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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 Or maybe the new future it promised has simply been replaced by something else that’s the new future?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 […]

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The Floating World: Part II

The Floating World: Part II
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It’s not just houses. No building is spared from Japan’s memory loss when it comes to its own architectural history. Earlier this year, there was a bit of a stir when it was announced Kenzo Tange’s 1964 Kagawa Prefectural Gymnasium would be demolished, the given reason being that the then innovative suspension roof was in […]

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The Floating World: Part I

The Floating World: Part I
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The rate of building stock churn in Japan is well documented and the architectural churn it generates more so. This very real manifestation of the Futurist concern for neverending newness meshes perfectly with the post-WWII belief in continuous growth that architects are, on the whole, inclined to accept. Toyo Ito isn’t alone in decrying the […]

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Writing By Numbers

Writing By Numbers
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The WordPress blogging platform now has an AI assistant to answer questions, correct spelling and grammar, etc. to make a blogger’s life easier. I’m going to use last week’s post and take it for a spin. I’ll try Expand first. My original paragraph in black and its expansion in red. [Correct grammar] Expand “As a […]

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A Career in Architecture

A Career in Architecture
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In her book, American Architects and the Mechanics of Fame, Roxanne Williamson hinted at such a thing as a “creative spark” being somehow “transmitted” to an employee in an office of an architect who was either just-about-to-be-famous or flush with the success of their first highly acclaimed project. Williamson contains her study to American architects […]

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Full House

Full House
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It’s only recent history but, before the use of image datasets became commonplace, architects used language prompts to tell an AI system what they wanted. The problem was that computers and people don’t speak the same language. If you say to an AI system “Design me a beautiful building!” it won’t know what you mean […]