The Funambulist

Kinkaku-Ji (Temple of the Golden Pavilion) / 25th year of the Shōwa Era (1950) Beauty sometimes reaches level of intensity that can lead to pure pathology. The Jerusalem syndrome, for example, is...

In 1956, Alain Resnais created a 20-minute long film entitled Toute la Mémoire du Monde (All the World’s Memory) that beautifully mixes documentary information with a fictitious style of filming and...

We continue today to explore the “cruel designs” that collects each piece of architecture or objects that have been specifically designed to assess a hurtful power upon the body. Many people...

Hans Poelzig as photographed by August Sander San Rocco Magazine is calling for paper for their fifth issue which is entitled Scary Architects. In a skillful mix of humor and seriousness,...

Photograph of the book Project Japan by Rem Koolhaas and Hans Ulrich Obrist. (editors Kayoko Ota with James Westcott) Koln: Taschen, 2011. In a move that he clearly enjoy, Rem Koolhaas...

Analogue Mosque

Analogue Mosque by Michael Badu A few weeks ago, as a part of a comment to my open-letter to Patrik Schumacher, British architect Michael Badu concluded with the following description: right...

Since I left India where I used to live for a while, I wrote only one article about the multitude of interesting architectures that can be seen in this country. The...

undolding Azadi Tower_1

This week’s guest writer’s essay comes from my friend Biayna Bogosian who started to work on this article a long time ago and eventually achieved it today. In it, she gives...

As architects, we unconsciously tend not to associate necessarily the plans we draw with the notion of map. However, both of those two objects register in the same process of cartographic...

cover image - danielle willems

Today starts a new episode of The Funambulist. From now on, if everything goes well, you should be able to read every week a 1500 words essay by a guest writer...

I just took advantage of a short trip to Boston to accomplish an architectural pilgrimage that led me to visit the Government Service Center, built in 1971 according to a design...

Michael Vlasopoulos, Greek Architect at Harvard recently published on Abitare a very interesting (sci)-fictitious Manifesto for Tokyo’s Nakagin Capsule Tower designed by Kisho Kurokawa and built in 1972. His narrator speaks...

I suppose that every architects know the TWA Terminal Eero Saarinen designed for JFK airport (New York) in 1962. However, the following photographs are maybe less known but almost as extraordinary...

Here is Claude Parent’s participation project to the Venice Biennale 1970. It works as a prototype of what may be a little part of the oblique city (see former post and...

Ayant séjourné quelques jours à Berlin ces derniers jours, j’ai visité l’exposition Hans Poelzig à l’Akademie der Kunst. Celui-ci est un architecte singulier du début du XXe siècle et son oeuvre...

Last year, I was walking around and I stopped totaly randomly in front of The Drawing Center in SoHo. The ongoing show at this time (june 2008) was about the Endless...

The Maslennikov Kitchen Factory is situated in Samara in the center of Russia and presents the curious characteristics of adopting the shape of the Sovietic Hammer and Sickle. This building is...

Spatiology is a book written (and drawn) by Vittorio Giorgini, former teacher at the Pratt Institute who exposes among other fields, his interest for the geometrical and physical construction of topological...

Notre Dame de Royan is a 1958 church in Royan (West part of France) which was designed by architects Guillaume Gillet & Marc Hebrard in association with engineers Bernard Lafaille, Rene...

photograph by Baobee I was recently writing about Jorge Luis Borges as director of the National Library of the Argentine Republic (see previous post); here is the current building that hosts...

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