway Indeed even Ratti and his team might be aware that the data is not an end all be all though they should remind reporters of that more often Some of the comments left on their project support these same points I am making I agree with such objections to this work and I ve heard them before But I think there is a bigger problem here that involves corporate funding lack of transparency and the immediate media hype that Ratti is able to move coup BoingBoing The larger issue at the same time gets obscured by the reasoning that the infographics are step one and the qualitative analysis comes next The data dump is political in and of itself Why Consider this While AT T shares its data with MIT it fights to limit the access of FOIA requests to its information a case that AT T lost in the Supreme Court Meanwhile AT T is also active in sponsoring community building of another sort While many are demanding equal access to the essential tools of communication in a tele connected world AT T actively works to break up these efforts so that it can tier services at its own benefit AT T is a cartographer in a truer sense AT T draws new lines to align community representatives like GLAAD and the NAACP with its TMobile merger see below AT T gave cash to merger backers Eliza Krigman AT T is lining up support for its acquisition of T Mobile from a slew of liberal groups with no obvious interest in telecom deals except that they ve received big piles of AT T s cash In recent weeks the NAACP the Gay Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation and the National Education Association have each issued public statements in support of the deal If the communities Ratti shows us have a degree of reality to them they are just as much subject to corporate manipulation as they are to seemingly unmediated social bonding or spatial opportunities of proximity Could qualitative research address this kind of issue while also working with data that may be proprietary and potentially not available to other independent researchers and while also funded by corporate money Back to the original question What are you really looking at when you re looking at The Connected States of America I d say you re watching an ad produced for AT T but I d like to hear arguments otherwise Photo by porticus org on Porticus Note A new post at the SingularityHub equally fetishistic about the revelations in these maps claiming that somehow this is more real than arbitrary historically determined lines And AT T s connections are what exactly Natural Are Nations Less Important Than Phone Calls New MIT Map Redraws The U S According to Communication Singularity Hub by Aaron Saenz August 10th 2011 Comments 0 Who we talk to may be a better measure of how to draw our maps than the arbitrary lines laid down by history MIT s Senseable City Lab has used hoards of data compiled by telecommunications giants like AT T to craft a map of how the United States is linked Propagate Click to email Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Posted on 2011 07 09 2011 08 11 by javier Posted in geography Tagged data datavis media ratti senseable city Leave a comment Reading the Bay Area or a ReadingSF Updated This is the start of a reading list perhaps with more titles to come as inspired by Christopher Hawthorn s Reading LA The idea is simple to create a community around discussion of San Francisco s urbanization But if it is somewhat clear why there is a ReadingLA the first step here is to even begin to articulate what is cohesive about the San Francisco Bay Area Is there a robust body of literature on San Francisco s architecture and vernacular landscape or its urbanism John King indicated somewhere that there wasn t and perhaps he is right But San Francisco like any city merits a read on its own terms and that s what maybe is interesting about starting to study the texts on this city a search for a theory This community could take shape online as well as offline The list has expand drawing titles that may not conform to preconceived notions of what an urbanism or urban development text should look like Nevertheless I am adding more in order to have plenty to choose from Some of these books align more closely with the interests of people from planning architecture landscape or geography disciplines But to get a really grounded sense of Bay Area politics and change I feel that we also need a good dose of history Finally given that San Francisco city and county is but a minor portion of the huge Bay Area this list would suffer if not taking into account books about the contiguous greater region Please send me any other suggestions through Twitter or email address on the right column or use the comment form below The list has contributions from Julie Kim JK Desmond Bliek DB Benjamin Grant BG and several more submissions in the comments section below Asbury Herbert 1933 The Barbary Coast An Informal History of the San Francisco Underworld Various editions Boyd Nan 2003 Wide Open Town A History of Queer San Francisco to 1965 Berkeley University of California Press Brechin Grey 1999 Imperial San Francisco Urban Power Earthly Ruin Berkeley University of California Press Brook James E Chris Carlsson and Nancy J Peters Reclaiming San

