"Before heaven and earth were born, Solitary and silent, Stands alone and unchanging, Pervading all things without limit. It is like the mother of all things under heaven, But I don't know its name - Better call it TAO, Better call it great." (Lao Tzu)

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Book: The Evolution of Modern Architecture: On the Origin of Styles

The Evolution of Modern Architecture
On the Origin of Styles

History is a catalogue of facts, but facts explain nothing and certainly not the origin of those very same facts. The emergence of whole new architectures cannot be explained by simply describing the buildings that define the character of the new architecture. The question is as usual 'why'. Why this as against that? Why these characteristics as against any other? The emergence and development of a new architecture and its eventual disintegration demands a new kind of explanation for these events. That explanation involves a recognition that new architectures emerge from a recombination of the old and a recombination produced by numerous architects each attempting to solve their own particular problems by selection, adaptation and combination of previous work to produce the new. Linking this mass of individual work to the emergence and development of architectures is the main theme of this book. The only coherent way to do this is to use Evolutionary and Complexity Theory which explains how the interaction of many agents within a system results in a consensus of form; in one case a species and in another, a style. Even with the same design processes different environmental conditions produce the emergence or decline of architectures.

Based on these theories this book explains the emergence and development of Modern Architecture and its final disintegration into the diversity of style evident in the Postmodern era.

Oh, by the way, forget the generative role of the avant-garde. They were in all cases behind the curve in terms of what the mass of architects were doing to solve their own unique problems. What the avant-garde did was to filter out of that mass of work clear cut and sometimes beautiful models of what was possible.

Remember: architecture is not buildings. Buildings are material objects. Architecture is the information that characterizes those buildings.

Cover design for the book.

Check out Amazon (Kindle) for this masterpiece. (Sorry I meant this book).

To read the first chapter go to left sidebar and select: 'Evolution of Modern Architecture - On the Origin of Styles'

Monday, November 04, 2013

A Vanished urbanism


Nostalgia? Oh yes. But nostalgia is a sense of loss. Why cant Modern urbanism give us this sense of texture and scale? So yes we have lost something.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

No. Not Modern (or PostModern) architecture. Built in the 1950s. The humanity of it.

I am getting tired of the 'iconic' buildings which litter almost all cities rejecting their urban texture, their unity and diversity.

Its not just a question of size. The city now becomes a collection, an assemblage of objects. Needless to say, the architects who build these things take great pleasure in visiting and photographing old cities and walking their textured and beautiful streets.
By the way, the dog is mine. Her name is Truffles.

Monday, August 12, 2013

what is architecture? Blog from Innsbruck

What is architecture? What can architecture do?
What is your achitectural position? What is your design method?
Three architecture students of the university of Innsbruck and have recently founded a blog where they publish interviews with contemporary architects.
They want to find out what architecture is and what it can do and have asked Greg Lynn, Patrik Schumacher, Jeffrey Kipnis, Wolf Prix and many others about their opinions on the matter.

Have a look at their ten minutes interviews on:

The blog is  by: Luca De Giorgi, Johanna Lehmann and Julie Marthe Hoffman.

Friday, July 19, 2013

Yup. My toilet.Well, sort of. In my obsessive mode.
Next week, its my Zen minimalist mode.
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Wednesday, May 08, 2013

5 pen and ink drawings for an exhibition in May this year.

Apart from the lower right drawing they are fantasized versions of where I live in Singapore.

Enjoyable and therapeutic to produce. All A3 size. Okay, they are obsessive, but deliberately so. A world of details. (One lady while viewing them said "Are you autistic?" Yes maam! I am today. Tomorrow, who knows).

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Deconstructivism preview on Youtube

check out an extract from my new Youtube video called Deconstructivism.


enjoy yourself.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

me and the boys

Michael, Me and Malcolm
July 2012
They are great.

Monday, May 21, 2012

Featured albums have gone up to ten. (Check the right hand column).

Barcelona added to 'Personal Albums'. (Check the left hand column).

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Wessex Estate Singapore

26 3 storey apartment blocks plus a lot of semi-detached houses.

Built by the British army in the 1950s it is now an oasis of peace and quiet in the intensity of Singapore.

People do their jogging here, go for walks, walk the dog and take a       helluva lot of photographs including wedding photo shots.

Outside my balcony is a jackfruit tree where we have squirrels, golden oriols and other birds I dont recognize AND recently an irritating macaque monkey who the raided my kitchen (little bastard).

3 minutes away we have the Colbar coffee shop. Food and drink and a 50 year old standard on the estate. Tiger beer and Western and Chinese food run by Mr. And Mrs Lim who were serving British National servicemen 50 years ago.

Its beautiful.

For the full range of pictures click on 'Wessex Estate Singapore' on the 'Personal Albums' category on the left hand column.

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