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Learning from structuralism

Although Learning from Las Vegas can seem banal today, it was a true architectural revolution when it was done in the early 1970s. An in-depth architectural research of the Strip? Shocking! Why would Yale University professors and students waste their … Continue reading

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Boulevard du Temple

This is the photograph I had in mind this morning, taken in 1838/1839 by Louis Daguerre. It shows Boulevard du Temple, a very busy street, but because of a 10-minute exposure time, only the man polishing shoes and his client … Continue reading

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A Spherical Montreal

An orange, a bagel, a geodesic dome; Decarie expressway, Fairmount or Saint-Viateur, and Ile Ste-Hélène; A representation of Montreal with three spheres

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The modern city

The city became synonymous with modernity at the turning point of the twentieth century.  In “The Metropolis and Mental Life,” Georg Simmel examines the psychology of the modern city and its effects on city dwellers. Simmel argues that individualism is … Continue reading

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