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Please post comments for the readings of April 8th – Boeri and Cosgrove – here before the morning of April 7th.
Koolhaas leads us through the city holding a very personal light. He is a citizen observer and yet a practitioner. All three texts are polluted by the very mundane details of architecture practice; gypsum wall boards, steel stud connections, HVAC … Continue reading
Please post your comments regarding Ignasi Solà Morales’ Terrain Vague and Francesco Careris’s Transurbance texts for Monday’s session here. After our round-table discussion during the first half of our session, guest speaker Luca Caminati will be discussing the notion of … Continue reading
Please post your comments on readings for our next session here. Mike Davis, Fortress Los Angeles: The militarization of Urban Space Aaron Betsky, Nothing but Flowers: Against Public Space Reyner Banham, Los Angeles, The Architecture of Four Ecologies (selection).
Please post your comments for the readings of the 4th session here. I have added two texts – both to our db and on Mycourses – which I will also be discussing: Fishman’s Megalopolis Unbound for an overview of suburban … Continue reading
In his critique of the book “Learning From Las Vegas”, by Venturi, Brown and Izenour, Neil Leach argues that not only is this work not revolutionary, but that it is rather “trapped within an uncritical domain of capitalist values”. The … Continue reading
Learning from Las Vegas In Learning from Las Vegas, we are reminded that how we construct our structures–social, built/urban, cultural, etc.–bears as a direct reflection upon our contemporary collective identity. To some, it is vulgar, while to others, it presents a … Continue reading
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
It is always interesting to be reminded of the influence that had the economic determinism on the socio-cultural values of mass societies. Indeed, in all three texts, we see how the “post-modern” man has pushed away most of the vernacular … Continue reading