Recently in domus: a visit to Dornach, designed fiction, Sagrada Família and BNKR Arquitectura

Ákos Moravánszky visits Dornach site of Rudolf Steiner’s Goetheanum building. I of course (having been exposed to numerous child education models by my parents) was aware of Rudolf Steiner. I just never knew he had designed a geomorphic, fantastic building. The piece goes on to discuss Ruldolf Steiner’s theories of architecture including his belief that: “ his contribution to a new architectural style lay” in his  “spiritualisation of tectonic forms.” More in The Rudolf Steiner Goetheanum.

In Translated ByBeatrice Galilee discusses the exhibition by the same name at the Architectural Association, with curators Shumon Basar and Charles Arsène Henry. The exhibit, wherein 11 writers and 11 literary places are the subject of an immaterial translation, is mostly an audio one and features the authors reading a previously written passage of their own text. Although, each of the authors ranging from Rana Dasgupta to Neal Stephenson, sent a small picture postcard – a trigger image – which holds the listeners’ attention.

the Doha Desert, where the Sheraton Hotel building site seems an Aztec mothership just landed

In her Op-Ed Only Collect, Mimi Zeiger explores the effects of digital culture on collecting. She writes: “I suggest that the archive itself has become not a mode of collection, but the thing in itself to be collected.” What do we collect then the archive has gone digital? The archive too often now takes the form of the digital ephemera or file. Resulting in a condition where we collate and hoard not discrete objects (books, journals or monographs), but collections: of files/data.

Also a book review.

Carlo Ratti reviews Harvard GSD professor Antoine Picon’s new book Digital Culture in Architecture. An introduction for the design professions. Ratti believes that Picon’s real insight is in the idea that with regards to digital architecture we should be more concerned with the analysis and critique of design processes allowed by new forms of digital culture rather than their mere formal and stylistic results. In which case the real realm of the future architectural project might lie as Picon says “in the domain of augmented reality, that is, dealing with the interface between the physical and the virtual, rather than focusing almost exclusively on the latter.” Although hopefully, this doesn’t mean that architects will end up only shaping how we experience and interact with space, but will continue to play the role of actually shaping the physical expression and forms of our space.

In In-finite Architectures, Oscar Tusquets Blanca reports from Barcelona. Originally a self-labeled Marxist heretic, for in the early 1960s arguing against the continuation of the building-after Gaudí’s death-he now writes from a position of appreciation. He writes: “I have just toured the church from top (it is over 60 metres high) to bottom with Alfons and Josep Gómez Serrano, one of the project architects, and I must admit that I was dumbfounded.

Sagrada Família By Rafael Vargas

Esteban Suárez visited BNKR Arquitectura’s Sunset Chapel. A private commission for a family chapel in Acapulco. This image in particular grabbed my eye.

By Esteban Suárez


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