Form Is All We May Ever Need

  Form is All We May Ever Need ‘As I descended into impassable rivers/ I no longer felt guided by the ferrymen’ (1) the opening Rimbaud quote of the film Limits of Control (2) tells us where we are about to go a journey or descent into the unknown, a place to surrender where the… Continue reading Form Is All We May Ever Need

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MA Thesis Final 2013 – Pol Esteve

  “The text you are about to read addresses the architecture of dance culture. The architecture of dance culture is a polyhedral phenomenon that, by its nature, escapes a synthetic definition. The following text will not provide you with an analysis of a historical case in order to extract a conclusion. It is not going… Continue reading MA Thesis Final 2013 – Pol Esteve

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MA Thesis Final 2013 – Vangelis Bekiaridis

“In architecture and planning of the concept of habitat – a term derived from biological and ecological studies that came to express the attempts of a generation of town planners to modernize man’s living environment, eventually representing the institutionalization of contemporary metropolitan planning. The narrative is by no means a comprehensive historiographical review of a… Continue reading MA Thesis Final 2013 – Vangelis Bekiaridis

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MA Thesis Final 2013 – Theodora Pyrogianni

“Expecting to be salvaged, however, is not rational.  It belongs to the discourse of major religious concepts and accordingly it is something  one should not expect while alive. Therefore, salvation of any kind is merely an excuse and as a concept it does not represent the actual concepts of modernity. Modernity is strongly associated with a… Continue reading MA Thesis Final 2013 – Theodora Pyrogianni

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4-8 November 2013 – Lunch Time Recitals

As part of the MA History and Critical Thinking Events on Architecture Books and Writing, the Lunch Time Recitals given by the MA students place emphasis on the act of reciting and reading. Voices and words become

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Images for Imagination

It seems that image making as a way of thinking has been long forgotten in architecture. These days images are no longer ‘seductive’ but ‘sexy’ they are to sell but not to entice and suggest; they are retrospective makeovers and not explorative tools. Images can be a practice of architectural production in themselves and the… Continue reading Images for Imagination

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Initial Thesis Abstract: Without Here and There – where never will come near and go away from anything all the steps of the world *

Only once home is left behind even destructed, can it be constructed. Reflection on home in exile as a condition of dislocation and displacement becomes a way to escape either nostalgia or amnesia without a physical journey back. The act of writing becomes a journey from site to site, each site constituting a collection of… Continue reading Initial Thesis Abstract: Without Here and There – where never will come near and go away from anything all the steps of the world *

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Initial Thesis Abstract: City From Above The Clouds

By the end of 18th century, the body was liberated from gravity by the emergence of the balloon flights. With the movement of the observing body from the ground to the clouds, came a change in the perception of the city. The growing scale, population and density of the cities that began in the 18th century had already aroused a new interest in observing… Continue reading Initial Thesis Abstract: City From Above The Clouds

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Initial Thesis Abstract: Co-operate Corporation

In the aftermath of World War II, the exigency for urbanization and development led to the transformation of the architecture practice into a corporate model of scientists, engineers, builders and manufacturers to address the Modern needs of people. But soon following decolonization and emergence of economic global exchanges, this corporation took another major turn through its… Continue reading Initial Thesis Abstract: Co-operate Corporation

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Initial Thesis Abstract: Exhibition as a Project: the aftermath of 1976

As the title of this thesis implies, its initial objective is to question the role of an architectural exhibition by contemplating it as a project and finally test its afterlife. The device, through which I evaluate this hypothesis, is the exhibition “Europe/America: Historic Centre – Suburban Alternatives”, which is a segment of the 1976 Venice… Continue reading Initial Thesis Abstract: Exhibition as a Project: the aftermath of 1976

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Initial Thesis Abstract: La piel que habito / The skin I live in?

The ‘skin’ of a building, as a surface, or as a ‘threshold between inside and outside, has been used literally and metaphorically to communicate different socio-political and philosophical ambitions in architecture. I believe that there is a possibility through the reconsideration and redefinition of the ‘skin’, as a place of distinction and interaction rather than… Continue reading Initial Thesis Abstract: La piel que habito / The skin I live in?

