modern-san-diego

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Next up in this crazy modern AU: Lawrence Trafalgar Waters, his adoptive father Cora Waters, and his crazy flamboyant, sometimes douchey (yet not homicidal) uncle Doffy. 


Uncle Doffy sometimes comes to visit from his giant modern mansion in San Diego, usually completely unannounced, occasionally with his adopted daughter, Babs. He’s into some shady shit, and no one really knows what he does fully, but he makes a hell of a lot of money doing it and donates a lot to different LGBT support charities.

Cora is a clumsy, makeup-wearin’ fool who can’t seem to keep a job. He and Law live modestly in their town, so whenever uncle Doffy comes to visit he brings lots of food and booze and occasionally super crazy expensive clothes for Law that he has never worn. Law is 100% positive that his uncle is a crazy evil bastard.

Cora has another idea, though. He knows that Doffy is still pretty messed up after their parents’ deaths, and his only way of coping is frivolous spending, alcoholism, and an intense obsession with family (albeit a somewhat twisted way of showing his love). Whenever they are together, they stay up late drinking and talking about the old days.

Modern Times Critical Band on tap at their Flavordome in North Park. A 4 of 4. Yet another great hazy, juicy IPA. A definite grapefruit bitterness in the body, and incredibly fruit-like throughout. Finishes dry and bitter and seemingly acidic. A bit more distinguishable from the others Modern Times makes in this style, but still quite similar to the rest.

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Context Forgotten

My initial semester of thesis research focused on the contemporary theoretical context of Architectural Ornament. I spent many hours of my research digging through the digital archives of the French National Library, where I was especially drawn to the excavation drawings of ruins in the 18th and 19th century. Fascinated by the rigorous methods of field observation and drawing that were executed by architects and Pensionnaires, I began to understand the significance observation yields not only in understanding cultures and history, but also in Architectural Education and spatial understanding.

In the contemporary context, we can’t ignore the fact that we exist in a post-post modern world that’s experiencing a digital and technological renaissance – One where tectonic newness and programmatic efficiency dominate. Through curiosity more than resistance, I chose to employ the digital tools and means of our era, not as a way of technological expression, but as a way of studying overlooked cultural information and opening a critical dialogue about the past. More specifically, to pry the humanistic and cultural significance of buildings as they live, age, and die in our contemporary cities.

Choosing an aged mid-century modern building in San Diego, I striped it of its theoretical modernist context and executed a field analysis and excavation of the building as if it were lost in time. Through the process of pragmatic field observation and isolation of tectonic fragments, I was able to re-imagine the building as something new – the emerging typology of the contemporary “ruin”.

Andrew Wagner