Clara Olóriz and Koldo Lus Arana interview Sir Peter Cook

The conversation ranges from the influence of comics and Americana in Archigrams early work, to why he thinks Japan is the most Archigramic place. Also why/how he has become conscious of “the nose motif” (as exemplified by his later solo works; the Graz building, the Vienna building, the Australian building).

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Left: Amazing Archigram 4: Zoom Issue. Cover by Warren Chalk, May 1964. Right: Cover of Mystery in Space #86 (DC Comics, September 1963), drawn by Carmine Infantino. (Diagram extracted from “Futuropolis: Comics and the Transmediatic Construction of the City of the Future”, by Koldo Lus).

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David Adjaye re: National Museum of African American History & Culture

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Occupying the last available site on the Mall, D.C.’s National Museum of African American History and Culture is an important landmark for the country.                                 Photographed by Andrew Moore, Vogue, July 2016

 

Before going inside, he points out what he calls the “oculus,” a circular raised platform at the west entrance through whose glass windows you can see the room below. “We found out that this spot was once a slave market, right on the Mall,”  he says. “The oculus is like a slave pedestal, levitated off the ground. I’ve tried to make every decision here have some history.”

 

More via interview in Vogue

The architectural urbanism of Jihad vs McWorld

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Électricité du Liban Headquarters, J. Aractingi, J. Nasser, P. Neema and J.N. Conan (CETA), Beirut, Lebanon, 1965-1972. © Arab Center for Architecture, Pierre Neema Collection.

“It is this complex and contingent understanding of the Arab city that makes clear the impossibility of architecture existing, in any meaningful way, outside or beyond its context…Projects like the Louvre Abu Dhabi and the reconstruction of Beirut participate in the larger saga of global architecture and urban development, and as such they underscore not only architects’ powerlessness in the face of global capital but also the continuing capacity of buildings…As a site both imaginary and real, the Arab city is located at the intersection of much of what’s now at stake for architecture

Amale Andraos regarding the The Arab City, over at Places Journal.