Dear Victor,

Tumblr doesn’t make it very easy to reply to replies. So, for someone with whom I probably somehow go way back in Tumblr years, I decided to write back a letter, if you will.

Hope you’re well. Still here, like me.

I keep somehow reflecting this practice of hanging around here, the existence of architects as tumblrs… Will it accumulate stuff, things we can claim or call something in the end. Dunno. Maybe something we could work on?

Anyway, thanks for all the thumbs up. Past and present.

In reference to my post about Edwin P. Willems’ 1967 book “Architecture & Psychology.”



Incredible images. Are they from a photo book or from an actual psychology book?

The book itself is quite skimpy on photos, but they seemed very thoughtful images to share. There’s a source link in my original post. It’s not actually a psychology book, but someone within the architectural field posing questions during a lecture series. He also predicts the emergence “architectural psychology” as a discipline. Don’t know if that happened. Certainly it’s not really a topic of the 2010s.

About my other post of Le Corbusier as a “ruralist”:



A very sensible analysis. It’s clear that the modernist buildings themselves are not failures (as you state), but their context is. Not only urban/geographical context, but socio-economical context as well. The star trek utopia metaphor is right.

Well, for me the “beef” is often been about modernism as this kind of nostalgic vs. failed concept. And, as in my own research, I’ve been tackling with urbanism’s relationship with modernization (which can be slightly problematic also, for instance in China where I’m based at the moment) so this collective farm by Le Corbusier (who Michel Foucault by the way called cryptostalinist) seemed like a funny leeway that I’d never thought of before, of thinking modernist aesthetics and style somewhat more freely, without the totality of the realities.


PS. Follow Victor here and check out his Flickr too.