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BACK SOON!

BETONBABE + university library = many posts

BETONBABE + office + work + work + work = almost no posts.

apologies.

BUT: I’m planning to reorient this blog a little and adjust it to my new life in the (real) architecture world.

ON MARC-ANTOINE LAUGIER

ARCHITECTURAL AUTISM BY VIVIANE HUELSMEIER

Awkward, bizarre, absurd, faulty, irregular, ridiculous, strange, peculiar, foolish, eccentric, against nature, out of tune, abusive and shocking are the words Marc-Antoine Laugier uses in his ‘Essay on Architecture’ (1753) to characterize everything that deviates from his super-rational model of the rustic hut. He rigorously rejects any aberration, any mutation, any evolution, any development, any liberties - but of course the architects still 'have the freedom to act as they always have been used to do’, as he sulkily concludes.
This statement chokes off any possibility of a discourse. This is his opinion, take it or leave it - he doesn’t care. This is why i will not even bother to bring up a counter-argument. What i find though, is that his attitude is a disease from which many contemporary critics suffer. How is it possible to have a fruitful discourse if both, critics and architects, are autistic, aggressive, impulsive, stubborn, sulky and intolerant?

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SIOUXSIE AND THE BANSHEES

THE STAIRCASE (MYSTERY)

staircase lying face up
stare cat sat on a mat
looking down
looking down

slide down the banister
take the escalator
slide down the banister

or try the elevator

i was standing on the landing
now i’m standing in the hall
looking up

won’t someone assist me
solve this mystery
somebody assist me
arrange the symmetry

muffled footsteps on the carpet
spiral steps start spinning
around me

which floor which ceiling
you’re off balance
which floor which ceiling
it’s all upside down

staircase lying face up
stare cat sat on a mat
looking down…


[image by betonbabe]