Pocket sized proposals for a mammoth project, from visionaries from across the arts spectrum.

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Thursday, June 25, 2009

The Mysterious Abandoned Pod City in Taiwan

or we could look into purchasing these pods...


Rem Koolhaas is one of the most interesting and celebrated architects of our epoch. I had the luxury of attending a slide show of his during my time at SFAI. I recommend this below site.


Tuesday, June 23, 2009

BigBoxBusiness as Model

Riffing off the post from Josh and my response to it why not follow the thread of utilizing the corporate model of architecture? I reference architect Kent Suhrbier from the prototype for this show, the MOPA exhibition Immediate Thought. His sketched proposed reclaiming empty store fronts throughout a city and using them as areas to show work. Why not take it global? Wal-Mart opens huge buildings globally as it shuts down it's own older stores leaving huge gaps of urban waste. Ideally, if this show allows us to imagine a future utopia, something needs to happen to these empty buildings. I propose that after the fall of this corporate beast, the art world re-purposes it's architectural shell. Thus instead of creating one Monolithic-All encompassing structure, we reuse a global network of buildings. Art then can be as accessible as your local Wal-Mart. Perhaps naive or simplistic but something to discuss nonetheless.

Saturday, June 20, 2009

dreams + reality

Another interesting design challenge. The 2009 Open Architecture Challenge works to combine dreams with solutions to some serious educational challenges.

What problems are we solving?

some thoughts from the past about art institutions and their supporting structures...

inspiration from Makoto Kumagi, monotype (multiple impressions)


Friday, June 19, 2009

Tyrell Corp Building

The Movie: Blade Runner ( ridley Scott 1982 ) Has one of the greatest exemplars of pure Corporate power in the structure that is known as the Tyrell Corp Building. This Massive structure, over 800 stories high dominates a fictitious LA industrial landscape. I have recommend Blade Runner before but i again stress the investigation of the wonderful designs(Syd Mead and Scott) especially for anyone who hasn't seen this well thought out spectacle.
Oh and i recommend the unrevised edition. For some reason the unCG edition of the movie looks better? The models seem more substantial.


OK, OK......I don't have an image post yet, but, I will soon. I've completed 5 pieces so far and am working on my 6th so don't worry......(you know who you are), Images are on the way for all to see soon! I hope to have at least 2 - if not more - pieces posted by Sunday. Take care all!

Be creative....
Be bold...........
Be you............

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Museum Typology III: Signature Museum Building

The Guggenheim Museum in New York is amongst the earliest museum buildings that use the building design to establish/reinforce a reputation. These buildings match designer ego's with those of the institution. More often than not they apply a formal wrapper to the White Box gallery approach. Serving equally as icons as arks it is difficult to discern if this type of building enhances or impedes the work for which it is intended to contain. As every city snags their own capital A buildings from rock star architects like Gehry, Lebiskin, Koolhaas... do they lose their importance. How different is the Guggenheim Las Vegas than the Hard Rock Las Vegas. How different are these than Subway restaurants or Gap clothing stores.

What are u working on?

What are you looking at? What ideas do u have for the IMTA? Tell me about your visions...

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Tod Williams and Billie Tsien

The above are some of my favorite architects. Please view their site and take note of things they think about.


Saturday, June 13, 2009


cool sketches!

Sometimes it's best to just sketch hundreds of little things

Mini Collaboration- Artists willing to work with non-trained visionaries needed.

I have invited about 20 non trained visionaries to participate in this project. Some of them may wish to work with trained artists to realize their vision of The International museum of Terran Arts. Are there any volunteers willing to work in collaboration with the above mentioned?

Friday, June 12, 2009

Wednesday, June 10, 2009


IBM has an excellent Green site.

Please take the time to investigate.


Tuesday, June 9, 2009


I would like anyone who you believe would take this seriously and is dependable. I have more then enough artists but want visionaries who are not trained artists. This includes musicians, lawyers, cooks, plumbers, house wifes... laymen of any order but who are not trained but still have the gift.

Contact me if anyone comes to mind..

Sunday, June 7, 2009

Friday, June 5, 2009

TRON and Blade Runner

Are epic films but more importantly they are filled with some of the finest designs of their epoch. The Great Syd Mead is the mastermind behind most of the works and his designs have inspired me since i first encountered the brilliant works. I highly recommend seeing the classic and relevant works as soon as possible especially if you haven't seen them.

an unusual resource

Wayne Barlowe's classic INFERNO, is a wonderful fantasy epic depicting hell, and all it's minions. The book contains some wonderful forms and some nontraditional buildings..its something to look at if you can get your hands on it.

A New World Trade Center

This fascinating books contains the first round of new world trade center designs. I remember how inspired i was by the works of Williams/Tsien and Carlos Brillembourg.If you get the chance, buy, rent or steal this book... it will inspire you, not just for this project but in general.

Thursday, June 4, 2009

From the Library: Monolithic Architecture

Marios's inspirational images continually return to monolithic building.   Which has propmted me to dig through my stacks to find the catalog from a show at The Heinze Architectural Center @ The Carnegie Museum of Art in Pittsburgh Pennsylvania.   The show was all the way back in 1996.  Many of the building proposals presented in the exhibition have now becoem realities.   

While I don't think the building examples are all that relevant to The IMTA project, the essays at teh front of the catalog discuss the nature of monolithic structure and warrant some review in relationship to this discussion.  I have posted the essay by Detlef Mertins titled Open Countours and Other Autonomies. (click on title)

It is intereting that he also returns to Michael Fried's writting about minimalism.

Museum Typology Model II: White Cubes

Museum Typology Model II: White Cubes

Emerging as Modernism transitioned into minimalism the white cube of International Style architecture became the preferred building vessel for the containment of art in the 20th century.   As art work shifted away from a historical representations and narratives to more conceptual and philosophical operational grounds a neutral was deemed important. 

The white cube is an abstraction of a building.  It is vague rendering of space which allows the contents and viewer to project themselves upon the space.  Michael Fried made some assertions regarding shifting role of the viewer  in his 1967 Artforum essay Art and Objecthood*.  It is interesting that he work he chose to use to exemplify his argument was Tony Smith's sculptural cube, Die.

Fried was against this new relationship which required the engagement and participation viewer. He preferred the more transmissive, now nearly extinct, arrangement in which the art delivered a message and the viewer received the message without any regard or thought of them self.   

I wonder though if the artist have given over too much control in how work is viewed.   Can in be shifted from place to place, wall to wall, city to city,  culture to culture, and time to time and still maintain it's same intent and integrity?  Is the white cube too amorphous of space allowing too little control of the viewer's experience and allowing to much of the viewers personal history to simultaneously come into consideration?  Or does the white cube operate as an index triggering the clearing of the viewers mind in preparation for the intake of something new?

The Getty Museum In Los Angeles by richard Meier and The New National Gallery in Berlin by Ludwing Mies Van der Rohe.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009