Sunday, March 12, 2006

Pixel Points

Nancy Levinson has posted another well-crafted piece at, with her endorsement of Terry Castle's article about "shelter magazines" in this month's Atlantic. The two turn a critical eye to the basic impulses that young designers all suffer -- the need to be different, to express that difference thought materialism, and the inevitable run to modernist-oriented furniture stores to satisfy the need. Of course the posts continue to be so well written it makes this modest endeavor look downright amateur, but the work these two have done hands all readers a little more ammunition for a serious look at architecture. The reminder is for an attention to content, not image -- and reminds readers of the wisdom in digging for the philosophical underpinnings of what we strive for.


Blogger sevensixfive said...

J - I really like what you're doing with this space, the roundups of who's-speaking-where are stunningly invaluable and comprehensive. It's just a bonus that you're doing such well-considered commentary to go along with it. Keep it up. -F.

3:36 AM  
Blogger Norman Blogster said...

Nancy Levinson isn't someone we come across this side of the puddle, so thanks for the intro. She's a pretty good read. I feel beat again, though, having started a draft post in Jan called "Architecture as pornography" and just haven't had time to finish it. This little thing called life just keeps getting in the way.
Architectural blogs like DYWSC? are providing some much-needed critical contrapoint to the mainstream press, which has become predominantly sycophantic and image-obsessed. So I urge you to keep up the good work.

7:39 AM  
Blogger J said...


Your comments are too kind. I didn't mean to imply blogging disatisfaction with the post - just to compliment Ms. Levinson. I also enjoy swinging by SevenSixFive and PartIV regularly and appreciate praise from people who know how hard it is to write regularly on Architecture. I regret that our community is so geographically scattered, and look forward to the day we can all sit down over a pint and share experiences. Until that day, continued success and happy blogging.


11:59 AM  
Blogger Norman Blogster said...

Now I feel like a sycophant (do you like my new word?).
I'll calm it down in future and return to a more cutting/sarcastic critique, otherwise my blog-cred will just nose dive further.
Cheers ;)

5:28 PM  
Blogger doctor said...

a quick read of juhanni pallasmaa's "eyes of the skin" might placate your/our dislike of the surface image.

if we turn away from "occularcetrism" and try to negotiate architecture through the other senses, we may arrive at a more intellecually satisfying and content product/space/building.

11:05 AM  
Blogger J said...

I still haven't found a chance to research this work, but I look forward to digging it up and learning what you have found. Thank you in advance for the suggestion.


11:25 PM  

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