some articles

a brief history of horizontality [2003]

on FOA's Yokohama Terminal and the future of architectural visibility in the city

towers of concentration lines of growth [2002]

on telecommunications and urban form in the contemporary city

cathedrals of the culture industry [2002]

on the OMA project for LACMA and the idea of the museum city

hallucination in seattle [2001]

on Frank Gehry's Experience Music Project in Seattle and Late Capitalism

architecture after couture [2001]

on architecture and fashion

who's afraid of postmodernism? [1999]

on late capitalism and architecture

the caress of the commodity [1997]

on automony and capitalism in architecture

some student projects


immersive mapping, gps, and the tunnel effect

analysis of starbucks

thesis on muzak [site map] is a research forum for architecture, network culture, and postmetropolitan urbanism.

Kazys Varnelis teaches history and theory of architecture and urbanism at the Southern California Institute of Architecture. He is also a member the board of directors of the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design and a founding principal of Architecture Urbanism Design Collaborative [AUDC] and frequently works with the Center for Land Use Interpretation.

His teaching and research focuses on late modernism, architecture and capitalism, and the impact of recent changes in telecommunications and demographics on the contemporary city in general and on Los Angeles in particular.

[projects] [articles] [curriculum vitae]


Current news:

My article Corporate Camouflage. Space International's Noevir USA Showroom has just been published in LA Architect Magazine. The next issue of Praxis will carry my piece "Los Angeles. Practice in a Late Capitalist City." My essay on One Wilshire recently appeared in issue five of the Berlin journal An Architektur. Produktion und Gebrauch gebauter Umwelt. In the next few days, watch for a new website I designed for the LA Forum.

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Thursday, January 23, 2003

The rise of the PC Baang! is chronicled in Alex Handy's article Baang! Your'e dead

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 02:51 PM PST [Link]

Thursday, January 16, 2003

Is the Internet the answer to our inability to form communities or groups? says it is. See Computer as Ultimate Concierge in the LA Times.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 08:59 AM PST [Link]

Tuesday, January 14, 2003

I will be speaking at the NEW CITIES | NEW MEDIA conference this Sunday morning at USC in the 10am session to be held in Classroom A at the USC School of Architecture. Colleagues such as Lev Manovich, Paulette Singley, Norman Klein, and Ben Bratton will be speaking as well. You may want to turn off your volume before heading to the web site.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 08:09 AM PST [Link]

You will note that John Southern is now posting to this site as well. New posters are only some of the changes that are planned over the next few months. Now a SCI-Arc alumn, John produced an excellent thesis on architecture in the contemporary city (on the web soon at, is a principal of Level Design and AUDC and currently maintains the excellent drowning in culture web site.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 08:05 AM PST [Link]

Southern California now has its own wireless users group. See SoCalWUG's web site and the LA Times article about it.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 07:58 AM PST [Link]

Monday, January 13, 2003

The LA Times reports on radical changes ahead in the telecommunications industry: Telecom Is Betting Big on 2 Tech Advances.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 10:44 AM PST [Link]

Sunday, January 12, 2003

A Neo-Modernist Is Having His Moment

This Article on Allied Works Architecture in the New York Times shows that Modernism is alive and well in the United States.

Posted by John Southern @ 10:41 AM PST [Link]

Friday, January 10, 2003

The Metrolink Rail System Is Growing but Still a Minor Player, reports the LA Times.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 01:16 PM PST [Link]

The LA Times carries a story on culture in the teen cyber cafe: See Cyber cafes -- new turf, same old battles

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 01:13 PM PST [Link]

Monday, January 6, 2003

Yesterday's NY Daily News reports on US goverment efforts to create accurate three dimensional models of monuments such as Mount Rushmore and the Statue of Liberty in case of terrorist attack. See U.S. disaster plans include cloned icons

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 11:33 AM PST [Link]

Sunday, January 5, 2003

Would you design a scheme for the new World Trade Center for just $40,000? Frank Gehry wouldn't.
Read on.

Posted by John Southern @ 07:54 PM PST [Link]

At 3,300 feet, the world's tallest structure by far, and as wide as a football field, the $1 billion Environmission tower promises inexpensive electric power for Australia. Wouldn't the California desert be perfect for this? Read the BBC News Report.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 12:08 AM PST [Link]

Saturday, January 4, 2003

Was Friday the 20th birthday of the Internet? It WAS the 20th birthday for TCP/IP (those funny numbers that correspond to domain names). See the AP article: Some Honoring Internet's 'Birthday'

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 10:29 PM PST [Link]

Friday, January 3, 2003

After a series of violent incidents at Internet Cafes, a Los Angeles councilman is calling for an investigation. See the Reuters story.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 11:38 AM PST [Link]

Thursday, January 2, 2003

Today's LA Times carries a story on how commercial buildings in Silicon Valley are being torn down in favor of new housing developments. Tearing Down in Silicon Valley

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 07:17 PM PST [Link]

Wednesday, January 1, 2003

FEDEX meet the Robots? The Washington Post reports that developers are trying to find ways to use unmanned military drones, thus far used only for military purposes, in the commercial transportation sector. Drones at Home: Big Market, Big Concerns

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 06:53 PM PST [Link]