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.
Is architecture criticism still architecture criticism? an Urban Omnibus series of essays on the state of architectural criticism.
Rem Koolhaas’ speech to the Ecological Urbanism Conference , Harvard University, 3 April, 2009.
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.”
The sex appeal of gravity – this 1999 archis article by Willem Jan Neutelings questions why architects need to make their buildings float. “The column is possibly the most pathetic of all supporting elements. It reveals the architect’s impotence.”
Fionnuala Neville delves into the relationships between gender and divisions within the house. [11/03]
‘Soft Modernism’: The World of the Post-Theoretical Designer – Mike Grimshaw locates comfortable ‘wallpaper’ modernism on the ism timeline, with references to whiteness, ornament, Loos, Sullivan and Johnson. “…what is happening is a modernism without theory, without context, that exists as style alone”
On the occasion of the V&A’s Modernism exhibition in 2006, Robert Hughes wrote this essay for the Guardian.
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).
New York Times (may require free registration) – “Now that this is a po-pomo world, how is Modernism to be understood? Artistic progress has proved to be an illusion. Manifestoes have become impossible.”
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
Essay by Tom Leddy – an appraisal of Immanuel Kant’s free vs. adherent beauty thesis, with the Maori moko being the central example.
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.”
Ken Sanes – the age of simulation – a trove of essays by this bright Bostonian on such topics as disney, automated environments, and virtual realities.
Links aplenty to all manner of odd guilds.
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.