“Was not their mistake once more bred of the life of slavery that they had been living?—a life which was always looking upon everything, except mankind, animate and inanimate—‘nature,’ as people used to call it—as one thing, and mankind as another, it was natural to people thinking in this way, that they should try to make ‘nature’ their slave, since they thought ‘nature’ was something outside them” — William Morris

Friday, May 20, 2011

Materials: Objects: Environments Liveblog 7 (Richard Goodwin)

my religion at the moment is radical transformation
modernism, seductive process of dominating nature and helping to define nature
cubes, rectangles, Euclidean geometry
design to get you to the moon (just deal with the design, functionalism); ironically the lunar module is a lot easier to live with than the machine for living!
a function that’s highly specific like a space machine
how can we think something as something else
coming from functionalism
nature as catastrophe (Zizek)

new computing power to imagine non-Newtonian stuff
Newtonian physics got us to the Moon
the real problem is starting to understand materiality through quantum mechanics
starting to grow architectures
architecture will disappear
because we can grow these forms over and on top of what exists
accretions like the coral reef
it will disappear into an interiority

new types of private space in public space: porosity
inverse of the phallocentric city
the architecture of invagination

something is something else: “this is not a pipe”
Richard Wilson, Deep End, 1994: defiance of the functional, a swimming pool becoming a boot
the greenest thing in the future is not to rebuild anything but just to rethink it
we have enough stuff to go with, we have to start doing stuff with it

though most schools do follow some kind of functionalist modernism we can at least name the thing first, metaphor
not just an extravagance, it’s doable, it leads with an idea

his favorite architecture is the slum without misunderstanding the suffering
invention, necessity, so much more interesting than an idea that we can dominate nature with our modernism

Virilio: elongated transformed war of eco catastrophe
structure itself is going to get to the point at which it reinvents and makes other things
do we paint the wrecked plane that crashed onto a building, and stabilize it and turn it into a building?
transformation through the parasite

thinking something is something else: surrealism
automatic processes that might suggest structure
prostheticizing the road to turn it into an architecture

the parasites: only allowed to be built as public art
the hard thing is to convince government to let us do it...
transforming bad buildings, reduce carbon emission, capture water

porosity: chiastic space; Rosalind Kraus on expanded fields between art and architecture etc.
vision of Sydney that got into Venice Biennale

1 comment:

Ruth Solomon said...

Articulation- can only make itself by the way it buckles and fuses, atrohies, splinters and turns- that turning the very moment of making- in the middle of this semblance- hot and cold - fastening and unloosening what is thrown together and comes apart. One thing built upon another and another- the playground on the bomb-site, the Special Needs school on the playground. Disabled kids buckling and twisting , growing ideas through the tensile obstruction and re-application over and over again of body-parts that blossom and that is an atmospheric rendering of bomb-site, playground and school. Maybe more. These places don't exist all together- space is limited, but they are rendered through the body falling and starting up at each moment. This is metaphor in material presence.