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    that it is right But upon second thought it makes sense As Pew Internet research has confirmed people spending most time online tend to be affluent with salaries above 75K and digitally connected awash in a fog of networked devices It seems that we are aware of the so called digital divide We decry it and even design against it Nevertheless many agree without question that online rights and personal identity should be a natural focus of thinking Meanwhile lawyers can use this logic to augment their disciplinary power An influential slice of the digerati assume that there is a universal interest in abstract issues of privacy and digital rights This common place framing of the social problem is foundational even to the establishment of an everyday agreement of how you re supposed to blog starting with the very design and structure of blog pages and platforms This also sets up an unwritten set of conventions that bloggers informally follow perhaps indicating through sheer apathy to class and economic issues that blogging as a profession or professions that blog are a different thing than working The image above shows a micro analysis of a snip of Boing Boing s blog as the ur blog Highlighted portions indicate conventional blog devices They also call attention to the ways in which working is camouflaged by blogs and is translated into a series of socio communal actions and personalized rights Related to this we also have contradictions such as the one between trademark and defeat censorware which imagines somehow a utopia with private rights but without censorship For larger image more examples and discussion see the slideshow image captured on March 29 2009 Continuing on In other words the more you have to log on the more likely you are an educated professional of a certain income bracket or with certain cultural capital and the more you re likely to engage as consumer or producer with blogs Privacy and rights have been heavily discussed in recent years and yet labor time as a blogger or a content contributor on social networking sites like Facebook which are private content providers or labor rights as online producers are not problematized much at all If there is such a thing right now as a unifying consciousness of a blogger it is one along the lines of being digital consumers with consumer right demands not workers Now on the other hand a glance at some of the most powerful blog platforms and social sharing sites i e wordpress blogger technorati delicious can give us an idea of what content people are tagging online What emerges often is a picture that shows professional identities and professional or academic categories becoming less important For example medicine is no longer a privileged discipline see image below taken from wordpress com on March 29 2009 digitally altered to highlight tags Web filtering seems to have less use for it than say health which emerges in its stead to cross disciplinary boundaries and interest areas This lends the impression that the web democratizes content and spans the general public the news media and the professionals as equal agents in an even field above wages Is there a coincidence in this phenomenon preceding one of the most massive periods of wage devaluation ever for journalists and other knowledge workers However not everyone tags content Tagging the practice of cataloging online content in a publicly visible way is a cousin to blogging Both inevitably fall into specialized communities that socially privilege them more than other communities One might reasonably assume that tech professionals programmers web designers entrepreneurs spend the most time blogging and cataloging content that is of interest to them and a quick skim of delicious can bear this out But then I would argue that far from being a distorted metric of web culture the amplification and dissemination of web literature through practices like blogging and tagging can then have an active dialectical role in shaping the overall perception and culture of the web architecture culture among it a culture that slants more heavily to ideologies of innovation progress techno fetishism green salvation and open source all these often refracted through a lens of masculinity In this light the question is then how authority is established on the web and does it really dissolve and reconfigure itself along with the seemingly disappearing boundaries My tentative unscientific conclusion to this is that while disciplines do get reconfigured some of their members fading out into off line irrelevance perhaps traditional disciplinary categories can gain traction and entrenchment as they adapt the dominant practices of the web as badges of authority but all the while leaving powerful ideologies of the web alone including malformed concepts of plurality democracy and the web as aspatial or post geographical Architecture talk on the web of course is not any different here and criticism has unfortunately not stepped in to respond In addition I have a crude suspicion that a fascination with informal architecture an identifiable strain in architecture blogging i e airoots has been due to an unfortunate parallelism made by bloggers between representations of the web as somehow free from state control and slums Let s close in on architecture for the sake of brevity Let me talk for a moment about the most popular blogs in architecture I think it s important to remember that maybe to an extent more than anything before them blogs seem to achieve their buoyancy not from some baptismal light shone upon them by institutions of power at least not always and do achieve it from their virtual and real life networks As the popular wisdom goes they achieve prominence through popular citation organically rising to the top of the cumulus Nonetheless architecture blogging probably like any other discipline online also has a pyramidal structure that can greatly accelerate the vetting process from above to below both online as in Archinect s