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Ch. 1, pp. 18-23

Ch. 1, pp. 18-23
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* * * “Privacy” has the meaning of “separated“ Many polis were colonies and their townscapes were planned as grids and, even if there were occasional variations due to topography or other special circumstances. (Benevolo [ref. History of the City 1, p.107]), all colony cities were fundamentally grids because it was necessary for the “urban […]

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Ch. 1, pp.14–17

Ch. 1,  pp.14–17
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* * * Chapter 1: “Threshold” as a spatial concept 1.1 What is “no-man’s-land”?1.2 The spatial structure of polis and the spatial concept of “gap” 1.3 Town and Village Survey I – The appearance of the outside1.4 Town and Village Survey II – Housing with a “threshhold” • • •  Chapter 1: “Threshold” as a spatial concept A puzzling […]

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The Space of Power vs. The Power of Space

The Space of Power vs. The Power of Space
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Soon after it was announced that Riken Yamamoto had been awarded the 2024 Pritzker Prize, V asked me if I’d read the book of the title. I said I hadn’t but, a few days later, I came across a copy of the book in the university library and knew I had to give it a […]

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Career Case Study #13: Ludwig Leo

Career Case Study #13: Ludwig Leo
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I found one mention of Leo having enrolled in an engineering course and, since he graduated from the University of Arts when he was 30, it could have been anything from a foundation course to a first degree. In 1956, two years after graduating from the University of Arts, he opened an office (in his […]

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The Construction of Gothic Cathedrals

The Construction of Gothic Cathedrals
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In 1995 with too much time on my hands and living in King’s Cross, I borrowed the book of the title from Camden Library around the corner. I remember being amazed how someone had used observations of the buildings plus the suppositions of others such as Eugène-Emmanuel Viollet-le-Duc and Auguste Choisy, to deduce how Gothic cathedrals, […]

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Moneymaking Machines #8: Marylebone Square

Moneymaking Machines #8: Marylebone Square
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The advertisement was one of those inescapable ones inserted into a news website. The one, two and three bedroom dwellings were called “suites” because the word flats must have had connotations of something too downmarket, the word condominiums something too American and apartments having connotations of both. Whatever these suites are, they were refined, elegant […]

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Career Case Study #12: Albert Speer

Career Case Study #12: Albert Speer
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A draft of this post lay in my drafts folder for almost four years. The problem was that I thought something could be said about the career of Albert Speer but what? The architect Albert Speer (1905–1981) of this post is the one you might expect, the one whose only client was Adolf Hitler, and […]

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Modern Tropes

Modern Tropes
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Some architectural fixations are easily achieved, some boundaries easily pushed. For example and whether by accident or design, the world has always had and always will have a tallest building. I’m guessing it was the Great Pyramid at Giza 4,500 years ago but I’m more sure of recent tallest buildings such as the World Trade […]

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Career Case Study #13: John Cyril Hawes

Career Case Study #13: John Cyril Hawes
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It’s not often we find architect and priest on the same CV but that’s the case with John Cyril Hawes. There’s a website, Monsignor John Hawes, from which I’ve summarized much of the following biographical information. Hawes was born in 1876 in Richmond in London but Canterbury Cathedral in the town of Canterbury where he […]

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Houses for Sale

Houses for Sale
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Two posts ago when I was searching for more information on Arata Isozaki’s 1980 house project House of Nine Squares, all references led to this article on Art Forum. You can also read it here. https://www.artforum.com/features/pastiche-prototype-purity-houses-for-sale-208677/ Actually, the ArtForum article is a reprint of this next one, and might come from the second of three […]

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3D or not 3D?

3D or not 3D?
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We haven’t heard much about 3D printing lately. Maybe it’s quietly become mainstream and therefore not sexy anymore? Or maybe it’s gone quiet because it hasn’t delivered on its early promises? Or maybe the new future it promised has simply been replaced by something else that’s the new future? The truth is probably a bit […]