OPB: Architecture, The origins of politics, Ryoji Ikdea, Dirt
City of Light (which is a blog I miss) has a good book review
“”No more than a couple of times in an era, a building comes along that fully transcends its specialised context—that is, that challenges and intervenes within developments taking place across an entire society. Such a building forces us to acknowledge that the shaping of subjectivity and the organisation of (productive and other) forces in a society are dynamic activities, which can be understood as somehow ubiquitous design processes that are guided by invisible hands. Sometimes an architectural work can make these processes palpable, or like a delicate servo-mechanism guiding a much larger machine, it can modulate the larger system’s output in such a way as to make its dynamic apprehensible. In these cases nothing is more stifling and misleading than forced recourse to the technical languages and concepts of architectural appreciation and analysis.” [emphasis added]”
– Kwinter on the Pompidou Center.
The fruits of Vietnam are fairly standard fare for the Asian traveller, but a few in there are new to me and need to be sampled.
Reg (I don’t actually know her) posts some AMAZING stuff, but these snipplets from a cultural history of Dirt are amazing. Love the victorian cholrea suit.
Denns Cooper posts anything you ever wanted to know about Japanese minimalist Ryoji Ikeda.
Marginal Revolution reports on a book dealing with the origins of political order.
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