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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Wednesday, February 20, 2002

Little Toledo shames Los Angeles! Whereas we can only contemplate destroying the LA County Museum of Art to build Rem Koolhaas's exhausted project, Toledo, yes, Toledo is going to build a project by Kazuyo Sejima and SANAA. Courtesy Archibot

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 11:21 PM PST [Link]

Monday, February 18, 2002

THE ART NEWSPAPER reports on the continued success of the Bilbao effect. Wow. But will it continue once the Disney Hall is built? Courtesy of architect.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 08:21 AM PST [Link]

Saturday, February 16, 2002

The Sunday New York Times reports on the worldwide glut of fiber optic capacity, how it came to be, and its implications. See The Fiber Optic Fantasy Slips Away

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

Thursday, February 14, 2002

The LA Times reports on the terrifying Los Angeles phenomenon of bar (as in pub) gentrification: A Warning to the Brew Crew

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 07:55 AM PST [Link]

Friday, February 8, 2002

If you can't get to the Avery index the RIBA on-line index of 300 architectural periodicals as well as books in the RIBA library is a great place to start your research.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 06:40 PM PST [Link]