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, May 30, 2003

Ken Kubiak, a student in my network city class this spring produced "Immersive Mapping," a project investigating the tunnel effect of the I-5 as it passes through Los Angeles. Ken's project resulted in a Java program that correlates data about commercial enterprises located off the highway with photographs from the highway taken by a webcam at points determined by a gps receiver.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 09:22 AM PST [Link]

Thursday, May 29, 2003

Three Baby Bells propose to work together to bring fiber into the home and office. This news, together with yesterday's story about Sprint going to an IP network would be most radical change in the telecommunications industry in twenty years, if not a century. Read Baby Bells to twist fiber together @ CNET

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

Network culture breeds network art. It's hallmarks are the creation of invisible networks, conspiracy theory as a cognitive model, appropriation, and mystery. See space invaders > the story of an invasion

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 12:43 PM PST [Link]

Wednesday, May 28, 2003

Sprint announces that it is now transforming its telephone network so that voice calls will be sent via packets instead of traditional switched phone circuits. See My Way News

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 03:46 PM PST [Link]

Monday, May 26, 2003

Slashdot carries a story about a British company that proposes to use floating balloons to blanket a large area with broadband acess. See Slashdot Broadband Barrage Balloons. Is this Rupert, of Archigram's Instant City, made real?

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

Friday, May 23, 2003

The May/June 2002 issue of LA Architect magazine is out, featuring my article "Corporate Camouflage," on Space International's Noevir USA showroom.

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 04:31 PM PST [Link]

Thursday, May 22, 2003

Sorry Rem! The architect whose troubles just don't seem to cease now faces the end of the San Francisco Prada store. Read the San Francisco Chronicle article, Prada's Union Square site said to be for sale. Credits for the link go to architect

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 12:12 PM PST [Link]

Saturday, May 10, 2003

The mentality and the "new managerialism" infected not only businesses, it also destroyed the viability of American art museums. See the Art Newspaper article [hosted at] American Museums In Financial Crisis

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 09:50 PM PST [Link]

As if OMA's troubles weren't bad enough, the Venetian finally makes it official: the Vegas Guggenheim is closed. Read the LA Times article: Las Vegas Venetian Resort's Pop Culture Museum Folds For a recent view of the museum click here

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 11:01 AM PST [Link]

Friday, May 9, 2003

A shooting and tense standoff at Frank Gehry's building in Case Western University has come to an end. The building's design caused difficulties for the SWAT team, who couldn't get a straight shot on the sniper. See Yahoo! News : Shooting Standoff Ends at Univ. in Ohio

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 11:43 PM PST [Link]

Thursday, May 8, 2003

Catherine Chalmers is a model for us all, finding the extraordinary in the everyday. See the NY Times article: Cockroaches as Shadow and Metaphor

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 11:41 PM PST [Link]

Wednesday, May 7, 2003

The LA Times carries a feature tomorrow about Yukata Stone's 'Jungle Island' at MOCA, a piece that explores the freeway-ridden nature of the LA basin. See Christopher Knight's An RIP for the freeways

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 11:59 PM PST [Link]

Tuesday, May 6, 2003

The LA Times asks Whither the Lawn?

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 01:26 AM PST [Link]

Monday, May 5, 2003

The New York Times covers the broadband revolution in Korea. See America's Broadband Dream Is Alive in Korea

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 11:58 PM PST [Link]

Sunday, May 4, 2003

The link to the Muzak thesis, previously broken, has now been repaired. Delight in one of the best thesis projects to come out of SCI-Arc in the last few years [here]

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 12:41 PM PST [Link]

John at drowning in culture noticed this story in the LA Times: Houses May Fall to Widen the 101. Maybe the great era of freeway building in the LA basin isn't over?

Posted by Kazys Varnelis @ 10:59 AM PST [Link]