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  • Housecleaning For Architecture

    Orhan Ayyüce
    Jul 4, '20 9:20 PM EST

    Dear architects,

    it is clear, purely form making centered architecture is over now. It was fun for a while to get everyone out of their coffin and there are truly talented memorabilia left behind. It should be over long time ago but it was rescued by corporate identity makers who brought in architects to design icons. And they did, they are talented, sort of.

    Dear architects, it is over, the stuff made it to architecture school juke boxes, it played over and over. While not questioning why and for whom it was made and with what, students enjoyed the spin. Their instructors too. In school you are innocent, kind of, but who knew the practice was infected? 

    Now, create a new series of conditions a building must qualify to be architecture. Let the humanism in for the humanity of it. Let go the selfish sculpting of buildings. Start from humanity. Kill your heroes in schools and in magazines. Kill quasi theories written by the privileged and for the chosen. They don’t deserve you. You deserve more.

    Fuck context, fuck history, fuck everything. It’s also fuck form, now. What are you going to do when they are not looking for you? Aren’t you racing now to say BLM? Minorities matter. Poor people matter. What did you do for them? Who did you teach in your ivy league schools? What were your books about? Eccentric passages to each other? How come you all know each other but nobody else? Your puffy language clubs? Personality based reigns? It’s over. To the black hole. 

    Go back to things that matter. Now.

    Urgency of architecture facilitating affordable, smart, human based shelters in the cities overwhelming. Money is tight, political will is divided. Where is your political will? Do you even know what that is? 

    Technology. Use it. Architecture of technology for the people. Yeah.

    Your beautiful, analytical, rendered, philosophical high art, 3d printed buildings are only as good as your vanity. Not for the people you’ve ignored in the places of poverty, drown in need. You didn’t give them anything, you gave yourself everything, derivative or not. Now what? Will you do boring? Will you produce things not worthy of your time? Will you come down and work with the mundane? Will you go to an ugly? Will you stop saying architecture each time you get a check from your rich clients? Each time you want to describe the future of creativity? Your misused technology? Stop it. Form follows function, form precedes function, form this, form that. Form of foam.

    Change is coming.

    Signed, the Mop

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  • Request for an AIA 2020 Field Manual

    Orhan Ayyüce
    May 13, '20 1:53 PM EST

    *An Archinect blogger’s brief response to “AIA approves updated five-year Strategic Plan for 2021-2025” (AIA strategy in bold.)Climate Action: To have the AIA and the profession focus on real action that mitigates climate change. Of course, who wouldn’t? Anything less than that would be a... View full entry

  • Towards an Art Theme Park

    Orhan Ayyüce
    Apr 9, '20 12:33 PM EST

    Photo, Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles TimesI have been maintaining the idea that the architect Peter Zumthor's LA County Museum’s design will have the whole park it sits on breathe better. This, now well known photograph from LA Times capturing the demolition of LACMA, revealing the unearthing... View full entry

  • URBAN ARCHEOLOGY huh? wow!

    Orhan Ayyüce
    May 26, '19 8:06 PM EST

    “Urban archaeology" is both archaeology “in the city” and “of the city.” Archaeology in the city studies a wide range of prehistoric, eigteenth- and nineteenth-century and, (twentyfirst century, added by the blogger) sites which, because of their urban environment, are partially... View full entry

  • An Unimportant World Without Architecture

    Orhan Ayyüce
    Mar 29, '18 9:00 PM EST

    “Realistically, the rest of the world just doesn’t see architecture as being as important as architects do” – Anonymous The real worrisome emptiness in these kind of statements is not the usual lamentation of the profession itself but the world’s failure to understand what architecture... View full entry



  • Frank inhaled, a FOGgy memory...

    Orhan Ayyüce
    Dec 24, '17 1:46 AM EST

    This reminded me the story. People still won't believe me when I admiringly say Frank inhaled. I did too, and four-five of my classmates inhaled as well. We all smoked a joint together at the Gund Hall. I do have living witnesses. Year was 1980, when the true bad boy then, Frank Gehry, was... View full entry

  • Wayfarers Chapel, Frank Lloyd Wright Jr.