school blog project better postings are often selected for the news feed as well as in real events like Postopolis or from communities where the important architecture related bloggers meet the Pantheon of West Coast digerati My own cursory count puts among others Inhabitat the green savvy future forward design for the world you inhabit at the top of that heap Also most influential is of course I think many of you know this Geoff Manaugh s laudable bldgblog architectural conjecture urban speculation landscape futures In addition to those Dezeen Interactive Architecture Pruned DailyDose and MoCoLoco a modern and contemporary design blog seem to coalesce at the top of many lists And then we have the one and only Architecture for Humanity s Cameron Sinclair who seems to pop up everywhere More than a blogger he epitomizes the digitally enhanced professional Of course Archinect is pretty difficult to compare as it is a network of websites under the tutelage of Paul Petrunia that includes its news log which is like saying an old school blog the spaceinvading image tumblelog and the school blog project Full disclosure I ve been the chief editor at Archinect and continue to be informally affiliated And finally you then have the utmost popular though not exclusively architectural Worldchanging Treehugger Curbed and Gothamist blogs which actually pay salaries at least to some of their bloggers I believe All these websites can be approximately ten to up to eight hundred times more popular I estimate than blogs produced by academic types like us with academic looking commentary or with student projects The high quality of these top blogs is notable and we can see that their meaning has found its way to smaller critical ventures as with varnelis and htcexperiments debating fictional architecture through bldgblog or my own recent interest in informality It s proof of the influence of these blogs But what we haven t come to relate into our discussion is how these class A bloggers establish a networked presence that sustains and nourishes their perch at the top of the pyramid and do so at the basic level by constantly laboring for free in digital mines like Twitter Facebook Tumblr Archinect commentary boards and incessantly tapping on their phones with their various online networks What I think is interesting is not how much more popular the popular blogs are though I think the numbers are quite staggering if they are anywhere close to correct But what I think is important is that alongside the limits of digital rights talk I don t feel that we have developed anything remotely like a critical consciousness toward the spatial relations of power on the web let alone figured out some way of carving a space for academic work that can be either independent or critical of those relations and begin to spatialize it on and off line like the Berkman Center does Nor have we begun to articulate in a serious way a critique of the ideologies of the dominant strains in the blogosphere and perhaps it is because we re still caught in a fantasy of evenness cutting across the web still stuck in the shadow of Stewart Brand and the Whole Earth see Turner 2006 Just to give you one sample tweet from a fellow blogger who writes for both a national publication online and his own sustainability blog one last point news orgs assume you are part of a news ecosystem People draw info from their own unruly mob of sources I disagree with such notions of an unruly mob It s a rule bound mob What s worse is that we continually miss the opportunity to actively investigate these rules as both social and spatial especially as they course from the web into social life and back One can already imagine a day when some will look back and still see an idealized Agora that never existed What might be needed now is an architectural imagination that can problematize the cartographies and ideologies of the web showing that far from the boundary less stew an ideal conflict less space they are bordered spatialized and conflicting in particular ways probably along some lines of labor mobility and flexibility Elsewhere Mapping has been done now what about the simple where Does architecture have something to contribute beyond the green proselytizing the fetishism of informal architecture the datamining and the spectacular forms of dezeen How would we begin this project Well in a way as much as I admire my friends that throw Postopolis there s something about it that doesn t seem to jive for me As a space of encounters it replicates the privileged space of the blogosphere which as I discussed above is in itself hidden by an informal communalism In a way they curate an eternal present They do it extremely well But if one wanted to investigate some of the hidden spaces of the web and start to investigate our little understood lack of spatial rights we might actually begin by inviting bloggers from dead architecture blogs and ask them to talk about their own history Why did they stop What are the limits of blogging as it currently stands In other words we can begin to develop a critical memory in a space that does not seem to forget anything Notes On the point of multiple forms of labor see Terranova 2003 It is about specific forms of production Web design multimedia production digital services and so on but is also about forms of labor we do not immediately recognize as such chat real life stories mailing lists amateur newsletters and so on These types of cultural and technical labor are not produced by capitalism in any direct cause and effect fashion that is they have not developed simply as an answer to the economic needs of capital