Saturday, November 29, 2008

Universita del Qatar: In the Name of Islam

Browsing through old Domus, I stumbled upon this 80s desert hallucination, standard Islamic shopping mall, but somehow managing to look cute...

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Hans Hollein: Spray, Smell and Build

Hans Hollein, Svobodair, 1968

Hans Hollein, Svobodair Bureau study, 1968

Hans Hollein, Transformations, 1968Hans Hollein, Golden Smart, 1968
and as a footnote, Claus Oldenburg "Design for a tunnel entrance in the form of a nose" 1968

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Puttin on the Ritz x3

(be sure to wait for the end when Fred goes into mirrors)

I really never knew he looked so scary

Rufus Rufus

(there's also a weird one from Michael Jackson, but you can find that on the yootoobes)

Monday, November 17, 2008

East Coast Europe

Check out East Coast Europe, Markus Miessens' new book/study on all the possible things Europe can (and can't) be.
With contributions by Can Altay, Marina Abramovic, Paddy Ashdown, Zdenka Badovinac, Katherine Carl, Eda Cufer, Reinier de Graaf, Mladen Dolar, Lisa Farjam, Srdjan Jovanovic Weiss, Carin Kuoni, Zak Kyes, Jacques Le Goff, Aaron Levy, Genevieve Maitland Hudson with Cyril Blanc, Markus Miessen, Viktor Misiano, Miran Mohar, Shamim Momin, Hans Ulrich Obrist, Orchard, Dan Perjovschi, Marjetica Potrc, Nebojsa Seric Shoba, Michael Shamiyeh, Erzen Shkololli, Taryn Simon, Nedko Solakov, Alenka Suhadolnik, Milica Tomic, Kazys Varnelis, Felix Vogel, Borut Vogelnik, Jordan Wolfson, and Sislej Xhafa, plus a dictionary of Europe where I contributed a single word (!) also featuring Kimberly Bradley, Carson Chan, Hans Urlich Obrist, Juergen Mayer H, Lina Stergiou, and many more that I don't remember right now (these are already too many names for a Monday morning)

Friday, November 14, 2008

Everyday Utopia

Here's some pics from the Everyday Utopia exhibition that lovely Marina Fokidis curated, just opened at Think21 in Brussels, featuring Angelo Plessas, Miltos Manetas and yours truly. Seems like I took all the photos in a rush between Champaign and Vodka and more, but better pics are coming soo
Plessas' Future is Fake Neon and MeLookingAtYou walldrawing
classic Manetas painting
more Plessas
I showed paper models with notes, arranged in a Sandbox configuration
Dolmen House
Soft Ruin

Idea and Menir

Charles can explain everything...

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Monday, November 03, 2008

TRANS Thinking the city, Delft Sschool of Design

Just back from the Delft School of Design where Deborah Hauptmann and Warren Neidich put together and amazing colloquium on TRANS Thinking the city, examining ways that both the brain and the city works. The Architecture faculty building famously burned down this past May, and is currently hosting a major effort in reorganizing itself.
Bruce Wexler, on the Dramatic Ferret Study and much more

Scott Kelso on the Squiggle

Warren Neidich's Neuopower
Marcus Miessen on Participation
and Keller Easterling on her upcoming book Extrastatecraft