Archive for September, 2011

Into Thin AIR

September 21, 2011

I imagine every writer (or blogger) would love to turn a phrase, or create an idea that becomes part of the zeitgeist: a Gladwellian “Blink” or a Friedmanian “Flat World.” I am not sure who coined the acronym GRIN (genetics Robotics information-tech and nano-tech), but he too earned his moment of zeitgeist notice.

Well at last, I have my grinning, blinking, flat-world idea. Today I unveil the initialism AIR.

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Psychotic Architecture

September 14, 2011

It may be popular to decry all forms of modernism as somehow “bad.” In architecture, especially, this call of classicism can be strong. However, designing an office building with Doric columns seems, to me, silly.

So having got the fact I am not completely anti-modernity, I would like to remark on the trend towards what I would term psychotic architecture. This is a style of architecture that breaks any link of form and function. Instead, it seeks to impose a sense of confusion and disorientation on the user. It seems as if the occupants of the building have been demoted from human users to supplicants of the architectural vision.

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