Just for fun, a remake of Foucault quoting Borges quoting a “certain Chinese encyclopedia in which animals of the world are divided into: (a) belonging to the Emperor, (b) embalmed, (c) tame, (d) suckling pigs, (e) sirens, (f) fabulous, (g) stray dogs, (h) included in the present classification, (i) frenzied, (j) innumerable, (k) drawn with... Continue Reading →

Three Fore-Sites

  In other words, the thing that comes be-fore, that teases out the site design. I’ve made use of this Old English prefix in studio as fore-plans and fore-sections, as architecture representation devices called on to negotiate between forms grown and forms made. There’s an aliveness in the things produced for the mid-review, bundles of... Continue Reading →

What is that thing???

This contraption was parked in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Prospect Heights. I was driving; one of my passengers said “look” and took this photo. It looks like it was parked, like it had been driven there sometime after the morning sweepers came through—come to think of it, it does look like a cross between a... Continue Reading →

Learning from Kubrick

In studio this week I brought up the idea of an “architecture narrative”—a way to mentally walk through the development of a project. Where does the architecture narrative come from? Do I give my students a reliable one so that they are immediately productive? Do I encourage them to develop their own and risk having... Continue Reading →

“Looks Like a Fried Egg”

Undergraduates LOVE to get into graduate courses and I was no different; it makes one feel anointed, intellectually worthy. And so it was that I found myself in a set design course at the Yale Drama School, a course taught by the great opera set designer Ming Cho Lee (co-taught at the time with Michael... Continue Reading →

East and West

Saying “Non-Western Architecture History” is like saying “Women’s Studies Department;” you grit your teeth and hope that soon there will be no need for such ridiculous terms. I was walking to the first meeting of this semester’s “non-western” (or the more politically current “global”) architecture history & theory course when a colleague asked “How are... Continue Reading →

Giraffes on Fulton Mall

Colin wasn’t sure why I got so excited when I saw his collage. The assignment was to represent ideas without representing the form of the building per say. For my student, the giraffes standing on the site have something to do with the sort of poise he wants in his tower; the image “worked” in... Continue Reading →

About Tallness

A tall building is not defined by its height or number of stories. The important criterion is whether or not the design is influenced by some aspect of "tallness." It is a building in which tallness strongly influences planning, design, construction, and use. Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat “Tallness” will be the starting... Continue Reading →

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