    Orhan Ayyüce
    Nov 12, '17 9:08 PM EST

    Photo by Ioana RuxandraBy the time I arrived to the building above Portuguese Point, Pacific Ocean already prepared me to talk with architecture of Wayfarers Chapel. Inside, I looked up and saw the architecture of timber and glass made a tree drawing, and outside, the structure ghosted into the... View full entry

  • Rancho Mixer

    Orhan Ayyüce
    Mar 15, '17 3:04 PM EST

    Another competition I have lost knowingly and plus 80 bucks, also knowingly.Why?Well, the competition presented itself as the last chance to build a house in Hollywood Hills just below the beloved and heavily known real estate sign later cropped to today’s iconic status. In LA, the view of the... View full entry

  • An Incomplete Poem For Brief Synopsis Of New Currency in Architecture

    Orhan Ayyüce
    Aug 17, '16 1:47 PM EST

    Has the poor become so unbearable that the haves don't want them around anymore? Sure, there is a tiny percentage of low-income units required in the permitting process, but not even close to dodge housing crisis and provide something for the thousands spread around the city living in cardboard... View full entry

  • Istanbul Community Market Ideas Competition: Honorable Mention

    Orhan Ayyüce
    Aug 10, '15 12:56 PM EST

    At the end of June this year myself and team of architects gathered in Woodbury University's WUHO space and worked on a competition project for ten continuous days producing the work for Istanbul Community Market Ideas Competition hosted by Ctrl+Space. We are pleased to share with Archinect... View full entry

  • Gropius and Breuer’s Martini Signals

    Orhan Ayyüce
    Apr 20, '15 1:21 AM EST

    Based on a true story from Ise Gropius herself in 1980. It was a long day towards the end of the summer at the Graduate School of Design. 1940 was a tough year. The horrific war was well underway and the news from Europe wasn’t so good. Though, none of this would upset Walter as much if it... View full entry

  • MAX

    Orhan Ayyüce
    Feb 28, '15 4:23 AM EST

    We are now entering MAX, it stands for Maximum Analog XIR. Whatever it is to you, it means the whole world to the occupant. In it, all conceptions of minimalist bourgeoisie stop. The longer you are superconscious, as a clean liner, and primping yourself, XIR aka MAX the maximum analog, is adding... View full entry

  • Nature Everywhere Part II

    Orhan Ayyüce
    Dec 23, '14 1:53 AM EST

    If you are questioning what is so personal about these images and what a poor way to observe the nature, read on (some images are from Mars.)Since my birth, living mostly and if not all in urban centers I became accustomed to detect and appreciate their nature. Sure, there are exceptionally... View full entry

  • Nature Everywhere

    Orhan Ayyüce
    Oct 22, '14 6:15 PM EST

    My doctor told me I should walk more often since I am not a sports person other than occasionally betting on European soccer games. He told me to walk exercise as much as possible and enjoy the nature. I was pleasantly surprised when I start to walk every day and be with the nature that surround... View full entry

  • Learning From Michael Asher

    Orhan Ayyüce
    Sep 21, '14 11:51 PM EST

    Haus Lange installation, Michael Asher, 1982 (photo from the exhibition catalog) LEARNING FROM MICHAEL ASHER Michael Asher died almost two years ago in October 2012. When he was alive his work was mostly unknown to architects except somebody like Frank Gehry who was his good friend. In the art... View full entry

  • This Your Father's License

    Orhan Ayyüce
    Feb 3, '14 3:38 AM EST

    THIS IS YOUR FATHER'S LICENSEArchitects are highly intelligent people. They are the members of a noble profession who in dictionaries referred as master builders.They are taught and talk a specialized language, they have skills to design and visualize three dimensionally, and intern long years to... View full entry


    Orhan Ayyüce
    Dec 30, '13 5:51 PM EST

    SHENZHEN I am sympathetic to Shenzhen from its occupation. A port city like the one I grew up in. I feel like I know its tricks, talents and aura, even if I am wrong. I don't know Shenzhen that much face to face, I know something in her DNA, which makes me more relaxed about exploring it. ... View full entry

  • On the Job; Words, Images and impressions from the Shenzhen Biennale

    Orhan Ayyüce
    Dec 26, '13 11:05 AM EST

    Some of the familiar biennale exhibitions were handled by a second venue near Shenzhen Shekou Port Ferry Terminal named “Border Warehouse”. There were some panel discussions on visible and invisible borders socially, physically, locally and economically. This subject was developed by... View full entry

  • A Brief Introduction to Shenzhen Biennale

    Orhan Ayyüce
    Dec 9, '13 11:44 AM EST

    I am sleepless and I can't get used to the idea that I am in Shenzhen, China. I might as well be in Las Vegas hotel room with a gold leaf framed watercolor print hanging on the wall and a laptop with a spotty internet access. This is my first time in China with a mission to attend and journal the... View full entry

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