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Monthly Archives: January 2011

Goreme in Capadocia (Turkey) / photo by Louise Frenico “Mehrdad Iravanian, the Iranian architect once suggested, ‘In order to study architecture, one must first investigate necrocracy.’ But we should go further: one must practice the art of exhumation too.“ Reza Negarestani As I already wrote in another article about this book, Cyclonopedia written by Iranian Philosopher Reza Negarestani is a fictitious reinterpretation of Deleuze and Guattari’s Thousand Plateaus based on the following… Read More

In her very interesting last article on dpr-barcelona entitled On the Border, Ethel Baraona Pohl introduces among others a project that finds its essence in the investigation of the border and more precisely in a resistance against the way the notion of border is being geopolitically considered. This project is entitled Border Blood Bank and has been designed by Victor Hadjikyriacou within the Unit 5 (tutored by Julia Backhaus & Pedro Font… Read More

The New Non Standard is the thesis project of Jonathan Enns at Princeton University‘s Graduate School of Architecture (tutor: Axel Killian) in 2010. This project introduces a workshop building whose structure is composed by trees that have been manipulated by a CNC machine. Rather than idealizing the trees, Jonathan defines the essence of his project on the consideration of various typologies of trees and multiple arborescences to compose the posts’ extremities The… Read More

I very recently bought Farshid Moussavi‘s (FOA) very interesting book The Function of Form (edited with Daniel Lopez, Garrick Ambrose, Ben Fortunato, Ryan Ludwig and Ahmadreza Schricker for Actar & Harvard publishers 2009) that establishes an inventory of structures by analyzing historical and contemporaneous case studies categorized as following: – Grids and Frames – Vaults – Domes – Folded Plates – Shells – Tensile Membranes – Pneumatic Membranes

The Aleph by Jorge Luis Borges is a short story published for the first time in 1949 in a collection of short stories of the same name. The word “aleph” refers to the first letter of the proto-canaanite alphabet (around 1000 BC) which eventually gave birth to Semitic alphabets (Phoenician, Hebrew, Syriac and Arabic). Without saying too much about it, the cabalistic use of this letter by Borges here, has spatial implications… Read More

photograph by activestills.org 2.1 HEBRON, 2007 The matching stones inlaid in the windows are the visual seal of the confiscation of the house from the Palestinian family who lived in it. The Power of Inclusive Exclusion (Zone books) is a book that I will probably write about several times in the coming days. It was published last year and was edited by Adi Ophir, Michal Givoni & Sari Hanafi. This book is… Read More

The biblical episode of the battle of Jericho has always fascinated me. The story from the book of Joshua (6:1-27) introduces the first battle the Israelites had to win in order to conquest the land promised by God after the Egyptian slavery period and the forty years spent in the desert. God gave Joshua instructions in order to take the city of Jericho: the Israelites had to march around the city’s walls… Read More

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