Sleepless in Shenzhen

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  • 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 disturbed by more recent building or are buried by the dynamic process of building and rebuilding, depositing fills and redepositing fills which characterize the city. Archaeology of the city studies the process of urban growth and the ethnic or social histories of individuals and families who lived and died in the city. Urban Archaeology requires the experience and expertise to recognize the importance, or lack of importance, of urban features when they are exposed.”

    It’s not uncommon to demolish some buildings due to whatever and discover a desirable view of the building behind it. Something was not possible to see before now in its full beauty. Huh?

    Three level parking structure was demolished making this view of the concert hall possible from Olive Street below. Wow! 

    But, only temporarily. From now on, this surprising and beautiful cameo appearance of the concert hall will be blocked by a new mixed use development with shops, restaurants, and luxury condominiums designed by the same architect. I consider myself lucky to see this elevation on Bunker Hill. It is a good example of “now you see it now you don’t” condition of LA’s urban design. I vaguely relate this to its spread form of the two story city. As the buildings on its grid/s being demolished to make new plots of land for the profitable and vertically configured urban development for the continuously intensifying population, the new pages in the city's archaeology are also buried and uncovered in the same time.

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  • 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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