A huge library of texts old and new, access by free login. Sample issues with an architectural bent include quasi-architecture and post-critical architecture.
“AAAARG is a conversation platform – at different times it performs as a school, or a reading group, or a journal… AAAARG was created with the intention of developing critical discourse outside of an institutional framework. But rather than thinking of it like a new building, imagine scaffolding that attaches onto existing buildings and creates new architectures between them.”
Typically held at RMIT Building 8, these talks provide an, “opportunity for a space of exchange between the two disciplines” [of architecture and philosophy]. There is an email newsletter with upcoming talks available on site.
“ARCHITECTURE+PHILOSOPHY provides a unique opportunity for a space of exchange between the two disciplines. While what we provide is a local space – Melbourne practitioners on Melbourne issues – Architecture+Philosophy welcomes speakers from any discipline to engage with questions of contemporary urbanism, planning, technology, space, system, design, distribution and other issues in the productive overlap between the two disciplines. We curate a diverse range of presentations, from research students and established academics to architecture and planning practitioners, policy makers, public artists and those working in the world between theory, buildings and the city.”
Architexturez is a huge Indian site that, “relies on international, multi-lingual participation and networking to build perceptions complex and contradictory. Perceptions that are applicable to a global audience, interrogating the traditional modes of architectural education, theorising, and practice.”
Gregory Cowan writes about protest structures. “Subverting the official and institutional state architecture, which is massive white and permanent, this architecture of counterculture is instead light, colourful and spontaneous.” BAD SUBJECTS JAN 2004
charles jencks – in this transcript of a Radio National interview, Jencks explains his “jumping universe” and discusses Federation Square, Piano and computers in architecture. You’ll no doubt be tickled pink to hear that he likes ARM and DCM more than Rogers and Foster (abc 02/01).
Occasional german architectural journal with a new theme each year. Abstracts in English but the body of the essays is usually in german.
Is architecture criticism still architecture criticism? an Urban Omnibus series of essays on the state of architectural criticism.
Now edited by Arthur and Marilouise Kroker – essays, articles and multimedia. A large site where the indexing isn’t that great – best to just wander about through it all.
The current issue only is freely available online.
“Design Philosophy Papers (DPP) comes from a longstanding desire to gain greater recognition for the study of design by the intellectual community at large, as well as our frustration with the market-driven conservatism of design publishing. It aims to break away from the idea of design as a specialist interest, as well as rejecting the simplistic and debased way design arrives before the public via both old and new media — frequently merely as style or technics. It also comes with a passion to communicate, share and argue for a much, much greater general recognition of importance of design and ‘the designed’ as managed and unwitting agents of force and power.”
Jan Michl from Norway examines the history of that over-quoted phrase and then analyses it. “Not only did it fail to bring the promised end to formalism; on the contrary, it inaugurated, and legitimized, an era of a surrepetitiously formalist approach to architecture and design.”
The acceleration of computing speeds has made the rendering of complex fractal geometries a lot easier, as this site demonstrates.
A 2003 essay by Wolfgang E. Lorenz at the Vienna University of Technology, with a section relating to built architecture.
Essay by Frederic Jameson (2003).
“After the dilapidation of urban modernism, what kinds of city and what forms of architecture await us? The author of The Seeds of Time considers their flowers in the dizzying work of Rem Koolhaas, the mega-developments of the Pearl River Delta and the conceptualization of ‘Junkspace’. Breaking back into history with a battering-ram of the postmodern?”
Meet George Hart, geometric genius, mathematician and sculptor, and see his fine works – I think I like the SNARL series the most so far, though “Gonads of the Rich and Famous” gets my gong for naming.
MIT’s architecture journal. Articles are only available if you pay or have access via a university :(
Good meaty articles – most from each issue are available on site. PDFs also available.
Here’s a trove of archived essays at Architectural Record, including spiels by Sullivan, Corb, Alexander, Gropius, and Mumford, among others – some very good reads.
An architectural writer at Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (a what??) maintains this meaty blog about Manhattan and architectural theory and history.
Essay by Tom Leddy – an appraisal of Immanuel Kant’s free vs. adherent beauty thesis, with the Maori moko being the central example.