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2005.08.15 16:23
Big up your home urban conurbation
Philadelphia Story: The Next Borough
The article even mentions the RagFlats in Fishtown and two of the recent New Yorkers that bought one of the units.
After over 15 years since eating there, I had dinner last night at Charlie's Pizzaria on Roosevelt Blvd, near where the world's biggest building implosion once occurred. (Gosh, their pizza is good, and so is the view.) I was with a close friend who had just had lunch with the Venturis and some publishers/interviewers from Korea. Among other things, we discussed Trumbauer, Kahn and "The Philadelphia School."

2005.08.15 17:33
10 books
I suggest reading the chapters of Revelations in reverse order. The book makes a lot more sense that way.

Chapter 20 won't happen until circa 3190 however.

2005.08.16 11:09
the agnostic design of spiritual space
Pasha, all I can say is that I wish you started talking from your own experiences, rather than repeat what has been put in your head by others. For example, the fact is you have no real notion of what the Crucifixion was like and who was there.
The following is an excerpt for A Quondam Banquet of Virtual Sachlichkeit: Part I, pp. 33-34:
I'm now going to relate a story that may or may not have something to do with "feelings" and place.
I spent the summer of 1978 in Perry, Missouri (population 839) as a Historic American Building Survey (H.A.B.S.) student team member. Our team was surveying and documenting two small towns and a variety of domestic buildings that were to be demolished after our survey because the land was soon going to be under water once the Salt River Dam was complete. One of the buildings I surveyed along with Barbara Hendricks (a architecture student from Texas) was so remote that Barbara and I were dropped off in the morning and not picked up again until 4 o'clock in the afternoon. The house was named for Samuel Bell, and it was a simple 2 story farm house with a front porch, central hall, and a gable roof running from side to side. I soon discovered that we could easily get on the roof by going out one of the second story windows and onto the lower roof of the one story addition to the back of the house. I suggested we eat our lunch up on the ridge of the roof.
From the ridge of the roof a portion of the Salt River valley lay before us. The view was indeed beautiful, especially its rawness, and it was weird to think that this was all going to be under water in the near future. As a born and raised northeastern urbanite, all of rural Missouri offered me a plethora of new sensory impressions, and at this spot I found myself wondering what the "Indians" may have once thought of this place. Again, I was struck by the natural raw beauty of it all, and I said to Barbara, "I think this place is sacred." Barbara quickly retorted, "there are a lot of other places I'd call sacred before this."
About a month later, toward the end of the summer when most of the team was in the office drafting, our team historian, Travis McDonald (who is today the resident architectural historian of Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest), came into the office with exciting news -- demolition of the Samuel Bell house was put to a halt and the archeologists, who were also working in the region that summer, were to set up a dig there because it was discovered that the Samuel Bell house was built upon an Indian burial site. I immediately turned to Barbara and said, "I told you that place was sacred!"
In all honesty, I didn't experience any special "feelings" while I was at the Bell House. It just happened that the notion of sacredness entered my mind as I was giving a little thought to what I saw.

2005.08.16 11:46
Is it Architecture?
You know, hybrids actually do exist, although "culture" likes to mostly ignore them.

2005.08.16 12:48
Is it Architecture?
You know, a lot of what is being 'discussed' here was present in "Coming Apart at the Seamless," a virtual colloquium at Quondam, early 2000.
I love seams, they're so inescapable (despite the present-day myth).

2005.08.16 12:57
the agnostic design of spiritual space
paper tiger, you say "my focus has always been on light" and what is light but electromagnetic radiation? (Look in the dictionary.) And osmosis is equalization either side of a semipermeable membrane. The architecture of Kimbell Art Museum is a semipermeable membrane that "equalizes" electromagnetic radiation.

2005.08.16 13:10
the agnostic design of spiritual space
Now, why I equate electromagnetism and osmosis with sacred comes from chronosomatics, which will be discussed in (the book) Reenactionary Architecturism, that is, after A Quondam Banquet of Virtual Sachlichkeit: Part III is done, probably like a year from now.

2005.08.16 16:56
the agnostic design of spiritual space
paper tiger, where you're wrong (via jumping to a false conclusion) above is:
"you took it for granted that kimbell is a sacred space. why? because everybody else in the architectural field says so?(actually, not nearly everybody, let's say half)."
I'm not taking anything for granted because others say so.
Independent of Kimbell and what other say about it, I've come to my own conclusions regarding sacred-ness being related to electromagnetism and osmosis through my research and development of the theory of chronosomatics. Kimbell fits the pattern of sacredness that I've found via chronosomatics. There are buildings that are osmotic but not also electromagnetic. It is the combination of osmosis and electromagnetism that engenders sacredness, and there are other architectures besides Kimbell that engender a sacredness via a combination of osmosis and electromagnetism.
If you think all this is bullshit, so be it for you. But I'm not interested in having what I say/write being misrepresented.
By the way, light is hardly simple. At best it's a duality in that sometimes it behaves like a particle and sometimes it behaves like a wave.

2005.08.16 17:35
the agnostic design of spiritual space
johndevlin, what a day is right! It's the feast of Ezeri Mester after all.
Ezeri Mester is Hungarian for Millennial Master, and something my grandmother used to call me when she saw me building models for architecture school.

2005.08.16 18:16
the agnostic design of spiritual space
I don't see any need for an imposive canceling-out. The fact that even your explanation still includes a "both" means the duality is still there.
I haven't read about the physics of light in over 10 years (in Encyclopedia Britannica, so maybe there have been new discoveries since then, but back then, light, under certain laboratory/experimental conditions behaved like a wave, and under other laboratory/experimental conditions it behaved like a particle.
I happen to like dualities, and my favorite is metabolism, create and destroy.

World War II Bunker   Cape May Point, NJ   2005.08.17

World War II Bunker   Cape May Point, NJ   2005.08.17



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