Category Archives: Readings

Readings on a territorial scale

Please post comments for the readings of April 8th – Boeri and Cosgrove – here before the morning of April 7th.

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Comments for March 18th readings

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

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Terrain Vague (and Pasolini’s Rome)

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

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LA, Sunshine or Noir

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).

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Narratives of Urban Dispersion

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

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Leach’s critique of Learning From Las Vegas

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

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The Profane, the Sacred, and the Collective Us.

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

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