The End of Modernity (again and again)

After Charles Jencks proclaimed the End of Modernity on March 16, 1972 shortly after 15:00 (the demolition of Pruitt-Igoe Council Estate in St Louis), how can we situate more recent demolitions of similar failed projects? Can we read them as the End

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The End of Modernity (again and again)

After Charles Jencks proclaimed the End of Modernity on March 16, 1972 shortly after 15:00 (the demolition of Pruitt-Igoe Council Estate in St Louis), how can we situate more recent demolitions of similar failed projects? Can we read them as the End

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Failed Architecture: The Day That Architects Stopped Reading Newspapers

  Fantastic article by Jan Loerakker at Failed Architecture on the role of architectural metaphors in the media. as well as ‘Architects Talking Architecture‘.    

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Failed Architecture: The Day That Architects Stopped Reading Newspapers

  Fantastic article by Jan Loerakker at Failed Architecture on the role of architectural metaphors in the media. as well as ‘Architects Talking Architecture‘.    

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techno-fearing dystopias

^ Black Mirror series 2 episode 2: White Bear (UK, 2013). Director: Carl Tibbetts. Writer: Charlie Brooker.   An absolutely brilliant trip to hyper-mediatized space: “Victoria wakes with a head-ache and bandaged wrists,pills spilled on the floor. A strange sign

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techno-fearing dystopias

^ Black Mirror series 2 episode 2: White Bear (UK, 2013). Director: Carl Tibbetts. Writer: Charlie Brooker.   An absolutely brilliant trip to hyper-mediatized space: “Victoria wakes with a head-ache and bandaged wrists,pills spilled on the floor. A strange sign

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In Ictu Oculi

^ In Ictu Oculi, by Greta Alfaro 2009. Single channel video (HDV, 16:9, colour, sound). Duration: 10’35   “From its title (meaning “in the blink of an eye”) onwards, Greta Alfaro’s In Ictu Oculi is concerned with the viewer’s experience of time:

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In Ictu Oculi

^ In Ictu Oculi, by Greta Alfaro 2009. Single channel video (HDV, 16:9, colour, sound). Duration: 10’35   “From its title (meaning “in the blink of an eye”) onwards, Greta Alfaro’s In Ictu Oculi is concerned with the viewer’s experience of time:

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Architect-Politicians I

^ The cell room in each 4 Phases of Agema’s prison model. Images by Jonas Staal.     ‘Closed Architecture’ is the 2004 Master’s degree thesis in Interior Design of right-wing Dutch politician Fleur Agema. Based on her sketches, concepts

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Architect-Politicians I

^ The cell room in each 4 Phases of Agema’s prison model. Images by Jonas Staal.     ‘Closed Architecture’ is the 2004 Master’s degree thesis in Interior Design of right-wing Dutch politician Fleur Agema. Based on her sketches, concepts

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Empire Marketing Board

    Thanks, Luli!

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Empire Marketing Board

    Thanks, Luli!

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Forcing Domesticity

  ^ Margaret Thatcher in the kitchen at 10 Downing Street. Above: ca. 1979. Below: 1989       Yesterday there were two fantastic articles on The Guardian about Thatcher. One about death etiquette with public (not private) figures and another

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Forcing Domesticity

  ^ Margaret Thatcher in the kitchen at 10 Downing Street. Above: ca. 1979. Below: 1989       Yesterday there were two fantastic articles on The Guardian about Thatcher. One about death etiquette with public (not private) figures and another

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Empire II

^ Empire II, as featured in Dubai-based Brusselssprout Curatorial Magazine #2 [Fall 2010]     ‘Empire II is the continuation of Empire. On Saturday 25 July 1964 (46 years ago) Andy Warhol and Jonas Mekas filmed the movie Empire. Empire is

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Empire II

^ Empire II, as featured in Dubai-based Brusselssprout Curatorial Magazine #2 [Fall 2010]     ‘Empire II is the continuation of Empire. On Saturday 25 July 1964 (46 years ago) Andy Warhol and Jonas Mekas filmed the movie Empire. Empire is

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Post-Crisis Evangelical Real Estate

  Due to a growing decrease in parishioners, the Evangelical Church closed 340 temples in Germany between 1990 and 2010. It is estimated that 700 additional churches will be shut down in the following 10 years. [source> el pais]. In

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Post-Crisis Evangelical Real Estate

  Due to a growing decrease in parishioners, the Evangelical Church closed 340 temples in Germany between 1990 and 2010. It is estimated that 700 additional churches will be shut down in the following 10 years. [source> el pais]. In

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Out of sight, Out of mind

  [source: Out of Sight, Out of Mind] ‘Since 2004, the US has been practicing in a new kind of clandestine military operation. The justification for using drones to take out enemy targets is appealing because it removes the risk

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Out of sight, Out of mind

  [source: Out of Sight, Out of Mind] ‘Since 2004, the US has been practicing in a new kind of clandestine military operation. The justification for using drones to take out enemy targets is appealing because it removes the risk

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Gardens & Shelter

The following photo series, Gardens and Shelter, both by Henk Wildschut, illustrate the construction of domestic space for a limited and uncertain time lapse. Its fate at a micro-scale relies not on personal choice but on international law being applied to these

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Gardens & Shelter

The following photo series, Gardens and Shelter, both by Henk Wildschut, illustrate the construction of domestic space for a limited and uncertain time lapse. Its fate at a micro-scale relies not on personal choice but on international law being applied to these

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Dubai is an old city

^ Skyscraper Index. Booms and Crises throughout highrise buildings. Art After Democratism, Installation by Jonas Staal at Traffic, Dubai. Image by deconcrete2013.         ^ Traditional masonry wall with coral stones. Sharjah, UAE. Image by deconcrete2013.      

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Dubai is an old city

^ Skyscraper Index. Booms and Crises throughout highrise buildings. Art After Democratism, Installation by Jonas Staal at Traffic, Dubai. Image by deconcrete2013.         ^ Traditional masonry wall with coral stones. Sharjah, UAE. Image by deconcrete2013.      

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Parliamentary Chambers

Parliamentary Chambers, by Ana Filipovic, 2012, within Cultures of Assembly, Architecture + Critical Spatial Practice, Städelschule Frankfurt: ‘The word parliament derives from the French “parlement”—the act of speaking, the discussion. The chamber in which parliamentary assemblies meet is therefore a

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Parliamentary Chambers

Parliamentary Chambers, by Ana Filipovic, 2012, within Cultures of Assembly, Architecture + Critical Spatial Practice, Städelschule Frankfurt: ‘The word parliament derives from the French “parlement”—the act of speaking, the discussion. The chamber in which parliamentary assemblies meet is therefore a

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Mapping Political Destructions in Darfur

^ Ishma, Darfur, before and after attacks in 2004-2005. Image via Eyes On Darfur.   ‘It’s been forty years since the first images of Earth from space were captured, but the sight of our planet is still inspiring. Now, Amnesty

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Mapping Political Destructions in Darfur

^ Ishma, Darfur, before and after attacks in 2004-2005. Image via Eyes On Darfur.   ‘It’s been forty years since the first images of Earth from space were captured, but the sight of our planet is still inspiring. Now, Amnesty

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orwellian

  Taking the notion of ‘orwellian‘ that refers to a destruction of the welfare of a free and open society in a regime of surveillance and control as reflected in George Orwell’s work, dpr-barcelona just launched a new publication exploring

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orwellian

  Taking the notion of ‘orwellian‘ that refers to a destruction of the welfare of a free and open society in a regime of surveillance and control as reflected in George Orwell’s work, dpr-barcelona just launched a new publication exploring

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