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Initial Thesis Abstract: See-through the developing …

With the focus on Dr Otto Koenigsberger’s work, I trace the transformation of the wall in the Tropics. Walls in traditional tropical habitats are typically thick, no matter if the building material is stone, clay, mud, straw, or thatch. The windows are smaller, to keep the heat out and clearly demarcate the intimate inside from… Continue reading Initial Thesis Abstract: See-through the developing …

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Initial Thesis Abstract: Please Complete the Form…

The administration of life is an ignorable, yet undeniably present factor in the contemporary narrative. The methods and environments of this necessity are so banal and so innocuous that they do not merit any sincere interest, that is, beyond general frustration and often mutual distrust. However, how and where we administer and are administered to… Continue reading Initial Thesis Abstract: Please Complete the Form…

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A Perfectly Imagined Ruin

    “I knew that good like bad, becomes a routine, that the temporary tends to endure, that what is external permeates to the inside, and that the mask, given time, comes to be the face itself.” [1] When Marguerite Yourcenar wrote the above in 1951 she was referencing the personal struggle of a man… Continue reading A Perfectly Imagined Ruin

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Emil Kaufmann: Inaugurator of a Disciplinary Discourse

  Perhaps more than for architecture itself, the 20th century proved to be quite an age of innovation for the field of architectural historiography; while the dawning of modernity had shown its undisputable signs during the fin de siècle, it was forty or fifty years later that the attempt to identify these signs would solidify… Continue reading Emil Kaufmann: Inaugurator of a Disciplinary Discourse

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The Accidental Iconoclasts

Paper Ruins and Plastic Salvation “Art cannot be criticized because every mistake is a new creation”: this is the poster-dogma of self named street artist “Mr. Brainwash” for his first UK show, a reinvention of his premier show in L.A., Life is Beautiful (Old Sorting Office, New Oxford Street, Bloomsbury, London). Initially the spray painted… Continue reading The Accidental Iconoclasts

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The Quasi-Nomadic Cell: At the Threshold of the Collective Dwelling

Mobility is a common word within the modernist discourse, and although it represented the zeitgeist or, in other words, the spirit of the time, it was never thoroughly analyzed. How is the nomad used to describe the urban subject, is the argument which will be highlighted in terms of how the new subject and the… Continue reading The Quasi-Nomadic Cell: At the Threshold of the Collective Dwelling

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The Sublimity of Nothing

Imposing rocks, eternal mountains, stagnant, and agitated waters, torrents, tranquil seas, seas in fury, sites varied to infinity, Greek, Roman, Gothic constructions; sky, distances, calms, stormy weather, serene weather, lighting at different times of the day, tempests, shipwrecks, deplorable situations, victims and pathetic scenes of every kind; day, night, natural and artificial lighting, disparate or… Continue reading The Sublimity of Nothing

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A Marriage of Two Minds

“A Marriage of Two Minds” is not a love poem. It is a marriage between two culture-worshiping traditions of modernism, says Jacquelynn Baas[1], from an architect’s eye, Reyner Banham. The groom is the classical and totalitarian approach, ‘ideal conception of spiritual harmony under single godlike mind’, Leonardo da Vinci as the culture hero. The bride… Continue reading A Marriage of Two Minds

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Neo Stocktaking

In the recently domesticated life of the machines in the mid 20th century, the role of the architect seemed to have transformed into that of a machinist- with innovations deriving from the technical dexterity of tenacious and ambitious allies of the profession, led by the structural engineer and followed very closely by other specialized consultants.… Continue reading Neo Stocktaking

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In From the Cold

It is with a certain amount of inevitability that Reyner Banham, as a fierce advocate of the ‘Machine Age’, primarily registered man’s presence in ‘America Deserta’ through his excitement at the discovery of the technology and transportation networks in the Mojave Desert. Further examples mentioned of human interventions in this ‘stark, savage’ landscape included tree… Continue reading In From the Cold

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Cloudy with a Chance of Metaballs

  A true Englishman never leaves home without his umbrella, it is said; and that would suffice to assume that Reyner Banham always carried his along, even when crossing the Mojave Desert. Raised in a different climate, he came to venerate arid dryness, eventually letting it widen his own perspective. Having observed technology and architecture… Continue reading Cloudy with a Chance of Metaballs

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A Man Who Knew Too Much

“Visiting   houses  in  Beverly  Hills  or  Bel  Air   can  be   an  hallucinating   experience;   an overwhelming  sence of déjà vu mingles with an overwhelming  desire to sidle along corridors with one’s back to the wall and to kick doors wide open before passing through.” More like scenes rather than anything else is Banham’s interpretation of the… Continue reading A Man Who Knew Too Much

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The Rough and Tumble Adventures of the Kodachrome Kid

Scenes in America Deserta (1982) is not quite a novel, not quite a drama, definitely not a travel guide, really not quite an anything. The only close comparison might be the origin of the title, Charles Doughty’s Travels in Arabia Deserta (1888). However, where Doughty’s prose is insistently archaic, even by Victorian standards, Reyner Banham’s is… Continue reading The Rough and Tumble Adventures of the Kodachrome Kid

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