However they have developed in relation to the expansion of the cultural industries and are part of a process of economic experimentation with the creation of monetary value out of knowledge culture affect For more examples of the discourse of blogger rights speech protection and consumer rights see EFF s Blogger Rights or the Center for Digital Democracy s project on Digital Marketing Privacy the Public Interest This digitally altered image shows the selectivity of rights discourse accessed on the EFF website on April 5 2009 An example The Net Generation in particular recognizes itself in the story of this self developing city which is powered by the collective intelligence and individual aspirations of hundreds of thousands of people From Taking the Slum Out of Dharavi in airoots February 21 2009 Accessed on April 12 2009 On this subject see Jo Guldi s Reinventing the Academic Journal First Take Down Your Website on inscape February 7 2009 Last accessed on April 12 2009 Guldi explains how the academy could begin to spatialize itself on line as a kind of endowed I assume curator of the glut of online content but so far journals have approached the web with some trepidation This work was presented at the MIT HTC Forum on April 7 2009 as part of Blogitecture Architecture on the Internet with Kazys Varnelis and the author and moderated by Mark Jarzombek Audio slide show available on Vimeo thanks to Kazys Varnelis New modifications and edits for clarity have been introduced in this version The title of this talk and post comes from typical spam that I receive multiple times a day but also relates to the subject matter at hand Additional Reading Janet Abrams and Peter Hall Editors 2006 Else Where Mapping New Cartologies of Networks and Territories University of Minnesota Design Institute Javier Arbona 2009 Revisit the Known World javierest February 23 Jo Guldi 2009 The Age of Digital Citation unimaginable inscape April 8 link 2009 Reinventing the Academic Journal unimaginable inscape February 7 link Mary Madden Sydney Jones 2008 Networked Workers Pew Internet and American Life Project Washington DC September 24 link Tiziana Terranova 2003 Free Labour Producing Culture for the Digital Economy electronic book review 6 20 link Fred Turner 2006 From Counterculture to Cyberculture Stewart Brand the Whole Earth Network and the Rise of Digital Utopianism Chicago University of Chicago Press link More sources consulted for this project are bookmarked at http delicious com javierarbona for mit Acknowledgements My thanks go to Anne R Kenney Cornell University s Carl A Kroch University Librarian for our enlightening and fortuitous conversation about digital archives and her knowledge of law profession blogs as we rode on a bus from New York city to Ithaca on March 21 2009 Plataforma Arquitectura s David Basulto aka Tricky was also a very generous email interlocutor as I thought out this talk and thanks to Cristobal García for putting us back in touch Kazys Varnelis although technically a co presenter in this instance was also a wonderful collaborator in the research leading up to the panel Amber Frid Jimenez dropped on me a number of very interesting articles after the talk which I still have to digest further And last but certainly not least at MIT many thanks to Mark Jarzombek Rebecca Uchill Sarah Katz and Kate Brearly for putting this event together and coordinating Propagate Click to email Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Posted on 2009 04 12 2009 04 12 by javier Posted in architecture geography politics Tagged blogs capitalism culture htc labor mit theory 1 Comment Architecture imagined as ecological To coincide with the Ecological Urbanism Conference at the Harvard GSD Not so long ago I heard from a former student She was anguished and deciding between applying to one out of two master s programs offered by a famous architectural institution that only let her apply to one Her choice was between a program specialized in housing and another one in sustainability What a choice How symbolic I thought of the quagmire we ve gotten ourselves into To dwell Or to survive Let s have a look The all encompassing discourse of sustainability is tangled up with global geopolitics at every turn but that discourse hides its tail What s worse is that sustainable architecture can be the proverbial greenwash as I think has become more than evident We would only have to pass a roll call of all the eco resorts done in years of economic fluidity Thinking about a sustainable practice is still supposed to arouse in us a moral instinct of how to satisfy our needs without compromising the needs of future generations The small house movement serves as a good example of an architecture informed by notions of what is said to be basic Our needs however are a mirage We know that they are essentially malleable They re subject to crass marketing manipulation They evolve through the sieves of culture and desire They re hard to pin down and it s no accident that capitalism pulls the rug from underneath us as soon as we try Besides unless the global economic crisis ends up destroying capitalism we satisfy our so called needs through an increasingly global economy despite the localist and nationalist fantasies some may have Even if we didn t have capitalism we d still have trade and subscribers to notions of Malthusian natural limits fail to adequately take this into account Sometimes the sustainability talk sounds to me even xenophobic in its suggestions that a certain number of citizens will have a right to the city blurring further the notion of what is natural Numerical limits Naturalization as in citizenship The ideologues of sustainability might deny that it is an issue of power and not morals but it is It has to do with who determines how much is a reasonable need for some and not others both

