Archinect - News 2015-11-25T18:43:25-05:00 Aesthetic Radicalism and the Counterculture Orhan Ayyüce 2015-11-02T12:42:00-05:00 >2015-11-03T10:24:40-05:00 <img src="" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Herbert Marcuse, who in his book One-Dimensional Man, which was widely influential in the counterculture, argued that advanced industrial society creates an uncritical consumerism that it uses to orchestrate social control as it integrates or binds the working class to endless cycles of both production and consumption.</p></em><br /><br /><p>"The basic themes of anticonsumerism can be found in&nbsp;<em>One-Dimensional Man</em>: over-identification and symbolic reliance on consumer goods for personal satisfaction, the creation of desire and the fulfillment of wants instead of basic needs, the irrational expenditure of labor in pursuit of continuous consumption, the waste and environmental damage sustained in order to produce such goods, and the corresponding illogic of planned obsolescence. The inherent multidimensionality of the individual and one&rsquo;s experience is thus eroded, and with it the capacity for critical thought and opposition. Following the austerity of the Great Depression and the sacrifices of World War II, America&rsquo;s postwar economic boom and its ascent as a global superpower created an impression of abundance, no matter how unevenly it was actually distributed in society, fueled by technological and scientific advancements&mdash;so much so, that it was even possible to proclaim an impending &ldquo;post-scarcity&rdquo; society.&nbsp;That plenit...</p> "Is Counterculture Getting Mainstream?" Curating the Venice Architecture Biennale's Guerilla U.S. Pavilion Archinect 2012-08-06T14:36:00-04:00 >2012-08-27T17:59:27-04:00 <img src="" width="514" height="305" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>That moment in modern guerilla urbanism [...], is one of the highlights of "Spontaneous Interventions: Design Actions for the Common Good," the American Pavilion's inherently political theme at this year's Venice Architecture Biennale. There will be no headlining starchitects or grandiose buildings. Instead, this year's pavilion presents this event and others like it, not as acts of whimsy, but rather as actions that address larger social issues.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <a href="" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Click here</a> to see more Archinect News posts related to the 13th International Architecture Exhibition of the Venice Biennale.</p>