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, March 28, 2002

In Houston's suburbs, and in many communities throughout the US, the Houston Chronicle reports, 'Main Street' returns as high-end simulation.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 09:21 AM PST [Link]

The LA Times reports on Really Big Doings at the Ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 09:00 AM PST [Link]

Tuesday, March 26, 2002

As part of SCI-Arc's contribution to the Pacific Design Center's Westweek exhibition, I will be moderating a panel on "Los Angeles and the Future of Design" today at 7pm. Participants include Joe day, Eric Kahn, Eric Owen Moss, Gary Paige, Roger Sherman, Stephanie Smith, Robert Somol, and Russell Thomsen.The poster is available here.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 04:06 PM PST [Link]

Sunday, March 24, 2002

Approriately enough, given that it's Oscar night, features a story entitled Hollywood: Urban comeback of the year? - March 24, 2002

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 11:02 PM PST [Link]

Tuesday, March 19, 2002

Over the next month, I will be uploading student work from last year's Network City class. The first project is Jonathan Garnett, Jared Ward, and Paul Wysocan's analysis of Starbucks. Be aware that the file is over 30 mb in size and requires the use of adobe acrobat to read.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 01:43 PM PST [Link]

Friday, March 15, 2002

More from the LA Times on the opening of the Grove, LA's newest mall... located right in the middle of the city's Fairfax district.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 08:03 AM PST [Link]

Thursday, March 14, 2002

The Fairfax District gets ready for gridlock.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 08:41 PM PST [Link]

Wednesday, March 13, 2002

A Boston telecommunications consultant calculates that $70 billion more than necessary was spent on fiber optics in the last few years. The result is a glut that may not be absorbed for a decade. See Boston Globe Online : Fiber optic cost $70b more than necessary What are the consequences for urbanism?

A different viewpoint, arguing there is no fiber glut is offered here: A Nation High in Fiber - GLUT OR NO GLUT?

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 08:23 AM PST [Link]

Tuesday, March 12, 2002

The New York Times reports on the densification of Los Angeles in Sprawl-Weary Los Angeles Builds Up and In.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 06:11 PM PST [Link]

Sunday, March 10, 2002

In the face of a number of recent indications that Los Angeles is recovering is this Los Angeles Times story, arguing that Los Angeles's sheer size and lack of open space make it too unwieldly to compete effectively. See 'Burbs to L.A.: Goodbye!

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 07:14 PM PST [Link]

This Saturday's Los Angeles Times features a story about exporting Southern California. See Welcome to Orange County, China

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 07:10 PM PST [Link]

Tuesday, March 5, 2002

The spread of short-range wireless access points is growing and may greatly impact the future of connectivity, the New York Times reports in The Corner Internet Network vs. the Cellular Giants and Good (or Unwitting) Neighbors Make for Good Internet Access.

If you're looking to take up war driving in Southern California (looking for free wireless access points), check out Southern California 802.11b Access Point maps.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 08:03 AM PST [Link]

Friday, March 1, 2002

Laurie Kerr's The Mosque to Commerce - Bin Laden's special complaint with the World Trade Center offers a compelling theory for why Bin Laden and company chose the WTC as their target.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 05:47 PM PST [Link]