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    RT 20m La pillada del año LeBron caza a una fan de Golden State llamándolo llorón blogs 20minutos es deportes el ul https t co wj1uabui7w 3 hours ago Busted here again by this clever account twitter com unconsciouscit 3 hours ago On the move and always so great to catch unconsciouscity navigating the urban terrain attentive 3 hours ago Follow AlJavieera Demilit Wars inside wars inside wars twitter com carolrosenberg 2 days ago RT AlJavieera The accusation is that The NY Times does everything to make war glamorous and even in some way reassuring https t co 3 days ago RT marymad demilit GARPAzoo twitter com vruz status 67 3 days ago RT AlJavieera Obama library Diller and Scofidio have drawn up plans for a place where the invasion never stops 2015 No 1994 https 5 days ago Diller and Scofidio have drawn up plans for a place where the invasion never stops GARPAZoo ObamaCenter aljavieera vncvfjg3f medium com aljavieera 5 days ago RT GabrielPomerand demilit This may interest you twitter com boomkatonline 5 days ago RT subtopes The Environmental Toll of a Netflix Binge theatlantic com technology arc 1 week ago Follow Demilit Stellar feed Lend me your ears Here s Led Zeppelin s first recorded concert ever 1968 https t co gDz0yZ8OVB https t co PVJrimzDsc 2015 12 27 Lend me your ears Here s Led Zeppelin s first recorded concert ever 1968 https t co gDz0yZ8OVB https t co PVJrimzDsc Open Culture My favorite liquor store stopped carrying that extremely fine Puerto Rican rum I love so dearly https t co IxJjJ6x0uU 2015 12 27 My favorite liquor store stopped carrying that extremely fine Puerto Rican rum I love so dearly https t co IxJjJ6x0uU Alejandro A Arbona on racist reporting of anti racist student activism https t co o9I2plkxOq by FromaLeftWing 2015 12 26 on racist reporting of anti racist student activism https t co o9I2plkxOq by FromaLeftWing reclaim UC Ours is a world that is not where bodies live said the white man in the Swiss hotel room https t co MFtApVAyMs 2015 12 26 Ours is a world that is not where bodies live said the white man in the Swiss hotel room https t co MFtApVAyMs Fred Scharmen What other than Jello can I make in an Jello mold My sister got me a lot of vintage Jays swag https t co pZPSa9VAC1 2015 12 26 What other than Jello can I make in an Jello mold My sister got me a lot of vintage Jays swag https t co pZPSa9VAC1 Jordan Hale Javier Arbona Geographer architecture history The Rise of the Darists At long last Rice University School of Architecture s Plat 2 5 is out Actually it s been out for the last few months I have an essay called The Rise of the Darists In this essay dar is an abbreviation for design as research I explore what the rise of post critical forms of research discourses imply for

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    La pillada del año LeBron caza a una fan de Golden State llamándolo llorón blogs 20minutos es deportes el ul https t co wj1uabui7w 3 hours ago Busted here again by this clever account twitter com unconsciouscit 3 hours ago On the move and always so great to catch unconsciouscity navigating the urban terrain attentive 3 hours ago Follow AlJavieera Demilit Wars inside wars inside wars twitter com carolrosenberg 2 days ago RT AlJavieera The accusation is that The NY Times does everything to make war glamorous and even in some way reassuring https t co 3 days ago RT marymad demilit GARPAzoo twitter com vruz status 67 3 days ago RT AlJavieera Obama library Diller and Scofidio have drawn up plans for a place where the invasion never stops 2015 No 1994 https 5 days ago Diller and Scofidio have drawn up plans for a place where the invasion never stops GARPAZoo ObamaCenter aljavieera vncvfjg3f medium com aljavieera 5 days ago RT GabrielPomerand demilit This may interest you twitter com boomkatonline 5 days ago RT subtopes The Environmental Toll of a Netflix Binge theatlantic com technology arc 1 week ago Follow Demilit Stellar feed Lend me your ears Here s Led Zeppelin s first recorded concert ever 1968 https t co gDz0yZ8OVB https t co PVJrimzDsc 2015 12 27 Lend me your ears Here s Led Zeppelin s first recorded concert ever 1968 https t co gDz0yZ8OVB https t co PVJrimzDsc Open Culture My favorite liquor store stopped carrying that extremely fine Puerto Rican rum I love so dearly https t co IxJjJ6x0uU 2015 12 27 My favorite liquor store stopped carrying that extremely fine Puerto Rican rum I love so dearly https t co IxJjJ6x0uU Alejandro A Arbona on racist reporting of anti racist student activism https t co o9I2plkxOq by FromaLeftWing 2015 12 26 on racist reporting of anti racist student activism https t co o9I2plkxOq by FromaLeftWing reclaim UC Ours is a world that is not where bodies live said the white man in the Swiss hotel room https t co MFtApVAyMs 2015 12 26 Ours is a world that is not where bodies live said the white man in the Swiss hotel room https t co MFtApVAyMs Fred Scharmen What other than Jello can I make in an Jello mold My sister got me a lot of vintage Jays swag https t co pZPSa9VAC1 2015 12 26 What other than Jello can I make in an Jello mold My sister got me a lot of vintage Jays swag https t co pZPSa9VAC1 Jordan Hale Javier Arbona Geographer DAR The Rise of the Darists At long last Rice University School of Architecture s Plat 2 5 is out Actually it s been out for the last few months I have an essay called The Rise of the Darists In this essay dar is an abbreviation for design as research I explore what the rise of post critical forms of research discourses imply for architectural practice and

