delicate threads

sty sml blog : post 005 : detlef mertins, IIT 03.12.08 : chi
bioconstructivism, lecture by the head of penn’s architecture department

the story of constructivism’s influence on the current state of biomorphic,
deconstructivist design.
while mr. mertins did present an interesting history
(largely concerning lissitzky, moholy-nagy et al),
i was more interested in how these ideas are playing out now.
it would’ve been nice to see his response to student projects
and/or various examples from the contemporary landscape.

* this interest is based solely on my own ignorance – the 3-dimensional plotting of which
would likely resemble one of the aforementioned bioconstructivist structures, consequently.

lissitzky 2

el lissitzky figured prominently in this history.
below is his 1925 design for the Wolkenb├╝gel (Cloud-iron)
which embodied his desire for a “rational architecture”
not found in the skyscrapers of that time.


notes, un/covered, found:
“sharp, steely and sublime”
flw – ‘no form in and of itself’ (?)
the machine provides the apparatus to surmise a new nature
social heredity and evolution have exponentiated the rate of human evolution
not enough convergence
ernst haeckel ‘art forms of nature’

haeckel self

haeckel self

above: haeckel, a formidable beard, a demure handgun and a less than formidable pose.



sty sml blog : post 004 : full disclosure 03.12.08 : chi

this blog will occasionally feature posts
which relate specifically to my ‘issues in contemporary architecture’ class.
this will not always be the case
and it should have little ill-affect when it is.



sty sml blog : post 003 : e+v biennial 03.05.08 : chi
applied to the evanston + vicinity biennial yesterday.
i wrestled with a bunch of images before settling on 4 from this winter.
they are of the ground. on which you daily walk.





all but the second were from spaulding ave last weekend.
the second was from spaulding alley last month…

flotsum jetsum

sty sml blog : post 002 : found structures, alley studies, 02.24.08 : chi





event horizon

sty sml blog : post 001 : recent findings, pilfery

shackscraper night 02
lepley shackscraper night
‘shackscraper’ : india : via archinect
phos mersey observatory 1
phos mersey observatory 2
phos architecture : mersey observatoy : via dezeen