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Short video interview with Jean Nouvel on CBS on his two new additions to New York’s skyline and some general thought on architecture.


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A bit more profound talk with modern contextual master Steven Holl on Inhabitat. Interview concentres around sustainability, however there are some bits about Holl’s design approach and his biography as well. All in all, a nice read. Looking forward to other Inhabitat’s talks in this series.


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Final short news: Google researches technology on translating poetry. This makes one wonder, if technology can understand meter and rhyme what other patterns do we need to teach it until we can make it actually create.


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The most valuable architect’s professional virtue is the design process.

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This is an interesting find.
A floating cottage concept designed by artist Daniel Andersson.

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What amazes most is unusual site, context and the dictated living scenario of the scheme. To me such wonderful examples celebrate the total dependency of the resulting design on circumstances, which are the true leading force of any architectural creation process.

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Dornob review of this concept can be found here.
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Does architecture liquidate time? It definitely reflexes time: one glance at a medieval castle and you can see those ideas, feel that time pulsating from it.
Architecture is a frozen music and music is a servant to time, thus architecture – so can we say – really freezes time. Interesting point, isn’t it? Architecture – if that is the case – freezes the flowing? The process? Now that is a strong statement. Time is process, however is the process only time? Could there be process that is not interconnected with time?

But this process also depends on time. We are able to see the change commencing only then when we look at this sequence as an animation – frame after frame. If we look at it as a whole object – it is just one unchanging stagnant object, with no motion, with no process. Very architecture-like, isn’t it? – No time included.

It is quite strange. I have always said (ant not only I) that architecture has so much in common with music. And now it seems that architecture is a servant of stagnancy and music is the servant of time and process – the opposition of stagnancy.


I will start with an artwork. Profoundly sorry for this cheeky use of ancient masterpiece by Fra Filippo Lippi, it is not an artwork in question it is just here to accentuate the notion of continuity.
The artwork that I have in mind is a contemporary piece of land-art created somewhere around central Europe (sadly, I cannot remember neither the author nor the venue of it – but it’s not the most important bit). There was a gallery and there was a river meandering nearby. The aim of the artwork was to divert the stream of the river so that it will flow directly through the gallery. Now it is quite astonishing sight on its own but what the artists tried to achieve was by diverting the path of the river and making it longer and wider to slow down the flow of it so that visitors can stop by and behold it. It is the idea that one has to slow the flow of time to really appreciate and comprehend pieces in life. It is quite hard to do that by just perceiving them in the flow of time in general mass of other concepts.

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So to stop the surrounding world for a bit, take out a piece of it and have a closer better look at it. You know what that reminds me of? – Us. We people just do that. Not so many people appreciate things in flow of time, usually it such case we rush, we cannot be bothered to comprehend the whole flow. It is much easier to take out everything piece by piece and comprehend the whole in such way. On the other hand, there is this saying that one can never become bored by watching fire burning or water flowing. And that’s…well it’s flow, thought probably not requiring to comprehend it.

All this babble reminds me of two other extremes in similar scale – Music and Architecture. One embodied flow as a core of its existence, the other having similar kind of relationship with statics, both employed by people at overwhelming scale. Of course, at this point I cannot leave unmentioned probably the catchiest (and maybe the most accurate…?) quote about these two:

“I call architecture frozen music”
—¬†Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Referred about the exciting frozen curves of the Baroque period, could this thought be presumed to be universal connection instead of just a catchy phrase?¬†A post in Archidoze mentions this notion of wide range of personal interpretation concerning both sides. Could this be the main link? Or is it the structure? Or the proportions in composition? If this is true, so in order to examine music we stop it and give it a form – a sort of superficial time frame (because there’s no music without time). But then again, if this is true then it is true both ways…so how would:

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Church of the light, 1989,
Ibaraki, Osaka
by Tadao Ando.

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St. Anne’s Church, ~1500,
Vilnius, Lithuania
by Michael Enkinger/Benedikt Rejt

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Jewish Museum, 2001,
Berlin, Germany
by Daniel Libeskind

would sound like?

I leave you today with this fragment from sunny Malta:

Charles Camilleri: “Do¬†you think of architecture as frozen music?
Richard England: “
Do you think of music as melted architecture?