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  • design | Javier Arbona
    Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Posted on 2013 02 25 2013 02 27 by javier Posted in architecture design geography politics Tagged architecture history DAR design design as research media MVRDV Pig City research architecture scales studio studio practice theory 1 Comment In un stable domesticity For your clippings files my friends a recent news item I wrote for Frame Magazine on Stability a work by Alex Schweder and Ward Shelley reflecting the tradition of experimental performances cum architectural interventions that revolve around making changes to daily life Propagate Click to email Opens in new window Click to print Opens in new window Click to share on Twitter Opens in new window Click to share on Reddit Opens in new window Share on Facebook Opens in new window Click to share on Google Opens in new window Like this Like Loading Posted on 2010 04 01 2010 04 11 by javier Posted in architecture artists design everyday exhibitions work Tagged art design domesticity frame intervention performance Leave a comment Small Theses As I write this post I m frazzled and in a multitask fog But there are so many exciting things coming across my screen that I thought I had to share and at the very least register before I lose track I started with the title theses because most of these loosely related items hinge upon some kind of thesis in one way or another But the title is really just suggestive The state of craziness right now has to do with the fact that I have just finished an intense semester at Cornell s architecture department where I co taught an MArch I second year studio and a nifty little seminar on what I like to talk about as everyday architectures or the in between states where design comes into play materially as part of a larger political and social millieu Anyway if I can get around to it I might post a syllabus Finishing a semester usually means doing the usual grading madness and returning books but for me it also means once again packing up my belongings and sending em off to California where they will await their owner s return in August Tomorrow morning I ll jump on a bus to NYC where more craziness awaits Lots and lots of people to see and shows to catch Columbia architecture show Ernesto Neto s Armory installation ICFF related stuff 49 cities at Storefront Dwell party Pin Up It might be interesting to see how many things I can do in two days But lately I ve been pondering many issues related to the dreaded architecture thesis Oh yes That one The so called capstone to design where you prove you ve made your bones This past semester was an intriguing one being my first seeing thesis reviews at Cornell from the other side of the range that is thank god It was mighty interesting and saw some good projects Others mmm not so good perhaps though usually some salvageable ideas Well here is an image from one of the better ones just cus this student has posted it online and others haven t that I know of I wasn t on this review but got to see the project after This was in intriguing proposal to design the ruination and occupation of the decaying space of a post military landscape surely a topic close to my heart By Garyhe33 click image for more Surely this student sticks to some Platonic forms in the landscape and perhaps consciously avoids prevalent trends in architecture good for him Aside from the issue of vocabulary it was also speculative and detailed at various scales which was refreshing to see Click the image for more But what worries me now is not so much an issue like the all too common incompleteness that made many potentially good projects not so good in my opinion For instance if a student decides to design a building then there s gotta be some consistency from drawings to models and on to renderings Perforations should be consistent throughout not change in relative size from one mode of representation to the next to name just one basic issue And it s galling what some get away with But that happens every year What s more serious is that I think we ve gotten to a point and Cornell is not the only one where students have no position on what thesis itself can be Maybe I am being romantic but I think students should be able to explain why they had to do what they did The thesis project would thus plumb the depths of a problem they conceptually should be able to frame Yet there seem to be a series of trends going around decoys in a way These are ways of getting away from justifying the scale s that the project intercedes in and the formats that were called upon to test the problem framed if the student can frame it that is Another issue is a raft of quasi scientific and parametricized projects shown unassailably as a thesis just because of their seeming rigor Also then you have theses that show a building as a fait accompli As if doing a building is automatically a thesis Would the general spatial experience promised been accomplished with a few changes in grade or some kind of circulation system Yes Then why have a gigantic structure merely to connect portions of the city That s merely a simulation of a test a test that actually has no strong variables But then on the other hand there is also the issue of projects that promise to shift the very premises of architecture only to then leave the jury deflated when there is no push to test it in

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