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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Friday, February 28, 2003

In case you haven't heard yet...

Our daughter Viltis Leone Bell Varnelis arrived at 7.22am, Sunday, February 16, Lithuanian Independence Day.

here she is!

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 05:43 PM PST [Link]

Wednesday, February 12, 2003

Sometimes cell signals elude even the likes of Steve Wozniak. See the LA Times story: A Tech Mogul's Castle is His Home -- Unless There's No Cell Signal

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 11:37 PM PST [Link]

Sunday, February 9, 2003

Opening tomorrow is the Most Expensive Space in North America [One Wilshire, Telecommunications Hub of the Pacific], by AUDC in collaboration with Steve Rowell. As part of the exhibit Form + Function, curated by Kati Rubinyi at the Guggenheim Gallery, Chapman College, Orange, California, AUDC and videographer Steve Rowell explore One Wilshire, a 39 story skyscraper built by architects Skidmore Owings and Merrell in the 1960s in downtown Los Angeles, now serving as the telecommunications hub of the North American West Coast. The implications of retrofitting existing architecture with networking technology together with the future of form, function, and community in immaterial culture will be explored through photography, models, and videos.

Show runs from 10 February to 22 March with a reception 13 February, 8 pm [lecture by GRAFT 7 pm] and panel discussion with AUDC and others, 17 February, 7 pm. click here for a map or visit audc's web site for more on the exhibit.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 07:40 PM PST [Link]

Sunday, February 2, 2003

Starting Monday @ 7pm, the Los Angeles Forum for Architecture and Urban Design presents a series of three nights of lectures and discussion on Suburbanity. All lectures are at SCI-Arc. The first event features Dana Cuff and John Dutton.

See the LA Forum web site.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 05:27 PM PST [Link]