SWM Archive: Architecture

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This is a board for my own writings on architecture - mostly from the Star Wars Modern blog, but from elsewhere as well.

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In Hollywood films serial killers occupy lairs filled with magazine clippings, sketches, curios and bizar trophies (think & Silence of the Lambs), they deliver manifestos and preach - exactly like avant-garde (and would-be avant-garde) artists. Avant Garde Artists, Se7en, Serial Killers, Lambs, Films, Movies, In Hollywood, Deep Thoughts, Archive

The Architecture of Serial Killers

A few years ago I was seated next to a guy at a dinner party, where I had been introduced as an artist from New York. It was somewhere f...

Looking at Modernism with David Brin David Brin, Star Wars Film, George Lucas, Modernism, Science Fiction, Sci Fi, Nyc, Critic, Cold War

Looking at Modernism with David Brin -6

Sith Architecture: Le Corbusier and Star Wars (Return to Part 5) When I originally sent David the link to my essay, Star Wars: A Ne...

I am not a Post-Modern (an essay written in real time on Twitter) - Less a post about architecture, and more about theory, musing on what exactly makes a paradigm, and what it is to be modern (vs Modernist or Postmodernist). Post Modern, Postmodernism, Essay Writing, Theory, Archive, Arts And Crafts, This Or That Questions, Architecture, Twitter

I am not a Post-Modern (an essay written in real time on Twitter)

I've never liked the term #PostModern - not because of the styles & Ideologies it is attached to, but because I question the premise. #Post...

-January 2050 - Object Orientated Speculative Fiction: An Introduction John Power, Frank Gehry, City Life, 21st Century, Past, New York Skyline, Fiction, Sculpture, Architecture

2H2K -January 2050 - Object Orientated Speculative Fiction: An Introduction

My sculpture, Die Die Die (2003), set just about where Frank Gehry's Downtown Guggenheim was slated to go. This past spring I starte...

The Architecture of Inception: Combat Archaeologies - Utopia, Phalansteries, Cartesian Towers, and favelas; Towers, Cinematography, Archaeology, Archive, Knowledge, Architecture, Movies, Slums, 2016 Movies

The Architecture of Inception: Combat Archaeologies

Combat Archaeology In a discussion of the methods he laid out in his book, The Archaeology of Knowledge , the French philosopher Mich...

Image of Democracy: Why I Want to Build Nine Freedom Towers in Tiananmen Square Park Benches, Place Holder, Lawns, Dividers, Towers, Flower Arrangements, Architects, Concrete, Things I Want

Image of Democracy: Why I Want to Build Nine Freedom Towers in Tiananmen Square

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The Urbanism of Superheroes - From Machiavelli and Sir Thomas More, to Batman and Superman, to Jane Jacobs and Robert Moses. Jane Jacobs, Batman Begins, Batman And Superman, Golden Age, Ephemera, Archive, Star Wars, Comic Books, Comics

The Urbanism of Superheroes

Batman Begins (2005), Friedrich Nietzche (1844-1900), Superman Returns (2006) In his book about the creators of golden age comics, Men o...

Without Space, They Can't Hear Us Scream - an explanation of a series of proposal models I made for possible public spaces in New York, DC, and Beijing. Public Spaces, Beijing, Scream, Proposal, Archive, Models, York, Canning, Architecture

Without Space, They Can't Hear Us Scream

Model of the Nostromo, Alien (1979); Model of proposal for Tiananmen Square Extrusion (2012) For those in Hong Kong, I have a series...

Police carry away a participant in a march organized by Occupy Wall Street in New York on Saturday Sept. Wall Street, Revolution, Bail Bondsman, Never Settle, New Uses, New Trailers, New York Street, New World Order, Cops

Freedom Towers and Political Fear

David Childs presenting his "Freedom Tower" design (2006); Occupy Wall Street protester being bodily removed (2011) Recently I was aske...

Frank Gehry, Beekman Tower Frank Gehry is an architect I do not feel should be a guilty pleasure, but for some re. Frank Gehry, My Struggle, Skyscraper, Archive, Believe, Tower, Architecture, Skyscrapers, Lathe

I Struggle To Believe That Frank Gehry Has The Force

3B6-RA-7 (1977); Frank Gehry, Beekman Tower (2010) Frank Gehry is an architect I do not feel should be a guilty pleasure, but for some re...

Toren Condos Do Not Have The Force Condos, Archive, Star Wars, Architecture, Modern, Starwars, Architecture Illustrations, Star Wars Art

Toren Condos Do Not Have The Force

Toren Condos Do Not Have The Force

 Police and anti-war demonstrators clash in the streets of Chicago as the Democratic National Convention nominates Hubert H. Humphrey for president. Chicago Riots, Chicago Illinois, Chicago Usa, 1968 Democratic Convention, Richard Serra, Favim, Vietnam War, Old Photos, American History

Indicator Spaces [John Powers]

Indicator Spaces - This is my first essay on the architecture of public space. It was written for a solo show that opened in March of 2001. In it I argued that the aesthetic of minimalism that requires large amounts of empty space could amount to a positive ethic if applied to public art. I used the example of three art works, Rachel Whiteread's 3rd Plinth, Maya Lin's Vietnam Veteran's Memorial, and Richard Serra's Tilted Arch.

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