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    Nearing the End

    Matthew Messner
    May 4, '14 11:33 AM EST

    Though I  have not been posting to this blog much lately, it is not due to lack of writing. In fact I writing is almost all I have been doing as I near the end of my Masters of Arts in Design Criticism. I have not been around the studios as much this year, leaving me less to update everyone on, as far as architecture goes. Also everyone should start migrating over to Catlan's blog, the newest UIC blogger.


    After 20 of the last 23 years spent in some sort of formal education, I only have a few days and one graduation left. After that I will be retiring this blog and moving on... just not sure where to yet.  More on all of that later.

    As far as what I have been doing for the last few months. The focus of my writing has been on the relationship between the public, architecture, and architects in the Information Age. I have specifically looked at the shift in culture which has lead to the rise of Web 2.0 and the culture which it now conversely produces. In this set of writings I focus on Architecture blogging and Pinterest. I also have written a longer historical piece on Mail-Order House Catalogs of the early 20th Century, another time when the roles and relationships between the public and architecture where in question. These continue as part of a series of pieces I started some time ago which include looks at amateur architectural photography, pop architecture, Flickr, and Instagram

    Correction- Our final presentation for MAD-Crit will be closed door. Hopefully I will be able to record it so that I might post it here.

    Until next time. 

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