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2013:After three and a half years, I finally got around to generating some 3D renditions of Courthouse Plus Ultra:
Courthouse Plus Ultra is a [re]combination of Mies van der Rohe's 1934 Courthouse with Garage and John Hejduk's 1966-70 House 15* (2208)--the composite of an introverted and an extroverted house. [OMA's Maison à Bordeaux sometimes reminds me of the Courthouse with Garage with the Villa Savoye on top.] The axonometrics of Courthouse Plus Ultra remind me of Libeskind's student collage extrusions.
"The 1934 project for a court house with a garage presents a stratling innovation. ...but in this design two sweeping segments of circles are used to disrupt a rectangular composition. ... On it Mies jutaposes positive and negative intervals, counter-movements and distortions, admitting to architecture a kind and quality of space not normally considered appropriate to it It is difficult to imagine how space could be used in a more painterly way, or how it could be made to conrtrast more expressively with a rational, measured structure.
As the court house with a garage might almost have derived from the painting of Kandinsky...--Arthur Drexler, 1960
*In Five Architects it is labeled House 10, 1966. In the May 1975 A+U magaizine focused on the work of Hejduk it is labeled House 15, 1967-70. In both cases, the Idea-Concept is given as Horizontal Extension, Hypotenuse, Three-quarter figure, Point-line-plane-volume, Bio-morphic-bio-technic, Structure, Time, Projection.
The forthcoming On Top of Courthouse with Garage Series:Villa Savoye on top of Courthouse with GarageVilla Savoye on top of Courthouse Plus UltraStoner Food Restaurant on top of Courthouse with GarageStoner Food Restaurant on top of Courthouse Plus Ultra Headquarters of D.A.T.A. on top of Courthouse with GarageHeadquarters of D.A.T.A. on top of Courthouse Plus Ultra
pragmatists turning political?2009.02.13 08:24
Is any of what you wrote above closely related to "architecture as delivery of content"?
Are there architectures that perform assimilatingly? metabolically? osmotically? electro-magnetically? ultra-frequently?
2004:[This] evening Philadelphia was witness to a great 100' to 150' column of fire. Ten minutes before 5 o'clock a small crew of water workers at the intersection of Olney and Ogontz Avenues (about 2.5 miles directly west from where I live) accidentally broke open a 20" gas main, and within a half minute there erupted an enormous explosion resulting in a tremendously powerful vertical jet of flame. Miraculously, no one was injured, and after four hours the pressure within the gas main was shut off, and the column of fire was gone.Biblical proportions, even.
...spent the better part of [this] afternoon (just across the street from the now derelict Lynnewood Hall, which was once just as grand as the Manor House in the movie) at Our Lady of Prouille, the quondam Elstowe, estate of the Elkins Family, now a retreat house run by the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine de Ricci. I had the good fortune of speaking with Sister Caroline who is now in charge of the place. We even discussed Louis Kahn's unexecuted design for a Motherhouse which the Sisterhood had commissioned.
I now find myself wondering whether I should attempt compiling all my work into a daily (i.e., 365 day) index, where everything I've ever done on a certain day is catalogued, thus ultimately providing a unique calendar of work, which might offer interesting and even inspiring indications of how to continue proceeding with the work.
Re: Larry Poons2003.02.13 10:25
I wish museums mixed things up more. For example, I'd like to see Poons in a French period room, or Duchamp in a Ladies Room. Brancusi next to armor, why not? Museum as future-shock, sort of. Pick your destiny.
Hold me! Thrill me! Kiss me! You're my pride and joy, etc. Now rearrange me.
Saverio Muratori, Palazzo of the Christian Democratic Party, EUR, Rome, 1955-58.
Re: you want moldings?2002.02.13.10:05
Thanks for sending the jpeg. Neat stuff. The thing about the Muratori moldings, though, is that I don't think Venturi ever mentions his name or architecture anywhere in print. That doesn't mean that Venturi didn't know about this building, but there is no proof outside Venturi's admission himself that he did know the building. Then again, if the building was under construction or just new when Venturi was at the American Academy in Rome, then one can assume he did indeed see the building.
1998:From: Stirling's Inheritance To: Stirling's Legacy Re: Stirling's Muses 2.0
the quondam feast of (someone who actually bilocated a couple of times) St. Catherine de Ricci**Subsequent to the Second Vatican Council, the feast of St. Catherine de Ricci was moved from 13 February to 3 February--Catherine died 2 February 1590, but I'm pretty sure Sister Caroline said 3 February. Anyway, the Dominican Sisters of St. Catherine de Ricci still celebrate the feat of St. Catherine on 13 February because that is when "most of the Sisters in the Order took their vows."